Who owns the west? April 12, 2014 Federal land as a percentage of total state land area. Quite surprising! Click to enlarge. via Thanks DJ To Share click →FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditTumblrWhatsAppEmailPrint
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And that’s why so many nukes were tested in the western US.
Absolutely nothing to do with the vast waste lands out yar.
Must count Indian reservations as federal land. Not sure that is right.
Interesting that you should post this today. It has been a very tense week in our little corner of the desert (about 100 miles NE of Las Vegas). The BLM tried to round-up the cattle on more than 1,000 acres of land a local rancher and his family have been using for grazing for more than 100 years. It is a very political situation with lots of ramifications but one of the underlying aspects is whether the land actually belongs to the federal government or to the state. After a week of confrontation and hundreds of armed individuals on both sides, the BLM returned the cattle and walked away. It’s probably not over yet but this is not the first time Nevada ranchers have stood up to the BLM and won.
It is federal land and this Bundy character says he doesn’t have to pay grazing fees nor the fines because the rules of this country don’t apply to him. Probably because he’s rich. Not sure why he feels he’s so special when all the other ranchers moved their cattle. Essentially, he’s stealing from the taxpayers. Guess some people feel that’s okay.
He has been resisting since 1998.
The Constitutionality of the situation: http://www.law.umaryland.edu/marshall/crsreports/crsdocuments/RL34267_12032007.pdf
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