The one thing I see missing from a lot of comments is the understanding that members of the U.S. Congress are not involved in the decision making with an Article V convention. It is up to each state legislature to vote on the suggested amendments. There are enough conservative state legislatures to over power the votes from progressive ones who try to pass unfavorable amendments, i.e. you would need 38 Californias or New Yorks to pass something like gun control. I do think you could have 38 states pass a balanced budget amendment and a term limits amendment. If term limits are good enough for the president they are good enough for congress. We have term limits in NV and it works out quite well.
April 10, 2014 at 12:38pm
Some of our state legislators were at our town hall/advisory board last night. They are working on legislation that would allow ranchers to pay grazing fees to the state or counties and have them take over management of the lands. The issue is that the legislature here only meets every other year and isn’t slated for another session until next spring.
Cliven spoke at the meeting last night and was calm and peaceful and said what he felt he had to say. They are successfully trying to keep it peaceful. I can’t say the same for the BLM agents that are keeping me from using some of the land walking distance from my home.
April 9, 2014 at 1:28pm
A friend and neighbor of mine who happens to be a Metro Officer as well put out a great breakdown of the relevant state and federal laws and application of the 10th amendment protecting Bundy’s right to ranch his cattle there. It’s below.
The First Amendment Zone was a little fenced off area set up by the feds for you to exercise your first amendment rights within. You are supposed to stay in the little fenced off area while protesting the cattle roundup. It is a small area just off the freeway exit leading to the area made out of that orange temporary construction fencing with a sign that says first amendment area. We pointed it out to our boys this weekend when driving by and talked about it.
Dave Bundy (rancher’s son) was arrested just down the road from this area over the weekend. He and some of the family were out on the side of a public road, outside of the 600,000 acres closed off by BLM, videotaping the round up of the cattle. They were not protesting and were not interfering with the roundup in any way. Apparently that was enough for the feds to sick the dogs on him and arrest him and to receive some mysterious bruises while in federal custody.
April 8, 2014 at 11:37am
The last straw for me is the “First Amendment Areas”. Even if you disagree with everything else I’ve mentioned, anyone who is okay with the limitation of our inherent and inalienable right to free speech deserves to be locked in a cage. The government does not grant us our rights nor do they have the authority to limit them. Inherent means we are endowed with these rights by our creator. I refuse to accept the arrogant notion that some pukes with the federal government suppose they can force United States citizens to only peacefully express themselves in man-made pins surrounded by fences. Such a blatant violation of our rights is indicative of Nazi Germany and/or Soviet Russia – not America and not in my back yard.
Assuming your post is correct, and it makes the most sense, demonstrates typical federal (read thug) oppression and abuse. If they didn't hold up their end of the contract then it becomes null and void. The turtle story sounds like a cover up for blowing the money somewhere else.
I'm completely baffled by the first amendment zone. Is that something the feds put up stating the first amendment is NOT ALLOWED here?
April 8, 2014 at 11:36am
Will take 2 comments to post this Facebook comment from a good friend of ours out here but it sums it up well.
“Alex, the BLM broke their contractual obligation. They are charged with MANAGING public land (hence the name). Cliven paid his grazing allotment fees for years. Yet the BLM failed to manage the land. Cliven made all the improvements. He built troughs and guzzlers. He cleared out the springs to keep them flowing. The money he paid in grazing allotments was supposed to go toward those improvements.
So, he eventually got tired of doing the BLM’s job for them only to be told the money he was paying was going toward desert tortoise conservation efforts rather than land improvement efforts. Subject to the the breach of contract by the BLM, he stopped paying.
He sought redress in the courts and Harry Reid and his lobbyists were too powerful for him. The constitution prohibits federal land OWNERSHIP. Yet he lost his case in the bought and paid for federal court.
Now these goons have shut down over 600,000 acres of historic land settled by the ancestors of my friends and neighbors. They’ve done so in the name of “safety”. I’ve hunted this land for over two decades. I’ve visited historic sites there with my family in order to learn about the heritage of the Virgin and Moapa Valleys. But not anymore.”
April 8, 2014 at 11:29am
For some good local coverage of this incident, check out our local paper out here. Much more details about what has been going on.
The other side of effect of the feds deciding all of a sudden after a decades long dispute to close 600k acres of land, it kills our local economy. This is the prime time that people will go out for hunting, trail riding, off road vehicle use. It also cuts off some of the areas my wife and I go running in which is basically in our backyard. Oh, and the official fed estimate on the cattle is double what Cliven actually has out there.
Some locals have been doing some great digging as well.
This happened a couple years ago with a laptop deal. Brand new laptop for $40. We all thought we hit the jackpot. Walmart did the same thing. They just canceled the orders and gave us a $10 online Walmart credit to use at their website. I believe they should have honored the deal. Just because somebody “accidentally” posts the wrong price does not mean it should not sell for that. They should honor the prices as posted.
June 20, 2013 at 6:46pm
I just wanted to make sure I read it correctly. The kid is going into the Navy and the principal said he fully expects him to be a General someday. That explains a lot.
From the looks of the JROTC uniform, he's going into the Naval Academy under the USMC. Marines are Department of the Navy, after all...the Men's Department (take that, Squids! lol). And Marines have Generals in their rank structure, with their star levels being Brigadier (1), Major (2), Lieutenant (3), and General (4). So, for once, this Principal may not have been a complete blithering idiot.
June 12, 2013 at 11:30am
Our little town made The Blaze? Wish it was for something other than death foam.
Just another Lezbo that wears Husky. Janet is part of the Government Study on carpet munchers. "Her hands in the Cookie Jar?" Is that the new term for whats down below the waist?
March 21, 2013 at 3:27pm
Nevada is a Right to Work state. The culinary union has organized just about every hotel/casino on the strip. Only a few companies willing to stand up to them (Venetian and Palazzo, Station Casinos). The Cosmo is managed by MGM/Mirage International. From the looks of the pics and the comments a lot of the protesters are actually employees of those hotels. My guess is they brought in reinforcements because they couldn’t get enough of the Cosmo employees to actually participate.