Land Rights
April 18th, 2014
11:26 AM ET
4 months ago

What made Nevada rancher fight the feds?

Washington (CNN) – When the Bureau of Land Management retreated from a standoff with Cliven Bundy, a few hundred people traveled to his Nevada ranch to protest what they see as an overreach of the federal government.

One protester from neighboring Utah, Stephen L. Dean, 45, called the Bureau of Land Management's actions "tyranny in government." And a banner at the protest site blared: "Has the West been won? Or has the fight just begun!"

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  1. just saying

    Tampa Tim
    The other ranchers pay their fees, but the righties rally around a law breaker.
    -–

    democrats have rallied around 20 million illegal alien law breakers. no way we can compete with the democrats love of criminals.

    April 18, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. John

    No one is playing on stereo type of east coasters. I was originally from the east coast. The call hills mountains in the east and they have no idea about millions of cattle grazing on public land. Straight from BLM's sight ( Before the cached content was removed by the Feds ) : "Non-Governmental Organi zati ons have expressed concern that the regi onal mi ti gati on strategy for the Dry Lake Sol ar Energy Zone uti l i zes Gol d Butte as the l ocati on for offsi te mi ti gati on for i mpacts from sol ar devel opment, and that those restorati on acti vi ti es are not durabl e wi th the presence of trespass cattl e" The spaces are html content that does not post well here. Harry Reid is the real terrorist. People, look at both sides of this argument, understanding that you get low price beef for all the millions of cattle that have been grazing out west on public lands for hundreds of years. This is about a solar plant. The excuse was the desert tortoise, the real reason is corporate and politician greed. BLM is killing these turtles everywhere. You can google 700 turtles in Reno alone.

    April 18, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Justa – Swat teams deal with terrorists, hostage takers, bombers, mass killers, etc. I am surprised you did not know that most major police departments have them, the military has them, not just underground militias.

    April 18, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Justafool- Still having trouble with your math I see. 20 million illegals?

    April 18, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. smith

    I don`t know Tampa Tim, Just Sayin` kinda has backed in a corner with the illegal immigration comment.

    April 18, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    What "made" Bundy do it? Like Joe the Plummer, he probably likes the media attention and thinks he can parlay his criminal act into a gig with fox.

    April 18, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Tampa Tim

    As a taxpayer, I want this dead beat welfare abuser to get his cattle off my land, and pay his fines.
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    As a taxpzyer, I don't want $100 million of my tax dollars going to pay for Detroit's unfunded pensions.

    April 18, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Denise

    I bet the sheep were nervous on that ranch! Good luck pal when the black helicopters come swooping down......

    April 18, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Chris-E...al

    Who even believes what oh hair brain harry says anyway ? My lord if he stays on much longer he will need a hospital bed an a pan to go vote . He is over the hill .

    April 18, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Bundy's been grazing his for-profit cattle on my land for decades – where's my cut of his profit? I'm a tax-paying American citizen and that's MY LAND. Where's my money, Mr. Bundy?

    April 18, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. tom l

    Tampa Tim

    Tom l – I am not surprised that you take the side of a dead beat, law breaking, welfare abuser.

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    There is so much irony in your statement it's just terrific.

    April 18, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @just saying: "Tampa Tim
    The other ranchers pay their fees, but the righties rally around a law breaker.
    -–

    democrats have rallied around 20 million illegal alien law breakers. no way we can compete with the democrats love of criminals.

    --
    Immigration was loosened under St. Reagan, at the behest of Big Agra. Companies like Walmart and Disney and millions of U.S. citizens have been hiring illegals for decades, without regard to the FACT that they have been breaking the law. U.S. citizens have laid off living-wage legal workers to hire illegals, especially in the construction, housekeeping and agricultural industries, caring more about having cheap, disposable labor than upholding American law.

    No one cared about all of this until Karl Rove made it a wedge issue back in 2006, as part of his overall plan to create scapegoats for his party's dim base to get in a lather over – and donate to candidates in an effort to "stop" those pesky brown people.

    In other words, put a sock in it, just saying. You're more full of it than all of Bundy's cows combined.

    April 18, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. devil's advocate

    JA, were you a fact checker for the Romney campaign?

    April 18, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. just saying

    Tampa Tim
    Still having trouble with your math I see. 20 million illegals?
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    yes, the lying democrats admit to at least 12 million so you know there are at least twice that number. just like we were told obamacare would cost $900 billion but now it is over twice that. i adjust all numbers democrats use for the democrat deceit factor that way people know the truth, not democrat lies.

    April 18, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. just asking

    Tampa Tim
    Swat teams deal with terrorists, hostage takers, bombers, mass killers, etc. I am surprised you did not know that most major police departments have them, the military has them, not just underground militias.
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    we are talking about federal agencies dolt. why does the blm need swat teams??? that is total insanity and a waste of our money.

    April 18, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "democrats have rallied around 20 million illegal alien law breakers. no way we can compete with the democrats love of criminals."

    Again, illegal immigration is not a crime. It's a civil matter. Your consistent misrepresentation of that broadcasts your debilitating ignorance.

    April 18, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Silence DoGood

    This is similar to the 1790's Whiskey Rebellion when a group of citizens disagreed with an unfair tax.
    I think the 2nd Amendment folks here might be surprised to find out that George Washington called up the well regulated militia to form a federal police force to go after them tax-dodgers. The gun nuts now going to Nevada would be marching to arrest him if this was back then.

    April 18, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Lolo

    The man's pictures shows that he is nothing but an old redneck, who thinks that he can have his way. I bet if it was a minority they would be singing a different tune period.

    April 18, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Guy mooches off the public for 20+ years and it's ok because he's mid-western and white and a rancher and says all the right bircher things and OMG the gov't is evil for wanting him to pay fees that are way below market and that don't even cover a quarter of the BLM's expenses in managing all the PUBLIC land (and that's ALL fees paid, not just his, which he didn't pay). But hey, when it comes to the federal and state governments handing over the power of eminent domain to a PRIVATE corporation so it can serve it's own PRIVATE interests by taking peoples' PRIVATE land and homes to build an oil pipeline, it can't happen fast enough for the Teatrolls.

    April 18, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. rs

    Because he is a deadbeat welfare rancher? Other rancher don't have that problem. Paying for grazing keeps up the land and the costs to administrate it. The land belongs to the American people (all of 'em), not Mr. Bundy's cows.

    As to the idiocy with the "Chinese solar plant"- its been completely de-bunked. Even if there were to be a plant, that wouldn't stop grazing cows. Maybe Mr. Bundy (after losing his case in court-twice) should just pay his way- and keep his gun-totin' fools at home.

    April 18, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    just... Republicans rail against any illegals they themselves don't happen to employ at the moment...

    April 18, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. rs

    Tampa Tim

    Justa – Swat teams deal with terrorists, hostage takers, bombers, mass killers, etc. I am surprised you did not know that most major police departments have them, the military has them, not just underground militias.
    ________________
    Excellent point. They have to have them because the GOP and the NRA believes every two-bit terrorist and crook has a right to bear arms (as they no longer believe in background checks of any sort). It only makes sense that law enforcement be at least as well armed.

    April 18, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Pander Bear

    He's a great hero for the tea party – a guy who abuses tax payer land rights and is basically a welfare cheat who then claims to be a patriot.

    April 18, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    This man is a deadbeat and a nut.

    April 18, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Ol' Yeller

    "How is this Harry Reid's issue?"
    Uh... he is the Senator from Nevada. The state this happened in... the elected official of the state where this pirating thief has amassed a huge fine for failure to pay his lease on OUR property. He has been profiting off of OUR land for twenty years. When the government attempted to enforce a court order, this treasonous bastid took up arms against America.
    He and his whole lot of seditious supporters should be summarily tried, convicted, and taken out to the nearest tree and hung. These Yahoos want to talk about the 'Old West' and brandish arms like a bunch of buffooons, then we should give them what they want... Old West Justice.
    Anybody who supports this treasonous welfare cheat and his gang of low functioning nimrods should also be prosecuted for treason against America.
    This has absolutely nothing to do with any solar plant or turtles or any of that nonsense... this is just the republicants automatically going into the victim stance to support another crooked wealthy cheat who is blatantly stealing taxpayer money. Plus.... he and his 'posse' of hillbilliy NASCAR rejects had guns... another rallying point for the neanderthals.

    April 18, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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