Federal Government Seizes Cattle In Nevada: Battle About to Commence?

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 10.09.05 AMIt’s probably not going to be a disaster on the scale of Waco or Ruby Ridge, but the US Government’s Bureau of Land Management has a real battle on its hands in Nevada and the usual suspects (e.g. Glenn Beck’s The Blaze) are making an awful lot of noise about it. Report from UPI:

The federal Bureau of Land Management has moved to round up 900 of Cliven Bundy’s cattle, causing an outcry over government overreach.

Bundy, 68, has been in a two-decade battle with the BLM over allowing his cattle to graze on public lands that surround his farm without paying grazing fees. The BLM finally decided to round up and seize the cattle, and closed the land until May 12 to give them time to get all the beef cows.

The herd has grown since 1993 and Bundy flatly refuses to pay the grazing fees, saying the family has been there since since 1870, well before the creation of the BLM in 1946. When the BLM came to round up the cows the family made a call for help.

“YOU HAVE BEEN ASKING WHAT YOU CAN DO! AND NOW ITS TIME!” they wrote on the Bundy family blog Sunday. “They have my cattle and now they have one of my boys. Range War begins at Bundy ranch at 9:30 a.m.”

Bundy said they brought tanks and assault rifles.

“They’re carrying the same things a soldier would,” he said. “Automatic weapons, sniper rifles, top communication, top surveillance equipment, lots of vehicles. It’s heavy soldier type equipment.”…

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  • Anarchy Pony

    I’m conflicted. On the one hand, d bag using public land to increase personal wealth. On the other, blm sucks.

    • DannyWRX

      I get you’re point, but I would say, let the american make money. Nothing wrong with that as long as he’s keeping the community happy.

      • Thurlow Weed

        I’m ‘merican, and I want my money, too. Make that cattle baron pay to use my land, same as the next cattle baron, it ain’t 1870, we got laws nowadays.

        • DannyWRX

          Read Below.

      • VaudeVillain

        I’m pretty sure that “keeping the community happy” requires that he pay the same fees that everyone else in the community pays in order to utilize land that he and his family don’t own.

        From a capitalism standpoint: I and every other taxpayer am a shareholder in several pieces of valuable capital, in this case the land his herd grazes on, and as a part owner of this land I am happy to let him use it for that purpose, but I will of course demand he pay a reasonable fee for use of my capital. I and the other shareholders have established a holding company to manage our mutual properties, and he need only contact the Bureau of Land Management to arrange payment of our consideration in this perfectly reasonable exercise of free enterprise.

        • DannyWRX

          I do feel strongly that he should pay also. So to Thurlow and Vaude, I do agree with you. It’s just not fair for the rest of us. I can’t go park my my cars on a public field without permission (and eventually paying some fees) so I strongly agree, PAY UP!

          But it seems like the entire ‘community’ was there supporting his presence in the land. If they weren’t happy with this unfairness I would think they would turn around and join the popo.

          • Thurlow Weed

            No. We live in the United States of ‘merica. Right-wing populist Christians wearing cowboy hats and boots, toting rifles, and voting for Tea Party candidates do not get the option to not pay rent on nationally administrated land, or to support that kind of behavior. They all can go on being sun-baked idiots with the worldview of a 19th century serf, shoot at tin cans, pray, or whatever, as long as they pay rent on community land they, or their Mormon neighbor has his cows shitting all over. That’s how America works, it’s not a bunch of local city states and survivalist encampments, it’s a modern country.

          • misinformation

            “America works”…Hahahahahahahaha! That’s a good one.

          • Thurlow Weed

            Ok. That’s how it ought to work in some fantastic reality. And you get free dental coverage, too.

    • Reasor

      I can’t pick sides on this one when the law enforcement agency and the delinquent are both acting like assholes.

      Why not simply drag the ranch owner into court for refusal to pay his fines? Why do the cows have to go to cow jail over this?

  • BuzzCoastin

    the family has been there since 1870

    he should check with the American Indians
    about the historic occupation of land
    and how that works in der homeland

  • Oginikwe

    Please. This guy hasn’t paid his token rent on these federal lands since 1993. He owes us $1 million dollars.

  • Cortacespedes

    But…but…brother Brigham give us this here lan’ a century n’ some ago; fer us n’ our missus(s)!

    From “Saints in Babylon: Mormons and Las Vegas”:

    A different kind of battle is shaping up near the historic LDS
    enclave of Bunkerville. There, a lone Mormon rancher, Cliven
    Bundy, struggles to hold on to his modest spread along the
    Muddy River. Bundy appears to be the last of a dying breed as
    he fights the U.S. government’s efforts to yank his grazing rights
    on the public land that surrounds him. All of his neighbors
    surrendered, but Bundy refuses to give an inch. He maintains
    that his family’s herds have roamed the sparse countryside for
    decades, and he has no intention of pulling up stakes now.

    Bundy’s crusade isn’t just about the law or even about his
    livelihood. It‘s part and parcel of his faith. Along with Cliff
    Gardner, a Mormon rancher up north in Elko County. Bundy is
    waging a latter-day holy war with Washington DC and its
    representatives in the Las Vegas office of the Bureau of Land
    Management. “There’s no doubt (Bundy and Gardner) feel that
    taming the wilderness is a noble cause, and raising their children
    close to the land has been good for their families and their
    society,”

    He probably “beefs” about the antelope and wild horses (not to mention the “dreaded” desert tortoise) playing on “his” land too.

    He whines about excessive force, but I know a hundred of these guys at least; and if you put foot-one down on “their” land, don’t be surprised by the buckshot coming your way.

  • Rhoid Rager

    Someone who owns 900 cattle is no squatter.

    http://flag.blackened.net/daver/anarchism/squat.html

  • misinformation

    Where did those gang members purchase all those beige costumes?

  • emperorreagan

    The government fees also represent a theoretical loss (as compared to what the state would collect if it charged at the same rate as private grazing land) and frequently an absolute loss (the fees collected don’t even cover the cost of maintaining said land).

    Not to mention all of the other subsidies granted to the meat production industry.

    I normally default to siding against the government, but fuck anyone who is so heavily subsidized and gets pissy about the minimal grazing fees and restrictions required of them.

  • Oginikwe

    Thanks for that link. I didn’t know that history of his. There’s more about this today as it is heating up:

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/10/nevada-range-war-protest-growing-in-size-after-video-of-encounter-with-federal-agents/

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