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Welfare Ranchers Swoon over Court Approved Death Sentence for Wild Horse Herd

Federally subsidized ‘Good Ole Boys’ spout lies, propaganda and full blown BS to further line their pockets while decimating America’s protected Wild Treasures

UPCHUCK WARNING:

Image of Welfare Rancher’s brain

WASHINGTON (February 14, 2020) – Public Lands Council (PLC) Executive Director and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Executive Director of Natural Resources, Kaitlynn Glover, today released the following statement in response to a ruling in a case related to the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. This week, Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) decision to remove more than 1,700 wild horses from the Caliente Complex in Nevada complied with federal laws:

“Judge Howell’s ruling affirms the Bureau of Land Management’s responsibility and authority to manage these horse herds using science and the law. Across the West, horse populations far exceed their appropriate stocking rates, often by more than three times the ideal population sizes.

“This lawsuit sought to undermine the very tenets of the multiple use mandate. The BLM is required by law not only to manage resources for optimal land health, but also for a variety of uses for the American public. In areas where these herds reside, the BLM is required to ensure these horses do not continue to degrade water and land health simply because they are overstocked. I know I speak on behalf of ranchers when I commend Judge Howell for recognizing that this suit was nothing more than an attempt to prioritize horses at the expense of the health of our natural resources.”

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  1. The ranchers sure do know which judge to use to get their agenda through

    Judge Howell is known for overriding of the Constitution and Law to help those who pay for her service

    Hopefully someone will Appeal [her] the judge’s decision and take it to a higher court

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    • Bunch of corrupt people they have to live with themselves, God will punish them over his creatures they should read the Bible,, They can stick their beef where the sun don’t shine because I will never buy it again.

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  2. The LAW:
    Pursuant to 3 C.F.R. 4710.3-2 and 43 C.F.R. 4710.5(a), the BLM’s authority to reduce livestock grazing pursuant to 43 C.F.R. 4710.5 in order “to provide habitat for wild horses or burros.

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  3. JUDICIAL TRAVEL ACCOUNTABILITY ACT UNVEILED IN CONGRESS

    Bill closes loopholes allowing Supreme Court justices and federal judges to keep secret who funds their travel and hospitality perks
    Washington, DC – Today, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) led a bipartisan group in Congress to introduce the Judicial Travel Accountability Act, a bill to close loopholes that allow Supreme Court justices and federal judges to avoid disclosing travel and hospitality perks they enjoy as prominent public figures. Given the life tenure and extraordinary power to shape American law that comes with a federal court seat, there is a strong public interest in better understanding the nature of judicial travel and hospitality – especially who pays for it. The members’ legislation would help to bolster the non-partisan credibility of the Supreme Court, which has been eroding in the eyes of the public.

    “Supreme Court justices and FEDERAL JUDGES enjoy lifetime appointments and tremendous power to shape Americans’ lives. With that power comes invitations from outside groups and individuals, many of whom are active litigants before federal courts,” said Whitehouse. “To avoid conflicts of interest, the American people ought to know what hospitality, travel, and other emoluments justices and judges receive. With a persistent, decades-long effort by big corporate and partisan donors to control the courts, it’s more important than ever to require transparency in our judiciary.”

    “Full transparency is critical for ensuring public confidence in our system of justice. Supreme Court justices and federal judges should always be held to the highest ethical standards,” said Cicilline. “As Republicans like Mitch McConnell continue working with wealth special interests to change the face of the federal judiciary, it’s absolutely crucial that we pass this bill now.”
    Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Representatives Ben Cline (R-VA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) joined Whitehouse and Cicilline in introducing the bill in both chambers of Congress.
    Current judicial travel and gift disclosure requirements are failing. The Ethics and Government Act requires that judges’ financial disclosure reports include only the “identity of the source and a brief description (including a travel itinerary, dates, and nature of expenses provided) of reimbursements” over certain dollar threshold, currently set at $390. But judges and justices are not required to identify the dollar value of the reimbursement, and are exempted entirely from reporting any gifts in the form of “food, lodging, or entertainment received as personal hospitality.”

    The Judicial Travel Accountability Act would amend the Ethics and Government Act to require judicial officers’ financial disclosure statements to include the dollar amount of transportation, lodging, and meal expense reimbursements and gifts, as well as a detailed description of any meetings and events attended.
    A 2015 report by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity revealed that in 2014, all nine Supreme Court justices received free trips, with six traveling overseas. According to an analysis from the Washington Post, the justices took over 365 trips paid for by outside groups from 2011-2014.

    Polling shows Americans are increasingly skeptical that the Supreme Court decides cases free of political bias. According to recent polling by Quinnipiac University, a clear majority of Americans believe it is “mainly politics” that motivates the Supreme Court. The findings also showed that majority has grown markedly.
    https://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/news/release/judicial-travel-accountability-act-unveiled-in-congress

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  4. How the BLM Serves the West’s Welfare Ranchers
    by GEORGE WUERTHNER

    But, of course, seeing its role to pander to the welfare ranchers of the West, the BLM has taken the politically expediate measure of doing more harm in the name of sage grouse.

    Livestock by trampling soil crusts and consuming native grasses, aids the spread of cheatgrass.
    Cheatgrass poses a far greater threat to sage grouse because it increases the fire frequency and burns out both juniper and sagebrush.
    livestock fencing is a major mortality factor for the low flying birds. Fences are also perching for avian predators like raven that feed on sage grouse chicks and eggs.

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/02/18/how-the-blm-serves-the-wests-welfare-ranchers/

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  5. How about a pilot program? There’s money available in this year’s budget appropriations and there’s no doubt that wild horse & burro foes will be looking to use it to get rid of any competition for public grazing
    >
    > Wild Horses Eating Cheatgrass – A Wildfire Mitigation Study
    >
    > I would like the DOI to undertake a study on the relationship between
    > wild horses, invasive grasses like “cheatgrass”, and wildfires,
    > especially in the Western United States. Also, I would like the
    > reports and conclusions of the study to be made available on the DOI website.
    >
    > I have submitted a number of ideas and comments regarding wild horses
    > on our public lands. One of the issues that frequently come up in wild
    > horse discussion groups is the invasive plant commonly called
    > “cheatgrass”. As I understand it, this grass is extremely
    > opportunistic. It grows in the early spring and then dies, providing
    > dried ground fuel that helps spread wildfires.
    >
    > There have been observations that wild horses feed on cheatgrass when
    > it first emerges, before seed heads have a chance to develop and disperse.
    > There have been professional firefighters who consider the absence of
    > wild horses on areas where cheatgrass has taken hold actually
    > increases wildfire danger.
    >
    > I think this type of study could provide important information on
    > mitigating the available fuels that contribute to the dangerous and
    > destructive wildfires that ravage our lands, and might find our wild
    > horses are more than icons of the West. They may be a natural, widely
    > available, and economical fire brigade.
    >
    > READER COMMENT
    > highnoonhorsefarm in Mar 2010
    >
    > We have been able to reduce and almost eradicate the cheatgrass in our
    > pasture by grazing the horses(10)and a small herd of goats
    > (9),part-time, in the early spring to keep it from going to seed. They
    > love it when it is green and tender and seem to prefer it so it gives
    > the other grasses a chance to come on. We are in our 5th year of
    > re-habilitating a severely overgrazed dryland pasture. We do not
    > irrigate because there is no water with the land. They graze together and our pasture has never looked better.
    https://openinterior.ideascale.com/a/dtd/32778-7034#idea-tab-comments

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  6. Today we have a problem with bigotry, bias, and outright ignorance within the Bureau of Land Management, the USDA Forestry, and many of the non-profits and welfare ranching communities involved, in not just the Grazing Permit Programs as well as welfare ranching and hunting communities, but worse yet, in decision making positions of administration in our government. Things have developed over the years, badly, and many of us, as Veteran’s even, do not recognize this country any longer. The levels of Conflict of Interest compounds these situations to an extreme.

    Once situations like honesty, Our Constitution, and decisions made upon competent science and from knowledgeable men and women, is totally ignored and thrown out, and obvious adversarial decisions are made — and accepted to replace truth, then we are talking about a very corrupt government, very government management paradigms, and a corrupted legal system — and the use of our Taxpayer Money comes into question. Perhaps it is simply too much money for people to assume, reasonably, will be managed properly. When we look at figures, such as the Grazing Permit Program (alone) costing $531 Billion taxpayer dollars over the past 19 or twenty years, then many of us become concerned over how it is being spent.

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    • John, I share your concerns and frustration, as do many others. It strikes me we cannot make moral arguments that register with amoral people, we cannot make ethical arguments that register with unethical people, we cannot make financial arguments that register with people already swimming in ill-gotten gains, and we cannot make legal arguments that register with scofflaws who know they will not be held to account by our government in any meaningful way.

      It seems the only thing we CAN do is make sure our voices are heard at the ballot box, and those results are not compromised by outside influences or inside corruption. Godhelpusall.

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  7. A suggested (and more truthful) edit:

    “I know I speak on behalf of THE AMERICAN PUBLIC when I SCOLD Judge Howell for NOT recognizing that this suit was nothing more than an attempt to prioritize LIVESTOCK at the expense of the health of our natural resources.”

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