Oh, joy. Minnesota ranks fifth from the bottom for worst economic outlook for 2014. Surprised? You shouldn’t be, democrats are in charge.

Which States Have the Best Economic Future?

Texas ranks No. 1 in economic performance among the 50 states, and Utah has the strongest economic outlook for 2014, according to the seventh annual Rich States, Poor States analysis by the conservative state policy group American Legislative Exchange Commission.

In this Feb. 25, 2010 file photo, a sea of stacks, pipes and storage tanks are amassed along the Houston ship channel in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File

Michigan ranked as the worst-performing state in the nation, while New York had the worst economic outlook for 2014, according to the report. While New York did better on the economic performance, coming in at No. 35, Michigan actually had a brighter outlook for 2014, ranking No. 12.

The report was co-authored by former Reagan economic adviser Arthur Laffer and Heritage Foundation chief economist Stephen Moore.

“The big story in our report this year is that fundamental tax and fiscal policy reforms significantly improved the economic competitiveness rankings of North Carolina, Indiana, and Michigan. These states are now better poised to realize real economic growth,” American Legislative Exchange Commission Director Jonathan Williams said in a statement.

The analysis used 15 variables to measure trends in economic growth, including tax rates, regulation, labor policies and employment figures.

The Top 10 Best Economic Performance

1. Texas
2. Utah
3. Wyoming
4. North Dakota
5. Montana
6. Washington
7. Nevada
8. Arizona
9. Oklahoma
10. Idaho

Bottom 10 Worst Economic Performance

41. Massachusetts
42. Maine
43. California
44. Wisconsin
45. Connecticut
46. Illinois
47. Rhode Island
48. New Jersey
49. Ohio
50. Michigan

Top 10 Best Economic Outlook for 2014

1. Utah
2. South Dakota
3. Indiana
4. North Dakota
5. Idaho
6. North Carolina
7. Arizona
8. Nevada
9. Georgia
10. Wyoming

Bottom 10 Worst Economic Outlook for 2014

41. Rhode Island
42. Oregon
43. Montana
44. Connecticut
45. New Jersey
46. Minnesota
47. California
48. Illinois
49. Vermont
50. New York

Why does this not surprise me?

Reports: Company Tied to Reid’s Son Wants Land in Bundy Standoff

Image: Reports: Company Tied to Reid's Son Wants Land in Bundy StandoffRory Reid

Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 08:48 PM

By Greg Richter

The Nevada rancher who forced the federal Bureau of Land Management to back down last week may have been targeted because a Chinese solar company with ties to Sen. Harry Reid’s son wants the land for an energy plant, several websites report.

report on Godfatherpolitics.com,  says Chinese energy giant ENN Energy Group wants to use federal land as part of its effort to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel-building plant in the southern Nevada desert. Rory Reid, the son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is representing ENN in their efforts to locate in Nevada.

Part of the land ENN wants to use was purchased from Clark County at well below appraised value. Rory Reid is the former Clark County Commission chairman, and he persuaded the commission to sell 9,000 acres of county land to ENN on the promise it would provide jobs for the area, Reuters reported in 2012.

In addition to the county acreage, the federal Bureau of Land Management at one time was looking at BLM property under dispute with cattle rancher Cliven Bundy. The BLM is headed by former Harry Reid senior policy adviser Neil Kornz.

According to BizPac Review, BLM documents indicate that the federal property for which Bundy claims grazing rights were under consideration by a solar energy company. Those documents have since been removed from BLM’s website, but BizPac quotes from one of them:

“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.”

“Trespass cattle” is a reference to Bundy’s herd. Bundy’s family has grazed cattle on the land since the 1870s, and Bundy maintains he has grazing rights to the federal land. But he hasn’t paid his federal grazing fees in 20 years in a dispute with the BLM.

BLM agents hired contract cowboys earlier this year to seize hundreds of head of cattle and were moving in to seize the rest when militia members from across the country and other supporters showed up last week.

Citing a dangerous situation, the BLM backed off its efforts and returned Bundy’s cattle Saturday, but it has vowed to continue fighting him in court and administratively.

In its effort to get Bundy off the land, it has attempted to get him to reduce his 1,000-head herd to 150, The Blaze’s Dana Loesch reports. Bundy says his ranch would not be viable with a herd that small.

The BLM claims a need to control grazing on the land to protect an endangered desert tortoise. But Loesch and others note that in August, the tortoise population in a nearby conservation center was set to be euthanized because of underfunding.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied those reports, saying that only unhealthy tortoises would be euthanized and others would be relocated. But KVVU-TV in Las Vegas reported that the agency didn’t say how many of the tortoises in its care were deemed “healthy.”

Further, Loesch reports, Harry Reid pressured the BLM to change the tortoise’s protected zone to accommodate developer Harvey Whittemore, one of the Democrat’s top donors.Whittemore was convicted in May 2013 of making illegal campaign contributions to him.

“BLM has proven that they’ve a situational concern for the desert tortoise as they’ve had no problem waiving their rules concerning wind or solar power development,” Loesch writes.

“Clearly, these developments have vastly affected a tortoise habitat more than a century-old, quasi-homesteading grazing area. If only Clive Bundy were a big Reid donor.”


Another public official skating from accountability.

Ex-DNR officer gets probation in license-data snooping case

By Marino Eccher

POSTED:   04/14/2014 12:01:00 AM CDT | UPDATED:   ABOUT 12 HOURS AGO



A former Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officer was sentenced Monday to two years of probation for improperly accessing driver’s license data on and off the job.

John A. Hunt, 49, of Woodbury, who pleaded guilty in February to misconduct by a public officer, unauthorized computer access and unauthorized use of driver and vehicle services data, had five additional counts dismissed at his sentencing in Ramsey County District Court.

Hunt was fined $1,000 fine and ordered to undergo counseling for mental health issues. In addition, he agreed to no longer contest the loss of his job at the DNR.

If Hunt avoids trouble for two years, his convictions will be dismissed.

Citing pending civil liability in the case, Hunt declined to speak at his sentencing. His attorney, Fred Bruno, said later that Hunt was handling the situation well.

“It has not been easy,” Bruno said.

Prosecutor Cary Schmies said the plea agreement and sentencing were “a very fair outcome” for Hunt, a first-time offender. Hunt’s computer was purged by experts to ensure no inappropriate data remained on it, Schmies said.

“There’s no public safety issue at all here,” Schmies said.

Hunt, a former manager in the DNR’s enforcement division, was charged in February 2013 with making thousands of searches for license data over a five-year period. Prosecutors said it was far more than were required by his job, which included using the data to perform background checks.

He alleged searched data of politicians, local celebrities, police officers and others. Among them were the wife of a judge in his own case and the St. Paul city attorney, who recused themselves from the case because of the potential conflict of interest.

Schmies, a city attorney for Duluth, stepped in to assist.

About 5,000 people got letters from the DNR telling them their data might have been accessed improperly.

In his plea, Hunt did not admit guilt but conceded there was likely enough evidence to find him guilty.

The charges came amid concerns that officials were routinely abusing access to driver’s license information, which can include photos, addresses and physical information.

A state audit released a few weeks after Hunt was charged found that more than half of law enforcement searches for license data might be inappropriate.

Users made searches for friends, family and even themselves without legitimate reasons, investigators found.

The audit was prompted by the case of Anne Marie Rasmusson, a former St. Paul police officer whose data was accessed hundreds of times by fellow officers.

As reports of abuses emerged, more people stepped forward with claims they had been the subjects of hundreds of searches for no apparent reason. The allegations snowballed into several lawsuits, including five directed at the DNR over Hunt’s searches.

Federal privacy laws governing driver’s license data set minimum damages for abusing personal data at $2,500 per incident. That sparked fears from state agencies, cities and municipalities of potential multimillion-dollar payouts.

But many of the lawsuits have faltered in federal court.

One judge dismissed the suits against the DNR in September, saying individuals couldn’t sue state agencies under the law in question.

Other lawsuits have been dismissed in similar fashion, though others are pending against several Minnesota cities, counties and government agencies.

After Hunt’s sentencing, Bruno said many of the alleged violations were the byproduct of a mindset that license data was akin to “Facebook for cops” — an easily accessible, widely used source of information.

That era is likely over, he said.

Marino Eccher can be reached at 651-228-5421. Follow him at twitter.com/marinoeccher.

What did they expect? If you voted for the liar in chief, you better not whine about losing your electricity.

EPA coal rules leaving US vulnerable to power blackouts?

Mike Emanuel


Facing the Obama administration’s so-called “war on coal,” some utility officials are warning that fewer coal-fired power plants could leave the U.S. power system vulnerable to blackouts in the near future.

The officials warn that intense summer heat or extreme winter cold could soon be too much for the system to handle.

“I worry about the potential of brownouts and blackouts if we’re … actually depending on this generation that’s going to be retired,” Nick Akins, from American Electric Power, told Fox News in an interview.

Pro-coal advocates say the administration’s focus on its environmental agenda challenges the reliability of the nation’s power grid.

“Regulation from five years ago is closing about 20 percent of the coal plants. Regulations being proposed now could close an additional 20 percent of coal plants. And that creates huge stresses — we’re just not ready for anything like that in this country,” Mike Duncan, from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, told Fox News.

However, the EPA says government studies indicate there will be more than enough electricity-generating capacity to meet the nation’s needs.

Asked about future regulations, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy suggested the agency is trying to be careful.

“Nothing we do can threaten reliability. We have to recognize that in a changing climate like the one we have recently been experiencing, it is an increasing challenge to maintain a reliable energy supply,” McCarthy said.

Still, considering this past winter’s severe cold and “Polar Vortex,” Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski noted at a Senate hearing this week that the system was at its limits.

“Eight-nine percent of the coal electricity capacity that is due to go offline was utilized as that backup to meet the demand this winter,” Murkowski said.

And coal country Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, clearly has his concerns.

“Add the fact that EPA is proposing new source performance standard, what this is going to do will effectively ban the construction of any new coal plants,” Manchin said. “How do we keep the lights on so people’s lives will not be in danger?”

Even Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken, a former comedian, argues this is no laughing matter.

“We need state flexibility in addressing those kind of issues, especially on the new rules that the EPA will make on existing coal fire plants,” he said. “We’re talking about grid security — it’s a serious issue.”


Mike Emanuel currently serves as chief congressional correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined FNC in 1997 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent.

Why is he even given the option of retiring? His “plan” should involve a little cell with a roomie named Bubba.

(Photo: Flickr/Creative Commons)

TSA official busted for distributing guns to high-up officials retiring

12:42 PM 04/11/2014

Federal Air Marshal Service director Robert Bray is one of several officials being investigated in connection with the scheme, and his retirement is directly related to the investigation, reports FoxNews.com.

The probe is believed to involve the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and stems from whistleblower accusations against FAMS supervisor Danny Poulos. He is accused of using the agency’s license and connection with gun manufacturer Sig Sauer to collect and redistribute discounted or free guns for high-up TSA and FAMS officials’ personal use.

According to documents obtained by Fox News.com, the director and former deputy director “received several firearms from [the supervisor] that included ‘special purchases’ such as long guns and assault rifles.”

It’s unclear how many guns were involved or if anyone made money from the transactions.

The documents also claim the ongoing investigation “is being conducted quietly to keep Congress in the dark on the gross mismanagement and misdeeds that the FAMS senior management staff have perpetrated for several years.”

Homeland Security subcommittee chair Rep. Richard Hudson wrote a letter to TSA head John Pistole Thursday complaining Congress has not been properly notified of the investigation and expressed “grave concern” about the claims of misconduct, reports Fox News.

“The alleged behavior is unbecoming of any official entrusted with the duty to protect and serve the American public,” Hudson told FoxNews.com in a written statement. “I am outraged at the apparent attempt by TSA and the Federal Air Marshal Service to hide this from Congress. TSA needs to come forward and provide clear and complete answers so that we can conduct a thorough and open review of these alleged activities on behalf of the American people.”

Bray announced his retirement March 31, and said he has no plans, except to spend time with his wife and family. ”Many of you have heard me talk about the importance of change and how vital it is to keep any agency moving forward,” he wrote. “Therefore, I need to practice what I preach and so effective June 28th, I am going to retire from Federal service”


Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/11/tsa-official-busted-for-distributing-guns-to-high-up-officials-retiring/#ixzz2ygGTAarI

As it should be. If it were you or me doing this, we’d be crucified.

Judge: Scannell trial should proceed

By Tom Olsen Today at 6:22 p.m.

The criminal case against Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell can proceed to trial, a judge ruled Friday.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Shaun Floerke denied a defense motion to toss out a grand jury’s indictment of Scannell on two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, and he ordered the parties to schedule a jury trial.Scannell’s lawyer argued at a hearing last month that the prosecutor’s relationship with a 17-year-old girl was not illegal because he was not in a position of authority over her at the time of the alleged sexual contact. Scannell has been described as having been a family friend, coach, instructor and adviser to the girl over the years.

In a seven-page memorandum to his order, Floerke wrote that evidence presented to a Duluth grand jury in October sufficiently established probable cause to charge Scannell.

“The grand jury transcript shows that Defendant was in a position of authority at many different times in (the girl’s) life,” Floerke wrote. “It is less clear how much of a position of authority he was in with regard to (her) in August 2012. However, the legislature expanded the protection of potentially vulnerable minors by removing the requirement that the accused had to actually use a position of authority to commit the sexual act.”

Scannell is accused of kissing and touching the girl’s private parts during two incidents in his family van. While the age of consent in Minnesota is 16, special provisions in state law allow for the prosecution of authority figures who are more than four years older than someone younger than 18.

The defense’s contention that Scannell no longer was an authority figure to the girl at the time of the relationship should be considered by a jury, the judge wrote.

“Legal precedent has not established a length of time that a position of authority might extend,” Floerke wrote. “That, presumably, is up to the fact finder at trial.”

Floerke also rejected the defense’s argument that special prosecutor Thomas Heffelfinger erred in the grand jury hearing by introducing a harassment order filed against Scannell by the girl’s parents in December 2012. The document served as necessary background information because it was the “trigger for the investigation,” Floerke wrote.

Heffelfinger commended the judge’s ruling Friday and said he is preparing for the case to go to trial.

“I’m very pleased with the judge’s order,” he said. “I think he did a nice job of summarizing the law and summarizing the facts as they were presented to grand jury related to Mr. Scannell’s position of authority over (the) victim.”

Scannell’s attorney, Joe Tamburino, was out of the office Friday and did not immediately respond to an email from the News Tribune seeking comment.

Heffelfinger said the case probably won’t be ready for trial until after Memorial Day.

Why do I get the feeling there’s something a tad sinister going on with the Feds? Between the land grabs, the arming up, and the lack of transparency, its gotta make you a little nervous.

[Watch] Not Just Nevada, BLM Land-Grabbing 90,000 Deeded Acres in Texas Too

Posted on 11 April, 2014 by Rick Wells

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While the eyes of the nation are focused upon the rural Nevada town of Bunkerville and the Bundy Ranch, another significant land grab is underway in the other half of the country. While less physically confrontational at present, government oppression is none the less at the root of a dispute on the border between Oklahoma and Texas. It’s an on-going process, following the migration of the Red River, which the feds define differently dependent upon their their “needs.”

Tommy Henderson lost a lawsuit thirty years ago and with it 140 acres of his ranchland. The BLM victory resulted in the Oklahoma/Texas border being redrawn a mile to the south of where it had previously been.

Henderson received nothing in exchange for his land. Not one cent, and the BLM is back for more. This time they’ve got their eyes on roughly 90,000 acres. And they are employing similar tactics to what won for them in the eighties.

BLM seeks to use the previous lawsuit as precedent in their attempt to steal land along a 116 mile stretch of the Red River. The natural migration of the Red River is at the heart of the dispute and the opportunity being seized upon by the Feds.

BLM is making a claim that the land never belonged to Texas, which the landowners vehemently dispute.

Tommy Henderson explains the absurdity of the BLM claims. He asks, “How can BLM come in and say ‘Hey, this isn’t yours’ even though it was patented from the state, you’ve always paid taxes on it, our family’s paid taxes for over a hundred years on this place. We’ve got a deed to it, but yet they walked in and said it wasn’t ours.”

Historically the vegetation line on the south side of the Red River is the boundary between Oklahoma and Texas. Over time the river moves. BLM claims that when the river moved south, the property line moved with it. However, they don’t apply the same criteria when the river moves back north. The property line, according to BLM, only moves in one direction.

It seems the primary function of the BLM may have shifted to serving in more of a land acquisition role than a land management one. Even though these are fairly wealthy individuals, with large parcels, they are no match for the resources of the federal controlling authority. A large, central government was created to serve the desires of the few who control it.

Rick Wells is a conservative author who believes an adherence the U.S. Constitution would solve many of today’s problems. “Like” him on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter.

Thankfully the list is missing a few names. Only one male? Isn’t this sexist? All current public employees….



Office of Governor Mark Dayton



April 10, 2014


Contact: Matt Swenson




Commission on Judicial Selection Recommends Sixth Judicial District Candidates to Governor Dayton


ST. PAUL, MN –The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today it is recommending four candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the two current vacancies in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District. These vacancies were created upon the retirements of the Honorable Heather L. Sweetland and the Honorable Dale A. Wolf. Judge Sweetland’s seat will be chambered at Duluth in St. Louis County and Judge Wolf’s seat will be chambered at Carlton in Carlton County.


Leslie Beiers: Ms. Beiers is a Senior Assistant St. Louis County Attorney, where she is currently assigned to the Civil Division representing the Assessor and the Sheriff’s Office. Previously, she prosecuted adult and juvenile felony offenses in the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office, and prior to that, was an Assistant Carlton County Attorney. Ms. Beiers is a volunteer with Ruby’s Pantry and the Courage Center, and is a former President of the 11th District Bar Association.


Jill Eichenwald Cornwell: Ms. Cornwell is an Assistant Public Defender for the Sixth Judicial District, where she represents individuals charged with misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and felony offenses. Previously, she was an adjunct instructor at the College of St. Scholastica, and, prior to that, was the sole practitioner of the Eichenwald Law Office. Ms. Cornwell is a member of the Board of Directors for Center City Housing and has volunteered as a mock trial judge for the Minnesota State Bar Association.


Theresa Neo: Ms. Neo is an Assistant City Attorney in the Duluth Attorney’s Office, where she prosecutes traffic cases and petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor, and gross misdemeanor crimes. Previously, she has served as the staff attorney at the Indian Legal Assistance Program and the Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Women. Ms. Neo is a former President of the 11th District Bar Association and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Red Cross of Northern Minnesota.


Nathaniel Stumme: Mr. Stumme is an Assistant St. Louis County Attorney, where he is currently assigned to the Criminal Division to prosecute adult felony matters. Previously, he was an Assistant Public Defender for the Sixth Judicial District and a solo practitioner of the Stumme Law Office. Mr. Stumme is a member of the First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center Multidisciplinary Team and the South St. Louis County Multidisciplinary Sexual Assault Response Team.

Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District consists of Carlton, Cook, Lake and St. Louis Counties.

An announcement of the appointments will be made following an interview process over the next few weeks.



Office of the Governor, Communications Department

130 State Capitol, St. Paul, MN 55155

T: 651-201-3400 | E: Dayton.Media@state.mn.us

The rest of the story on sentencing. I’d still like to know why he’ll be freely walking amongst us until June 02.

Former Babbitt fire chief sentenced in arsons

Ryan Scharber (Northland

 By Tom Olsen on Apr 10, 2014 at 10:12 p.m.
From 2010 to 2012, there were 39 suspicious fires in the Babbitt area, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Dunne told a judge Thursday.
In December 2012, authorities began investigating Babbitt Fire Chief Ryan Scharber, who promptly resigned his position. Since that time, Dunne said, there has not been a single suspected arson fire.“He was a fire chief who set fires in a community he was sworn to protect,” Dunne said at Scharber’s sentencing hearing. “I can’t think of a more egregious offense by a public servant.”U.S. District Judge John Tunheim followed the prosecutor’s sentencing recommendation, ordering Scharber to serve five years in prison for setting numerous fires in the Superior National Forest.

Dozens of spectators, including Scharber’s friends and family and area law enforcement officials who investigated the fires, filled a Duluth courtroom to hear the sentence.

In entering a guilty plea to two of three charges in November, Scharber admitted to setting nine grass fires and attempting to set fire to a resort over a 13-month period in 2011 and 2012.

On Thursday, Scharber asked the judge to grant him leniency for the sake of his wife and children. He again apologized for setting the fires and said he voluntarily sought mental health treatment.

“I’m not the evil pyromaniac I’ve been made out to be,” he said. “It’s made for great news, but most of what the prosecutor has said and the media has reported is untrue.”

Scharber said he has suffered from a short-term adjustment disorder that led him to set the fires. Had he worked in any other field, it probably would have manifested itself in some other way, he said.

“I’m not a pyromaniac,” he said. “I’ve taught my young children to respect fire as a tool, not as a toy.”

Dunne told Tunheim that he sees Scharber as a good person who made bad decisions.

He noted that Scharber is different from most criminal defendants in that he doesn’t have a track history of substance abuse or mental illness. “That’s the confounding aspect of this case,” he said.

But Dunne said Scharber must be held to a high standard due to his position in the community. The case will serve as a warning to potential arsonists, something that has already been seen with the sudden drop in suspicious fires, he said.

“I believe in the deterrent value of prosecution,” Dunne said. “People who want to set fires are going to know that they’re going to be caught, prosecuted and sent to prison.”

Dunne asked the judge for a five-year sentence, which he said is the minimum required by federal law.

Defense attorney Joe Tamburino sought a below-guideline sentence and argued that the statute does not apply in the case. He said a sentence in the range of one to two years would be appropriate because Scharber did not act with “malicious intent” — in other words, the intent to harm anyone.

Tamburino noted that the grass fires burned only about three acres of land in a rural area, and the attempted resort fire happened at a building that was closed for the winter.

“Mr. Scharber pled guilty because he was guilty of the charges, but that doesn’t mean he was guilty of malice,” Tamburino said. “We don’t know why he (set the fires), but we know that it was not with intent to hurt anyone.”

He called the law that requires a five-year sentence a “cookie cutter” solution to sentencing guidelines and asked the judge to issue a departure.

But Tunheim said the law was clear on the matter and imposed the five-year sentence. Tunheim made it clear that he does not support mandatory minimums, but said he would not comment on whether he believed Scharber’s punishment was fair.

“After consideration of all aspects, this court does not have the discretion to avoid the mandatory minimum in this case,” Tunheim told Scharber and Tamburino.

After the hearing, Tamburino said he intends to appeal the sentencing, which must be done within two weeks.

Tamburino noted that Scharber’s sentence probably would have been significantly lighter had the case been charged in State District Court. The maximum sentence there, Tamburino said, would be two years.

“Because we’re in this building here, dealing with laws in Washington, we’re looking at a five-year mandatory minimum,” Tamburino said, noting the federal building’s proximity to the county courthouse. “There’s what, 50 feet, between these buildings? But it’s night and day.”

The case was ultimately charged in federal court because the location of the attempted structure fire, at Mattila’s Birch Lake Resort, fell within a federal course of commerce.

In addition to the prison term, Tunheim ordered Scharber to pay nearly $28,000 to the U.S. Forest Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and city of Babbitt for firefighting expenses related to the fires.

Scharber requested that he be able to serve his time at the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth. Tunheim said he would recommend that to the Bureau of Prisons, agreeing that it would be beneficial for him to remain near his family.

Scharber will turn himself in to begin serving the term on June 2.

This story just keeps getting worse. Your Government hard at work for a tortoise.

The Real Story Behind The Bundy Ranch Harassment

Posted on April 11, 2014 by danaradio

By now you’re familiar with the standoff between the federal government, i.e. the Bureau of Land Management, and 67 year-old rancher Cliven Bundy. (If not, check the backstory and my radio interview with him here.) The BLM asserts their power through the expressed desire to protect the endangered desert tortoise, a tortoise so “endangered” that their population can no longer be contained by the refuge constructed for them so the government is closing it and euthanizing over a thousand tortoises. The tortoises, the excuse that BLM has given for violating claims to easements and running all but one lone rancher out of southern Nevada, is doing fine. In fact, the tortoise has lived in harmony with cattle in the Gold Butte, Clark County Nevada for over a hundred years, or as long as Cliven Bundy’s family has lived on the land as ranchers. In fact, the real threat to it is urbanization, not cattle.

A tortoise isn’t the reason why BLM is harassing a 67 year-old rancher. They want his land. The tortoise wasn’t of concern when Harry Reid worked BLM to literally change the boundaries of the tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the development of his top donor, Harvey Whittemore. Whittemore was convicted of illegal campaign contributions to Senator ReidReid’s former senior adviser is now the head of BLM. Reid is accused of using the new BLM chief as a puppet to control Nevada land (already over 84% of which is owned by the federal government) and pay back special interests. BLM has proven that they’ve a situational concern for the desert tortoise as they’ve had no problem waiving their rules concerning wind or solar power development. Clearly these developments have vastly affected a tortoise habitat more than a century-old, quasi-homesteading grazing area. If only Clive Bundy were a big Reid donor.

BLM has also tried to argue that the rules have changed, long after Bundy claims he secured rights and paid his dues to Clark County, Nevada. BLM says they supersede whatever agreement Bundy had prior; they demanded that he reduce his living, his thousand-some-odd head of cattle down to a tiny herd of 150. It’s easy for the government to grant itself powers of overreach, but it doesn’t make it right. Many bad things are done in the name of unjust laws. Just look at Obamacare. This heavy-handed tactic has run the other ranchers from the area and now Bundy is the last one. He’s the last one because he stood up to the federal government.

So why does BLM want to run Bundy off this land and is Reid connected?

I discussed this on “Kelly File” tonight, video via Jim Hoft.

- See more at: http://danaloeschradio.com/the-real-story-of-the-bundy-ranch/#sthash.2K3PqRSB.dpuf