This posting is going to be slightly different from the others here on SD2010. It’s going to be more like a DRUDGE page than normal… lots of links.
Some backstory —
The REAL Story: The feds, operating outside the law, are trying to jail two men without legal jurisdiction. The Bundy family of Nevada joined with militiamen Saturday to take over the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, vowing to occupy the remote federal outpost 50 miles southeast of Burns.
The latest scene involved two ranchers being sentenced to five years in federal prison for inadvertently burning about 140 acres of BLM rangeland in two separate fires, years ago. That is an area big enough to feed about three cow-calf pairs for a year in that neck of the woods. Dwight, 73 and son Steven, 46, admitted in a 2012 court case, to lighting two different fires. Both fires were started on Hammonds’ private property. An August lightening storm started other numerous fires in the area.
The fires — The first, in 2001 — was a planned burn on Hammonds’ own property to reduce juniper trees that have become invasive in that part of the country. That fire burned outside the Hammonds’ private property line and took in 138 acres of unfenced BLM land before the Hammonds got it put out. No BLM firefighters were needed to help extinguish the fire and no fences were damaged.
In cross-examination of a prosecution witness, the court transcript also includes admission from Mr. Ward, a range conservationist that the 2001 fire improved the rangeland conditions on BLM. Maupin, a former range technician and watershed specialist who resigned from the BLM in 1999, said that collaborative burns between private ranchers and the BLM had become popular in the late 1990s because local university extension researchers were recommending it as a means to manage invasive juniper that steal water from grass and other cover.
Susan Hammond (Dwight’s Wife) said the second fire, in 2006, was a backfire started by Steven to protect their property from lightening fires. “There was fire all around them that was going to burn our house and all of our trees and everything. The opportunity to set a back-fire was there and it was very successful. It saved a bunch of land from burning,” she remembers. The BLM asserts that one acre of federal land was burned by the Hammonds’ backfire and Susan says determining which fire burned which land is “a joke” because fire burned from every direction.
Neighbor Ruthie Danielson also remembers that evening and agrees. “Lightening strikes were everywhere, fires were going off,” she said.
A January 2012 Story.
From June 2012
SD2010 Opinion Editorial
WHY are the feds so interested in Hammond’s Ranch and going out of their way to destroy the Hammonds? Let us examine what is underneath the ranch — Gold, Silver, & Uranium. I could be wrong on this, but it sure makes sense. The current administration can supply the Uranium to China & Iran for nukes. Just look at this — http://pubs.usgs.gov/bul/1740b/report.pdf
And the GOLD & Silver… well, that’ll keep the D-RATS & RINOS wealthy for years. Plus, it is the perfect time to play into the hands of the GUN GRABBERS in DC. Get a Civil War started in remote Oregon then label the Patriots that took a stand against Tyranny as ‘Terrorists’. They, the federales, they knew if they POKED the BEAR enough… the bear would fight back. Just in time to suspend the 2016 Elections and keep the current admin in power.
SilenceDogood2010 stands with the Patriots who are fighting against the BLM. I also stand with the Hammond & Bundy Families.
From July 2015
In recent years, proposals have been floated for a resumption of uranium mining in Eastern Oregon, under the auspices of major mining companies that would presumably follow better practices. Unlike the situation in the 1950s, though, there has been considerable resistance to these plans. Hundreds of tons of high-grade “yellowcake” ore remains out there in the Oregon high desert, and mining it could yield plenty of good-paying jobs — but a substantial percentage of the population is no longer convinced it’s worth the risk.
The total size of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is 187,000 acres (292 sq.miles). What “Seat of Government, Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;” is on this parcel of land? NONE, NADA, ZIP!
The Feds have overstepped their powers once again.
1) This tract is larger than 10 Sq.Miles
2) There is NO Enumerated Power given to the feds to create, or manage Wildlife Refuges.
US Constitution – Art. I, Sec. 8, Clause 17
“To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;”
The militia is Correct & on the RIGHT SIDE of the law on this issue. It is TIME to eliminate (aka abolish) the Bureau of Land Management COMPLETELY!
“..That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,.. ” ~ Declaration of Independence.
Misc. links & additional general info:
3 separate PDF files are contained in the link below. I’ll suggest you folks save EACH ONE of these PDFs ‘OFFLINE’ for future reference.
Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Third Day of January in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Sixteen.