Texas AG to Feds: ‘Come And Take’ Disputed Land

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has a message for the Bureau of Land Management about disputed land along the Oklahoma-Texas border: “Come and take it.”

Abbott was referring to a potential land grab of 90,000 acres that belong to Texas residents. According to Breitbart Texas, the federal government is considering taking the land, which stretches 116 miles along the Red River.

“I am about ready to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas,” Abbott said.

Abbott wrote a letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze about the matter, expressing his concerns about the government’s interest in taking the land from Texans, who have owned it for decades.

“I am deeply concerned about the notion that the Bureau of Land Management believes the federal government has the authority to swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations,” Abbott wrote in the letter.

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“The BLMs newly asserted claims to land along the Red River threaten to upset long-settled private property rights and undermine fundamental principles — including the rule of law — that form the foundation of our democracy. Yet, the BLM has failed to disclose either its full intentions or the legal justification for its proposed actions. Decisions of this magnitude must not be made inside a bureaucratic black box.”

Abbott expanded on the subject in an interview with Breitbart.

“What Barack Obama’s BLM is doing is so out of bounds and so offensive that we should have quick and successful legal action if they dare attempt to tread on Texas land and take it from private property owners in this state,” Abbott said.

The issue with the land dates to the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. The physical boundary between Texas and Oklahoma along the Red River can fluctuate, depending on the river itself. This has led to countless legal battles over the years between the two states and the federal government.

According to Breitbart, the Texas Farm Bureau thinks the border moves south when the river shifts in that direction. But when the flow of water shifts to the north, the organization maintains that the border stays where it is supposed to be.

The BLM has stepped in and wants to take over the land to settle the matter once and for all.

“This is the latest line of attack by the Obama administration, where it seems like they have a complete disregard for the rule of law in this country,” Abbott told Breitbart. “And now they’ve crossed the line quite literally by coming into the state of Texas and trying to claim Texas land as federal land. And, as the attorney general of Texas, I am not going to allow this.”

The situation comes on the heels of the case between the BLM and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.

The BLM says Bundy had been illegally grazing his cattle on 600,000 acres of federal land for 20 years. Bundy disagrees, saying the land belongs to the state. The BLM had started to confiscate Bundy’s cattle, but returned the animals 10 days ago.

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My apologies for the delay. Could not get online early enough to get this out as soon as it came in. Please remember to come to the Mountain Grove PRC meeting at ConnXtions at 7pm Thursday April 24th.

 

The Missouri House Judiciary Committee will be conducting a hearing on Articles of Impeachment tomorrow(Wednesday).

Has governor Nixon committed impeachable offenses?

If you think so, please go to the hearing or at least fill out a witness form, if you haven’t already:

 

Witness Form - I will hand deliver your witness form and also make your testimony available online for the committee to read.
Generic Witness Form: Witness form link for HR 380, 476, 923

If you’re not sure, please read on…

Before we answer the question, please understand that when the House of Representatives votes to impeach an official, all they are doing is authorizing an inquiry into the behavior of the official. They are not rendering a guilty verdict. In Missouri, if a governor is impeached by the House, the Senate selects “seven eminent jurists” (judges) to conduct the inquiry or trial to determing if the official should be removed from office.

Let’s start with what the Constitution says are impeachable offenses:

Missouri Constitution, Article VII, Section 1: “All elective executive officials of the state, and judges of the supreme court, courts of appeals and circuit courts shall be liable to impeachment for crimes, misconduct, habitual drunkenness, willful neglect of dutycorruption in officeincompetency, or any offense involving moral turpitude oroppression in office.”

You see, an official doesn’t need to have committed a crime to be impeachable. Impeachment is not a punitive action. It’s sole purpose is to protect the People from officials who are not properly representing the interests of the People.

 

Now, let’s take a look a the three basic things the Articles of Impeachment are about:

HR 380 Governor Nixon intentionally issued an Executive Order that he knew violates the Missouri Constitution’s definition of “marriage”.

  • Missouri Constitution, Article I Section 33“That to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman.”
  • On November 14, 2013, Governor Nixon issues Executive Order 13-14, which orders the Missouri Department of Revenue to recognize same-sex marriages for the purpose of filing tax returns.

 

HR 476 Governor Nixon intentionally and willfully neglected his duty to set special elections to fill vacant legislative seats.

  • Missouri Constitution, Article III Section 14. “Writs of election to fill vacancies in either house of the general assembly shall be issued by the governor.”
  • Section 21.110, RSMo, also requires the Governor to issue writs of election: “21.110. If the governor receives any resignation or notice of vacancy, or if he is satisfied of the death of any member of either house, during the recess, he shall, without delay, issue a writ of election to supply the vacancy.”
  • Under the pressure of a lawsuit, Governor Nixon did eventually set election dates for three open House seats, but he passed up opportunities to use scheduled elections and set the elections so late that many tens of thousands of people have been left without adequate representation.
  • Additionally, he has refused to even call an election for the vacant 22nd Senate seat. About 285,000 people have been disenfranchised by the governor.

HR 923 Governor Nixon willfully neglected his duty to see that the laws of Missouri were faithfully executed when he approved of the release of the legally protected personal information of 163,000 conceal carry endorsement holders.

 

Again, impeachment is not a conviction. In my opinion, there is clearly enough evidence of wrong-doing to justify an official inquiry (impeachment trial) into the Governor’s conduct.

Think about the message we are sending to all future governors if we stand idle in the face of such blatant misuse of power.

For more about this issue, go here.

 

Mountain Grove PRC will be meeting April 24th at ConnXtions Entertainment on Business 60 in Mountain Grove.

The meeting will begin promptly at 7pm Thursday night and end at 9pm. We must leave the building as quickly as possible because ConnXtions closes their doors at 9:30 and we must respect their needs as well!

Bob Parker will be running the meeting and topics will include things Bob has recently learned on the Real ID Biometric issue as well as current state legislative updates and issues regarding the expansion of Agenda 21 under land acquisition and control measures.

Kevin Jost, of the Commonsense PRC is going to try to come to cover what one should and should not do if stopped by Police. Kevin is a long term law enforcement veteran and understands these issues much better than most!

Please come before 6pm and enjoy the great restaurant at ConnXtions. If you can’t get your meal in before the meeting, you can order it to go and eat it in the meeting room while you learn about the latest issues affecting private property rights!

Look forward to seeing you there!

 

Every now and again one comes across a piece of so called “journalism” in the main stream media that makes you want to go and slap the editor, the “journalist” and every single one of the morons that pretended to educate the “journalist” in question.

Reuters takes the cake in the following article. Mind you, this is NOT presented as an op-ed piece. Were that the case, I wouldn’t care one bit. This is supposed to be journalism, and when I was in grade school, they would have called this “yellow journalism”.

Here it is:

After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?

Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:37pm EDT

Eric Parker from central Idaho stands watch on a bridge with his weapon as protesters gather by the Bureau of Land Management's base camp, where cattle that were seized from rancher Cliven Bundy are being held, near Bunkerville, Nevada April 12, 2014. REUTERS-Jim Urquhart

1 of 2. Eric Parker from central Idaho stands watch on a bridge with his weapon as protesters gather by the Bureau of Land Management’s base camp, where cattle that were seized from rancher Cliven Bundy are being held, near Bunkerville, Nevada April 12, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Jim Urquhart

(Reuters) – Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada desert.

He was part of a 1,000-strong coalition of armed militia-men, cowboys on horseback, gun rights activists and others who rallied to Cliven Bundy’s Bunkerville ranch, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, in a stand-off with about a dozen agents from the federal Bureau of Land Management.

The rangers had rounded up hundreds of Bundy’s cattle, which had been grazing illegally on federal lands for two decades. Bundy had refused to pay grazing fees, saying he did not recognize the government’s authority over the land, a view that attracted vocal support from some right-wing groups.

Citing public safety, the BLM retreated, suspending its operation and even handing back cattle it had already seized.

No shots were fired during the stand-off, which Bundy’s triumphant supporters swiftly dubbed the “Battle of Bunkerville,” but the government’s decision to withdraw in the face of armed resistance has alarmed some who worry that it has set a dangerous precedent and emboldened militia groups.

“Do laws no longer apply when the radical right no longer agrees?” said Ryan Lenz, a writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors militia group activity.

Armed Americans using the threat of a gunfight to force federal officers to back down is virtually unparalleled in the modern era, militia experts said. But the BLM, which says it is now pursuing legal and administrative options to resolve the dispute, has won praise for stepping back and avoiding violence.

Energized by their success, Bundy’s supporters are already talking about where else they can exercise armed defiance. They include groups deeply suspicious of what they see as a bloated, over-reaching government they fear wants to restrict their constitutional right to bear arms.

Alex Jones, a radio host and anti-government conspiracy theorist whose popular right-wing website, Infowars, helped popularize Bundy’s dispute, called it a watershed moment.

“Americans showed up with guns and said, ‘No, you’re not,” before confronting the armed BLM agents, Jones said in a telephone interview. “And they said, ‘Shoot us.’ And they did not. That’s epic. And it’s going to happen more.”

Militia experts interviewed by Reuters said they could not think of another example in recent decades where different militia groups had banded together to offer armed resistance to thwart a law enforcement operation.

In the days since the showdown, right-wing websites have begun searching for other Bundys. Several conservative and survivalist blogs have seized on the case of Tommy Henderson, a rancher on the Texas-Oklahoma border who they say is fighting BLM attempts to seize some of his land.

MILITARY FATIGUES, RIFLES

Few people had heard of Bundy and his ranch until a few days before the stand-off. Right-wing websites and advocacy groups such as Americans for Prosperity, founded by one of the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, cast his tale in a folksy David and Goliath light and helped spread it online.

Someone who has known Bundy since his early 1990s fall-out with the BLM is Richard Mack, a former Arizona sheriff who founded the militia group Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.

Mack is also a prominent member of Oath Keepers, a similar group of serving or former soldiers, police and firefighters who view themselves as defenders of the U.S. Constitution. More than 100 Oath Keepers headed to the desert, Mack said.

Mack, who proposed putting women on the front line of the stand-off with the agents, said armed resistance was a justified response to a “totally unnecessary” show of force by the BLM.

“It was so obvious it looked like it was going to be another Waco or Ruby Ridge,” Mack said, referring to two bloody sieges in the 1990s involving federal agents and armed civilians that fueled the militia movement.

“We weren’t going to let that happen again,” he said.

A number of Bundy supporters wore military fatigues and carried rifles and pistols and had traveled from California, Idaho, Arizona, Montana and beyond. Most kept their handguns holstered.

Mack, who wore his gun on his hip, and other Bundy supporters interviewed by Reuters said they would not shoot first but would retaliate if fired upon.

“We did not want anything to get out of hand,” Mack said.

GAME-CHANGER?

The weekend showdown marked the latest resurgence of violent, anti-government sentiments that have existed in rural America for centuries, said Catherine Stock, a history professor at Connecticut College who specializes in rural militias.

“The question is whether we’re going to see sustained flame-up now. We could see more of that if they actually think that the federal government is going to stand down,” she said.

“It’s not the groups, it’s not their concerns, it’s not their anger, all of that is old, but the federal government backing down? I was like, wow! Seriously?”

Stock said the rise of right-wing media outlets and websites and the election of Republican politicians who have shifted the party further to the right have given a new legitimacy to groups that were once dismissed as being on the fringe.

At least half a dozen state legislators from Nevada, Washington, Utah and Arizona attended protest rallies in Bunkerville at the weekend.

Michele Fiore, a Republican Nevada assemblywoman from Las Vegas who said she joined the protesters daily after getting a torrent of supportive emails about Bundy from constituents, called the resistance “justified.”

“This is historic,” she said. “This is the first time we went arm to arm with the federal government.”

GOVERNMENT MISSTEPS?

The Bundy dispute has been simmering since 1993, when the BLM took over the management of the land on which his cattle grazed. The agency ordered him to reduce the number of grazing cattle to protect the habitat of the desert tortoise, which had been listed as “threatened.”

Bundy refused and has not paid grazing fees since then. The BLM says he now owes more than $1 million.

Critics of the BLM, which administers 245 million acres of public land in the 12 Western states, say it mishandled the situation and was unprepared for the armed resistance, despite fears in past years that the seizure of the illegally grazing cattle could spark violence.

BLM spokesman Craig Leff said the “safety of employees and the public was key throughout the course of the operation.” The BLM, National Park Service and the U.S. Park police “had the minimal personnel needed to maintain the safety of the operation,” he added.

Two sets of images were frequently cited by those who saw the roundup of Bundy’s cattle as a call to arms.

The first showed BLM agents using a stun gun to subdue one of Bundy’s sons at a small protest on April 9, bloodying his shirt over his heart, and a female relative of Bundy being knocked to the ground in a tussle with agents.

“Looking at that made it extremely clear that these federal agents are willing to hurt people and didn’t think they would be accountable,” said militia leader Mack.

Photographs of a so-called “First Amendment Zone”, a taped-off patch of desert where agents would allow protests to be held, also prompted outrage.

Mack, and other militia members, say they have yet to pick their next battle. “We’re only reacting to what the government does,” he said. “We hope that they’ll keep it a little calm from now on and not overreact.”

(Additional reporting by Jennifer Dobner in Bunkerville, Nevada and Timothy Gardner in Washington; Editing by Paul Thomasch and Ross Colvin)

 

Date Set for OSNR Debate

The two veteran politicians will meet on the steps of the Shannon County Courthouse, with alternative sites being discussed in case of rain, Kinder said Friday.

“This debate exemplifies two very fundamental American values, which have always been issues for the parks,” Kelly said. “One is preservation and the other is economic exploitation. That’s a good pressure to have, that’s a good tension.”

Kinder said he “could not agree more heartily. We are setting it for 11 a.m. to have people come from surrounding areas.”

What this is all about is whether the Ozark National Scenic Riverways should be controlled by the federal or state government.

Kinder, a Republican, believes the award winning state park system, can manage the park better than the federal government.

Kelly, a Democrat, defaults to the usual leftist belief that everything is better when it’s centrally planned and controlled.  Therefore, Kelly believes Washington, DC should manage a park in Missouri.

The Shannon County Courthouse is in Eminence, Missouri.

 

Alleged Jewish Community Center killer was a guest lecturer at Missouri State

Posted By Eric Owens On 9:54 AM 04/16/2014

Alleged Shooter at KC Jewish Center

Frazier Glenn Miller, the 73-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader accused of gunning down three people at a Jewish Community Center and a Jewish retirement community in Kansas on Sunday, was featured as a guest lecturer in a class at Missouri State University in 2012.

The professor who invited Miller to speak was David Embree, an adjunct professor of religious studies, reports Inside Higher Ed. The class was an interterm course on cultural and religious subgroups.

“One of the groups that students were pretty fascinated by and wanted more on was white supremacists,” Embree said, according to Inside Higher Ed. “One of the things I’ve found with many of these groups is that if I tell the story myself, [the students] don’t believe me. They just think I’m trying to make them look bad.”

In no uncertain terms, Embree explained that he detests Miller and everything he stands for.

“My acquaintance with Glenn Miller is a couple of phone calls and one hour in a classroom,” Embree added, according to Inside Higher Ed. “He epitomizes the worst possible manifestation of white supremacy/British Israelism and demonstrated to the 12 students who heard him speak that his philosophy is repulsive and truly threatening.”

In an email, a Missouri State spokesman called the Springfield, Mo. school a “marketplace of ideas.”

After the class, a person representing himself as Miller showed up on the Vanguard News Network, an antisemitic, white supremacist website, to vent about his appearance in shockingly racial and anti-Semitic terms.

“The two extremely ugly kikes, one fat one skinny, did not deny one single charge I made against the jews,” Miller seems to have written under his screen name, Rounder. “Their several questions were incredibly stupid, really. They did remain defiant with frowns the whole time, though. Noses stuck up in the air as if to dare me to do something about jewish attrocities [sic].”

“Time flew” during the two hours he was in the class, Rounder recalled. Topics included the “holyhoax” (presumably the Holocaust), “black crime, Federal Reserve” and “jewish leadership of the bolshevik revolution.”

“[A]t one point, I raised up and blurted out, ‘Hell yes, I hate you and all jews, and you all deserve my hate for what your people have done to mine,’” Rounder wrote.

He quotes himself as saying, “I’ve proven in simple math that our race is dying out rapidly. I’ve also given you evidence that the jews are responsible.”

Rounder ended  his Vanguard News posting with the words “Heil Hitler !!!” (RELATED: WATCH the alleged Kansas shooter’s incredibly anti-Semitic interview)

Under Rounder’s posting, there is a lot of dialogue about the class discussion—much of it by Rounder.

“You are an inspiration, Rounder,” wrote Vanguard member elbwgreez (who identifies himself with an image of a young Adolph Hitler). “Judging from your excellent radio interviews I know you were prepared and a quick wit, as always. However, I suspect that that your opponents under-estimate your debate skills, leaving them at a disadvantage.”

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Do You Want To Know the Truth About Common Core?
Friday, May 2nd at 7 p.m. Cassville Missouri
The Watley Center
Crowder College
Dr. Mary Byrne will discuss the history and truth of Common Core, its impact on education, assessments, data collection on our children and more.
Dr. Mary Byrne has a M.Ed. in instructional design and a doctorate in special education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has spent the past thirty-five years in education—her first 10 years as a special educator teaching all grade levels, including work as a coordinator of curriculum, assessment, and accreditation and most recently in differentiated instruction within the regular classroom.