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Range War: The Bureau of Land Management Blinks

Patriots™ cheering as BLM turns tail and runs
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In an interesting twist to the BLM vs. Bundy standoff in Nevada, the BLM has released 400 cattle they rounded up belonging to Cliven Bundy, a rancher at odds with the government for 20 years. See previous LGF posts here and here.

Several hundred Bundy backers converged on Bureau of Land Management holding pens all Saturday afternoon. Many of them were armed.

All over the internet, right wing websites (including Fox News) have painted Bundy as a folk hero, but the fact is he’s been not just grazing, but overgrazing, more than 900 cattle on public land without payment.

Oathkeepers and assorted Patriot nutcases descended on the cause, armed, and threatening a shootout with government authorities if the cattle confiscated by the government weren’t released.

Earlier in the afternoon, about 2 p.m., there was a report that some 25 BLM Rangers were trapped in the Holiday Inn Express by members of a militia who were using their trucks to block the motel. A caller said it was the second time it had happened this week.

Don’t think for one moment this has ended with a release of cattle. The more significant fact was bullying, and showing up armed to the teeth, these rangeland fanatics have scored a victory over a government they refuse to acknowledge as legitimate, and consider every bit as weak as the POTUS they despise.

As an aside, this band of armed whack jobs have earned a spot on SPLC’s Hatewatch, and for good reason. Their gripes don’t end with nearly-free public grazing rights. Basically, we have a perfect storm of the Posse Comitatus, babyklukkers, Dominionists, and gun fanatics, and they’ve just been rewarded magnificently for potentially lethal behavior.

Former CIA Director: Sen. Dianne Feinstein Is ‘Emotional’

Dudesplaining torture to the ladies
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The US intelligence community’s spokespeople are trying to get out in front of the release of a highly critical report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs (read: torture), but former CIA director Michael Hayden is not really helping with patronizing, sexist comments like this.

“That sense that the motivation for the report may show deep emotional feeling on the part of (Sen. Dianne Feinstein), but I don’t think it leads you to an objective report,” Hayden said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Pushed by Fox host Chris Wallace, Hayden said: “You’re asking me about a report that I have no idea of its content. No one responsible for that report has spoken a word… so it’s very hard for me to make a judgment.”

Video: President Obama’s Statement on the Affordable Care Act

And now, the envelope, please…
Politics • Views: 17,739

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A Great Video From Bill Moyers on GOP Politicians Who Deny Climate Change and Evolution

Featuring Georgia’s Paul “Evolution is a Lie from the Pit of Hell” Broun
Politics • Views: 13,896

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Bill Moyers takes on radical-right Republicans for denying the science behind evolution and climate change, showing a video clip of Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), chairman of oversight and investigations for the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the US House of Representatives, who says evolution is a lie “straight from the pit of hell” and climate change, a hoax.

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) Dumps Loony Right Wing Hate-Blogger After Outcry

Loyalty
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Remember my post about New Mexico GOP Rep. Steve Pearce hiring a completely whacked-out insane right wing blogger as his press secretary? Only yesterday Pearce was pretending he would stick by Rebekah Stevens despite the voluminous evidence of her extremism, racism and hate speech — which he knew about before hiring her.

Well, looks like things were getting a little too hot for Steve to handle: Rep. Steve Pearce’s New Press Secretary Resigns Amid Controversy.

Just four days after announcing Rebekah Stevens as his new press secretary, Rep. Steve Pearce has accepted her resignation. Stevens was affiliated with the PolitixFireball website that had made inflammatory remarks about Jews, Muslims and others - including many journalists in New Mexico.

“I am proud to hire passionate, hardworking, and dedicated congressional staff out of New Mexico,” Pearce said in a statement this morning. “When I hired Miss Stevens, I hoped she could transition from activist to become an asset to the people of New Mexico. It is now clear that major obstacles will prevent this. I asked for and accepted her resignation this morning. I hold myself and my staff to the highest level of accountability, and any distractions that hinder my service to New Mexicans must always be addressed.”

Oh man, the Tea Partiers are going to be very upset with our Steve.

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