Thank you for visiting. My thoughts & Feelings are my Own.

Here I will share my feelings about America and her Future.

Let it be known to all the World, I love all Humankind, however the poor actions of the few that take away the Freedom's of the many wear on my soul. I don't hate them I feel sad for their foolishness before God and humankind.

Those leaders who seek to 'Keep their Oaths of office' and those who seek only self glory, power, tyranny and the destruction of America as it was founded, hoping to turn it into a Dictatorship, Marxist or other state of Tyranny.

For a long while I was unsure of putting a blog together with my thoughts on this, however Truth must be shared, if not to Awake American's to their dangerous situation then to record the folly of the ways of the wicked who do exist in the leadership of our Nation, States, Counties, Towns. Sad that I must add this page.

"We often search for things in life, yet seldom do we find.

Those things in life that really matter, until we make the time." S.T.Huls

God Bless the Republic of America!

We have Got To Stand Up!!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Patriot Political Prisoners Please, write, or send cards or post cards.

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Patriot Political Prisoners
Please, write, or send cards or post cards.
December 10, 2016
These American's, Patriots, Constitutionalists, Oath Keepers, and believers in the creator Jesus Christ.
Have been taken and placed into prisons across this land, with out trial, without due process, many have been denied medical, some face life threatening issues, All were forcibly removed from their families to face a Tyrannical Radical Militant group of Federals and Statists, because they dared Stand against Tyranny in our days. They Stood before the would be Kings and said No! You shall listen, you shall follow / return to Constitutional laws of this land, you will keep your oaths of office. For these reasons one was assassinated, others arrested with out warrants. many have been Abused, tortured, neglected and treated worse than our military treats hardened terrorists.
These are American Citizens, Remember them, take some time to write each of them encouragements this Christmas season.
They are in the valley of the shadows of death and corruption by true evil in our days. Clinton Foundation, Obama nation, Senator Harry Reid and others seek to destroy them and their families for personal gain, profit, power over others.
Lets remember them and write words of comfort and goodness.
Ammon E Bundy #79404-065
Cliven D Bundy #79563-065
David H Bundy #46088-374
Melvin D Bundy #73048-642
Ryan C Bundy #79400-065
Gregory P Burleson #56875-408
Gerald Jerry DeLemus #15263-049
Orville Scott Drexler #18424-023
Todd Engel #18427-023
Rick Lovelien #07906-063
Micah L McGuire #56874-408
Joseph D O'Shaughnessy #79403-065
Eric J Parker #18426-023
Ryan W Payne #79402-065
Peter T Santilli #79401-065
Steven A Stewart #18425-023
Jason D Woods #56869-408
Nevada Southern Detention Center
2190 East Mesquite Avenue
Pahrump, NV 89060
Dwight Hammond #59886-065
Steven Hammond #60061-065
FCI Terminal Island
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 3007
San Pedro, .CA 90733
Joseph David Robertson #13726046
FCI Englewood
9595 W. Quincy Ave.
Littleton, CO 80123
Corey Lequieu #53118-048
FCI Victorville
Federal Corrections Institute
P O Box 3725
Adelanto, CA 92301
Francis S Cox #16179-006
USP Marion
P O Box 1000
Marion, IL 62959
Schuyler Barbeau #46153-086
FDC SeaTac Federal Detention Center
P O Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198
Michael Ray Emry #3921422
Lane County Adult Corrections
101 West 5 Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401


Friday, December 9, 2016

Bundy brothers refuse to attend US court hearing in Vegas

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It Matters How You Stand
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Bundy brothers refuse to attend US court hearing in Vegas

 12-09-16 : the Oregonian

LAS VEGAS -- Two sons of Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy refused to attend, an...d several co-defendants shouted an oath of defiance at the end of a Friday court appearance for 17 men accused of conspiring and taking up arms against federal agents near the Bundy ranch in Nevada in April 2014.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen decided not to order marshals to bring Ammon and Ryan Bundy to court by force, so the two Bundy sons remained in a nearby holding cell. Marshals were instructed to provide a speaker so they could hear audio of the court proceedings.
Another defendant, Peter Santilli, blurted out that the Bundy brothers didn't want to be shackled. Leen admonished Santilli that he didn't get to speak on their behalf.
So began a contentious three-hour hearing during which the judge didn't make immediate rulings on a range of arguments, including the government's request to have three trials and defendants' requests to be tried together or in groups of their choosing.
Trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 6. Leen called it "physically and logistically impossible" to try all 17 defendants together, and suggested it would be unfair for a 17th defendant to have to wait months or years to resolve his case if they were tried individually. She said she'll issue a written scheduling order soon.
Leen also is considering multiple requests to dismiss charges; a plea for a change of venue to Reno or another city; a suggestion that federal officials shredded documents that would be relevant to the case as they packed up and left temporary offices near Bunkerville; and Cliven Bundy's lawyer's insistence that the federal government has no jurisdiction in Clark County.
Santilli's attorney argued that he's a journalist, and that his calls in Internet postings for supporters to rally to the Bundy ranch to lawfully carry guns and protest federal Bureau of Land Management action were constitutionally protected free speech.
At least two defendants, Ryan Payne and Scott Engel, stood the moment court was adjourned and loudly declared, "Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God!"
Santilli chimed in that he expected that when Donald Trump becomes president, he'll intervene in the case on the defendants' behalf.
Several people among about three dozen family members and friends responded with words of love and support as they filed out of the courtroom gallery under watchful eyes of U.S. marshals.
The protest-by-absence of Ammon and Ryan Bundy echoed the refusal by their father last March to enter a plea to federal charges that he led the tense armed standoff that stopped a government round-up of cattle on public land about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. A magistrate judge entered a not-guilty plea for him.
No shots were fired, and no one was injured in the standoff. But images of Bundy backers with assault rifles on a freeway overpass forcing federal agents to back off in a dry river bed below have become iconic in an ongoing battle about states' rights and federal authority.
That dispute has roots a nearly half-century fight over grazing rights in Nevada and the West, where the federal government controls vast expanses of land. Calls for action have grown louder and more frequent in the Internet age, with bloggers protesting federal agency decisions to designate protected areas for endangered species and set aside tracts for mining, wind farms and natural gas exploration.
The Bundy case defendants face conspiracy, obstruction, weapon, threat and assault on a federal officer charges that could get them decades in prison if they're convicted. They and two others who have pleaded guilty in the case remain in federal custody in southern Nevada.
Federal prosecutors want three trials, with the first to start Feb. 6 for accused conspiracy leaders Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, Payne and Santilli.
A second trial would start in May for six alleged "mid-level" standoff leaders and organizers: Bundy sons Dave and Mel Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Micah McGuire, Joseph O'Shaughnessy and Jason Woods.
A third trial would begin in August for six accused "followers and gunmen." They are Gregory Burleson, O. Scott Drexler, Todd Engel, Ricky Lovelien, Eric Parker and Steven Stewart.
Woods' lawyer, Kristine Kuzemka, protested Friday that labeling defendants as "gunmen" is unfair because it suggests guilt or culpability.
Leen said a description used for now, during pretrial proceedings, might never be suggested to a jury.

Burleson's attorney, Terrence Jackson, asked again for the judge to consider releasing his client before trial for medical reasons.
Jackson said Burleson, 53, of Arizona, is blind, diabetic and uses a wheelchair.

Burleson told Leen he isn't getting medical treatment in federal custody.

"I don't want to end up dying in here," he said.

-- The Associated Press

New Update: Prison Center continues their mistreatment of their Unconvicted visitors

Lisa Bundy
17 hrs
I finally just heard from Ammon. He is okay. Ryan is okay. But, friends they are not being treated fairly. It is so wrong. They first gave them a "shower" ...treatment and then threw them in a tiny cell with only a blanket. He was cold all night. 
We wept together. Court was long today, but he said he felt God's love and he knows our fast and prayers were heard. He tells me to be patient a little while longer. 
 He asked, as he cried, to tell you all how grateful he is for your fast and prayers. He felt them and knows that they'll be answered soon. Thank you for your support and love

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Fallen Honor = FBI,U.S.Marshal's, U.S.Attorneys, Correction Officers, etc.

An open letter to the FBI and U.S Marshal’s, U.S Attorneys, and Corrections officers.

My name is Paula. I am a 49 year old wife, mother, and Grandmother. In the grand scheme of things; a nobody.
But, in the past year, thanks to the Bundy family and many others, my eyes have been opened to the world around me for the very first time, and I mean really, truly, opened.

I grew up in a time when we could count on law enforcement to help and protect the people.
We were taught to respect you, look up to you, and to trust you completely.
The FBI was, supposedly, the ultimate law enforcement agency.
The elite.
Whenever the police couldn’t solve a crime or couldn’t do something, you were called in to get it done.
When we thought of FBI, we thought of courage, integrity, and most of all, honor.

This past year has taught me differently.
I learned the truth about you.
What I have learned has been shocking, devastating, but most of all, sickening.
 I watched you choose your ‘bosses’ over your fellow man.
I watched you label them as terrorists and claim that they, and all who stood with them, to be a ‘virus’ that needed to be stopped from spreading.
I watched you smile and shake hands with these men and all the while, you were planning their deaths.
I watched you ignore the peaceful resolution offered to you by the Bundy’s in regards to the Hammond family.
I watched you set up a kill stop in the middle of nowhere, force a man into it and then and kill him while he had his hands in the air.
I watched you shoot him repeatedly in the back.
 I watched your edited video of the incident on national television while you smugly lied and claimed it was all justified.
Then, I got to see the actual videos by the very people you were bent on murdering
I have watched you use the media to spread a false narrative to the American People, in order to influence their thoughts and feelings against those involved in standing up to your corruption.

I watched you abuse these people while in custody.
You have starved them, thrown their food on the floor like they were animals, you have chained them to walls and forced them to urinate and defecate on themselves.
I have watched you try to force an unlawful medical procedure on Ryan Bundy against his will, and with no authority granted by the judge all in order to get a bullet out of him that is proof of your lies and corruption.
I have watched you use any little thing in order to throw these guys in solitary.
I have watched you intimidate and tamper with witnesses during trial.
I watched you lie under oath during trial.
In a nutshell, I’ve watched your fall from grace by your own actions.

Here’s is what I’ve learned that I hope you will wake up to and, hopefully, learn from.

The Bundy’s and all the others who stood with them are good people. Truly good people.
YOU swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.
YOU failed, but THEY didn’t.
Everything THEY did…EVERYTHING…was well within their Constitutional rights.
YOU swore to protect the American People. YOU failed, but THEY didn’t.
THEY put their own lives on the line to right a wrong being done to the Hammond family by the Government- your bosses.
YOU did everything in a sneaky and underhanded way, and you lied constantly.
THEY did everything above board, out in the open, and even videoed everything they did for the whole world to see.
THEY told the truth from start to finish. Everything
YOU did was to earn your paycheck.
Everything THEY did was because it was the right thing to do. Period.
Do you see the difference? We sure do.

You blew it, No one respects you or trusts you, anymore.
You have become the criminals, the corrupt, and the traitors.
Thankfully, people see this now.
The Bundy’s and the others are the men and women of true integrity, honesty, and courage.
They have proven themselves to be so.
They have become the ones We the People look up to, trust, and follow because they have succeeded in all the ways you have failed us.
When are you going to realize that the more awful things you try to do to them the more respect, the more support and the more loyalty they get?
In the past year, you have lost everything that TRULY matters while earning your money.
These men and women haven’t been able to earn a dime and yet they have gained everything that’s important and lasting.
You are darkness, and getting darker every day.
They are light and get brighter every day.
Who do you think people will be more drawn to?
This year’s election should have opened your eyes to what’s going on and how the people feel.
The corruption was at an all-time high; in our faces day in and day out, at a level never seen before. What did We the People do about it?
We stood up and said no more! We went with the one person – the long shot- who is as disgusted by it as we are.
We chose the person who wants to stop it as much as we do.
What does that tell you?
Is it any wonder why we support the Bundy’s and have turned our backs on you?
You should all be ashamed of yourselves!

 Start doing what’s right and stand WITH your fellow man rather than against them!

-Paula Hart-

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Bears Ears = Grassroots Movement(s) in Southeastern Utah DEFY Obama Monuments Agenda

Grassroots Movement(s) in Southeastern Utah Defy Obama Monuments Agenda


San Juan County residents fight to stop Bears Ears National Monument

San Juan County residents sat down to discuss their opposition to the Bears Ears Monument designation. (Theresa Davis)

Retired sheriff and San Juan County native Lyle Bayles stands with his son, William, and his dog, Tick, overlooking a canyon in the Bears Ears area. (Theresa Davis)
BLANDING, Utah — Lyle Bayles was born and raised in San Juan County. On a crisp Saturday morning, Bayles loads up his pickup with a terrier named Tick who follows him everywhere. He drives toward the vast public lands outside of town.
Bayles waves to the stray camper or wood gatherer as his truck slowly winds up the mountain. Every once in a while, he spots a deer. But for the most part, it’s just the man and his dog.
On fall afternoons, Bayles and his family go up on the mountain and listen to the elk bugle. Bayles has driven, hiked, or ridden a horse through much of the land surrounding the Bears Ears buttes in southeastern Utah.
“You can go forever and the land is just rugged and untouched,” Bayles said. “There’s peace and quiet like you can’t believe. I’ve been coming out here for years, and I haven’t even scratched the surface.”
But all that might change if Bears Ears is designated as a national monument.
Blanding is a quiet little town — population 3,375 — that borders the proposed monument. The town is home to Ute, Navajo and Anglo and is nicknamed the “base camp to adventure.”
The proposal to make Bears Ears a national monument has created divisions throughout the state of Utah. But in San Juan County, residents of all backgrounds are taking a stand to oppose the monument designation. While support for a monument has received national media coverage, residents in small towns including Blanding, Bluff and Monticello have started their own grassroots movement to oppose the monument.
They have educated themselves on the issues. The group’s website and Facebook page tell their stories and assert their rights as citizens who would be directly affected by any economic, physical or political changes a monument would create.
Several dozen residents said they are “100 percent opposed to the Bears Ears Monument.” Here’s why:

Increase in vandalism

Blanding resident Steven Payne said he doubts the designation would reduce the already-low incidents of vandalism in the area. In 2015, the region reported only a dozen incidences of vandalism, while the nearby Grand-Staircase Escalante reported hundreds of incidences.
“The government has failed to adequately protect ruins that have already been under their care for decades,” Payne said.
Many residents say that the monument would do just the opposite of what it proposes by bringing a larger influx of people than the land can handle.
Navajo resident Brittney Tohtsonie said it is frustrating to think about what would happen if the monument were approved.
“Tourists will come in bus loads walking on our sacred land and herbs. The rocks will be scarred for life with meaningless names,” Tohtsonie said. “Canyon De Chelly, Grand Canyon National Park and Havasupai are all victims of the government taking land from my people. I say doodah (no) to the national monument. Di shikeyah (this is my home).”
Many residents agree that certain areas included in the proposal do need to be protected because of their historical significance, but they said the monument is not the proper way to create that protection.
Byron Clark is the vice president of the Blue Mountain Dine, a group of off-reservation Navajos living in San Juan County. Overall, he said the land in the proposal is already under enough protection from vandalism.
“Yes, areas like Cedar Mesa need the highest protection, but not all of it,” Clark said. “It’s so vast, and it seems kind of reckless to say all of it’s a monument.”

Previous national monument history

Those opposed to the monument have watched the impact a national monument has on the surrounding towns as an example of the potential negative effects a Bears Ears monument designation could have.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was protected by law in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, and includes the Utah towns of Escalante, Boulder, Glendale, Big Water and Kanab. The designation was accompanied by some of the same controversy that is occurring today — locals and Utah politicians opposed the move as an overuse of the rules in the Antiquities Act. The monument is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and currently comprises the largest land area of all national monuments at just over 1.8 million acres.
Kara Laws, a small business owner in Blanding, said government regulation tied to Grand Staircase is a good predictor of the loss of local freedoms in a potential Bears Ears Monument.
“We know that as time goes on the rules and regulations will become more restrictive . . . We have yet to find a national monument that tightened down and then allowed more access,” Laws said. “They have never gone that way. They always restricted the land more and more.”
One criticism many San Juan County residents have heard about their opposition movement is that locals are not preserving the land properly, and that a monument designation is necessary to fix that problem.
India Workman is a 16-year-old Blanding resident who disagrees with those accusations.
“There are a lot of lies going around about Bears Ears becoming a monument. We do take such good care of our land because it’s our land,” Workman said.

Outside interests

One of the biggest grievances residents said they have is that the members of the Inter-tribal Coalition that submitted the monument proposal to the Obama administration have little connection to the land.
In the Inter-tribal Coalition proposal, pro-monument citizen Eric Descheenie of the Navajo Nation addressed this issue.
“Some people say that we haven’t been at Bears Ears in recent times. Others say that some of us aren’t from Utah and don’t belong there,” Descheenie said. “All of that is so definitely wrong. We were there before any of the states and live nearby. We don’t see Bears Ears in terms of state lines.”
Still, many residents say that tribal proximity actually does matter. When representatives of the Inter-tribal Coalition came to San Juan County in June to present details of the monument proposal, more than a dozen residents said that the representatives “couldn’t even point in the direction of the Bears Ears.”
Opponents say that most of the tribes that support the proposal are from Arizona or other states with no proximity to the Bears Ears. They say Native American support for the monument is a cover for environmental conservationists whose ultimate goal is to restrict public access to the land.
Bayles drives up to a lookout called Texas Flats; the viewpoint showcases a diverse array of land that would be included in the monument.

The view from the Texas Flats lookout. (Theresa Davis)
“The pro-monument people show pictures of beautiful places like this one, and say “Protect the Bears Ears,” Bayles said. “Well of course you’d want to protect the land if you just got that pitch. But if you don’t know the whole story, you won’t know the best way to protect it.”
Environmental groups out of California, Washington, D.C.,  and other states support a monument designation. San Juan County residents say proponents have a general unfamiliarity with the land and won’t feel the impact of the proposed change in legislation and regulation, so they should have little say in the issue.

Economic threat

San Juan County has the lowest per capita income of any county in the state, and those who want the monument tout its potential to bring in revenue. However, residents do not forsee long-term economic benefits because they say seasonal tourism is not sustainable. Grand Staircase-Escalante is an example of the economic struggles that a tourism economy faces, residents say.
Robert Wilcox has been a law enforcement officer in Blanding for 20 years. He said San Juan County can’t sustain a tourist economy that would be nearly dead in the winter.
“I look at the town of Escalante and how it is almost a ghost town now,” Wilcox said. “The same thing will happen to the communities here.”
Joy Howell is in the hospitality business in Mexican Hat, Utah.
“Any monetary value would not be worth the cost of losing access to those special places that make living here possible,” Howell said. “Our lifestyle has come under attack by an out-of-control government who is backed by outside interests.”
Reagan Workman is a 14-year-old resident of Blanding. Workman said locals care more about the land than any economic benefits from a national monument.
“Here in Blanding, we are a community of hunters, ranchers, and farmers. Our parents don’t make much money here and could easily move us somewhere they can make much more money. They stay because (of) this land and the people,” Workman said.

Strain on water resources

In a desert landscape, many residents also worry about the strain on water that a tourist influx would cause, particularly during summer months.
Blanding resident Steven Payne said water supply concerns go beyond mere tourism.
“The watershed for Blanding and Monticello will be located within the national nonument, and the locals will have reduced access to that water and water collection maintenance,” Payne said.
Bayles echoed that same concern: “We just don’t have the water supply to handle an influx of tourists,” Bayles said.

Destruction of traditions 

“There is no reason to create division between the people here by granting provisions based on the color of skin; there is no beauty in fences, signs, crowding, and caging us in. This is not power.” – Eva Workman – Navajo

Rich Monson is a science teacher in San Juan County. He said there is no price he can put on the traditions he has continued with his family on the land.
“I have travelled to a few places in the world, but my favorite place is Elk Ridge and Abajo Mountain. Having the opportunity to go to the ountain is life sustaining to my family,” Monson said.
Destiny Hatch Bingham is a lifelong resident of southeastern Utah. She is of Anglo, Hispanic and Ute descent.
“There isn’t a single childhood memory that doesn’t have us being in the hills and mountains. Please don’t make us have to explain to our kids and our elders why we have to pay to be in our own backyard,” Hatch-Bingham said.
Laws said approximately 31 percent of San Juan County residents live below the poverty line. “We look to the mountains to fill that gap. We gather nuts and herbs in the spring and fall. In the late fall we hunt. And when our neighbors don’t fill their hunting tags we share our kill, trying to make sure everyone has something. Some families depend on the hunt. Some families depend on the gathering. We all depend on the mountains.”
Nicole Holliday, a native of San Juan County, said she fears the potential destruction of traditions and lifestyle that could accompany a monument designation.
“There are many whose relationship with the land is strictly recreational. And to those, we say come. Come and partake. Come and enjoy. But understand this, our very livelihood depends on the land,” Holliday said.

Restrictions on wood gathering and hunting

The Bears Ears region is home to several forested areas protected by the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service. (Theresa Davis)
Most San Juan County citizens use wood to heat their homes in the winter, gathering it under regulations already in place by the BLM and the National Forest Service. Monument opponents agree that restrictions on wood-gathering would severely limit their heat source.
“We gather wood to heat our homes, we hunt wild game to provide food, and we use it as a refuge and a place to spend quality time with our family. We use, respect, and love this great land that provides us with so much,” said resident Colby Monson.

Loss of education funding 

Merri Shumway is a San Juan School Board member. Her father was once a San Juan County Commissioner and she said the monument designation could have negative effects on education funding. Currently, the School and Institutional Trust Lands that were granted to the state of Utah in 1896 (when Utah became a state)  provide funding for the schools in San Juan County.
“If the monument is designated, those lands will be taken back, and any money that they would have produced will no longer be able to fund education,” Shumway said.

Public Lands Initiative

Another layer to the Bears Ears controversy is the Public Lands Initiative legislative proposal, backed primarily by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).
According to, the Initiative is “federal legislation that designates certain federal lands for conservation purposes, certain lands for recreational purposes, and other lands for economic development purposes.”
While most San Juan County locals agree that the Public Lands Initiative isn’t perfect, they said it is a better alternative compared to the legislation of the Bears Ears National Monument proposal.
City Councilman Joel Lyman and his family have lived in the San Juan County region for more than a century.
“I know the PLI isn’t perfect, but at least it’s an attempt to involve local decision making into what happens to the land,” Lyman said.
What now?

Community togetherness

“We often feel hopeless in this situation as the pro monument supporters attempt to beat us down time and time again,” Laws said. “They have been planning this for years. We only realized the reality of it very recently. We, as a community, are heartbroken and terrified.”
Rachel Clark is a member of the Blue Mountain Dine chapter of the Navajo nation.
“I think it was really a shock when we saw just how much this community was coming together to oppose this monument,” Clark said. “None of us want it. It’s our livelihood at stake.”
Suzette Morris is a member of the Ute Mountain Ute from White Mesa. She was actively involved in voting out leaders of the Ute Mountain Ute Council who supported the monument proposal, such as Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk. “We’ve got Ute and Navajo, who based on history should hate each other, working together to oppose this monument,” Morris said.
Janet Wilcox is a longtime resident of San Juan County.
“I think people have really underestimated this community,” Wilcox said. “We are doing everything we can to make people aware of the real issues.”

Native American dancers performed at the San Juan Freedom Fest in Blanding, Utah on September 22, 2016 to raise awareness about the opposition to the Bears Ears monument designation. (Illuminated Moments Photography)
Joni Dixon is a Navajo from Blanding. She says she has faith in the county’s ability to come together and oppose the monument.
“This isn’t just about the Native Americans, it affects the entire community,” Dixon said. “We will continue to fight this.”
The majority of San Juan County is on edge over the monument controversy. Residents say a fear of the unknown prevails every time the monument designation becomes more likely.
Bayles points to the sprawling public land of San Juan County — the arches, the cliffs, the buttes, the Indian ruins, the forests — and shakes his head as he thinks about what a  monument designation would really mean.
“Making it all a national monument, all it’s doing is prostituting these lands,” Bayles said.
Theresa Davis

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Oath Keepers Pledge to Protect Electors from Terrorist Death Threats

CALL TO ACTION: Oath Keepers Pledge to Protect Electors from Terrorist Death Threats

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Oath Keepers National BOD Member and Security Operations Leader, John Karriman on Watch in Ferguson 
OFFER OF PROTECTION TO ELECTORS:  Oath Keepers is hereby issuing a standing offer of volunteer protection to any of the Electoral College Electors who may feel threatened or in danger from leftist radicals attempting to coerce them into changing their vote as Electors.
Any Elector who wants our assistance may contact us at:
Please feel free to repost this notice online, or to pass on to Electors who may need our help.  However, Electors are encouraged to initiate contact with us through the above email address only and to be wary of anyone contacting them through other means, claiming to be from Oath Keepers.  If in doubt, email us to verify.
All communications and requests from electors will be kept in the strictest confidence, and only vetted, trusted, qualified Oath Keepers members will be dispatched to provide security.
That protection can be overt or covert, or a combination of those two postures, at the discretion of the Elector after consultation with our security team leaders, and will consist of our unpaid volunteer retired police officers and experienced combat veterans with personal security detail training and experience.   We can, and will, provide this protection from now through their vote on December 19. 2016, and even thereafter if they still feel threatened by terrorists seeking reprisal and punishment for the Electors not bending to their will.
CALL TO ACTION:  Due to the gravity of the threat to our Republic from terrorists attempting to steal the election through coercion, this is also a call to action to our state and local leaders, and in particular to our Community Preparedness Team (CPT) leaders, to prepare security details in each of the targeted states to be on standby for immediate deployment if a request for protection comes in from an Elector.
WHY WE ARE DOING THIS:   In the wake of President-Elect Donald Trump’s victory on Election Night, Republican Electors across the country have received an increasing wave of harassment and threats, in the form of phone calls, emails, messages on social media, and even in-person visits to their homes, by leftists who seek to pressure those Electors into changing their votes from Trump to Clinton when the Electoral College meets on December 19, 2016.  Such harassment and threats intensified after anti-Trump groups published online the names, addressed, phone numbers, emails, gender, and race of Republican Electors in states that went for Trump.
According to the Detroit News, one of the Republican Electors for Michigan, Michael Banerian, has received multiple death threats:
On Dec. 19, the 22-year-old Banerian is scheduled to join 15 other Michiganians to cast their electoral votes for Republican President-elect Donald Trump. But Trump’s opponents have deluged Banerian and other GOP electors with pleas and nasty emails to reverse course and cast their ballots for Clinton, according to the Michigan Republican Party.
“You have people saying ‘you’re a hateful bigot, I hope you die,’ ” he said. “I’ve had people talk about shoving a gun in my mouth and blowing my brains out. And I’ve received dozens and dozens of those emails. Even the non-threatening-my-life emails are very aggressive.”
The Detroit News verified one message containing a death wish and another containing a death threat, in which the person told Banerian he would “put a bullet” in his mouth. Banerian said he deleted the rest of the emails and messages “because as you can imagine they’re clogging up my email.”
“Even if I could, I wouldn’t be remotely interested in changing my vote,” said Banerian, a political science senior at Oakland University and youth vice chair of the Michigan Republican Party. “The people of Michigan spoke, and it’s our job to deliver that message.”
Below is a video interview with Mr. Banarian, discussing the threats:

As an association of both current serving and veteran police officers, military, fire-fighters and other first responders, we Oath Keepers are duty bound by our oaths to defend the Constitution by defending the electoral process that is at the core of our republican form of government.  Any attempt to intimidate and coerce an Elector, through threats of violence, is an act of terrorism, just as much as an attempt to coerce the voters on Election Day would have been terrorism.   We expect to see such horrid behavior from the likes of ISIS or in some third world dictatorship where people have guns held to their heads and are ordered to vote for “El Presidente” … “or else.”   But now we are seeing the same kind of political terrorism here, at home.   This is un-American and unacceptable.
Oath Keepers has, in the past, successfully protected both homes and businesses from the deadly threat of terrorist arsonists during the Ferguson riots (there were apartments above the shops we protected, with families living in them).  The arsonists swore they would burn the buildings to the ground, killing all inside.  We stopped them.
Bakery Owner, Natalie, with a MARSOC Marine veteran who stood guard over her during Ferguson riots
Oath Keepers also stood guard over disarmed active duty military recruiters across the nation against the threat of further terrorism, with our Operation Protect the Protectors, after the deadly Chattanooga, TN radical Jihadist terror attack.
Oath Keepers also recently carried out a successful undercover poll monitoring operation across the nation this election season, with our police and military veterans watching for suspected vote fraud or voter intimidation.
We regard any attempts to coerce the Electors as acts of terrorism that deserve an equally strong response.  As always, we fully support police in their jobs as they work to protect people against such terrorism, but we also realize that they can rarely provide 24/7 protection of targeted individuals.  That is just an unfortunate reality.  In addition, most Americans cannot afford to hire the necessary protection when under such threats.  And that is where we come in, providing that protection for free, as is our duty.
In his written statement, Mr.  Banarian declares:
I have received death threats and death wishes from many who have the audacity to think they can attempt to intimidate others just because they think they are right. Here’s a wake-up call to some on the left who have been manipulated into harboring deep-seated hatred of those who have a different opinion than them: it is this hubris that cost you this election. Check your hate at the door.
Electors in Arizona and Idaho have also received harassment and threats.  According to the Press Release of Lawrence Denney, Idaho’s Chief Election officer:
In recent days, Idaho’s four Republican Party electors have been receiving phone calls regarding their vote in the Electoral College from citizens within Idaho and outside of the state. Many of these phone calls are crossing into what could reasonably be considered harassment. The callers are trying to persuade the electors to become what is known as a “Faithless Elector”. Going against their pledge, “faithless electors” either abstain from or cast a ballot in opposition to their party’s designated nominee.
“While there is no Federal requirement binding electors to their pledge, and while Idaho is one of 21 states that does not have state‐level legislation to force an elector to comply, attempting to sway an elector’s commitment to their party through insults, vulgar language, or threats, simply lacks civility…” says Secretary Lawerence Denney, Idaho’s Chief Election officer.
And all of this comes after a veritable deluge of online threats to assassinate Trump, calls for the rape and murder of his family members, and also massive numbers of calls for violence and murder of Trump supporters and their families.   Arrests have begun to take place:
Zachary Benson, 24, now faces five years in prison after a series of post-election tweets in which he stated an intent “to assassinate Trump.”
“Diplomacy. Fucking Fools. I hate you all. I want to bomb every one of your voting booths and your general areas,” Benson Tweeted the Wednesday after the election under the handle @ZeeAyeKeyKay.
Benson also tweeted: “My life goal is to assassinate Trump. Don’t care if I serve infinite sentences. That man deserves to decease [sic] existing.”
Secret Service picked Benson up later that day for questioning.
We fear that this is only the beginning of a wave of “Weather Underground” style terrorism from the radical left, as they become increasingly unstable after losing power, and seek to subvert and overthrow our Constitutional Republic.    Nonetheless, our general posture at the moment (and certainly between now and the inauguration on January, 20, 2017) is to avoid direct street level confrontation with violent leftists (which is what they want, so they and their media comrades can twist it into “right wing extremists attack peaceful protesters”).  We prefer to give them plenty of rope, letting them further destroy their own credibility by their own increasingly insane actions.
As Napoleon said, “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”  And yes, we regard the communist flag waving radicals now in the streets calling for violent Marxist revolution to be obvious domestic enemies of the Constitution.   With every American flag they burn, they burn what little credibility they have left (especially in the eyes of our police and military).  So, we will stay out of it and let the police handle it (unless we get a direct request for assistance from a police department).  At most, we will protect homes and businesses under threat of violence and arson, and we will watch, wait, and prepare for the full Marxist terror storm we see on the horizon.
But when it comes to the sanctity of the vote, we must be proactive, right now, and do all we can to prevent the violent leftists from successfully terrorizing Electors and stealing the election through 11th hour illegitimate force and terrorism.  That is a line we cannot let them cross.  Not on our watch!
For the Republic,
Stewart Rhodes
Founder and President of Oath Keepers
NOTE:  Oath Keepers members should NOT attempt to contact the Electors to offer protection (unless you already know them personally through your own civic involvement), and are especially discouraged from trying to do so using the spreadsheet Trump opponents have compiled, as the Electors’ personal information may have been illegally obtained.  We do not want anyone to be able to accuse you of trying to influence Electors.  Just let them contact us if they want protection.

About Author

Stewart Rhodes

Stewart is the founder and National President of Oath Keepers. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. He is a former firearms instructor, former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The “Fly-Over” Political Uprising of 2016

Start of a Rural Revolution? — The “Fly-Over” Political Uprising of 2016 — by Fred Kelly Grantby RANGEFIRE!
jet-trail-flyover-1        In one of the most insightful comments on election night, Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet the Press pointed out that rural Americans had won this race, the people who feel forgotten---he added in a direct comment to Lester Holt “we’re even guilty of that when we refer to them as ‘fly over’ as we head to the west coast.”      
In a shocker that will cause political pollsters reexamine their techniques and protocols, Donald Trump stumped the world and won the Presidency of the United States----against all odds and against all predictions from the well known and previously well respected pollsters.
He did it with an outpouring of rural Americans to a percentage unheard of in modern politics.  He did it rural-school-house-voting-line-1by sweeping the rural areas in the south, the northeast, the vast mid-west, the Missouri Valley, the south west and the  Intermountain west.  He lost only the areas of the far west and northwest dominated by city votes, the New York-Jersey=Maryland=Virgina east dominated by city votes and Chicago dominated Illinois.  He did it in an election that also swept enough republicans into office to allow the Republican party to now hold control of both  the Senate and House of Representatives.
So, come January, Republicans  will control the Executive branch, the legislative branch (Senate and House) and the appointment power to name the Judicial branch for the next four years.  If progress for the economy, for interstate commerce, for the rebuilding of a crumbling infrastructure, for international safety is not made, there will be no excuses based on Harry and his obstructionist ways in the Senate or a on a recalcitrant House.
If we do not progress in all the areas to which the republican candidates committed, as well as those to which Trump committed, the blame will fall on republicans.  A good part of the republicans in Congress (who did not endorse Trump) may rue the day that rural America finally rose up and spoke its mind.
How did it happen?  Rural Americans came to the polls in unheralded, unpredicted numbers and they voted for a non-politician, whether they liked him or not.  They voted for change----they voted for the only candidate who was not a career politician, who offered to change things in DC.  Did they vote for Trump as Trump?  That remains to be seen, but my deep suspicion is that only a small percentage of them voted for Trump because they accepted Trump as  the ideal candidate.  They voted for him, I deeply suspect, because he fought with and was rejected by career republicans as well as democrats.
rural-voting-1  And, why did it happen?  That’s a slam dunk easy one:  the Executive branch of our governing officials---the bureaucrats---have literally waged war on rural Americans for at least the last 40 years.  The timber industry was decimated, causing the loss of thousands of loggers and mill workers jobs and turning thriving logging towns into ghost towns.  That loss occurred because the administrations of Jimmy Carter, George Bush the Elder,  Bill Clinton, George Bush the Junior and Barack Obama allowed activist organizations to use the Endangered Species Act to end logging in the national forests.  Critics will disagree and contend that the law itself led to destruction of that industry.  But, that is not true.  Activist groups filed lawsuits under the Act, basing their arguments against continued logging on a danger to species such as the “northern spotted owl” in the Northwest and the “Mexican spotted owl” in the Southwest.  Rather than contest the actions, requiring the organizations to prove their cases scientifically, objectively and measurably, the Administration’s bureaucrats settled the cases by agreeing to do what the activists wanted.  Developed through  this period of time was the “Sue and Settle”  protocol by which the administrations of republican and democrat party affiliations gave in.  And, they “gave in” not to save money and not on the merits of science and evidence but because these administrations were filled with people who shared the goal of shutting down logging.  From the  time acts like the Endangered Species Act were passed during the Nixon administration the executive branch of government has favored shut down of natural resource production n rural America.
From the standpoint of Americans deprived of jobs, deprived of their traditional way of life, it didn’t really seem to matter whether republican or democrat ran the White House.  I remember the enthusiasm of the western state workers when George Bush the elder defeated Jimmy Carter, but it soon became clear there would be no relief.  Then enthusiasm galore swept the natural resource rural areas when Clinton was succeeded by Bush the junior.  Some of our worst national surrenders occurred during the next eight years.
I remember a small meeting of cattlemen, representatives of Owyhee County, Idaho and members of the Idaho delegation in Boise when I asked Senator Larry Craig how long it would be before we would see some change in the anti-livestock approach of  the interior and agriculture departments.  This was two years into the first Bush the junior term.  Senator Craig said, and I wrote this down to preserve a truism of politics forever:  “Fred, it is taking us longer than it should to get our game plan together; we’ve been out of power so long that it is taking longer, but we’re going to get there.”  I said “Senator, that is the problem with the republican party,  Democrats always act as though they’re in power even when they’re not.  They don’t have to create a game plan when they take control; they already have it in place because they’ve been following it even when not in power.”
The 4 year republican hiatus between Carter and Clinton, and the 8 years between Clinton and Obama brought little if any relief, and in some ways things got worse.  Carter, Clinton and Obama had aggressive secretaries of ag and interior----the Bushes had unimpressive, non aggressive, “lets all get along and collaborate” secretaries of ag and interior.  In some ways more ground was lost during the Bushes years than during the democrat days.  One reason for this was that neither Bush aggressively pushed to roll back losses to rural Americans’ economic base.
The “war on rural America” was not aimed just at timber---ranchers were targeted by attempts to end livestock grazing in the western federally managed land states, miners were targeted in the same area.  And, the war was not focused just on the federally managed western states.  The Environmental Protection Agency, the Corps of Engineers and US Fish and Wildlife used their power over “wetlands” and water to strangle traditional farming in the south, southwest and Midwest.  Trade policies and agreements sold out the markets that once had provided healthy profits for farmers.  Unquestioning of Global warming concepts and policies to implement the concept hit traditional farming practices hard and often.  The gluttonous demands of the cities and their burgeoning populations for tax dollars left the rural infrastructure to crumble---from schools through highways and bridges.
Rural towns depended traditionally on two basic employment elements: farming and support services tied to farming needs, and food production factory workers.  Trade policies, and NAFTA in particular, swept away production jobs, leaving communities with deserted factory buildings and no economic support.  Long before I got involved in defending landowners and water rights I argued against NAFTA.  On the morning after its ratification, I was driving from Nampa, Idaho to Sun Valley to speak to an Idaho counties meeting.  The news from San Francisco’s KGO that morning reported that Del Monte had announced closure of two southern California canning factories.  Del Monte said it was moving its operation to new facilities in Mexico to take advantage of the benefits of NAFTA.
Ahh yes, and just twenty four hours earlier, members of the United States Senate, republican and democrat, had contended that NAFTA would not harm the U.S. economy but benefit it.  NAFTA has not boosted, but has booted the rural economy of this nation---booted it right into foreign countries.
Trump saw and sees this and says it out loud so people can hear him.  He also said he would change it; and within 24 hours the Mexican Prime Minister announced that her nation had no objection to “modernizing” NAFTA but would actively resist rescission.  Of course, because NAFTA benefits Mexico, not the United States.
Whether Trump will, or can, do what he said he would do is not even the question.  To rural voters, Trump’s challenge to Black voters, rings just as true for them:  “what have you got to lose?”  Better to rural voters to vote for a man who at least voices their concerns than for someone who ignores their concerns?  Quite obviously they thought so.
rural-revolution-1           When Chuck Todd said he believed that rural Americans were tired of feeling as though their concerns were unimportant he was so right.  He told Lester Holt, rural Americans got tired of being the “fly over” people and came out to the polls in droves because they had the chance to vote for someone who was not a professional politician, someone who at least talked as though he understood their plight.
Years ago, I helped Owyhee County Idaho ranchers and citizens prepare to testify against Clinton’s Bruce Babbitt Rangeland Reform Regulations that would have removed livestock grazing from the rangelands of the west and the grasslands of the mid-west.  Bill Lowry, now 95 and still fighting from Jordan Valley, Oregon, testified in a manner that brought absolute silence in a large, drafty, noisy hearing room in Boise.  He testified that he had been in the first wave of foot soldiers to wade onto the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.  He said, in a strong voice obviously now emotional, that “when I waded to that beach to fight for my country, watching my comrades fall around me, it never would have occurred to me that one day I would stand facing representatives of my own government who were trying to take my land away from me.”
At the College of Idaho in 1956 Dr. Leslie Brock of the History Department said that there were three main reasons why the United States would always remain self independent and invulnerable to attack from outside.  First, we produced our own food supply, we did not have to depend on food produced by other nations to feed our troops and ourselves.  Second, we had the industrial complex that could overnight turn from making automobiles and washing machines to making war materials as had been done the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese.  And, third, our nation was geographically so broad that no foreign power could penetrate to the mid-continent and gain footholds within our borders.
As history goes, he was right.  Today, we do not have that same industrial capacity because we have become reliant on foreign factories for production.  We do not  produce all our own food because trade policies and bitter restrictions on production by our own citizens favor importing of food products.  And, the NAFTA Superhighway, of which the Trans Texas Corridor was to be the first leg, provides a quarter mile wide throughway for transportation of products or people without benefit of United States Custom inspections.  The Trans Texas Corridor commenced at a Chinese city built on the coast of Mexico and was planned rural-revolution-3through the heart of agricultural Texas with no U.S. customs to inspect the loads of Mexican trucks that need not meet any of the restrictive standards imposed on our domestic trucking companies.  Fortunately, with the aid of the “coordination” process, four small towns in Texas defeated the EPA, the Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway and Transportation Department and the Corridor was withdrawn.
With the “fly over” uprising, America’s rural citizens said “enough is enough”.  Now, it is up to those of us who have the legal tools to help accomplish what the voters started:  the “fly over” reforms that can return authority to local governments, that can put our rural economic interests first instead of last, that can return our economic independence and that can Bring Back the America that we once knew---Bring Back the pride of rural Americans.  We must commit, and I know the Stand and Fight Club will commit, that we will not let the “fly over” rural voters down.
Follow the work of the Stand and Fight Club as we spread the word about the “coordination” process by which all federal regulatory agencies are obligated to make their policies and regulations consistent with local policies protecting local citizens.  I will do all in my power to make sure that the “fly over” voters did not come out in vain.
Note:  Attorney Fred Grant has been fighting for rural America for decades.  He currently resides near Boise, Idaho, and heads-up the Stand and Fight Club.   To learn more about Fred Grant, click his PROFILE. 
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