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.”
“What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem,” Lockhart said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
The Legislative Summit on the Transfer of Public Lands, as it was called, was organized by Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory and Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, addressed the group over lunch, the Tribune reported.
“It’s simply time,” Ivory told reporters. “The urgency is now.”
Fielder said federal land management is hamstrung by bad policies, politicized science and severe federal budget cuts.
Democratic strategists have made a blunt declaration in an election-year memo, according to AP, “Don’t talk about the economic recovery. It’s a political loser.” Stan Greenberg, James Carville and others wrote that in head-to-head polling tests the mere mention of the word “recovery” is trumped by a Republican assertion that the Obama administration has had six years to get the economy moving and its policies haven’t worked.
As AP reports, Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don’t talk about the economic recovery. It’s a political loser.
“As a start, Democrats should bury any mention of the recovery. That message was tested … and it lost to the Republican message championed by Karl Rove,” they wrote.
So say Democratic strategists in a blunt declaration that such talk skips over “how much trouble people are in, and doesn’t convince them that policymakers really understand or are even focusing on the problems they continue to face.”
In addition, Stan Greenberg, James Carville and others wrote that in head-to-head polling tests the mere mention of the word “recovery” is trumped by a Republican assertion that the Obama administration has had six years to get the economy moving and its policies haven’t worked.
Under the 14th Amendment, automatic citizenship is conferred on anyone born in the United States, even if the parents are here illegally.
Earlier this year, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) re-introduced legislation that would “fix the flawed interpretation of the Constitution’s citizenship clause.”
King’s “Birthright Citizenship Act of 2013″ would end the current practice of extending U.S. citizenship to hundreds of thousands of “anchor babies,” which he called a magnet for illegal immigration.
How do we “fix” education secretary Arne Duncan?
According to the introductory paragraph of Wikipedia’s entry on the subject at the time of this writing…
Further investigation revealed that liberal-leaning groups and the Occupy movement had also triggered additional scrutiny. The only denial of tax-exempt status by the IRS was to a progressive group.
See the screen capture below.
Careful examination of the footnote on that last line reveals the source to be the far left news website Salon.com.
If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.
A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was the notion that Obama’s speech, tied to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools, would overshadow the student’s big day.
“I’m a single mother who has raised him for 18 years by myself,” said Tina Hernandez, parent of Topeka High School senior Dauby Knight. “I’ve told him education is the only way out. This is one of the biggest days of their lives. They’ve taken the glory and shine from the children and put on Mrs. Obama. She doesn’t know our kids.”
image courtesy of All Voices.com
Hernandez was among the parents and students who spoke Thursday at a school board meeting and urged district officials to reconsider their decision to invite Obama. Ron Harbaugh, spokesman for the Topeka school district, said Friday discussions were under way to work out the logistics and planning for the event, including how many tickets each family would be allotted.
Earth ‘Serially Doomed’: UN Issues New 15 Year Climate Tipping Point – But UN Issued Tipping Points in 1982 & Another 10-Year Tipping Point in 1989!
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As early as 1989, the UN was already trying to sell their “tipping point” rhetoric to the public. See: U.N. Warning of 10-Year ‘Climate Tipping Point’ Began in 1989 – Excerpt: According to July 5, 1989, article in the Miami Herald, the then-director of the New York office of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Noel Brown, warned of a “10-year window of opportunity to solve” global warming. According to the 1989 article, “A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of ‘eco-refugees,’ threatening political chaos.” (LINK) & (LINK)
It’s all so confusing. In 2007, UN IPCC chief Pachauri declared 2012 as the climate deadline to act or it would be “too late.” See: Celebrate! UN IPCC Chairman Pachauri: It’s Too Late to Fight Climate Change! – Pachauri in 2007: ‘If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late. What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment.’
Interesting Bullpen post by Pogosticks
If you don’t have a security system in your home or other outbuildings you may have, here’s a cheap way to provide one.
When is C. Steven Tucker going to run as a representative? He represents my interests. Does he represent yours?
UPDATE: See Todd Run.
Todd Fine has taken down his post, at The News On Time, where he calls a number of sites, including iOTW, aggressive and tasteless.
It remains at Huff Poop in a barren area.
Are you aware that iOwnTheWorld is aggressive and tasteless!?!
I sure hope so, it’s in our mission statement.
Todd Fine, a writer for Huff Poop, as well as a site called The News on Time, called us out, along with BNI, Weasel Zippers and Patriot Update. Todd thinks we were a little hard on his COMPLETELY ASININE CONCERN ESSAY about “conflating Muslims with the 9/11 attacks.” He’s troubled by the inclusion of the term Islamic Terrorism at the 9/11 museum.
I’m troubled by the inclusion of the term “Historical Society” on Todd Fine’s Linkedin profile.
Hey Todd, I hope the following is aggressive and tasteless enough for you. If not, let me know and I’ll take another crack at it.
Listen, stupid, Full Story
Mr. Poo mascot was created to desperately try and reduce public defecation in India
Jews emerging from a synagogue (in Donetsk) say they were handed leaflets… (by) pro-Russian militants who have taken over a government office in an attempt to make Ukraine part of Russia, …(ordering) the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated”.
Update from Beshep -
Pic from the Ukraine. This says “Death To Kikes”
Also from antisemitism.org - desecrated cemeteries
The Looking Spoon
This was posted on an atheists blog on Tumblr with the tags “skepticism” and “open mindedness.” (I guess it’s “open-minded” to be “skeptical” about God, two five-letter words that start with “i” come to mind for me, the first is “irony,” the second is much less polite)
I don’t know if this is the official rally cry of any liberal who fancies themselves as “progressive,” but I’m sure none of them would disagree with this…
A major Democrat donor today entered a guilty plea for to campaign finance fraud and witness tampering. Sant Singh Chatwal was caught in an FBI sting that discovered he had made over $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, and Kendrick Meek.
I’ve always considered myself to be a Barack Obama fan — and not only because I can say I once had lunch with the future president of the United States.
Enacting national health care, if imperfect, was only a dream for a half-century of prior presidents. His view that America is not alone in the world but needs to act in cooperation with our allies is essentially correct. He admittedly was a little slow to come around on some issues I care about, such as gay marriage, but, hey, what counts is not where you start but where you end up.
But I have this to say to the president from Chicago as his representatives play off city against city in a financial derby to pay for the rights to host his presidential library: Pay for it yourself, sir. Get the money from your buddies and donors and supporters. Don’t ask the taxpayers of the city and state to come up with what, at the moment, is at least $100 million. We can’t afford it.
The $100 million figure is what Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is proposing to make available for the library from the state’s capital program.