Another land-grabbing plan from the Bureau of Land Management?

Landowners along the Red River between Oklahoma and Texas are furious with a Bureau of Land Management plan to seize up to 90,000 acres, then sell it back to the owners at market prices.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says the Lone Star State is ready to fight.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says the Lone Star State is ready to fight.

BLM officials say that the land is federal property — but that bureaucrats are willing to sell it to those squatting illegally on it.

Such language has landowners livid.

Texas State Attorney General Greg Abbott — who is running for governor — has declared that he’ll fight for their rights.

“The Bureau of Land Management and Texomans are fighting for 116 miles of land along the Red River,” reports Brody Carter for KAUS, News Channel 6 in Wichita Falls, Texas. “Representatives from the B.L.M. visited residents of Texoma in Henrietta to talk about what they plan on doing with their land.”

“The Color of Title Act states that if it turns out to be Government owned land, that land can be taken and then sold back to it’s original owners at market value,” reported Carter for the local CBS television affiliate.  ”Judge Kennith Liggett strongly disagrees with their plan.”

“To me it’s a double taking of an individuals private property,” says Liggett. “I don’t agree with it at all.”

“Land owners upset with a possible land grab along the Red River by the Bureau of Land Management are rallying together,” reports KFDX-TV News in Texoma, Oklahoma. ”People from across Texas will be showing their support in hopes of showing the federal government that Texas land owners are not going to give up their land without a fight.”

Jimmy Smith owns about 140 acres of that and he told KFDX that he is worried some of it may be taken by the BLM.

He called on the public to rally around landowners and make a public show of support. ”People don’t realize how many people in the state really are interested in this issue.”
“Steve Tyron, Field Manager for the B.L.M.,” reports Carter, “says there is also American Indiana allotments on the North end of the river, giving the B.L.M. even more interest on this hot button topic.

“Judge Liggett says there has been public confirmation that Wilbarger, Clay and Wichita County will have seats at the table with the B.L.M. when discussing and forming any future plans. He says the problem still exists between what is private and what is public. ”

“The U.S. Bureau of Land Management might consider itself warned on the need to choose wisely one’s battles and be reminded that it’s never a good time, as the saying goes, to mess with Texas,” writes Lou Ann Anderson of the Bell County Legal News Examiner.

“As concerned Texas residents await clarification from the BLM on reports that the federal agency may claim 90,000 acres of privately-held land on the Texas side of the Red River border between Texas and Oklahoma, fierce response from state officials, government watchdog groups and affected parties suggests this Red River land grab will happen neither quickly nor quietly.”

In a letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wrote:

Respect for property rights and the rule of law are fundamental principles in the State of Texas and the United States. When governments simply ignore those principles, it threatens the foundation of our free and prosperous society. That is why I am deeply concerned about reports that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering taking property in the State of Texas and that it now claims belongs to the federal government. Given the seriousness of this situation, I feel compelled to seek answers regarding the BLM’s intentions and legal authority with respect to Texas territory adjacent to the Red River.

In terming this action a threat to the private property rights of hard-working Texans along the Red River, Abbot argued how private landowners have “owned, maintained, and cultivated this land for generations.” Abbott further stated, “Yet, the BLM has failed to disclose either its full intentions or the legal justification for its proposed actions. Decisions of this magnitude must not be made inside a bureaucratic black box.”

Upon reiterating his deep concern “about the notion that the BLM believes the federal government has the authority to swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations,” Abbott asked for prompt submission of the following information, according to Anderson:

  1. Please delineate with specificity each of the steps for the process for property along the Red River.
  2. Please describe the procedural due process the BLM will afford to Texans whose property may be claimed by the federal government.
  3. Please confirm whether the BLM agrees that, from 1923 until the ratification of the Red River Boundary Compact, the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma was the gradient line of the south bank of the Red River. To the extent the BLM does not agree, please provide legal analysis supporting the BLM’s position.
  4. Please confirm whether the BLM still considers Congress’ ratification of the Red River Boundary Compact as determinative of its interest in land along the Red River. To the extent the BLM does not agree, please provide legal analysis supporting the BLM’s new position.
  5. Please delineate with specificity the amount of Texas territory that would be impacted by the BLM’s decision to claim this private land as the property of the federal government.

Calling the BLM’s newly asserted land claims a threat that could “upset long-settled private property rights and undermine fundamental principles—including the rule of law—that form the foundation of our democracy,” Abbott asked for prompt disclosure of both the process BLM intends to follow and the legal justification for its position.

“I am about ready to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas,”Abbott told Breitbart Texas.

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Author repudiates socialist bestseller that Venezuela’s dictator gave to Obama

Remember when the late South American dictator Hugo Chavez startled President Obama by handing him a copy of socialist Eduardo Galeano’s popular bestseller, The Open Veins of Latin America?

Late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gives Obama a copy of Eduardo Galeano's book. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gives Obama a copy of Eduardo Galeano’s book. (Photo: Wikimedia)

The title explains its central theory: The open veins of Latin America have been drained of life by exploitive imperial powers, most notably the United States, leaving the region poor and underdeveloped.

“Now the 73-year-old Uruguayan writer has backed away from his landmark book,” writes Carlos Alberto Montaner for National Review, ”saying at a conference in Brazil that the leftist rhetoric of the book is ‘awful’ and shows how little he knew at the time about economics and the way the world really works.”

Chávez presented it to Obama when the two met in Trinidad in 2009.

“At that time,” writes Montaner, “Chávez declared that Galeano’s book had helped him understand Latin American reality. Now it appears that ‘reality’ was a fiction, spawned by immaturity and ideology.”

Montaner is an exiled Cuban journalist and author. He is also an adviser to the Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute in Oakland, Calif.

“As a political writer myself,” he continues, “I know it took real courage — even gallantry — for Galeano to publicly correct himself. It’s not easy to admit when you are wrong. And it is even more difficult when you are a hero to so many, as Galeano has been.

“In 1996, I wrote a book with Peruvian author Álvaro Vargas Llosa, a senior fellow with the Independent Institute and the author of Liberty for Latin America, and Colombian journalist and diplomat Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza.

“Our book, Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot, explained why and how Galeano was wrong. Galeano’s Open Veins was just one of the subjects of our book. But it was one of the most important, since his book — even now — continues to sell well and is used as a textbook in many universities in the United States, Latin America, and Europe, which might explain the poor understanding that prevails in the academic world about Latin America’s economic problems.

“Galeano promotes the ‘theory of dependence,’ which is the idea that the rich and powerful nations and peoples of the world assign and enforce a second-class, subservient economic status to the nations and peoples of the developing world, what was then called the Third World. This theory is one of classic leftist victimhood, a conspiratorial vision of history in which America the strong rules over Latin America the weak.

“Galeano had never stopped to think why other poor societies — such as South Korea, Taiwan, Estonia, Singapore, and Hong Kong — had emerged from misery without being stopped by anyone. We could make the same observation about the achievement of Israel and, in Latin America, Chile.

“The truth is that economic progress and prosperity are elective. A society can choose to do things the right way or the wrong way, and these choices have consequences. Do them the right way and within a couple of generations the economy will take off; do the opposite and the economy will sink.

“Oddly enough, Galeano’s mea culpa comes at a time when my co-authors and I are publishing a new installment in our series of idiots’ guides, following The Creators of Misery and The Return of the Idiot.

“In reporting on Galeano’s change of heart, the New York Times noted that our 1996 volume had ‘dismissed Open Veins as “the idiot’s bible,” and reduced its thesis to a single sentence: “We’re poor; it’s their fault.”‘”

“The Times was right,” writes Montaner. “And now, it appears, Galeano may be getting it right as well.”

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VA scandal cries out America’s distress, says Oscar winner

As details of the Veterans Affairs scandal continue to unfold, one thing becomes clear, says Academy Award-winning producer Gerald R. Molen.

Academy Award-winning producer Gerald R. Molen (Schindler's List, Jurassic Park, Hook)

Academy Award-winning producer Gerald R. Molen (Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, Hook)

“The Department of Veteran’s Affairs,” he writes in a guest column in The Wrap, “has been lying to all of us about care that they have been providing to the men and women who have put their lives on the line for this nation. We may never know the full extent of the damage they have done to our precious veterans but we know many have suffered and maybe even died because of mismanagement and deceit.”

So where did what Molen calls “this culture of contempt for our men and women in uniform” come from? 

“This story is a part of a much larger narrative,” writes the producer of the soon-to-be-released film written by Dinesh D’Souza, America The MovieIt’s “a story of the last 50 years of American history and how we changed as a people.”

“It is becoming increasingly clear to me that the culprit in the current scandal of our treatment of our veterans is not about President Obama at all, but something far larger: the political, academic and social culture of the last half century that birthed Barack Obama.

“I come to this conclusion after nearly a year of intense research on the part of our team for our upcoming movie ‘America’ which hits theaters this summer.

“I am often asked if ‘America’ will be another film about President Obama as my last film ’2016: Obama’s America’ was.”

His answer? CLICK HERE.

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In case you’ve been trying to figure out news coverage these days …

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Here’s a humorous piece just might help you understand the crazy news coverage Dinesh has been getting lately.

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An easy guide to keeping political news in perspective.  .  .  .

1.  The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

2.  The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.

3.  The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country, and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

4.  USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t really understand the New York Times.  They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie charts.

5.  The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the country, if they could find the time — and if they didn’t have to leave Southern California to do it.

6.  The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and did a poor job of it, thank you very much.

7.  The New York Daily News is read by people who aren’t too sure who’s running the country and don’t really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.

8.  The New York Post is read by people who don’t care who is running the country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

9.  The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country, but need the baseball scores.

10.  The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren’t sure if there is a country or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all that they stand for.  There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are handicapped, minority, feminist, atheist, dwarfs who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy, provided of course, that they are not Republicans.

11.  The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.

12.  The Seattle Times is read by people who have recently caught a fish and need something to wrap it in.

So we don’t get accused of plagiarism, we should disclose that we don’t know the original source of this list. Here are several sites on the internet where it shows up. Huffington Post blogger. Malia Litman’s personal blog. A message list in Florida. If you’re the original author, drop us a line. We’ll give you the full blame.

 

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Can you change the world?

What does it matter whether you leave the world a better place?

Admiral William McCraven (Photo courtesy the University of Texas, Austin)

Admiral William McCraven (Photo courtesy the University of Texas, Austin)

What if you — during the course of your lifetime — could improve the lives of ten people? Would it matter? Listen to the advice of this Navy SEAL commander to the graduating class of the University of Texas.

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Democrat Congressman: ‘We’ve Proved That Communism Works’

Joe Garcia (Wikimedia photo)

Joe Garcia (Wikimedia photo)

Oh, come on, did he really say that? Well, it’s on video.

“Democratic Florida Rep. Joe Garcia — fresh off being caught eating his own earwax on camera — was caught red-handed (or is it yellow-fingered?) in another gaffe this week,” reports Brendan Bordelon for the Daily Caller, ”claiming that low crime rates in border cities with lots of federal immigration workers is proof that ‘Communism works.’”

It seems Congressman Garcia made the comment during a Google hangout he convened last week “to talk about comprehensive immigration reform with supporters. The Democrat attempted to point out how, for all their talk about limited government, many Republicans are fine spending loads of government money on border security.”

“Let me give you an example, the kind of money we’ve poured in,” he said. “So the most dangerous — sorry, the safest city in America is El Paso, Texas. It happens to be across the border from the most dangerous city in the Americas, which is Juarez. Right?”

“And two of the safest cities in America, two of them are on the border with Mexico,” Garcia continued. “And of course, the reason is we’ve proved that Communism works. If you give everybody a good government job, there’s no crime.”

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A total impossibility? Well, watch this: Bill Maher agreeing with Dinesh!

Try to imagine this: Bill Maher admitting he agrees with Dinesh. Well, it actually happened, according to Glenn Beck:

“In a true case of strange bedfellows aligning, Bill Maher found himself aligned with conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza during panel on Friday’s Real Time,” Beck writes on his website. “Maher took issue with those on the left who fail to condemn radical Islam. He pointed out the hypocrisy of liberals who come to the defense of the religion while simultaneously fighting for the rights of women.”

Maher pointed to the news coverage of Boko Haram’s kidnapping of 276 Nigerian Christian schoolgirls. While the terrorist group is comprised on known Islamic militants, the media has largely failed to report that fact.

“There’s no mention here of connecting this to the religion, which is always what I am seeking to do because I think that’s the elephant in the room,” Maher said. “And that in the religious at large, women are seen as property, second-class at best, often as property. Shouldn’t that be brought to light in this debate as well?”

“Maher is an outspoken atheist, and he said he would condemn 14th century Christianity for its violence much in the same way he is criticizing Islam,” writes Beck. “After D’Souza pointed out ‘it does seem that the vast majority of terrorist incidents do involve some aspect of the Muslim world,’ fellow panelist Arianna Huffington said it ‘becomes dangerous’ to stereotype Muslims as terrorists.”

“Where it becomes dangerous is that liberals like yourself do not stand up for liberalism,” Maher responded. “Liberalism means, one, mostly, equality of women. Free speech. No death threats… I’m the bad guy because I’m against the people who cut your arms off for not praying.”

Difficult to imagine such a meeting of the minds? Watch it for yourself:

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Should we be allowed to use terms like ‘jihad’ or ‘Islamist’ if they offend?

Should stop using words like “jihad” and “Islamic extremism” — particularly at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City?

Find out what Dinesh had to say to Megyn Kelly when he appeared on The Kelly File.

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The Parable of the Ant and the Termite

Here’s a fun piece from Dinesh. Enjoy!

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Viet refugee now tycoon says California officials no better than Communists

He fled his native Vietnam with virtually nothing and has built a hot sauce empire — but says dealing with California bureaucrats and excessive regulations isn’t that different from his Communist homeland.

David Tran speaking out on the CBS Morning News.

David Tran speaking out on the CBS Morning News.

“David Tran is the founder and CEO of Huy Fong Foods, the maker of the famously tasty Sriracha hot sauce,” writes Zenon Evans for Reason.com. “Grappling for months with regulators and politicians in southern California about the spicy scents that his factory emits, Tran recently compared meddlesome government to that of a Communist country.”

Huy Fong Foods is a hot sauce company based in Rosemead, California that was founded in 1980 on Spring Street in Los Angeles‘s Chinatown. It has grown to become one of the leaders in the Asian hot sauce market, especially Sriracha sauce.

The company is named for a decrepit Panamanian freighter, the “Huey Fong,” that carried Tran and 3,317 other refugees out of Vietnam in December 1978.

Tran’s successful Sriracha sauce was developed by the company’s founder, David Tran, who had grown chili peppers and produced and sold chili sauce in Long Binh, a village just north of Saigon. He fled Vietnam in 1979 as a part of the migration of the Vietnamese boat people following the Vietnam War.

But now he’s wondering if settling in California was a mistake, writes Evans. “It might sound hyperbolic, but he does know a thing or two about living under the nightmarish bureaucracy of a red utopia.”

After all, Tran escaped the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and “its many intrusions” three decades ago to start a new life in The Land of the Free.

“Today, I feel almost the same. Even now, we live in USA, and my feeling, the government, not a big difference,” Tran said from his factory outside of Los Angeles.

It’s not the first time he’s spoken out about the issue. He previously accused the local government of wanting to shut him down. Last month the city council deemed the $80 million business a “public nuisance” for giving off a peppery odor. In 2013, the city sued Tran (despite lobbying to get him to move Huy Fong Foods there in the first place) and California’s health regulators shut down the factory for 30 days.

Tran has received offers from public officials throughout the country that want to court Huy Fong Foods. Texas, which is far more business-friendly than California, has made the biggest push.

Because his peppers are grown locally, Tran is reluctant. He did indicate that he may open another factory elsewhere to meet the growing demand for his popular hot sauce.

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