Nevada rancher stand-off with the Fed illustrates April’s Uranus/Pluto/Jupiter/Mars ramp-up

This is interesting, in that it illustrates the various warring forces at stake during April’s energetic ramp-up. See this:

April 20-27: When the Shift Hits the Fan? Astrology

Individual vs. the State (Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn.) This aspect has been ongoing since 2012, and will continue through 2015.

Protect my family, home, property, land. (Jupiter in Cancer squaring Uranus, opposing Pluto). This tense three-way aspect, a “T-Cross,”since last August.

Mars in Libra, coming right up, or actually, backtracking (for which we can be grateful) through Libra, and during the third week of April, due to fill in the missing hole of the T-Cross into a full Grand Cross, and trigger the Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto stand-off with all four planets at 13° of their cardinal signs. Impulsive warlike Mars is most uncomfortable in the graceful, naturally diplomatic, compromising sign of Libra.

Let us think consciously, creatively. Let us realizes how these forces of initiation are impacting our own lives. Let us learn to stand in the middle, centered, rather than seizing first one as “most important,” then another, and another — as if what matters is to get off balance and start a war.

Stand in the center, grounded into Mother Earth Below, open to the Heavens Above, aware of all four forces in the current play of energies around and within us “at odds” with one another, centrifugal; start moving — at least in your imagination, and maybe your body/mind too! — twirling, spiralling all four powerful energies into the greater frequency of love.

 

BLM seizes cattle in range war with stubborn Nevada rancher

April 7, 2014

by John M. Glionna

latimes

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Rancher Cliven D. Bundy is reflected in a mirror at his ranch 80 miles north of Las Vegas. Bundy is battling with federal officials over his cattle’s grazing on land overseen by the Bureau of Land Management. He has argued in court filings that his Mormon ancestors worked the land long before the BLM was formed, giving him rights that predate federal involvement. The BLM has started impounding his cattle. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times / April 7, 2014)

LAS VEGAS – Wielding signs and slogans, several hundred demonstrators rallied Monday to support beleaguered cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and his family in a turf battle against the federal government.

They had responded to an alert promising a new skirmish: “Range War begins at the Bundy ranch at 9:30 a.m. We’re going to get the job done!”

Bundy is battling with federal officials over his cattle’s grazing on 150 square miles of scrub desert overseen by the Bureau of Land Management. He has refused to pay BLM grazing fees since 1993, arguing in court filings that his Mormon ancestors worked the land long before the BLM was formed, giving him rights that predate federal involvement. His back fees exceed $300,000, he says.

Officials say Bundy is illegally running cattle in the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area, habitat of the federally protected desert tortoise. Last year, a federal court judge ruled that if the 68-year-old veteran rancher did not remove his cattle, they could be seized by the BLM. That seizure began Saturday.

Bundy and his supporters remain unbowed.

“We have hundreds of people here standing behind us,” said Bundy’s daughter Bailey Logue, 22, during a telephone interview Monday from the family ranch, as a rooster crowed in the background. “We’re letting these federal people know that the Bundy family is not the only ones who care what happens to this land.”

Federal authorities have closed off the Gold Butte area and are rounding up what they call “trespass cattle,” many of which belong to Bundy. By Monday, 134 cattle had been impounded, according to the BLM website.

“Cattle have been in trespass on public lands in southern Nevada for more than two decades. This is unfair to the thousands of other ranchers who graze livestock in compliance with federal laws and regulations throughout the West,” the BLM website announced. “The Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service have made repeated attempts to resolve this matter administratively and judicially. An impoundment of cattle illegally grazing on public lands is now being conducted as a last resort.”

Bundy says he “fired the BLM,” and vows not to pay one dime to the agency that he accuses of plotting his demise.

A father of 14, Bundy insists that generations of his family have ranched and worked this unforgiving landscape along the Virgin River since the 1880s. He says government over-regulation has driven scores of fellow ranchers out of business in sprawling Clark County, leaving him as the last man standing.

For years Bundy has insisted that his cattle aren’t going anywhere. He acknowledges that he keeps firearms at his ranch, 80 miles north of Las Vegas, and has vowed to do “whatever it takes” to defend his animals from seizure.

“I’ve got to protect my property,” he told The Times last year. “If people come to monkey with what’s mine, I’ll call the county sheriff. If that don’t work, I’ll gather my friends and kids and we’ll try to stop it. I abide by all state laws. But I abide by almost zero federal laws.”

In 1998, a federal judge issued a permanent injunction against the white-haired rancher, ordering his cattle off the land and setting off a long series of legal filings.

Environmentalists say it’s time for Bundy to get his cattle off federal land because they are endangering the habitat of creatures who have been there for eons.

“Despite having no legal right to do so, cattle from Bundy’s ranch have continued to graze throughout the Gold Butte area, competing with tortoises for food, hindering the ability of plants to recover from extensive wildfires, trampling rare plants, damaging ancient American Indian cultural sites and threatening the safety of recreationists,” the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity said in a statement.

The group added, “Surveys by the BLM have found well over 1,000 cattle — many in easily damaged freshwater springs and riparian areas on public lands managed by the National Park Service and state of Nevada as well as the BLM.”

Despite the court order, Bundy has refused to remove one head of cattle from BLM land. “At first I said, ‘No,'” he told The Times last year. “Then I said, ‘Hell, no.'”

Bailey Logue said her father was meeting with Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie in Las Vegas Monday.

The sheriff recently told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that neither Bundy nor the BLM should resort to violence. “No drop of human blood is worth spilling over any cow,” he told the newspaper.

But the family says violence has already occurred. BLM officials “roughed up” 37-year-old Dave Bundy, Cliven Bundy’s son, on Sunday as he tried to take pictures of cattle being taken from the federal land, Bailey Logue says.

In a statement Monday, the BLM said the younger Bundy was arrested after “failure to comply with multiple requests by BLM law enforcement to leave the temporary closure area on public lands.”

Dave Bundy was released on Monday. It was unclear whether he would face charges.

The Bundy family vows the war will continue.

“My ancestors created the rights to that land one hundred and some odd years ago,” Bailey Logue said. “And we’re not giving them up.”

 

 

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-vegas-blm-range-war-20140407,0,1480936.story#ixzz2yIw407Z7

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0 Responses to Nevada rancher stand-off with the Fed illustrates April’s Uranus/Pluto/Jupiter/Mars ramp-up

  1. This dispute will likely only be settled fairly with exhaustive historical archive research surrounding the time-line of laws (if any), inheritances, practices and claims, jurisdictions created, enabling documents at the time such jurisdictions were created, especially when statehood was granted and accepted. Statehood would seem to be a really important moment and where things stood at that point in time. Surely there’s a doctorate degree waiting for anyone that can actually untangle this. Wouldn’t it be something if there were Native Indian Treaties still controlling and not opposed by tribal members.

    I don’t see this Bundy attitute as being an unreasonable attitude by Mr. Bundy, but it doesn’t do his public argument any good to not link to documented proof when he goes public in interviews. Even ancestral letters settling water hole disputes could be vital or old payment records showing great, great, great, great grandpa’s (or grandma’s) cattle sales at numbers larger than his immediate homestead could possibly support by itself.

    Fence line installation dates are well documented surprisingly by the manufacturing dates on the type of wire strung along a boundary line. This territory may not use fences at all, so that creates reasonable expectation and likelihood that Bundy’s G-G-G-G Grandpa did mosey his herd onto the higher lands for grazing after the spring thaw. All these tiny details begin to make a difference and paint a true picture. Old campsites and expended cartridge shells …. just like the family heirloom-Sharps long rifle hanging over the mantel, can often give details. Old whiskey bottles even laying around just like G-G-G-G Grandad drank…. not wait, not in this area. Sorry about that.

    It all ads up to paint a true picture. Then it all comes down to who has rights over Bundy’s vested set of rights both survival and business. We don’t take survival rights away (self-feeding you and your family) but we do regulate entrepreneurial rights but those are vested with the state not the federal government I thought. In other words you have a natural right to stay alive and hunt and feed yourself and your family, but that right does not extend apparently to vast entrepreneurial fiefdoms marketed for profit and gain at the public expense….. unless you incorporate and successfully lobby your local congressman. I hear that happens.

  2. Traditional research resources include marked grave sites (often geo-located) found on traditional USGS Topographic Survey Maps. Mark graves are rigorously ID’d on maps. Often Universities retain archive rooms full of old maps, even predating USGS. Legal entitlements are often rewarded by what appears on archived historic maps.

    And family member heirloom-personal diaries. “I’m moving the herd to the upper Paradise Pasture in The Seventh Heaven Valley now that the snow is clear” …. pretty well establishes what G-G-G-G Grandpa was doing under some claim of right.

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