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Through the Eyes of the Wild Ones
(to be sung to the tune of “The 12 days of Christmas”)
(to be sung to the tune of “The 12 days of Christmas”)
Secretary of Interior Ryan “Dinky” Zinke has made it a point to declare that energy concerns had nothing to do with his recommendation to President Trump that Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be cut by 85 percent and the remnant hacked into bits. There’s no mine in Bears Ears, he told reporters after Trump issued two proclamations Tuesday cutting Bears Ears and another national monument in Utah, the Grand Staircase-Escalante.
But The Washington Post has obtained documents showing there was heavy lobbying in favor of reducing the monument’s acreage by the owner of the nation’s only remaining uranium mill. It sits just outside the boundary of Bears Ears as designated last year by President Obama, but miles away from the new boundary under Trump’s truncated designation.
Juliet Eilperin’s report on the documents shows that Energy Fuels Resources (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of a Canadian firm, lobbied the Trump regime to shrink the monument—which is rich with scenic beauty and ancient American Indian archeological sites—to make it easier to access deposits of uranium ore:
In a May 25 letter to the Interior Department, Chief Operating Officer Mark Chalmers wrote that the 1.35 million-acre expanse Obama created “could affect existing and future mill operations.” He later noted, “There are also many other known uranium and vanadium deposits located within the [original boundaries] that could provide valuable energy and mineral resources in the future.” […]
Energy Fuels Resources did not just weigh in on national monuments through public-comment letters. It hired a team of lobbyists at Faegre Baker Daniels — led by Andrew Wheeler, who is awaiting Senate confirmation as the Environmental Protection Agency’s deputy secretary — to work on the matter and other federal policies affecting the company. It paid the firm $30,000 between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, according to federal lobbying records, for work on this and other priorities.
The company’s vice president of operations, William Paul Goranson, joined Wheeler and two other lobbyists, including former congresswoman Mary Bono (R-Calif.), to discuss Bears Ears in a July 17 meeting with two top Zinke advisers.
Although there are a few rich deposits in the world that are as much as 18 percent uranium, most sources, like those in Utah, are well below 1 percent. A mill uses various techniques to turn the ore into yellowcake—U308, triuranium octoxide. The milling process also leaves behind massive piles of tailings—powdery, slightly radioactive waste. The yellowcake is shipped to processing centers that turn it into uranium hexaflouride, which is then enriched to a level useful as fuel in commercial power reactors, a higher level for test reactors and production of medical isotopes, or to a much higher level for use in making nuclear weapons.
Right now, the price of yellowcake is about $25 a pound, well below Energy Fuels Resources’ $40-$50 break-even point. Unless that changes, no new mines are likely to be excavated in the parts of Bears Ears sheared away by Trump’s proclamations. But EFR is looking with hope at the Asian market, where a number of new uranium-fueled nuclear power plants are planned or already under construction and could boost uranium prices.
The U.S. market won’t help. Construction on two new nukes in South Carolina was begun in 2013. After delays and massive cost overruns, the half-completed project was shuttered this summer. Finishing them would have doubled their original estimated cost of $9.8 billion. In all likelihood, come the new year, two nukes being built in Georgia that are in the same delay-and-overrun bind as South Carolina’s will also be shuttered without producing a single kilowatt of electricity. No other U.S. power projects are in the works and are unlikely to be any time soon, if ever.
It may make no difference at Bears Ears. If some already launched lawsuits against shrinking the monuments upends Trump’s proclamations—as many close observers strongly believe will be the case—Bears Ears will return to its originally designated boundaries, and there won’t be any uranium ore mined from deposits near the Energy Fuels Resources mill.
“Another installment in the Dinky Zinke Chronicles. This was published in 2014 and points to Dinky Zinke being a scum-ball and stealing from the American Tax Payers to go home and visit Mommy YEARS AGO. It appears that not a damn thing has changed and he obviously did not learn any lessons. If Capt Bailey only knew, back then, how bad things would get.
Like the other horse eaters before him, Dinky needs to go. Is ANYONE in the Administration listening out there?!?!?” ~ R.T.
There have long been rumors about Senator Ryan Zinke’s tendency to both exaggerate his role as a Navy SEAL and to underplay the serious ethical violations that derailed his career, but given the privacy afforded those records, it’s always been difficult to detail the truth about Zinke’s career in the military.
Captain Larry Bailey, who commanded Zinke while he was in his SEAL class, recently wrote a letter detailing some of the problems with Zinke’s military career. What Bailey argues is what many of us who have watched Zinke’s career have also seen: “he is willing to do whatever it takes to reach the next level.”
In short, Bailey argues that Zinke misused Navy funds for personal travel and has inflated the importance of his role in Navy SEAL Team Six. Bailey writes, “He was never a commanding officer and was bypassed for possible consideration for promotion to captain as the result of his travel transgressions.”
No one here has questioned the value of Senator Zinke’s service to his nation in the military, but his tendency to inflate his own role and promote himself at the expense of the truth and even basic decency, has been the defining element of his political career.
Captain Bailey’s letter follows:
It is most unpleasant to write these words, as I have long considered myself a friend of Ryan Zinke. In fact, he was in the first Basic UDT/SEAL (BUD/S) class to graduate under my command in 1985. I remember him well and thought that he would have a stellar career.
He did have such a career until he showed a defect in his moral make-up, and the Left is already well aware of what he did, although perhaps not in so much detail as I go into. They will, however, before the general election, so I have decided to anticipate them by providing this statement.
This information was provided to me by sources personally known to me and to those who were directly involved in the actions involving Ryan.
What did he do? Simple—he used Navy (taxpayer) travel funds to make multiple trips from Norfolk, VA, to his home in MT, ostensibly to scout out training sites for his squadron. The truth was that he went to work on some family property and, apparently, on one occasion, took two or three other Navy SEALs with him.
These trips not only involved airfare, but they also involved per diem and personal use of Navy time. To his credit, Ryan, when confronted with his transgressions, admitted his culpability and paid back the funds he had expended.
Ryan’s moral failings, in my opinion, do not end with his being separated from his SEAL team over the travel scandal. His political career has some questionable acts associated with it, to include his creation (with some heavy-hitting New York and Boston lawyers and PR people) of Special Operations for America (SOFA), a Political Action Committee, back in early 2012. At that time, I sought out Ryan to work with me in establishing an umbrella organization of Special Operations Forces from all the services.
After looking carefully at the situation in which he was involved, I just didn’t feel comfortable getting hooked up with what was clearly going to be a high-donor operation and possibly geared to Ryan’s future political benefit. That has turned out to be the case, as evinced by the fact that, almost immediately after Ryan declared his candidacy for the US House, he resigned as SOFA’s chairman and was given a grant from the very Political Action Committee he established. That, to me, is not “conflict of interest;” it is “coincidence of interest.”
The account of what I have read about SOFA having its headquarters in property owned by the Zinke family that is across the street from the Zinke family home, further validates the “coincidence of interest” hypothesis.
As a retired Navy SEAL officer, I also take exception to the looseness with which Ryan described his Navy career. Depending on which bio one reads, he was “a” or “the” commander in a certain high-capability Navy SEAL Team. He was never a commanding officer and was bypassed for possible consideration for promotion to captain as the result of his travel transgressions.
He also has stated that former Cong. Allen West has endorsed his candidacy. I spoke with Colonel West personally and learned that, while he spoke kind words about Ryan, he did not endorse him. Subsequent to my conversation with him, Colonel West has made clear that that was not the case and will not be the case during the primary.
Having seen a heavily redacted copy of Ryan’s DD-214, which is a summary of his military career, I noted that, unlike his claim to have received two Bronze Stars for combat, he actually received them for meritorious service. Neither had the Combat “V” for Valor, which would have been the case had he earned the awards for combat.
The statement by a retired Navy SEAL Master Chief sums up the essence of Ryan’s character. The man told me personally that Ryan is PNG (persona non grata) at his old SEAL team, primarily for the misleading statements he has made about his rank and importance at that “special” team. That is a sad commentary on a man who had all the potential in the world and has, instead of coming clean about himself and his mistakes, tries to re-write his personal history in order to achieve political office.
I am certain that Ryan would have acquitted himself well if he had led his men in actual combat instead of being a theater manager of the combat units assigned to him.
I am sure that Ryan will do his best to rebut these serious allegations. He can prove me wrong by making his unredacted DD-214 available for public examination. I would like nothing better than to have been shown that I was wrong, but that won’t happen.
Why do I, a transplanted Texan living in NC, want to rupture more than one friendship over Ryan Zinke’s candidacy for the US House of Representatives? Simple—Ryan’s ambitions will not stop here. He has shown by his dissimulation of facts regarding his career that he is willing to do whatever it takes to reach the next level—in his case, the US Senate. I cannot abide that prospect, because THEN he is representing ME and every citizen of this land as a member of one of the world’s most prestigious deliberative bodies.
CAPT (SEAL), USN (Ret.)
In response to President Donald Trump’s announcement of historic reductions of protected public lands in Utah, Chris Saeger, executive director of the Western Values Project, released the following statement:
“This decision is a dangerous turn in our nation’s approach to protecting the places that have forged the Western way of life. The fact that an American president would unlawfully remove protections on iconic public lands for political gain should deeply disturb anyone who wants these places, which are a birthright to our children, to continue to benefit all of us.”
“For his part, Secretary Zinke should be ashamed of his role in this craven decision to allow special interests to exploit the kinds of places President Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act to protect. Fortunately, legal experts overwhelmingly agree that undoing these protections is unlawful and will not stand.”
“Future generations are counting on our system of checks and balances to stand up to this shocking abuse of power.”
By Parker Heinlein as published on the Bozeman Daily Chronicle
When Ryan Zinke was appointed Secretary of the Interior, I had no idea he was such a poser.
It bothered me a bit that he seemed to spend more time at his house in California than at his residence in Montana, but he was a decorated warrior and claimed to be a conservationist in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt.
I thought he might do a good job.
Then he showed up on horseback wearing a cowboy hat for his first day of work and I thought, hmmm, maybe not. This dude could be all hat.
I was right.
Instead of channeling Teddy Roosevelt, Zinke appears to be channeling another westerner, James Watt, Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of the Interior, who was known as an anti-environmentalist.
Zinke has apparently been tasked with dismantling every environmental safeguard he can, from reducing the size of national monuments to removing regulations on grazing land that protect sage grouse.
At least James Watt never claimed to be something he wasn’t.
Zinke would have us believe he’s a sportsman and actually cares about the land when it’s obvious he doesn’t. He’s simply a do-what-he’s-told kind of guy.
Zinke replaced Sarah Palin as the belle of the pro-development ball, dressed up like a little kid playing cowboy, his mantra little different than her shrill cry of “Drill, baby drill.”
Except he carries it off with a lot more pomp and circumstance. When Zinke is in his office — decorated with stuffed animals he didn’t kill on the walls — a flag is raised by a staffer. When he leaves, the flag is taken down.
Zinke also had a personalized coin minted to hand out to visitors. Secretaries of the Interior have had coins before, but never bearing their names.
I guess he didn’t want anyone to wonder who that clown in the cowboy hat is.
I wanted to think that a Montanan would do good things, would leave a legacy to be proud of, but Zinke is just paving the way to a high-paying lobbying job when his time as secretary comes to an end.
He’s kidding himself if he thinks in any way he embodies Teddy Roosevelt, an independent spirit and passionate hunter if there ever was one.
Zinke is a willing puppet of an administration that likes to dress him up like a cowboy and watch him dance.
He’s fine pretending he’s something he isn’t and seems to be fine with what he is — an embarrassment to Montana.
Oh, well. It won’t be long and he can move back to California.
This week has seen leaders in the land seizure movement gaining traction at the Interior Department. Brian Steed, the former Chief of Staff to leading land seizure advocate Utah Congressman Chris Stewart, was appointed the acting director of the Bureau of Land Management. Meanwhile, Karen Budd-Falen, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s top pick to become the permanent head of BLM, will bring her land seizure road show to Hamilton, Montana today.
Plus, a scathing profile on James Carson, the associate deputy secretary at Interior, revealed how he is shaping the BLM to overwhelmingly favor the oil and gas industry at the expense of Western public lands. According to The Nation, “He wrote the Federal Register notice announcing the department’s controversial review of 27 national monuments, and he has been granted virtual carte blanche to set policy as it relates to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.”
Zinke Accountability Roundup:
Today, Politico’s cartoonists married the growing influence of the oil and gas industry at Interior with Zinke’s zeal for changing the department’s flag. Yesterday, The Washington Post exposed Zinke’s reckless and ethically questionable flying habits. On Tuesday, Huffington Post detailed his affinity for using taxpayer money for interior design à la taxidermy. Meanwhile, Sen. Dick Durbin is still not happy with Zinke’s national monuments review.
Department of Interior Roundup:
A former Interior employee is suing the department for refusing to release information concerning his own reassignment and that of several of his former colleagues. Meanwhile, a Senate staffer offered inside information on the likely reduction of Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. While information continues to leak out, the review process has been largely hidden from the public thus far.
Trivia: What current Interior nominee vocally supported drilling off the Virginia coastline while serving as Virginia’s Secretary of Natural Resources?
A) Doug Domenech
B) Jason Larrabee
C) Aurelia Skipwith
D) Austin Ewell
Answer: A) Doug Domenech! Currently the nominee for Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Insular Affairs, Domenech called the potential Atlantic oil reserves like “‘looking at a bunch of Christmas gifts that are wrapped.’” Read more about him here.
Long before Ryan Zinke slithered his way to be confirmed as Interior Secretary under Trump, his views and agendas for wild and domestic equines were well-known. From the period long before he became a Montana Congressman when he was pushing for the return of horse slaughter so that a horse slaughterhouse could be built in his home state, and throughout his time in Congress, his famous quote basically sums up what he continues to stand for:
“If a horse is too old to breed, too old to ride or too expensive to feed, a horse is disposed of,” he said.
With that said, accusations about Zinke’s past and present misuse and misappropriation of funds go back to the time when he was a Navy SEAL. His act of portraying himself as a horse lover, issuing photos to the press of himself riding horses and setting up a photo op where he rode a horse to work in Washington, D.C. on his first day as Interior Secretary, was a great facade for his true agenda which is to slaughter horses at will and exterminate the remaining herds of America’s Wild Horses & Burros until they are extinct.
Last night, Carol Walker, the Director of Field Documentation for the Wild Horse Freedom Federation WHFF) was a guest on Wild Horse & Burro Radio hosted by WHFF’s Debbie Coffey. In case you missed the show, you can listen to it by clicking on this link:
I strongly urge all of you to listen to this show. The fact is that while we are all waiting to see if the Senate Appropriations Committee will vote to counter the unspeakable damage done by the House of Representatives this past August to return horse slaughter to U.S. soil and allow for the sale “without limitation or regulation” of our Wild Horses & Burros (which means slaughter), close cronies of Zinke’s including Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah and other pro-horse slaughter lawmakers under the control and influence of the Grazing organizations that want all of our wild equines gone are working with the BLM now toward the ultimate extinction of these majestic animals.
What they always deliberately fail to mention or acknowledge, however, is that these Wild Horses and Burros belong to us – the American People!
The nearly 50,000 Wild Horses and Burros being held captive in BLM holding facilities should be returned to the range immediately. There are tens of millions of acres that make up the Public Lands and they are entitled to live out their lives on it – free from brutal round-ups, cruelty and death. There are ways of humanely managing these herds, but the BLM has neither the knowledge or the ability to do it. It’s just a lot easier to have the contractors round them up until they are gone so that they don’t have to deal with them any more. The BLM is made up of lazy and incompetent people. This outdated agency needs to be dismantled and replaced.
In fact, these scoundrels are not waiting for the legislation or the new budget to pass. They are keeping themselves very busy carrying out their deadly plans. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is steadily rounding up and in some cases killing wild equines at their discretion – some of whom they claim have “pre-existing conditions” that would make them unadoptable.
Regardless, this is all one Big Scam. This administration has empowered these horse killers and they are taking full advantage of destroying as many of these animals as possible.This ruse may work on some people but our job, and that includes all of us, is to make sure the American public becomes aware of what their true agendas are so that they are exposed and stopped.
These “un-Americans” are attempting to turn the clock back to the 1950’s when Wild Horses and Burros were facing extinction until the passage of the Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 which was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. Since then, attempts have been made to weaken the law and that has happened with the Burns Amendment of 2004 and other bad bills along the way.
Although this may sound redundant, it is imperative that you continue to:
*** Call your two U.S. Senators as well as the co-chairs of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Tom Udall of New Mexico and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and tell them you are opposed to horse slaughter and want horse meat inspectors to remain defunded until a federal ban can be passed… And that you want Wild Horses & Burros protected and preserved – Ask them to restore all the provisions of the Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971.
—To reach your own two U.S. Senators and the co-chairs of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Tom Udall and Lisa Murkowski, please click here: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/senators_cfm.cfm…
— Also tell your Senators that you want the BLM shut down and dismantled and a new agency with real experts who possess a profound understanding and appreciation of the land, conservation and wildlife to manage our Public Lands with care.
*** Please share all this information, including the link to the radio show and take action. The Senate will be marking up language for the 2018 budget soon and the language they submit needs to include the continual defunding of horse meat inspectors and restoring the protection and preservation of America’s Wild Horses & Burros.
More Dinky stuff:
an open letter from Capt. William E. Simpson II – USMM Ret.
Somehow over the past century the notion of what it is to be a ‘civil servant’ and having the great privilege of serving ‘We the People’ has morphed into the current notion of being elected as a demigod, and being above the people. We see it all around us today in politics… so that statement is self-evident.
I think we’re getting snowed by many officials and politicians, and it’s to the point now where they don’t even seem to care if we even know or believe that. It’s really time for a change! And we can’t afford to sit on our hands and hope President Trump can do it all. Even if he’s inclined, he needs all Americans to start acting like we care for our beloved ‘America’ and all that it encompasses, as well as our own hard earned money, which pays for what has become the greatest ‘show’ on earth.
Few people are aware that the United State Forest Service (USFS) is now spending half (50%) of their total budget on fighting wildfires, and doing so when there is a readily available, simple cost effective (virtually free) method for abating the dry grasses and brush that fuel these explosively hot and disastrous wildfires.
As I write this, catastrophic wildfires are devastating many western states.
The dead and dying trees are no doubt fuel for wildfires in our forests. But as any Cub Scout can tell you, you can’t ignite a dry log with a match, dry hot summer weather or not; it takes a lot of kindling to accomplish that feat. So when we think of previous burns as well as dry forests, the fact that grasses and brush reappear annually and once dried by summer heat provide the ‘kindling’, abating grasses and brush is a key initiative to mitigating wildfire risk.
The math is very important because, even marginal mitigation of wildfires that cost many $-billions annually, would likely represent hundreds of $-millions in real savings for all American taxpayers.
Everywhere in the world wherever a species of large herbivore has its population depleted or eliminated, vegetative (fuels for fires) materials (grasses & brush) become excessive resulting in a scenario where catastrophic wildfires take-over on an annual basis. The science is crystal clear and incontrovertible on this point.
“By altering the quantity and distribution of fuel supplies, large herbivores can shape the frequency, intensity, and spatial distribution of fires across a landscape. There are even unique interactions among large herbivore populations that can influence fire regimes. For example, facilitative interactions between white rhinoceros and mesoherbivores result in reduced fuel loads and fuel continuity, and consequently fewer large, intense fires (71). Other factors can influence the frequency and intensity of fires, particularly in locations where the total area burned is strongly related to ungulate population size. For example, Serengeti wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) populations irrupted after the rinderpest virus was eradicated in the 1960s, and the subsequent increase in grazing pressure led to a widespread reduction in the extent of fires and delayed recovery of tree populations (72). The removal of plant biomass by browsing also reduces fire fuel loads and decreases fire susceptibility. Thus, there is scant evidence of fire in much of Australia until the megafauna disappeared after humans arrived (5).”
And it’s no coincidence that here in the western United States where wildfires are turning forests into ash year after year, we have depleted herbivore populations. And in other locations, deer and elk are virtually non-existent.
As one of many examples I could easily make: In the state of California the deer population has plummeted from about 2-million animals to under 400,000 deer in the entire State. And this too is the ultimate result of defective management of large predators by California Department of Fish & Wildlife.
You would think people who call themselves ‘managers’ would know-about and understand the foregoing science and the reports given the large amount of peer-reviewed studies that have been published. Sorry, that’s not the case; the forest and wildlife managers, including many people at the BLM are instead focused on two things in this order; ‘money’ & ‘power’, both of which are extracted from the people of America.
But as most people know, these managers answer to their masters, the politicians and bureaucrats, who bear most of the blame for these wildfires.
‘Money’ as in enriching their budgets and protecting their new wildfire enterprise that creates more state and federal jobs at taxpayer’s expense of both cash and forest resources, and diminishment of critical watersheds.
Is it dishonest and immoral to adopt a forest management plan, which concurrently rejects sound wildfire abatement concepts (such as ground fuel reduction via herbivore reintroduction), while currently allowing forests and property to be devastated annually simply to create more government-based jobs that are to be paid-for by already overburdened taxpayers?
Managing an annual disaster with a focus as a revenue model is what I would call malfeasance. And given the obvious neglect of prioritizing a preemptive solution-based focus, as opposed to a reactionary response model, the use of the term malfeasance may not be unfair. And it certainly might be called incompetence.
And ‘power’ is the ability to rule citizens using political deceptions, lies and methods of deflecting blame and discarding citizen input out-of-hand regarding any solutions forward by people outside the political and bureaucratic circles; they want to retain all power within their circles of influence.
This is not how our founding fathers intended for our Constitutional Republic system of government to function; it’s currently a sham!
Having spent many decades in and around the mountains of northern California and southern Oregon growing-up on the family’s working ranch, I have had a great opportunity to study first-hand the recurring wildfires and the socio-economic and environmental impact of catastrophic wildfires, along with the devastating effects of the closure of the logging industry.
Recently I drafted an article, which posited a wildfire fuel abatement methodology using large herbivores, which unlike any other options, offers tremendous economic and environmental advantages, as further outlined herein.
Many of America’s remote forested areas are not suitable for livestock grazing, even though there is an abundance of grasses and brush; the terrain is far too difficult for livestock management, which also makes fighting wildfires in these areas far more difficult and costly to fight, and firefighters die, while many others are injured.
The article titled ‘Fire Brigade – The Value Proposition of Wild Horses’ was sent to my local County Supervisors as well as to the representative of my Congressman, Mr. Doug LaMalfa – (CA Dist. 01).
Sadly and frustratingly I had the first-hand experience of being ‘brushed-off’ by a representative of my own Congressman, Doug LaMalfa (I wonder if he knows how his constituents are treated?).
It’s funny how they only want to hear from citizens when they want even more of our money, or need to get reelected. Of course I think those days are coming to a quick end.
In an email (herein below) from Erin Ryan, the representative of my Congressman (Doug LaMalfa) regarding my Fire Brigade proposal, I was told in no uncertain terms that “none of this is news” in regard to my novel idea for abating wildfire fuels using large herbivores “. Her observation was manifestly incorrect.
I had sent my article ‘Fire Brigade’ in its entirety to Ms. Ryan, along with an introduction, some wildfire cost metrics and photos of examples of trees that had obviously benefited from the effect of symbiotic mutualism with large herbivores (in this case, wild horses).
So when I received the response (below) from Ms. Ryan, I was of course astounded that it seemed clearly designed to discourage and defer my initiative by incorrectly alleging what I had proposed was nothing new, and incorrectly inferring that it somehow involved ‘tree cutting’, which would attract litigation, also incorrect since there is no “tree cutting” involved.
The trend in the government methodology of ‘sidelining‘ citizens has been in widespread use by bureaucrats and politicians far too long, and it has inflamed citizens to elect Donald J. Trump as our President. Another tactic is making themselves completely unreachable except through so-called ‘gatekeepers’ who seem to meter access according to the size of your wallet.
And now as we see, career politicians and bureaucrats seem to be revolting against our elected President, as they fear the voice of the people may be carried-out to some extent or another by President Trump. Time will tell, but this paradigm of government for and by the government must be brought under control.
It seems like smart politicians would want to listen to citizens who pay the bills and who might have something valuable to contribute to a very serious subject that costs taxpayers $-billions of dollars annually. But alas, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Here is that incredibly disappointing reply:
From: Ryan, Erin Marie <ErinMarie.Ryan@mail.house.gov>
To: Capt. William E. Simpson – USMM <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tue, Jun 27, 2017 3:24 pm
Subject: RE: Removing Fuel Load Reduces Wildfire Risk & Intensity = Saved Money
Environmental lawsuits using the Equal Access to Justice Act are largely to blame. They sue every single management plan that involves tree cutting – even in the burned areas. None of this is news and it is not within the control of the board of supervisors as I’m sure you are aware. I could go on and on and on but have a meeting. You get my drift.
As to her cute little byline I say: ‘In God We Trust, Politicians Must Take Polygraph’
Again, to be crystal clear, Ms. Ryan was provided the entire article and an informational intro, none of which mentioned “tree cutting”.
Fires are devouring our forests, destroying habitats, killing thousands of animals and obliterating watersheds nationally as I write this. It’s in the national news as I write this!
Watching all the wildfires around the U.S. burning forests and homes this early in the season, suggests that the losses may be monumental this year ($20-50 Billion?) in a now recurring annual nightmare!
Just in and around our own County (Siskiyou) here in CA costs and losses have been in the billions of dollars!
So as we learn from the response by the Congressman’s (LaMalfa) aid, ideas are quickly shot-down without even bothering to actually read them, and this further exemplifies the myopic and defective reasoning (stuck thinking in a small box) where they have clearly and undeniably missed connecting the idea of returning a native species back into their habitats to clean-up the fuel grasses and brush off the forest floors.
In the case of Siskiyou County, CA (5th largest county in CA): By relocating the horses from the local BLM corrals over in Modoc Co into the more remote county, state and federal forested areas where there are no commercial grazing herds creating a competitive issue, the horses would naturally abate the excessive ground fuel loading at the rate of 30-pounds of dry grass and brush per horse, per day. . And it seems reasonable that the BLM would give other Gov. Orgs. a sweetheart deal on horses to save their storage costs for horses.
Just 10,000 horses can abate 300,000 pounds of dry grass and brush in a day. In just one-month that’s 4,500 tons of grass and brush abated! This amount of abatement is very significant! 40,000 horses can abate 1.2-million pounds of dry grasses and brush daily.
Here’s a guide that helps with a general understanding of the weight of dry fuel on the ground and fire burn-rates, etc.: https://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/predictive/Fire%20Behavior%20Fuel%20Model%20Descriptions.pdf
DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke has discussed the slaughter of ~40,000 wild horses currently being held in multiple west coast BLM corrals, which according to one Associated Press story alleges will save the BLM $10-million.
However, these same horses could be parceled-out into the various remote western state wilderness forest areas where there are no cattle competing for grazing, in remote difficult-terrain areas that are at high wildfire risk from excess ground fuel (dry grasses and brush) due to an acute lack of large herbivores.
And those same 40k wild horses would abate 18,000 tons of dry grass and brush monthly. It would cost taxpayers many tens of $-millions of dollars annually to have men do this tough and dangerous job in rugged terrain. And many of these areas would not suffer any mechanized efforts very well.
Respectfully, I call upon a U.S. Navy Seal and our now Secretary of the Department of the Interior Mr. Ryan Zinke to honor his oath, and put the American people and their hard-earned dollars first, by carefully considering the concept of the wild horse fire brigade.
Instead of destroying a living American legacy that is innate to the spirit of the 40,000 wild horses in BLM holding pens, let these horses do their part for America and give them the job of abating the ground fuel to mitigate these catastrophic wildfires in select areas.
Horses have served mankind with honor and loyalty for centuries, let’s give them back a little of what they have given mankind for so long.
Wild horses are a native species according one of the world’s most respected and authoritative experts, Dr. Ross MacPhee – Curator of Vertebrates at the American Museum of Natural History. So only the uneducated would debate otherwise.
Let’s Do The Math:
So with even minimal abatement of dry fuel grasses and brush that fuel wildfires representing an annual $20-50 Billion wildfire problem, it’s easy to realistically project saving to taxpayers in the many tens of $-millions of dollars annually.
So does it make any sense whatsoever to kill the wild horses that are the solution for a measly $10-M in relative savings to the BLM budget? Let’s not overlook that the wild horse solution would work year-round every year. And furthermore, that these horses could be located where they would not present competition to cattle for grazing and that all of the stallions among the 40,000 wild horses have been gelded, so they will not present a breeding problem.
Time is of the essence in potentially implementing the wild horse Fire Brigade solution in that, these horses all may be killed sometime before year-end and currently sit in corrals instead of converting wildfire fuel into humus via their manure, which helps soils and forests.
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“When the people fail to run their government, it will run them.” — Capt. William E. Simpson
The Wild Horse Act act celebrates its 40th birthday, but only a shell of its protections for America’s herds remain
As near as anyone today can tell, America’s wild horse herds never came anwhere close to Manhattan before they were either slaughtered or confined to dusty rangelands out West. And it is hard to imagine a venue more different from those rangelands than brick-lined Vanderbilt Hall, at the New York University School of Law, where on a rainy Wednesday night a group of 50 or so wild horse enthusiasts met to discuss the past, present and future of the mustang, whom author Deanne Stillman calls “North America’s gift to the world.”
Yet there we were. Among others, there was Dick Loper, the soft-spoken rangeland expert from Wyoming, trying to soothe some of the anger Easterners feel about the way wild horses are treated out West. There was Ross MacPhee, from the American Musuem of Natural History, come to remind the audience that the horse is a native species. And there was Deniz Bolbol, communications director for the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, who has chronicled some of the recent abuses America’s mustangs have endured.
Sponsored by NYU‘s Environmental Law Journal and its Environmental Studies Program, the legal forum “Managed To Extinction?” was designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the federal measure signed into law on December 15, 1971 by President Richard Nixon. At the time, Nixon cited Henry David Thoreau — “We need the tonic of wilderness” — when he pledged to protect America’s wild horses from the human forces arrayed against them. Those were the days.
Forty years later, the Wild Horse Act is a shell of what it once was and was supposed to be. Weakened by subsequent amendments, beseiged by politicians who are emboldened by lobbyists for the ranching industry, and administered by a distracted federal agency which is captive to that industry, the act is what one panelist called a “thumb in the dike” against the political, economic and cultural realities of our time. If Velma Bronn Johnston — also known as “Wild Horse Annie“– were alive today she’d be disgusted at the perversion of her life’s work.
The discussion Wednesday evening alternated between an ersatz Occupy Wall Street session — “Americans stand up!” one audience member practically shouted — and a reality check from the panelists, some of whom sounded positively war weary for having fought so long on behalf of the horses. The consensus? “Science is not governing things,” McPhee said. “The law is not governing things. Power and politics control.” Hey, all you global warming tribunes out there: sound familiar?
Sadly, no representatives of the Bureau of Land Management were present. Federal officials were invited to provide balance to the panel but they hemmed and hawed in responding before deciding, at the last minute, not to come. Ed Roberson, Assistant Director of the BLM, told organizers last week that the Bureau believed the Forum was “unbalanced by designed” because of its title and its “list of invited panelists who predominantly have a negative stance regarding the BLM’s management of wild horses and burros.”
By refusing to provide the balance forum organizers sought, the Bureau then refused to participate because of a lack of balance on the forum. The dodge. The refusal to confront opponents in honest debate. The unwillingness to be accountable to taxpayers. These are all classic ways in which bureaucracies sustain themselves, perpetuate their power, and avoid making the tough choices that are supposed to make government work well. The Bureau’s absence Wednesday is a perfect symbol for its failed stewardship of the horses.
The BLM thought the session would be a two-hour diatribe against its policies and practices. But there was a great deaI of talk about potential solutions. Some wild horse advocates say that “non-hormonal fertility control” would help control horse populations so that livestock ranchers would have less cause to complain. Others say that ranchers should be allowed to voluntarily retire their “allotments” of public land so that more can be given back to the herds. Everyone agreed there should be more dialogue. And the Bureau missed it all.
So did the ranchers, the true adversaries of the horses. They, too, were invited to New York to offer their assessment of the Wild Horse Act at its 40th birthday. But they do their talking mostly in court these days. The Rock Springs Grazing Association, for example, filed a lawsuit earlier this year asking a federal judge in Wyoming to get rid of all of the wild horses in Sweetwater County, in the southern part of the state. The losers talk, I guess, and the winners walk all over the horses a federal law was designed to protect.
The Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) recently issued a press release on Obama’s campaign promise to ban horse slaughter, forever, and on the dark and shady antics of Wyoming State Rep. and infamous equine terrorist “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis and her mindless followers who allegedly defrauded the White House petition website in a feeble attempt to defend their perverse need to bring horse slaughter plants back to the U.S..
The release was published, here, and also at Horseback Magazine where a certain individual, who is obviously part of Wallis’ cult if not Wallis herself, began commenting and accusing Mr. John Holland of distorting the truth and facts…which is documented on NOT being the case. Most readers, here, were engaged but one compassionate soul replied back to the avid horse-eater with the comment, below, and the dark little demon skittered off into the night to lick it’s wounds and has yet to show it’s slimy face in the daylight. The truth always puts them away…
For your reading pleasure:
Who ever you are, don’t bother replying – I’m actually responding to you so that others reading here get the whole picture in case they are new to this issue. I’m not going to entertain any more of your nonsense, so just save it….
It’s obvious you are just plain dense or you are a paid hack, here to spout for your pro-slaughter lobby group and most certainly paid to do so. There is simply no other explanation for someone so ignorant to completely disregard reams of valid information you have been given over the past year right here in these comments. You have come to this site time and again with your backward, nonsensical “theories”, spouting this same garbage you do here today even though you’ve been schooled in facts by experts — PhDs, horsemen, even cattlemen, for crying out loud — right here on these pages and still you refuse to learn or accept any fact or truth.
What did you say your IQ was again? Didn’t disclose that? It’s pretty self-evident as the sign of an intelligent person is one who is able to modify and revise their thoughts and positions based on new information. Surely you’re way down into the double digit range because you fail miserably to acknowledge or accept that it is indeed a fact that the vast majority of US horses are given Bute at one time or another in their lives even with ample opportunity offered here repeatedly. Or more likely you are being paid by anti-HSUS forces or pro-horse slaughter devils…. don’t care and don’t want to hear more of your drivel but since you started it, I will press the REALITY you obscure and deny.
Facts — google to find sources, I realize you are not intelligent enough to do so but other readers might want to do so:
1. Veterinarians confirm that Bute is the single most effective and most commonly prescribed and used pain/inflammation relief medication for horses.
2. Millions of tablets are dispensed annually according to the drug companies which manufacture it.
3. No testing has ever been done on it for withdrawal times in horses because NO AMERICANS EAT HORSE (except for the little fringe group of sick and ignorant ones who do not care if they suffer disease from such a stupid act).
4. Most vets make sure their clients have it on hand while they also instruct it is only to be used for significant reasons and with vet approval — it’s not a panacea but it is vital to good horse care because of the nature of horses.
Just about every good horseman will have some Bute on hand “just in case” to help their horse through life’s little mishaps. These mishaps might be: a rope burn, a hoof abscess, an eye injury (corneal scratch), a serious flesh wound from pasture play or a mystery injury. Real horsemen know this happens to all horses, they turn up injured and the source is never really known or they find a way to injure themselves in even the most safely constructed horse facility. FYI, these mystery injuries happen to “using” horses and to show, trail, companion, retired, pet and to EVERY KIND OF HORSE – it’s part of being a horse. REAL horsemen attend to their animals when they find them injured and with their vet’s blessing they administer Bute to help ease the problem and help the animals recover. This is fact, plain and simple. That you can’t find people like this among the backward neanderthal horse-people you hang out with is not all that surprising. It’s obvious you and your kind do not care if an animal suffers – you’re probably so backward you still believe the earth is flat and only human animals feel pain. But the fact remains that the neanderthal 5% of the horse owner population who DO NOTHING to help their animals when injured DO NOT COUNT and should probably be brought up on abuse/neglect charges. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Now while American horses are getting Bute once, twice or several times in their lives for various ailments and injuries, our US food safety agency MANDATES that any animal given Bute EVEN ONCE IN THEIR LIVES are NEVER ELIGIBLE FOR SLAUGHTER for human consumption. I’m NOT going to cite again ALL THE LITERATURE available to any simpleton who can use google which gives irrefutable proof that:
1.) Bute DISQUALIFIES any animal from slaughter by mandate (slaughter is a method to produce food and is NOT EUTHANASIA);
2.) Bute has horrific debilitating and fatal affects on human beings when ingested (this is why it is BANNED, duh!); and
3.) Bute stays in the body of the horse – muscle, sinew, bone – indefinitely — there have been no studies to prove it EVER DISSIPATES, therefore THERE ARE NO WITHDRAWAL PERIODS allowed by law, PERIOD! See #3 above for more info about this FACT.
Fire up the pipe and smoke that too!
And for your information, there are many horse owners living in suburbia and in cities. They keep their horses in nice facilities (plain to fancy) in town or on farms/ranches out in the country and the vast majority of them have nothing to do with Hollywood. In case you had not noticed, the rural and agricultural population in this country is a very small minority. We work on Democratic principles in this country and majority rules – that means the minority DOES NOT SET LAW or CUSTOM, capice? No one cares if you feel downtrodden because we won’t allow your sick and twisted agenda from a perverted extremist fringe group to be promoted — majority rules. Humane and intelligent horsemen are the majority in this country – not people like you.
THE FACT REMAINS that you country bumpkins who callously treat your horses as if they were machinery without pain sensation are the definite minority – polls over 2 -3 decades prove this point. REAL American horsemen do not align themselves with the cruel heartless way in which people like you “care” for your horses. YOU ARE THE FREAK with your backward views such as horses have no pain sensation (therefore do not need horse “aspirin”/Bute), they do not deserve treatment when wounded/ill and slaughter=euthanasia. GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEAD: Horses feel pain, deserve treatment for wounds/illnesses, deserve a dignified caring end via humane euthanasia, and most of all: THEY ARE NOT FOOD!
So again, why don’t you just accept reality, accept you are part of a small minority of fringe extremists who are becoming more and more irrelevant and more reviled the more you talk your ugly and vicious talk. Quit with your whining, moaning and ridiculous posturing and accept reality. Until you do, you look like such a fool, a cruel, bitter and vicious one at that.
Please take your ugly self right out of this forum – the repulsive baseness, cruelty and blatant ignorance displayed is truly abhorrent to good and caring horse people everywhere. If you want to open your trap and spew more ignorant repetitive nonsense, try https://www.facebook.com/groups/unitedhorsemen/ — you’ll fit right in there with your queen, Sue Wallis, her jester, Davey boy, and all the other sick slaughter supporters, most recently rallying loudly to support the despicable disturbed and perverted girl from OR who does nude photos with dead horse carcasses with her boyfriend. You folks are the dregs of society – begone with yourself!