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Harry Reid's Last Roundup

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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy performed a remarkable public service for America over the last couple weeks.

He exposed the utter ruthlessness, brutishness and Gestapo tactics of the federal government in dealing with honest, hard-working Americans who live off the land — our land.

Claiming Bundy's cattle ranching operation was endangering desert tortoises, the Bureau of Land Management treated him like he was Ted Bundy. I take that back. The serial rapist, mass murderer and necrophile got due process.

When Cliven Bundy's neighbors turned out to support him, as good American neighbors should, the BLM sent in helicopters, four-wheel-drive vehicles and an estimated 200 armed officers to deal with the cowboy and his family, threatening another Ruby Ridge or Waco, Texas-style slaughter.

But I don't think it was about tortoises. No, sir. In fact, with all the gear and manpower the BLM brought to Clark County, Nev., to round up the cowboy and his cattle, it did more environmental damage to the area than Bundy ever could have dreamed of doing.

This was about something else. It's always about something else.

Maybe — just maybe — it had to do with another Nevadan by the name of Sen. Harry Reid.

It seems the Senate majority leader has been doing favors for the Chinese energy giant ENN Energy Holdings Ltd., which has plans to build massive solar facilities in that area — tortoises or no tortoises.

It seems the director of the BLM is Reid's former senior adviser, Neil Kornze. The BLM had posted on its website documents stating the agency wanted Bundy's cattle off of the land, which his family has worked for over 140 years, to make way for solar-panel power stations. The agency removed it when the standoff became national news.

"Non-Governmental Organizations have expressed concern that the regional mitigation strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone utilizes Gold Butte as the location for offsite mitigation for impacts from solar development, and that those restoration activities are not durable with the presence of trespass cattle," the document states.

That would be the Chinese solar plant — the management — or the BLM. They were getting a megadeal. On April 3, 3012, Bloomberg reported Chinese billionaire Wang Yusuo, one of China's richest citizens and the founder of ENN, had teamed up with Reid to win incentives, including land 113 miles southeast of Las Vegas that ENN sought to buy for $4.5 million, less than one-eighth of the land's $38.6 million assessed value.

But the story gets better. Harry Reid's son Rory Reid was the chief representative for a Chinese energy firm planning to build a $5 billion solar plant on public land in Laughlin, Nev.

A Reuters report stated: "(Reid) and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in the southern Nevada desert. Reid has been one of the project's most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on behalf of the project in Nevada. His son, a lawyer with a prominent Las Vegas firm that is representing ENN, helped it locate a 9,000-acre (3,600-hectare) desert site that it is buying well below appraised value from Clark County, where Rory Reid formerly chaired the county commission."

And there's an even bigger story of scandal and corruption still beneath this show of force by the BLM, orchestrated by Harry Reid.

On Jan. 20, 2013, WND warned that Chinese government-backed economists were proposing a plan to allow Chinese corporations to set up "development zones" in the United States as part of a plan proposed by the Chinese government to convert into equity the more than $1 trillion in U.S.

Treasury debt owned by the Chinese government.

The next day, on Jan. 21, 2013, WND documented that the Obama administration had begun to allow China to acquire major ownership interests in oil and natural gas resources across the USA.

The first major intrusion of China in the U.S. oil and natural gas market can be traced to the Obama administration decision in October 2009 to allow state-owned Chinese energy giant China National Offshore Oil Corporation to purchase a multimillion-dollar stake in 600,000 acres of south Texas oil and gas fields.

By allowing China to have equity interests in U.S. oil and natural gas production, the Obama administration reversed a policy of the Bush administration that in 2005 blocked China, on grounds of national security concerns, from an $18.4 billion deal in which China planned to purchase California-based Unocal Corp.

China's two giant, state-owned oil companies acquiring oil and natural gas interests in the USA are CNOOC (100 percent owned by the government of the People's Republic of China) and Sinopec Group, the largest shareholder of the Sinopec Corporation, an investment company owned by the government of the People's Republic of China, incorporated in China in 1998, largely to acquire and operate oil and natural gas interests worldwide.

On March 6, 2012, The Wall Street Journal compiled a state-by-state list of the $17 billion in oil and natural gas equity interests CNOOC and Sinopec have acquired in the United States since 2010.

—Colorado: CNOOC gained a one-third stake in 800,000 acres in northeast Colorado and southwest Wyoming in a $1.27 billion pact with Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

—Louisiana: Sinopec has a one-third interest in 265,000 acres in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale after a broader $2.5 billion deal with Devon Energy.

—Michigan: Sinopec gained a one-third interest in 350,000 acres in a larger $2.5 billion deal with Devon Energy.

—Ohio: Sinopec acquired a one-third interest in Devon Energy's 235,000 Utica Shale acres in a larger $2.5 billion deal.

—Oklahoma: Sinopec has a one-third interest in 215,000 acres in a broader $2.5 billion deal with Devon Energy.

—Texas: CNOOC acquired a one-third interest in Chesapeake Energy's 600,000 acres in the Eagle Ford Shale in a $2.16 billion deal.

—Wyoming: CNOOC has a one-third stake in northeast Colorado and southeast Wyoming after a $1.27 billion pact with Chesapeake Energy. Sinopec gained a one-third interest in Devon Energy's 320,000 acres as part of a larger $2.5 billion deal.

On March 6, 2012, in a separate story, The Wall Street Journal described that China's strategy implemented since 2010 by Fu Chengyu, who has served as chairman of both CNOOC and Sinopec, involved the following components: "Seek minority states, play a passive role, and, in a nod to U.S. regulators, keep Chinese personnel at arm's length from advanced U.S. technology."

But back to Bundy and Reid. Remember Solyndra?

ENN intended to create solar energy farms on the Nevada land, despite the nearly 50 percent plunge in solar panel prices globally in the previous 15 months that led to the bankruptcy of solar equipment maker Solyndra, which had received approximately $535 million in U.S. government loan guarantees.

And yes, money was exchanged between the hands of ENN and Reid. The Chinese energy company contributed $40,650 individually and through its PAC to Reid over the previous three election cycles.

Reid was recruited by ENN during a 2011 trip he took to China with nine other U.S. senators, supposedly to invite Chinese investment into the United States. The Senate group accompanying Reid on his trip included six other Democrats and three Republicans: Richard Shelby, R-Ala.; Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.; Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.; Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; and Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

Thank you, Bundy, for bringing all of this to the public's attention. America is with you. I am with you. Enough is enough.

Thank you for exposing how crony capitalism works hand in hand with phony environmentalism.

Indeed, as Kris Kristofferson once wrote, "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

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Sir;... You are a lying sack of crap...You say 'federal government' like people say space aliens... They are not the enemies except when they let people have our commonwealth for pennies on the dollar, and then don't even bother to tax it... The jack rabbits in Nevada have been using our land for free for how many years, and now they are thinking it is theirs, and if it were, they would still need to pay taxes on it which they haven't and won't do... It is because such people do not pay their taxes that this country's natural rescources are up for sale to the highest bidders, even if they are our enemies...
You cry about the effect, but neglect the cause... Do you think all the rich people who have been freed of taxes, who are doing everything the Chinese are doing, and buying the world up cheap, because they can, because they can get our law, and our military to enforce the purchase, are any worse than the Chinese??? Some body put all those dollars in their Chinese hands and it was our rich people trying to make a quick buck selling them our industry, and then import the products we used to make for ourselves, to buy because we had no choice...
There is a point where the object of free enterpise becomes unbriddled stupidity... The Chinese are no different from anyone else in the world, and only trying to make a buck... The difference between us and them is they are willing to learn from their mistakes as well as our own, to improve upon our inventions, and manage their economy... You see what dirty little pipsqueaks can do by way of standing off the US government, our government -unless we are ready for revolution... Anyone who thinks they own an inch of the commonwealth because they bought and paid for it is mad... That rancher did not even so much as pay for it before claiming it,,, And there is the cheap road to property rights in this country, to rent until you can sqeeeze every ounce of profit out of the land and then give it back to the people torn and worn...What people buy -with property- is rights in it that are above and beyond what strangers owning a share of the commonwealth possess... In fact; those property rights mean more than all our civil rights put together, but when people are unwilling to pay for their rights through taxation, the government that defends those rights will die if it cannot take back the commonwealth and sell it to those who will pay...To let the rich have so much freedom as to set their own taxes, and then to defy the government to collect them is anarchy pure and simple, but then, capitalism is economic anarchy... The reason the Chinese are beating the life out of us is that they never bite off more than they can chew, and they manage their economy rather than letting their economy manage them...We do not choose to be the stupid victims of a bunch of high hat cowboys, but we are exactly that on principal, that being the notion that the government should not have the power to enforce its own laws on anyone with property... Laws like taxes are for little people, and the more these property rights are favored the more real people will appeal for their rights in vain... This people did not put the for sale sigh on this country... It was our rich who think to buy the world who put it on us...If the government goes broke trying to defend investments abroad while denied revenue at home, revolution will be the result, and all those crooked cowboys in Nevada can count on spending their final days in the joint...
This is just like every revolution, and is beginning with counter revolution, which you cheer on... That poor rancher and his family, has been living off our country for 140 years until he has actually forgotten who owns it... That man is a criminal, and he is not alone... But you are both plain dense, if you do not get that all the blood shed for this country has been lost for the land this people own... This is our land...
Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #1
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:05 PM
Liberal not paying their taxes-CRIMINAL!
Conservative not paying their taxes-PATRIOT!
Bundy has refused to pay the grazing fees for federal lands as other ranchers and farmers do and this battle has been going on for many years. You know what they call Bundy in Mequite, Nevada? A Welfare Cowboy. Bundy applies for and gets farm subsidies as well as not paying grazing fees for the past 21 years... So he is definitely living off of the Taxpaying Public. See Above.
Comment: #2
Posted by: steveM
Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:43 PM
Your all right James, said what a lot of us have been saying.
Comment: #3
Posted by: steveM
Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:55 PM
Re: steveM;...Sir;... The national debt has only been settled once, when Jackson sold of Sovereign Native American Lands... The states were seizing this land too, and interesting for later history, The new chief justice Tanney refused to act against it as a political question in his estimation... Regardless; the former chief justice Warren had already ruled in the case of a nation trying to sell off their own lands that it was our land because we had taken it...
If the government sees some point in selling off the commonwealth, and the constant debt has often provided just such a point, then it should still be taxed to force it to work for the whole people, or be returned to them...
Cowboy Bundy is squating all over our commonwealth; but if he has claimed it, he should pay taxes on it, and if he is only leasing it, he should pay up or get the hell off...
Too much of our property, our commonwealth that this people has fought and died for is traded away for nothing to settle a national debt that is as soon run up to justify selling of more of our property... It is a game, because by selling the commonwealth they evade paying taxes, and in evading paying taxes they run up the debt again, and sell more until we have nothing, and as long as it is untaxed, it will not support this dispossessed people... What should be an infinite game, with people taking a part of the commonwealth, making their living off of it, and in the end returning it to the people who own it always; it has instead become a finite game with the rich taking more and more, and leaving this people less and less...Since they tax labor, but do not tax themselves, their tax structure only aids them in ending up owning all the commonwealth...Cowboy Bundy is stealing from this entire people, but his defense could well be that so is the entire capitalist, and propertied class...He may be nothing but a hay seed, but he is fighting a fight for a whole class of people who bought America cheap though we bought it with blood, and now think to have it free and clear...They cannot have it free and clear... One person alone could own the whole of the commonwealth and own no more than rights in it, and it would still have to support the entire population...The rich can only have so much of the commonwealth as does not destroy us... They should only have so much of it as suits our needs...
Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #4
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:34 PM
I read you loud and clear buddy. This Bundy's not paying for grazing rights or taxes he is a squatter, it ain't his and his cattle may be branded but they're trespassing he needs to get em off that land or let me shoot em. 3K a head, that's some money. Don't the law let you shoot trespassers and evict squaters? Maybe time to bring out the dogs and the big tanks. And tell you what, if civilian 'militia' was pointing guns at military and the law bring on the sixties. Tear gas and dogs and some tanks to round up those cows for auction. If they let this rich f*ck get away with this sh*t, and he is a rich f-ck, it'll just be same ol same ol. They'll put poor folk out and take everthing including their freedom. Put us in jail or the poorhouse if we don't pay our taxes and they'll auction off anything like your car or your gun and they keep the money. They put Willie Nelson out of his home and Wesley Snipes they put him in jail to get their tax money. They were rich but Willie smoked dope and kept on smoking it so they wanted to mess with him. We know why they put Snipes in jail for crime of being black and tax evasion. Why they treating this old white guy different? Rich, white, Civilian militia. Government has to take them out.
Comment: #5
Posted by: steveM
Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:47 PM
Re: steveM;...We have to let the law work its magic, and if people are willing, it will... We have had something in our laws going way back in Cannon Law addressing the fact that Bishops would often fight over sees as the Church worked out official Dogma... In an act against spolation it was made illegal to take back with force anything taken from you... Islam does not deny anyone an absolute right to justice... Our law puts a premium on peace, and I understand it completely... Violence can never be thought of as under control, and so long as people live they may make a claim for justice... People can be made whole after almost every wrong except murder, and it cannot be undone... There is a problem with the fact that once law has achieved peace, the law loses sight of the need for justice, and considers peace as the goal in itself... Justice is always the aim of law, and peace will flow out of Justice... As Abalard said: Ius (justice) is the genus, and Lex (law) is a species of it... Those who do not understand this relationship often make law to achieve injustice, but if a law is not just, it is not law...
Lincoln talked about mobocracy before the Civil War, and it is no different now... If you put cowboy Bundy before a jury of his peers, they all hold the same antagonistic and not altogether incorrect alienated view of their government... The government may well serve them better than it serves me, but it serves other parties better than either of us, and they know it...In such an instance, their jury will find them not guilty, and set them back on their own property to do as they see fit on public lands without recrimination... And, ultimately, the people are the law, and if the people's law finds the government without legitimacy, its days are numbered... Still; there is no substitute for the legal way at this time, and for each man to make himself the law, judge and jury, is a frightful prospect...
Though it is not always deserved, civility must be maintained until there is no alternative... We are free enough, and intelligent enough that we can form a government without the need for violent revolution... We cannot work within the government because government is already too corrupt, but we can work morally and legally to change our society... I believe the chances are very slim that vested interests will not use the government at some point to bust revolution, but until they do, we are free to write a new constitution, to act and speak legally and morally and must...If the many people who are injured by this society, who have seen their dreams crushed before their eyes, who never had a chance and have never known happiness or equality were able to wish other Americans dead, there would be carnage...As Freud among others noted: What primitives wished, they did... The world without restraints is terrible to contemplate, and the right is clearly more well armed than the left... I do not think we want to step back to step forward, but need to look for serious forward progress which only really means completing the revolution begun in 1776, and achieving justice democratically...
Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #6
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:10 AM
I'm civil and street wise. I know justice means justus not me or you.. I know a lot of land was given away to people 40 and a mule. This is Federal land. It's our land. Bundy just took this land and his cows will turn it into more desert and pollute the water. When gangs don't want to follow laws and don't back down or point guns at the police they're not called patriots there called felons. We camped all through Nevada on Federal land some free some a few dollars a day. Put up a tent and make camp you carry it in and carry it out. They have these few rules to keep it nice. Hike, climb, yell as loud as you want but don't hurt nothing. Camped on tribal land too but federal land is owned by all of us. Thief breaks in and steals your stuff precinct cops can't stop all that. Bundys a thief the feds should be able to stop that. Hell the people should stop that but they don't.Feds gotta do it dogs, tanks, tear gas and put his ass in federal prison.
Comment: #7
Posted by: steveM
Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:21 PM
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