Western Lawmakers Strategize To Take Control Of Federal Lands Within Their Borders

April 19, 2014 1 comment

Officials from nine Western states met in Salt Lake City on Friday to discuss taking control of federal lands within their borders on the heels of a standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management.

The lawmakers and county commissioners discussed ways to wresting oil-, timber- and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart said it was in the works before this month’s standoff.

The BLM rounded up hundreds of Bundy’s cattle, saying he hasn’t paid more than $1 million in grazing fees he owes for trespassing on federal lands since the 1990s. But Bundy does not recognize federal authority on the land, which his family has used since the 1870s.

The BLM released the cattle after a showdown last weekend with angry armed protesters whom Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid referred to as “domestic terrorists.”

Via Weasel Zippers

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Report: Wendy Davis caught up in FBI investigation

“The FBI is probing past legal work done by Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, according to a report her Republican opponent’s campaign calls a “bombshell.”

The Dallas Morning News reported Friday that documents “related to Sen. Wendy Davis’ work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry of the agency.”

The news outlet said it’s unclear how much this investigation revolves around Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor.

“It’s not clear whether Davis’ work for the tollway authority is a focus of the FBI or only part of the material collected in connection with its look into tollway agency operations,” the paper wrote.

“We are not aware that Wendy Davis is the subject or target of any investigation,” her campaign told the outlet.

But the campaign for her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, is raising questions in the wake of the revelation.”

Via The Daily Caller

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Harry Reid Doubles Down: Bundy Ranch Supporters “Violent Terrorist Wannabes”…

Bundy doesn’t believe that the American government is valid, he believes that the United States is a foreign government.

He doesn’t pay his taxes. He doesn’t follow the law. He doesn’t pay his fees.

And if anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed — 600 people came in, armed. They had practiced, they had maneuvered, they knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women in children — in fact one retired sheriff from Arizona boasted that he put women and children so that they would get hit first.

So, 600 people. If there were ever an example of people who were domestic, violent terrorist wannabes, these are the guys. And I think that we should call it that way.

Via Weasel Zippers

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VA hospital construction worker charged with federal crime for $0.89 refill

April 18, 2014 1 comment

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Poll: 37% of Americans Now Fear The Federal Government…

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Likely U.S. Voters now fear the federal government, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Forty-seven percent (47%) do not, but another 17% are not sure.

Perhaps in part that’s because 54% consider the federal government today a threat to individual liberty rather than a protector. Just 22% see the government as a protector of individual rights, and that’s down from 30% last November. Slightly more (24%) are now undecided.

Via Weasel Zippers

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Federal appeals court upholds WI union law

“A federal appeals court has upheld Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s public union restrictions.

The restrictions stripped most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Two unions representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a lawsuit in 2011 alleging the law violated their right to freely assembly and equal protection.

U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional in September. A three-judge 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed Conley’s ruling on Friday, saying the U.S. Constitution doesn’t require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive.

The unions’ attorney didn’t immediately respond to an email message.

A 7th Circuit panel upheld the restrictions in a separate challenge from the state’s largest teachers union in January.”

Via WBAY

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Finally: Scientists Unveil Latest Weapon Against Global Warming, Cow “Fartpacks”…

April 18, 2014 1 comment

On Friday, the Obama administration stated that it would make a multi-pronged attack on cow flatulence, in an attempt to cut methane emissions.

As a result, windy cows have come under renewed scrutiny by scientists, who plan to capture their harmful emissions and convert them into ‘green’ energy.

But scientists in Argentina believe they have come up with a solution – cow backpacks that can be used to trap the animal’s natural gas.

The ‘fartpacks’ extract 300 litres of methane a day from a tube inserted into the cow’s digestive tract and convert it into enough energy to run a car for 24 hours.

The tube running to the animals’ stomachs collects the gas inside the backpacks, which are then hung from the roof of the corral for analysis.

Via Weasel Zippers

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