Tuesday, April 15, 2014

American Unexceptionalism

Or ... The case of the Cliven Bundy Range War ...

I've been trying to read everything I can about the situation in Nevada where rancher Cliven Bundy has been putting up a fight against the Bureau of Land Management.

I tend to sympathize with Bundy and others like him who seem to be getting pushed around by agencies of The State. This is something that just rubs me the wrong way. However, things are not always what they seem on the surface and so it is with Mr. Bundy vs the BLM.

Some background on the BLM and the Federal land charters:

The first thing to understand is that the US Government has always owned the land west of the Mississippi River up until 1862. The Homestead Act became law in 1862 when it was signed by Lincoln. Under the new law a U.S. Citizen could get 160 acres of unoccupied land west of the Mississippi River and east of the Rocky Mountains. They could keep the land if they lived on the land for five years and made improvements to the land.The most dramatic and well documented example of the application of the Homestead Act was the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889.

Western states were afforded "States Rights" under the constitution and negotiated for sovereignty and control over the Federal lands within their boarders. Not all Federal lands were sought by or ceded to the State and today much western US land is under the legal domain of the US Government.
In the case of Nevada 86% of the land within the state is under the US Government domain.

The Bundy case:

In the case of the Bundy dispute it is not the family homestead that is in dispute but the use of  US Federal Government Land.

Bundy was grazing cattle on the Federal Land under permits that he applied for in the 1990s and should have been paying the standard fees. He has been sued by the BLM  twice and lost both cases.
Bundy has no legal claim to this land and should get his cattle off  the property as order by the courts.

To put this in context for Canadians .... just imagine what would happen if  some farmer let his cattle run in a provincial or national park or on the crown land where your cottage is.

The game of escalation:

Bundy, instead of obeying the the court orders to remove his cattle simply continued to carry on. Once the BLM took action to remove the cattle Bundy staged a protest and rallied supporters to his cause. Conveniently, Bundy now claims to have no obligation to obey the law.

The BLM then sent agents to break up the protest and this of course added fuel to the fire that was being fanned by the Bundy Bunch. Faced with what was arguably an overreaction and overtly militaristic response the Bundy Bunch had an opportunity to a greater claim of victimization and benefitted from addition support coming from like minded groups.

Eventually the BLM agents released the cattle and Bundy took them home.

Basically, Bundy played a game of escalation to get sympathy and at the end just went home all to prove a point that is nothing more than a self serving fantasy about his imaginary right to have free use of land that is not his to use.
The Bundy Bunch it turns out is just a rural version of the Occupy movement and have a lot in common with just about every student protest, "Native" blockade and anti-oil anti-pipeline or anti-whatever mob with self serving and wishful thinking agenda.

My concern for him is much diminished ... but not entirely.

Why I still care about this:
  1. The federal agencies were over reacting when they showed up with military assault teams to deal with the Bundy protest.
  2. The fact that the EPA was involved in applying arbitrary restrictions on this land (or any land).
  3. The appearance of political influence in the escalation. Harry Reid and his son have made a deal with China to develop the same land for a solar farm.

 These are all issues that affect the entire nation and each of them is symptomatic of a deeper sickness in the governance of the USA.


Friday, April 11, 2014

A Bit of Bad News

So ... I was browsing through the news sites yesterday when I discovered that our former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty   passed away.

Very unfortunate .... especially considering that he was leaving politics to take on a private sector job and probably expected to enjoy being with his family and friends.

So ... going through the comments at Sun News what do I find?

It took all of three comments on the web  site for some clown to do a public display of  leftarded assholeness with a comment that went like this:

"Tough day for you conservatives. Both Flaherty and Brazeau sent to hell .... "

Too bad I did not get a screen shot of that one because the asshole later edited his post and tried to justify it by claiming some self righteous hatred of all politicians for "destroying our sovereignty".

It now seems that the entire post has been taken down by Sun News ....  I would have hoped that they would have used that as an example of the class of people who feel entitled to shit all over conservatives from anonymous personae in the internet.

Just another example of why I despise the so called progressives.


I Agreee

A well thought out and written little essay from Sippican Cottage

Excerpt ... The 3-6-3 Rule

Why did the nascent United States produce so many great thinkers? Where are they now?
Great thinkers come to the fore when they are required. The founding of any great enterprise requires inspiration coupled to intellect. If the intellect is wanting, the inspiration is usually enough, but makes it harder to carry out the fruits of your inspiration except by dogged determination. Intellect alone is not useless -- it's worse than useless. On a good day it's counterproductive; the other 364 days it's destructive. You cannot come up with a worthwhile concept based solely on intellect. It qualifies you only to be a clerk or a sophist. Clerking is hard work, so everybody goes full sophist right away.

 Well not just the US but rather most of our European / Western culture.

Now the world is run by sophists. They think that because they read a few books about people who were great that they are great in their turn. There are two problems with this surmise. One, the people they think were great probably weren't. Secondly, most people are incapable of much more than misremembering and misunderstanding the twaddle they read anyway, because education isn't very rigorous anymore. If you think the world's business is decided by simply choosing wisely between John Galt and Noam Chomsky, I don't know what to say to you. Mozart is never going to show up on American Idol.

Thanks for pointing that out .... seriously .... thank you!

 My father was a banker. He told me the old saw about the only rule in the bank is the "3-6-3 Rule." Borrow at 3%, lend at 6%, and play golf at three.
It was a joke and pop never played golf and he never left at three and people were always coming in to the bank to rob it and shoot the guard. You see, you don't understand the joke. You think it means that bankers were effete and lazy and thick-headed. It really meant that the wisest of them knew that after you borrowed (judiciously) at 3% and lent (wisely) at 6% there was nothing left to do. If you kept coming up with bright ideas after that, it was all bad, brother.


Read the whole thing at the link to Sippican ....


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Bureaucrats Getting Their Guns

Not just guns but their very own private armies and assault forces.
 So far in the last 2 years armed agents of the EPA, BLM, FWS and NPS  have all abused and assaulted US citizens. Each of these incidents have a direct connection to the Obama administration.
This is no joke. And, since when did the government have any right at all to assault the citizens it is supposed to work for?

Lifted from an article in PJ Tattler Rick Moran:
It may come as a surprise to many U.S. taxpayers, but a slew of federal agencies — some  whose responsibilities seem to have little to do with combating crime — carry active law enforcement operations.
Here’s a partial list:
That’s right, NOAA — the folks who forecast the weather, monitor the atmosphere and keep tabs on the oceans and waterways — has its own law enforcement division. It has a budget of $65 million and consists of 191 employees, including 96 special agents and 28 enforcement officers who carry weapons.

 Revolting to say the least ...


Tuesday, April 08, 2014


Smart Cars Tipped  

In San Fransisco ... what passes for journalism ....

The lightweight cars all had shattered windows and some body damage, Shyy said, adding that police were looking for multiple people wearing black hooded sweatshirts who were in the area at the time of the destruction.
As she waited patiently for an insurance adjuster, Shelley Gallivan stood Monday afternoon near the fourth Smart car that was vandalized, a small white compact with a faded “Obama-Biden” bumper sticker. Gallivan was watching the car for her friend, Wendy Orner, who lives in Cincinnati and had a baby nearly two months ago.
The car was left to Orner by her 70-year-old father, who died in January. Gallivan said she found out the car was damaged when a neighbour texted a picture.
Orner said Monday that she still plans to sell the car when she’s in San Francisco for her father’s memorial in June.
“He was proud that at age 70 he was driving it around. He felt real progressive in it,” Orner said. “Although, I don’t know if anyone wants to buy a Smart car now after what happened.”
Gallivan said she moved the car from in front of her house to a nearby corner — despite her husband’s reservations — to allow a bigger car to move into the space.
She hopes the vandalism isn’t the start of a new trend.


Monday, April 07, 2014

Just a Reminder

Got it?

Friday, April 04, 2014

PeeCee Mob at Work

Brendan Eich was the Senior Tech Officer of Mozilla for years. A few weeks ago he was promoted to CEO.
Yesterday he quit under protest after the  PeeCee mob raised a ruckus about his personal beliefs and the fact that he donated to the California proposition 8 fund in 2008.

The web browser Mozilla is something I began to use as a means of avoiding Microsoft many years ago. Not ever did I give any consideration to the politics of the management. And, why should I or anyone else for that matter?

Except of course for the self righteous and vindictive  Politically Correct mob in support of their pet agendas.

Because to them, no man has a right to think or do anything they do not approve and anyone who
opposes them must be silenced and punished.

These people are nothing but vitriolic little fascists.


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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Stupid is as Stupid Does


They said they checked the weather .... yeah sure they did.