6 thoughts on “Cartoon of the day

  1. Bundy Bunch says:

    Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was killed because the federal government didn’t want ranchers to hear his plea, Cliven Bundy said after his Friday funeral. Finicum had urged ranchers to disavow contracts with the federal government, as Bundy did more than 20 years ago and as Finicum did after participating in a 2014 standoff between Bundy and the BLM in southeastern Nevada.
    If they do so, Bundy said, the ranchers’ stewardship gives them rights to that land.
    “They don’t want him to teach that kind of stuff,” said Bundy, who showed up unannounced to participate in a memorial ride. http://www.sltrib.com/news/3507655-155/after-finicum-funeral-cliven-bundy-encourages
    “Cliven Bundy still owes the U.S. $1 million. What are the feds doing to collect it?” http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-cliven-bundy-fines-20160107-story.html Bundy owes more than $1 million to the federal government for late grazing and trespassing fees, which he has been accruing since the 1990’s and refusing to pay. Of the roughly 16,000 ranchers who graze cattle on BLM lands, 458 have late grazing bills totaling $237,000 according to BLM data – in fact Of those 16,000 public lands ranchers, less than 1 percent have grazing bills that are more than two months past due, the BLM said. Ranchers graze cattle, sheep and other livestock on the more than 21,000 allotments on 155 million acres of BLM lands. They pay $1.35 per month for each cow and calf on both BLM and Forest Service lands, a fee far below what is charged to graze on private or state lands. BLM did not indicate how many ranchers may owe trespass fees, which would be separate from the grazing fees. Environmental groups have long complained that the fee provides a perverse incentive to graze on marginally productive but sensitive federal lands and fails to recoup BLM’s investment in the grazing program. BLM collected $12.2 million in grazing fees in fiscal 2013 but spent more than $48 million administering livestock permits, according to BLM figures cited by The Fiscal Times. http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060000713 Also, according to an April 2013 court filing from the Department of Justice, Interior offered, through the Clark County sheriff, to gather and ship Bundy’s cattle to a facility of his choice for sale and for him to receive all of the proceeds. Bundy instead threatened legal action against the contractor that would have transported the cattle, making reference to a “range war,” according to DOJ.

  2. Update says:

    “The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association has been asked to investigate the conduct of Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer.” http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_News/20160208/sheriffs-association-asked-to-investigate-palmers-conduct See also “Oregon standoff: Sheriff’s stance in LaVoy Finicum shooting draws outrage” http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2016/02/oregon_standoff_sheriffs_stanc.html#incart_big-photo includes video of Sheriff Palmer’s remarks after being selected as “sheriff of the year” by the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.

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