Saturday, April 19, 2014

IF YOU THINK CLIVEN BUNDY MIGHT BE WRONG, READ THIS

Cliven Bundy stands accused by Harry Reid and the BLM of being the bad guy of the year.  I've said before in this column that the history of the BLM in the West is far from stellar.  They have run roughshod over this part of the country for decades, grinding their opponents into the desert dust as they go. 

Read this: Shoshone Farmer, Raymond Yowell, Set to Take on the Bureau of Land Management

I don't know about you, but I stand firmly behind Bundy, Yowell and the other ranchers.  This damned Obama government has gone too damned far.  

That's MY AMERICAN OPINION, firmly submitted.   

Friday, April 18, 2014

THAT CONDESCENDING SMILE

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You certainly must have noticed it.  Barack Obama has it.  Granted, Michelle doesn't have it, but the others do... Bill, Hillary, Harry, Nancy.  It's the way they carry themselves... a certain, misguiding smile and a brief, but distinctive nod of the chin.  Michelle never smiles; she's angry at the world.  The rest of them consider the country to be their private oysters in a glass full of rare, vintage wine. 

They believe that they, and only they, possess the required attributes to run this country, to steer it toward what they consider to be the epitome of world government.  And well they should believe that; after all, they have degrees from Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, Yale, George Washington University, Trinity and Princeton.  Where did you go... trade school, vocational school, some obscure college out in the midwestern sticks?  Maybe you never even graduated from junior college or... gasp... high school!  And you have the unmitigated gall to think you could do a better job of running the country than they are? 

Sometimes, there's that patronizing wink that accompanies the condescending smile and nod.  It's a "Come play along with me for a while and I'll let you in on the details later," kind of wink.  The details never come or, if they do, they smell worse than dead fish. 

There's a deep divide in this country, and it's damned closed to becoming the Grand Canyon of all times.  Something's about to break wide open, and I don't think it's going to be pretty.  When it does; it'll be the battle of the snots vs. the real Americans.  

Smile, nod, wink wink.  

That's MY AMERICAN OPINION, respectfully submitted. 



Thursday, April 17, 2014

THE PICTURE

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Ben Carson is an impudent asshole.  Cliven Bundy is a parasite.  Ted Cruz is  right-wing extremist.  Paul Ryan is a tightwad.  The Tea Parties are racists.  Gun owners are baby killers. 

Karl Marx is to be emulated and Barack Obama is really "cool."  

Get the picture? 

Illegitimi non carborundum.  

That's MY AMERICAN OPINION, respectfully submitted. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SO, WE REMEMBERED BOSTON...

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DO WE REMEMBER BENGHAZI?

That's MY AMERICAN QUESTION, respectfully submitted. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

COLD WART

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A Russian fighter jet was obviously trying to provoke an international confrontation over the weekend; the jet continuously buzzed the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Donald Cook at close range in the Black Sea over a 90-munute period.  A Russian Navy ship, a frigate, has also been shadowing the U.S. warship, remaining within visual distance but not close enough to be unsafe.  

This type of activity occurred every day during the Cold War; they never led to outright battle or World War III.  Of course, we had Presidents in those days who didn't put up with any nonsense.  These days, we have Barack Obama.  

That's MY AMERICAN OPINION, respectfully submitted. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

BLM EXISTS IN DISGRACE

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Saturday morning, faced with hundreds of protesters and the promise of hundreds of more by the end of the week, the BLM summarily announced that it was pulling out of its hostile takeover of the Bundy Ranch near Overton and Bunkerville in Nevada.  Several protesters had been arrested, including one of the sons of the ranch owner, Cliven Bundy. Both Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie both condemned the BLM actions. 

BLM has historically had rotten relations with ranchers and farmers, particularly in Western States.  The Las Vegas office has been particularly overbearing and arrogant in its relationships.  It has many times used ruses to drive farmers and ranchers from their lands.  In this case, the BLM claimed the desert tortoise was nearing extinction and that cattle grazing in the area had to stop.  It was around that time that one BLM agent allegedly told ranchers and farmers that the BLM would drive them off their lands.  In the meanwhile, the desert tortoise has thrived and the BLM is actually killing some of them off.  Yet, the land battle has continued. 

The Bundys moved to the area in 1870, long before the BLM was formed, and began ranching.  It was open range in those days; you could graze cattle wherever there was edible vegetation. The most recent confrontation was over Bundy's grazing of cattle on BLM lands, formerly open grazing lands.  At the heart of the issue is the lack of a fence to distinguish Bundy Ranch lands from lands supposedly owned by the BLM; the Bundy's were saying Friday that the lands in question were actually state-owned lands.  

During the standoff, the BLM refused to allow protesters near the site and confined them to two small "Free Speech" areas with a limit as to the number of protesters who could be at the areas and the condition that only one of the two areas could be occupied at any given time.  This is a glaring violation of the 5th Amendment. 

The BLM may be gone from the Bundy Ranch today, but they are not used to losing their battles.  You can bet they will be back; it's just a matter of time.

Illegitimi non carborundum.

That's MY AMERICAN OPINION, respectfully submitted.