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Ruby Ridge-style standoff brewing as Bundy says he is prepared to be killed

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A Ruby Ridge-style standoff is brewing in Nevada, where dozens of armed federal agents are closing in on cattle rancher Cliven Bundy over claims that Bundy has allowed his cowsto graze illegally on government land, endangering a protected species of tortoise.

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Vowing to take a stand for, “your liberty and freedom,” Bundy says he is prepared to be killed as authorities surround a 600,000 acre section of public land as a result of Bundy violating a 1993 Bureau of Land Management ruling which changed grazing rights in order to protect the endangered desert tortoise.

“With all these rangers and all this force that is out here, they are only after one man right now. They are after Cliven Bundy. Whether they want to incarcerate me or whether they want to shoot me in the back, they are after me. But that is not all that is at stake here. Your liberty and freedom is at stake,” Bundy said.




  1. Czar of Defenestration

    April 8th, 2014

    Sipsey Street Irregulars (or might be “War on America”)
    are rhetorically asking IF,
    while we’re keeping an eye on Connecticut’s gun ban,
    THIS going to be what starts the next civil war.

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  2. Botzilla

    April 8th, 2014

    This is Obamas America…of course he’s going to be killed.

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  3. Frank

    April 8th, 2014

    One human, sacrificed at the altar of a tortoise. Makes sense to me.

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  4. Billy Fuster

    April 8th, 2014

    I admire this man’s courage.

    The real point here is why in the hell does the federal government own 30% of the land (85% in Nevada)?

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  5. Bob

    April 8th, 2014

    There’s more to the story than that article implies.

    That family has been illegally grazing cattle on the land for over 40 years, and has never paid a grazing fee in their lives. More than 25 other cattle grazers have been filing complaints about the family, for quite some time; in addition to the BLM. His “claim” to the land is nothing more than, “that’s where we have taken our cows since 1877.”
    The father has been court-ordered to remove his cattle from the area 3 times since 1998, but adamantly refuses to comply.

    But most importantly, last week he told multiple new agencies, the BLM and Forestry officials present, that he would do “whatever it took” to win the fight and stop the government from interfering with his herd or collecting their grazing fees. When asked for clarification about whether that was legal action or something else, he simply responded “whatever it takes”.

    So, when you have a man claiming he will do “whatever it takes” to stop government agencies from carrying out a court order, you have to assume there might be the possibility of something a little more serious than filming agents during the roundup.

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  6. Corona

    April 8th, 2014

    If he was an illegal alien he’d be having no problems.

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  7. Menderman

    April 8th, 2014

    So now the First Amendment is reduced to a tiny area surrounded by orange plastic fencing and armed feds? Really? They are wrong. This is an outline of the First Amendment zone:


    ^^^and the Second Amendment, and the Third Amendment and the Fourth Amendment….

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  8. J Frank Parnell

    April 8th, 2014


    1) BLM set up “First Amendment Zone,” it looks like a human corral. Evidently the Constitution ceases to exist outside that arbitrary human container.

    2) They posted several snipers in overwatch as the rancher’s cattle were collected,

    3) Snipers watched (pointed the muzzle the rifle) at citizens stopping along a public highway to photograph the roundup,

    4) Federal agents arrested Bundy Jr. (the rancher’s son) along the “non-First Amendment Zoned” public highway for
    “refusing to disperse,” i.e., photographing the confiscation of his cattle.

    Said rancher may be an irascible freeloader/freegrazer, but the above smacks of a police state.

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  9. Burro of Land Management

    April 8th, 2014

    I’d say everyone involved in this is a fuggin’ dick. The feds are dicks because that’s what they are. It’s in the job description when you apply for the job.

    Bundys’ a dick because he doesn’t think the law applies to him.

    I ain’t no lawyerin’ type of fellow but I know that whenever you get two dicks together someone always winds up getting ass fugged’.

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  10. cato

    April 8th, 2014

    It’s not who is right or wrong. The government is always right, regardless.

    This may turn out just like the branch davidians, ruby ridge and countless other thug actions by run-away federal government agencies.

    American sheep will “baaa” at their television sets and watch the murder of Mr. Bundy in real time, color, drone footage with government approved commentary.

    Where’s janet reno when you need her?

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  11. Marko

    April 8th, 2014

    I’m confused. Why are they protecting Mitch Turtle McConnell on this man’s land?

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    April 8th, 2014

    @ Burr

    So what would you do if the government decided that termites were an endangered species and thus decided to confiscate your property because you invaded its habitat? What if they decided to hold your child as political hostage to accomplish their agenda?

    I know what I would do. I don’t need to become a lawyer to help me come to that decision.

    This whole thing is a powder keg, and the feds are the ones sitting squarely upon it.

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  13. Czar of Defenestration

    April 8th, 2014

    @ Bob
    I’d appreciate a source/link for some of that info.

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  14. Bill

    April 8th, 2014

    how many will be willing to go to the floor with bundy for his rights against the government?

    it isn’t just about his grazing rights on the land his fathers settled.

    it’s about all our “God” given rights of freedom.

    we all bitch about the government taking away our rights little by little then sit by when this happens and we can make a difference.

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    April 8th, 2014

    This should be the states decision on what they want to do with the land.

    If the guy is going out in a blaze of glory I can only hope he takes a few of the bastards with him.

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  16. Shminky

    April 8th, 2014

    Anybody have time to find a link to a more fact-rich article or two on the matter? That DC Clothesline is a crap site and I wouldn’t believe anything I read on it.

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  17. Bob M.

    April 8th, 2014

    Would LOVE to see the locals surround the Feds – like the end of the movie, “Thunderheart.”


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  18. Shminky

    April 8th, 2014

    A good piece of journalism from the LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-vegas-blm-range-war-20140407,0,1480936.story

    And there is an interesting and intelligent range of comments about the piece, too (disregard the morons, though).

    The fed agency and court have actually been quite tolerant of the guy for a long time. *The grazing land is not his property and never was.* He doesn’t have the right to continue to graze his cattle there any more than you or I would be able to cut through someone’s living room as a shortcut to the store because we used to do it before their house was built on that formerly undeveloped spot.

    If this ignorant old coot decides to fire first, then what are the BLM agents supposed to do? Die instead of firing back? Nuh-uh.

    There are enough things to be furious about these days; no point in ramping up the outrage when it’s not needed. There is no larger issue here than this guy’s persistence in being an old fuck, as Bob pointed out above.

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  19. Thoughtcriminal

    April 8th, 2014

    One of the comments in the above article posted a very interesting link, worth looking at and doing a little head scratching.

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced it will kill hundreds of threatened desert tortoises it’s been caring for at a Nevada conservation facility


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  20. Bob

    April 8th, 2014

  21. BigGun

    April 8th, 2014

    April 19th, 1775.

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  22. BigGun

    April 8th, 2014

    @Bob: Show me in the Constitution where the federal government has any authority within a state other than a building/private property that they own. Right, you can’t.

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