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Department of Interior Asked To Investigate ALEC Bills In Wake Of Bundy Ranch Standoff
Brietbart Unmasked ^ | April 16, 2014. | Xenophon

Posted on 04/19/2014 6:14:35 PM PDT by Paladin2

Last week’s standoff at Bundy Ranch is still reverberating in Washington today. According to Kate Sheppard at Huffington Post, Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) has sent a letter to Mary Kendall, acting Inspector General for the Department of the Interior, asking her to investigate whether legislation pushed by the Koch brothers-linked American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been aimed at undermining the agency’s work.

Two member affiliates of the Koch-supported Americans For Prosperity (AFP) organization gave their blessing as armed ‘Patriot’ militias showed up to confront agents of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) doing the dangerous, difficult job of removing Bundy’s trespass cattle from federal lands last week. The Kochs have been trying to privatize federal lands in the West for a long time, and Bundy’s cause crystallized that issue in a very public fashion.

Although the federal agency was largely able to avoid violent incidents, three people were arrested, including rancher Cliven Bundy’s son, and the BLM chose to cancel the operation rather than risk further escalations by armed right wing fanatics. Grijalva’s request seems eminently reasonable in that light.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Arizona; US: Nevada; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: afp; agitprop; alec; americans4prosperity; arizona; blm; bundy; democrat; investigation; kochbrothers; nevada; propaganda; raulgrijalva; utah
Koch Derangement Syndrome.
1 posted on 04/19/2014 6:14:35 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
The most glaring error here is that the leftists think the patriots who showed up to support Mr. Bundy and confront federal tyranny asked anyone's permission.
2 posted on 04/19/2014 6:18:17 PM PDT by ronnyquest (I spent 20 years in the Army fighting the enemies of liberty only to see marxism elected at home.)
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To: Paladin2
" armed right wing fanatics"

the author would rather dance with harry reid..... I suspect.


3 posted on 04/19/2014 6:19:18 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Paladin2

LOL ... Smelling Backfire and Now the democRATs are saying, ‘Blame Somebody, I know Blame Them’


4 posted on 04/19/2014 6:22:10 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Paladin2

Gee, and I thought Democrats were for the little guy.


5 posted on 04/19/2014 6:28:47 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: headstamp 2

“Gee, and I thought Democrats were for the little guy.”
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They are for the small minded.


6 posted on 04/19/2014 6:34:07 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: Paladin2
"WASHINGTON -- The ranking member of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation wants the Department of Interior's inspector general to determine whether laws pushed by conservative groups are undermining the agency's work.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter to DOI acting Inspector General Mary Kendall Wednesday asking about this issue in the wake of a standoff in Nevada between militiamen and officials from the DOI's Bureau of Land Management. Rancher Cliven Bundy has refused for years to pay grazing fees for his use of federal lands, saying he does not recognize federal authority over public lands in the state. The issue came to a head last week when BLM officials seized hundreds of Bundy's cattle, and armed right-wing and anti-government groups flocked to the area for a showdown. Authorities then abandoned the cattle seizure, citing "serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public."

Grijalva asked Kendall to look at what role the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which brings together conservative lawmakers and corporate interests to develop model legislation, has played in passing state laws that contradict federal land management policies or directives. He also asked Kendall to examine how those laws have affected Interior staff.

Grijalva cites a recent article in The American Prospect that links ALEC to bills in Utah claiming that federal ownership of Forest Service lands violates state sovereignty, and seeking to expand grazing into areas currently off-limits. Grijalva also notes that Bundy spoke at a committee hearing in March 2013 on an ALEC-backed bill in Nevada that dealt with the transfer of federal lands to state control.

"I must say that I am glad to see you people stand for state sovereignty today," Bundy said at the meeting. He went on to cite a portion of Nevada's state code that says the state "has a strong moral claim upon the public land retained by the Federal Government within Nevada's borders.'"

According to the minutes of that committee hearing, Bundy said he did not endorse or oppose the bill, though his comments indicated that he was supportive of the principle. He told legislators, "Let us strengthen that bill and go on and claim this land and our sovereignty."

Grijalva urged Kendall to probe ALEC's role in pushing these anti-federal policies.

"The ALEC vision of state sovereignty trumping long-standing federal government efforts to manage public lands has already had tangible effects on Bureau of Land Management and other agency employees' efforts to do their jobs," he wrote. "Examining how severe that impact has been, and whether ALEC is exerting undue influence on federal land management efforts, is well within the scope of your office. I believe a timely examination of these issues would serve the public interest.""

7 posted on 04/19/2014 6:36:03 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

How dare they have the same rights as leftist groups!!!


8 posted on 04/19/2014 6:43:38 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

Yabut, the Feds fund the environ-wacko leftist NGOs who threaten to sue the BLM, NFS etc. unless they implement agreed upon (through private e-mail channels) “reasonable” regulations.


9 posted on 04/19/2014 6:46:01 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

They’re a bunch of jackazzes...

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10 posted on 04/19/2014 6:47:08 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: Irenic
The 'rat 'Critter has apparently done what he has done.

Sounds factual to me.

11 posted on 04/19/2014 6:50:06 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: GeronL

Maybe they should look to see if the BLM is doing the bidding of Harry Reid and China. They should take a close look at the bank accounts of Harry Reid, Harry’s son and Harry’s buddy who runs the BLM.


12 posted on 04/19/2014 6:50:26 PM PDT by peeps36 (Save The Tortoise And Kill The People)
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To: GeronL

Bizarre. Bureaucrats may not be hindered by citizens questioning the legitimacy of their activities. Their actions may not be constrained. Bureaucratic edict supercedes law.
Now I understand perfectly. Civil disobedience required.


13 posted on 04/19/2014 6:54:38 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Paladin2

That which ‘undermines’ the Department of the Inferior I support.

Defund the Inferior!


14 posted on 04/19/2014 6:56:30 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: Paladin2

KDS , and , classic spin. The nazi bastards are trying turn this around and cover for Reid, and Barry.


15 posted on 04/19/2014 6:59:04 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: Paladin2

OK, factual jackazzes. :p


16 posted on 04/19/2014 7:06:06 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: Paladin2

Grijalva is a Marxist pig. Unfortunately, maggots like him are the future of what was once the American southwest.


17 posted on 04/19/2014 7:09:34 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Louis Foxwell
"Bureaucratic edict supercedes law."

Given the way Congress writes Laws these days (abdicating their responsibility), The Agencies' Rulz ARE the Law. (And subject to change at the whim of the 'crat on the horn with Rustler Reid as to how to proceed.)

18 posted on 04/19/2014 7:15:38 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

It’s not smart to link to that particular website, which is associated with the convicted domestic terrorist Bret Kimberlin. I would not trust that it isn’t infected with malware.


19 posted on 04/19/2014 7:18:45 PM PDT by BCrago66
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To: Paladin2

” ... agents of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) doing the dangerous, difficult job of removing Bundy’s trespass cattle from federal lands ... “

Bovine flatulence can knock a man off his feet—or roast him alive if sparked!—but the brave men and women of the Bureau of Land Management are aware of the risks.
The danger and difficulty to these human critters is richly rewarded by charging the owner about $2,000.00 (the Laneys, $40,000 total) per head that they rustle.


20 posted on 04/19/2014 7:21:04 PM PDT by tumblindice (to hell with the US Chamber of Commerce)
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To: Paladin2

ALEC was around long before the Koch brothers had anything to do with it.


21 posted on 04/19/2014 7:21:57 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz
I'd never heard of them before:

"More than 40 years ago, a small group of state legislators and conservative policy advocates met in Chicago to implement a vision:

A nonpartisan membership association for conservative state lawmakers who shared a common belief in limited government, free markets, federalism, and individual liberty. Their vision and initiative resulted in the creation of a voluntary membership association for people who believed that government closest to the people was fundamentally more effective, more just, and a better guarantor of freedom than the distant, bloated federal government in Washington, D.C.

At that meeting, in September 1973, state legislators, including then Illinois State Rep. Henry Hyde, conservative activist Paul Weyrich, and Lou Barnett, a veteran of then Gov. Ronald Reagan’s 1968 presidential campaign, together with a handful of others, launched the American Legislative Exchange Council. Among those who were involved with ALEC in its formative years were: Robert Kasten and Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin; John Engler of Michigan; Terry Branstad of Iowa, and John Kasich of Ohio, all of whom moved on to become governors or members of Congress. Congressional members who were active during this same period included Senators John Buckley of New York and Jesse Helms of North Carolina, and Congressmen Phil Crane of Illinois and Jack Kemp of New York."

22 posted on 04/19/2014 7:31:49 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Grijalva is a Marxist pig. Unfortunately, maggots like him are the future of what was once the American southwest.

You are far too kind to Mexico's MECHA boy Representative in the U.S House of Representatives

23 posted on 04/19/2014 7:35:11 PM PDT by c-b 1 (Reporting from behind enemy lines, in occupied AZTLAN.)
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To: All

Rule 12
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.


24 posted on 04/19/2014 7:38:23 PM PDT by pluvmantelo (Sure would be nice if the same articles weren't posted multiple times)
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To: c-b 1

The only time Grijalva was challenged, they kept finding new votes for him and Giffords in the recount.


25 posted on 04/19/2014 7:41:40 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: Paladin2

Liberal dementia.


26 posted on 04/19/2014 7:46:04 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Paladin2

I became aware of them in the early to mid 80s when I was covering the state legislature for a local radio station.


27 posted on 04/19/2014 7:48:15 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Paladin2

Waiting for the letter sent by ANY Rep demanding an investigation into Dingy’s Dirty Dealings/connections on this.


28 posted on 04/19/2014 7:55:30 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Jane Long
"Rand Paul to Harry Reid: Simmer down with the “domestic terrorist” rhetoric about"

That's about the best we are going to get.

I still think the the BLM should be made to list all of their land transactions over the last 30 years in Clark County, Nev., including the extinguishments of water and grazing rights.

29 posted on 04/19/2014 7:59:59 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> Although the federal agency was largely able to avoid violent incidents, three people were arrested, including rancher Cliven Bundy’s son, and the BLM chose to cancel the operation rather than risk further escalations by armed right wing fanatics. Grijalva’s request seems eminently reasonable in that light.

What a creepy mo-fo, even by the standards of the Partisan Media Shills (PMS). Thanks Paladin2.


30 posted on 04/19/2014 8:11:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

“Grijalva is a Marxist pig. Unfortunately, maggots like him are the future of what was once the American southwest.”

Grijalva=Monton de mierda! Even looks like one.


31 posted on 04/19/2014 8:17:43 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Luke21

I know, he lost big in Yuma County. The Redistricting Commission carved the Republican areas of the County out of his District, which did me a favor, Gosar is now my Rep.


32 posted on 04/19/2014 8:19:30 PM PDT by c-b 1 (Reporting from behind enemy lines, in occupied AZTLAN.)
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To: Jane Long
Then there is This
33 posted on 04/19/2014 8:29:39 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
"Breibart Unmasked" is having a hissy fit because their side lost "Cowboys and Communists"?

Too bad, little Lefty gurls.

Although the federal agency was largely able to avoid violent incidents - well, except for beating up the sister, and siccing the attack dog on the hated Bundys, and Tasing a Bundy, and having a Bundy son "fall down" a bunch of times while being arrested for resisting arrest, I guess they "avoided violent incidents".

If you want to read a work of complete fiction, go to the Wikipedia "Bundy standoff" page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bundy_Ranch_standoff

The Lefty trolls controlling the page make it seem as if the BLM was barely there, and CERTAINLY not with guns, or automatic weapons. The lies-by-omission are breath-taking.

34 posted on 04/19/2014 8:54:28 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: kiryandil
I just read the "locked" Wiki page. There were some leads in there that I hadn't yet heard. Even after the wheat is separated from the chaff, there is still some wheat in the chaff.

Similar to the situation where reprocessing mine and mine processing tailings with improved technologies can turn up use material.

35 posted on 04/19/2014 9:02:53 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: kiryandil
I just read the "locked" Wiki page. There were some leads in there that I hadn't yet heard. Even after the wheat is separated from the chaff, there is still some wheat in the chaff.

Similar to the situation where reprocessing mine and mine processing tailings with improved technologies can turn up valuable material.

36 posted on 04/19/2014 9:03:42 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

asking her to investigate whether legislation pushed by the Koch brothers-linked American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been aimed at undermining the agency’s work.
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Hope springs eternal. Since the agency is appartently overstepping what is constitutional, it would probably be best to undermine that work, especially since it appear to be serving interests other than the American Citizens.
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armed ‘Patriot’ militias showed up to confront agents of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) doing the dangerous, difficult job of removing Bundy’s trespass cattle from federal lands last week.
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Seems to me that armed BLM agents showed up first, and that’s no way to collect a disputed debt.
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Although the federal agency was largely able to avoid violent incidents, three people were arrested, including rancher Cliven Bundy’s son, and the BLM chose to cancel the operation rather than risk further escalations by armed right wing fanatics. Grijalva’s request seems eminently reasonable in that light.
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BLM was the only ones I saw and heard trying to escalate things. Threatening to shoot the people there even unarmed, women, and children. BLM was standing around with guns in hand. and the cowboy’s guns were holstered and they were praying.

All this over trespassing cattle, meanwhile the drug cartels trespass all over the public lands, and all they do is post a warning sign. Unfreakin’ believable.


37 posted on 04/19/2014 9:18:26 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Irenic

LOL. Deranged Projection. They need to start with unmasking themselves and their ilk. Biggest bunch of scurrying roaches you’ll ever see on this earth.


38 posted on 04/19/2014 9:21:50 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

We are long past the point of civil disobedience having any chance of working.


39 posted on 04/19/2014 9:32:18 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Paladin2

Leftwing American Statists -cannot- grasp the reality of spontaneous action on the part of liberty oriented Americans. This is a tremendous asset, as they swing at shadows to strike the ‘leaders’.

I have no worry about saying it openly. They truly cannot grasp the concept.


40 posted on 04/19/2014 11:05:53 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: Paladin2

ah, so enviroweenies can disrupt how the BLM does things but a “conservative” group? the horror!!


41 posted on 04/19/2014 11:08:05 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: Lurker

Civil disobedience works in a just society. It depends upon a commitment to the dignity of man. If we have lost the ability to influence government with the power of human decency and justice we have lost the ability to entrust government with our safety. A government that cannot be trusted to act on behalf of its citizens must be replaced.


42 posted on 04/20/2014 12:42:42 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Paladin2

I saw that the other day. Unfortunately, he’s already been labeled a *crazy*...even by many here.

The GOP remains silent so that the Left can narrate the story.

Hopefully, we’ll have more than Rand’s reprimand to Dingy from some/ANY GOP Rep. We need a fighter at the federal level (like the state Reps who have stepped up).


43 posted on 04/20/2014 4:36:00 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Bump


44 posted on 04/20/2014 9:21:13 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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