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A busy week in the real world kept me from this virtual one. A year ago I posted a piece, “Janet’s Ammo Stockpile”, questioning the executive branch massive weapons and ammo acquisitions for numerous federal agencies. I linked to a Forbes piece from 3/11/13, “1.6 billion Rounds Of Ammo For Homeland Security? It’s Time For A National Conversation” Yes, whenever you raise the question of federal government run amok, the political Left chimes in with the “tinfoil hat” accusation, relegating your concerns to those of a kooky, conspiracy-nut, best laughed at and shooed away. Of course, the Left would prefer all this shooing away to include confiscation of legal, privately owned firearms from said conspiracy-nuts.
I’m just an ordinary working American taxpayer. I spent most of my adult life as a homemaker, while my husband served in the US Army and then I found an ordinary job when he retired from the military. We moved a lot with the Army and I enjoy observing people. Likewise, I watch the news, in print, on TV and now online videos, in addition to listening to and reading the news reporting. Often the pictures don’t fit the audio and print reporting. Here’s a link to a piece on the Blaze about the Bureau of Land Management in this ranch stand-off story. Look at the photo with the caption, “Armed agents for the Bureau of Land Management outside the Cliven Bundy Ranch in Nevada.” On another site, you can find pictured a photo of a BLM agent, identified as a special forces soldier. A blog, SOFREP, (which I have followed for quite a while and enjoy), wrote a lengthy rebuttal of sorts on the photo and recording of said special forces solider, albeit, the SOFREP author is still trying to reach ground truth on the matter.
Here are a few common sense things I know (take that with a pillar of salt, lol) about the military and soldiers whose careers were in actual combat arms. When combat arms types leave the Army, they face a harsh reality, unless they spent a lot of time preparing for this eventuality. Most don’t fit in well with the corporate America mentality and their skill sets aren’t compatible with most civilian job offerings. Police forces often would rather train some fresh recruits without ingrained military habits. Private contractors for security adventures overseas hire many of these types of former soldiers and it wouldn’t surprise me that federal agencies building the “Obama Civilian National Security Force” would hire former soldiers.
The Annenberg Public Policy Center, presents FactCheck.org on the matter and this link pops up as the first Google link for a Obama Civilian National Security Force” search. Don’t dig deeper, they’ve got it answered:
Q: Is Obama planning a Gestapo-like “civilian national security force”?
A: This false claim is a badly distorted version of Obama’s call for doubling the Peace Corps, creating volunteer networks and increasing the size of the Foreign Service.
FactCheck goes on to expand that President Obama was being grossly misquoted and taken out of context on the matter. Okay, but then how to explain regulatory agencies, not the military or law-enforcement, building paramilitary forces, stockpiling weapons and ammo, and even acquiring military-type vehicles?
Luckily for the mainstream media, the old rancher, Mr. Bundy, provided the perfect opportunity to avoid questioning what this BLM armed force is, how many comprise their force, what it’s purpose is, how much firepower does it stockpile, and exactly what in the hell it’s mission, legislative parameters are and who trains, commands and funds it. We won’t find that out, because now, alas, Mr. Bundy, aside from being on the wrong side regarding his legal knowledge, also possesses some unsavory racial opinions too. Thus the media focus can happily pivot from that unhappy line of inquiry and place the full force of its attention on rabid, right-wing racists, assuredly, a much more comfortable area for their investigative vigor.
So, with Mr. Bundy, turning out to be a worm in one bad apple, whom even Glenn Beck wants to avoid being associated with, the press happily can avoid the BLM armed force questions. Yes, it’s back to being happy Obama propagandists again for them. Much easier to focus on the worm in one apple than get too close to the cesspit that is the Obama administration’s “change you can believe in”. Once again, who are those armed BLM agents in the pictures from the ranch in NV? How many armed agents does the BLM have, who funds, trains, commands them? And if you’re really daring, how about disclosing information about the armed forces in other “regulatory” federal agencies and for the most intrepid, tell us about the Department of Homeland Security’s massive arsenal and just who it is they’re arming and training to fight. Yes, FactCheck, bravo for your pat answer:
“Here is the relevant portion of what Obama actually said, with the sentences quoted selectively by Broun and others in bold.
Obama, July 2, Colorado Springs, CO: [As] president I will expand AmeriCorps to 250,000 slots [from 75,000] and make that increased service a vehicle to meet national goals, like providing health care and education, saving our planet and restoring our standing in the world, so that citizens see their effort connected to a common purpose.
People of all ages, stations and skills will be asked to serve. Because when it comes to the challenges we face, the American people are not the problem – they are the answer. So we are going to send more college graduates to teach and mentor our young people. We’ll call on Americans to join an energy corps, to conduct renewable energy and environmental clean-up projects in their neighborhoods all across the country.
We will enlist our veterans to find jobs and support for other vets, and to be there for our military families. And we’re going to grow our Foreign Service, open consulates that have been shuttered and double the size of the Peace Corps by 2011 to renew our diplomacy. We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set.
We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded. We need to use technology to connect people to service. We’ll expand USA Freedom Corps to create online networks where American can browse opportunities to volunteer. You’ll be able to search by category, time commitment and skill sets. You’ll be able to rate service opportunities, build service networks, and create your own service pages to track your hours and activities.
This will empower more Americans to craft their own service agenda and make their own change from the bottom up.
Does that sound like a force that could kick down your door in the middle of the night and haul you off to a Gulag or concentration camp? You decide.”
– Brooks Jackson
You’re exactly right FactCheck, it doesn’t sound like a force that could kick down your door in the middle of the night, but from my observation, it sure looks like it could… Yes, absolutely, you decide.
PS: If you get really curious about the BLM, Victor Keith posted a piece at the American Thinker, “One of the Biggest Fat Cats in America is the BLM”:
“The BLM controls some 40 percent of the national coal supply and collects more than 1 billion dollars a year in bonus and royalty revenues. In 2012 alone, they collected a record 2.4 billion dollars. There is great incentive for the federal government to put as many private coal producers as possible out of business. It also shows why cattle ranchers are being inexorably driven off their lands by governmental policies. The federal government has a much more lucrative plan for those lands that does not involve private property owners.”
Finally, I’ve got some time to write a blog post, hooray! Real life (worked over 56 hours from last Sunday through Thursday) demands kept me away. Since my time was otherwise occupied, my grasp of the intricacies in the little guy Nevada rancher vs the Big Government situation aren’t as well researched as some of yours, so maybe you can enlighten me. So, we’ve got this old rancher, Cliven Bundy, who apparently wants his cattle to graze on federal land that Mr. Bundy says belongs to the state of Nevada and therefore he has been battling the federal government since 1993 and losing. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) says he owes over a million dollars in grazing fees. Politico has a good quick breakdown on the various interests and points of view on the situation. No BLM clash with a private citizen would be complete without some endangered critter, the environmentalists shriek needs “protection”, so in this case it’s some desert tortoise, plus some sheep and even a Lane Mountain milkvetch, whose fragile eco-system needs protection from grazing and other dastardly human activities. Courtesy of the Sierra Club (story here) :
“Seven years of impacts, absent monitoring and changes in management, could doom critically endangered species,” said Terry Frewin of the Sierra Club, one of the groups planning to sue. “The BLM’s abdication of legal requirements and Fish and Wildlife Service’s neglect of enforcement is setting up a crisis for these species already teetering on the brink of extinction.”
Groups planning to join the Sierra Club in suing the BLM are the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, and Desert Survivors.
A Lane Mountain milkvetch……. yes, don’t laugh, but here’s the first paragraph from the Center for Biological Diversity on their battle to protect this plant:
“The Lane Mountain milk vetch is no stranger to adversity, with its remarkable ability to survive for years underground and subsist on what little moisture its taproot can soak up. When this small, desert-dwelling plant does have an aboveground presence, it can be found growing intertwined among the branches of other shrubs for support. The Lane Mountain milk vetch is likewise entangled with the U.S. Army, which is determined to trample this miniature flowering herb and its habitat.”
Yep, they tell you how remarkably resilient this plant is and then ramble on about its need for federal protection of its fragile eco-system… Moving along, assorted individuals (many of them fellow ranchers, some probably militia kooks too) and groups, who are sick of big government overreach, jumped into the fray to support Mr. Bundy’s stand-off against the feds. The feds sent some armed folks (not sure who all was involved there) to enforce a court order to remove Bundy’s cattle from federal land. We heard the feds shot some of the cattle, we heard the endangered tortoises got trampled, we heard Bundy supporters had snipers set up, we heard the feds had snipers set up. We even heard Harry Reid’s son has personal business interests in this disputed federal land mess too – he represents a Chinese firm that was planning to build solar panels. Brietbart debunks this claim and provides a good background to the situation:
“Despite the obvious partisan gain to be had if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s son Rory (a failed 2010 Nevada gubernatorial candidate) had somehow been involved in a “land grab” affecting the Bundy family ranch operation—the facts just do not pan out as such. Indeed, Rory Reid did in fact have a hand in plans to reclassify federal lands for renewable energy developments. Just northeast of Las Vegas and Nellis Air Force Base, plans were drawn by Reid allies to potentially develop 5,717 acres of land for such use. While it would be fair to claim that such activity was in Bundy’s relative neighborhood, the federal lands once leased by the family were more than 20 miles away, east of Overton, Nevada. Contrasting maps offered by InfoWars and those entered into federal court record prove such a theory to be a stretch.”
So, the feds backed down for the moment from enforcing their court order and the Bundy supporters claimed victory. However, this war isn’t over and Harry Reid set off a new firestorm yesterday, denouncing Bundy and his supporters as “domestic terrorists”. I watched Sen. Reid ramble on about these “domestic terrorists” whom, he claimed had assault weapons, sniper rifles and even automatic weapons…….. hummm. I saw pictures of ranchers, women, kids milling about in the TV reporting. I saw one photo of one man lying down on a bridge with a rifle – not sure who he even was or what he was aiming at. Talk about exaggeration then juxtaposed were the Democrats who remained strangely mum when the Obama administration labeled the first Fort Hood shooting, just a case of “workplace violence” – no domestic terrorism there.
The real stand-off in this fight over public lands won’t be between small-time cattle rancher and the BLM, no, there’s a bigger war brewing and it going to shape up as a fierce constitutional one over federalism – western states vs. the feds over control of public lands. Here’s an explanation of the states’ side and stakes, “The New Battle Lands: States Seeking Control of Public Lands in the West”.
This latest clash, of a small time rancher pitted against the almighty federal government strikes a sympathetic chord with those of us disgusted with federal overreach, even though, the rancher’s legal case has no merits. He’s making specious claims and his comments that he will obey Nevada state laws and not federal laws hold no water, as far as I can see. We abide by The Constitution of the United States of America. However, the underlying discontent among the political Right with big government simmers and our country grows ever more polarized. On the political Left, the other half of the country demands more government programs, more laws and regulations to control those who disagree with them. Certainly, the political divide in America grows wider and deeper with the Hope and Change, healer of the political divide in America throwing gasoline (okay maybe ethanol) on the raging fire of discontent. Where is the Presidential leadership to calm this crisis? He’s great at issuing red-line tough talk at the Russians, but he ducked this domestic stand-off. Certainly, the issue remains far from over, because the feds can’t just walk away from a court order, yet the President and his Justice Department selectively obey the laws too, so what to make of exactly what “the rule of law” means in this new America. President Obama believes he doesn’t need to rely on legislation from Congress, no, he has a pen and a phone:
“And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating.”
Stay calm, don’t panic, the President is overstepping his constitutional powers for you and our kids, yes, everything he does has pure, altruistic motives… No worries….
Perhaps, George Will sees what’s just beyond the horizon, much broader and deeper than this public lands debate, when during a recent interview with the Blaze on his new book he stated:
“I’m quite confident that we’re going to rebel against this abusive government. I think that, you know Winston Churchill said, “The American people invariably do the right thing after they have exhausted all the alternatives.”
Let’s hope that when the storm breaks, America survives the maelstrom and we don’t all drown in the process. Keep your life vest handy, you’ll likely need it… And if you live in cow country, there’s a reason for the phrase “hotbed of politics”, courtesy of the Online Etymology Dictionary:
Yep, a big pile of crap…
I came across this article, “The 5 Traits The Modern Man Is Missing”, from a news/blog site called Elite Daily: The Voice of Generation-Y, via another blog Musings from a Middle-Aged Man, written by a retired police officer. I read his blog frequently, because he comes up with many interesting links to stories about government overreach into our lives and is particularly interested in the federal gambits on gun control. Now, being of a pacifist nature (ok, that’s a lie – I fight when severely provoked……… usually by bullies), but hey, I don’t own any guns, never even thought about owning a gun, but I sure understand the views of those who do own guns. And I understand where Obama’s fundamental transformation is leading us: courtesy of Allen West, in simple cartoon format, “Barry Explains Cloward-Piven Strategy”.
Barry, of course, fits into this thread so well, as he exemplifies, the modern man, described in the Elite Daily article. At the risk of being called a racist, right-wing extremist, Barry rode the Affirmative Action train all the way to the White House, despite not ever holding down any job outside of the far-left political agitating sphere. That provided the springboard into politics and the rest is history. Five years into this gig, even many of his supporters admit he doesn’t seem competent to do this job. Honesty checks itself at the partisan political gate, so these same folks will still support him. Just speaking as a mom and a grandmother, President Obama’s worst failing sure seems to be laziness – yes, I know, I have one kid like this too – brilliant, but sadly, very lazy. We have a President who glories in the public acclaim and perks of being President, but he has no real interest in actually working hard to perform the duties that come with the title. On the right we have weepy Boehner and McCain, reminiscent of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now………. ready to wage his own wars everywhere. Enough with these milk-toast specimens of manhood, where are all the real men? Are they extinct? Do great men still exist? Let me know when you find one, please, we might need to clone him.
The headline from the Washington Times says it all:
A NJ family’s home was raided by police Saturday over a facebook birthday photo posting of the family’s 11 year-old son holding the .22 rifle he received for his birthday. (story here). The father is a firearms instructor for the NRA, a NRA range safety officer and a NJ hunter education instructor, according to this story. So, an anonymous call to some government child abuse hotline instigates a raid on a private citizen’s home over a facebook photo, because we’ve conditioned society to fear guns – especially a gun in the hands of an 11 year-old. The child in question possesses a NJ hunting license and has passed the state’s hunter safety course. So, this kid’s unsuspecting mom was at home when the police and Dept of Child and Families Services came knocking on the door. They demanded to see all the guns in the family’s gun safe. The story goes Mom called Dad, who rushed home and called his attorney. The attorney told the father not to open his gun safe unless the police produced a warrant. Thus far the police have not returned with a warrant. All of this drama set in motion over a mass overreaction about a photo of a gun in the hands of an 11 year-old boy.
Considering we live in a country where adults can’t distinguish between real guns and a pastry, whose shape vaguely resembles a gun, this raid should come as no surprise. The shocking part is that the police tried to push their weight around without a warrant and that should cause more alarm than a kid holding a gun. We’ve got a lot of government bureaucrats who deal with our children’s safety reacting in bizarre and alarmingly irrational ways all in the name of “zero tolerance”. In light of the media induced gun hysteria, more of this type of government overreach seems likely. George Will wrote an excellent piece, The Pop-Tart terrorist, (here) which explains our present culture of mass hysteria over rational thought – idiots run wild, beware!
Often the vocal part of the pro-gun types gets relegated to some fringe stereotype, ridiculed by the mainstream media, liberal academics and many politicians in Washington on both sides of the aisle. The rumors of government run amok continuously circulate, so it’s very easy, after decades of far-flung theories of nebulous compounds, black helicopters, and the various tales of the government plotting to take away guns, to dismiss these stories out of hand as just more urban myths. So when Forbes, runs a piece, 1.6 Billion Rounds Of Ammo For Homeland Security? It’s Time For A National Conversation, (here), perhaps it’s time to stop automatically dismissing these executive branch ammo stockpiling stories and demand some serious answers from this administration. How many weapons does the DHS possess and why would they need to stockpile that many rounds?
Investors.com ran a commentary piece (here) by Andrew Malcolm at the end of February titled, Why are the feds loading up on so much ammo?, where he ponders the vast ammo stockpiling in the past year by this administration and the lack of real answers as to why these domestic agencies of the executive branch would need so much ammo. Is it a devious plot to enforce gun control by making it nearly impossible for civilians to purchase ammo? Is the administration gearing up for some sort of civil strife that the rest of us remain oblivious about? Are these agencies just trying to proactively keep us all safe? Why would a group of far left ideologues, who want to see personal gun ownership severely restricted (many favoring outright banning private gun ownership completely), embark on such a secretive ammo stockpiling effort?
The Obama administration refuses to answer these questions openly and honestly and so far Congress hasn’t exerted influence to demand answers. The Social Security Administration posted an answer last fall on their website to quell rumors and insists their ammo purchases were strictly for training purposes and to arm their 589 agents who carry guns (here). Is it time to start building that bunker in the backyard or acquiring a good survival guide ? Well, I sure hope not, because for one I treasure my personal liberty , causing me to cringe at the very thought of retreating to some dingy bunker and secondly, I enjoy my modern amenities too darned much to run away from a government run amok. Personal liberty should not be taken for granted, it can be eroded by allowing corrupt people to gradually poison our well of freedom and before we know it our Republic sits poised to expire. Reasonably, these large ammo acquisitions should propel us to demand that our Congress starts demanding some honest answers. I sure don’t want to add a tin foil hat to my Spring fashion accessory list, but with this administration, the old Reagan “trust, but verify” , saying seems quite appropriate and a prudent citizen response to this situation.