Do you feel like I do?

A little personal commentary. Bundy redux.

With all that has happened in the last few weeks, I thought it was time take another look. Nevada, media coverage, government force, etc. et al.

Is anyone feeling burned by Bundy or his plight? Are you feeling let down, like you wasted your time and were deceived? Are you saying I made a big mistake and should have known better? Never again. Are you now angry at Cliven Bundy? Do you think this cost us big time politically, and that we will pay a price for it in the election? (real questions)

Well, I can’t say I really feel any of those. Apparently I’m obliged to because those are the thoughts we are supposed to have, according to all the major media. The left is defiantly trying to somehow rub conservatives’ nose in it. But as the left is so fond of saying, “there is no there there.” I guess I don’t get their point. So a guy had some views I don’t agree with, and mentioned them in the media. What exactly does that mean? He is not a world class spokesman. I see what it is supposed to mean according to media gods. In other words, there are a lot of people saying: “if he only didn’t say that. Now I cannot support or defend him in any battle.”

It gave the media a pivot point, an escape hatch…especially for those who didn’t want to pay attention to it anyway. ‘A cattle rancher in Nevada, why should anyone care?’ But there is no political victory here. The Left didn’t win anything, nor proved anything. There is a unified message from both sides of media that Bundy was not the correct poster child. “They should have picked a better poster child.” People don’t really pick or choose. The government targeted Bundy’s and was making them their poster child example.

Then came Bundy’s comments in the NYT, and as fast as it grew the people scurried off to the hills. Every man for himself. True the statements don’t help. But they didn’t have anything to do with the issues. The media suddenly made it all about racism. Racism was not the issue. Did they murder those cows and send swat teams in for his racist comments? Of course not. It’s just one more diversion from reality. Sure those were stupid and nasty comments for him to make, everyone can agree. But apparently they also invalidate any cause he has. Racism trumps all, including private property issues.

About now I could draw comparisons with what the hypocritical left actually did in OWS. But I’ll leave all that for now. Except that no one scurried off – even as fires burned and amid riots in Oakland. No, Leftists usually dig in their heels. (… defend bad teachers?) No, dredging up all OWS details or others would probably be another convenient diversion.

I also have the baggage of some personal experience. Years ago I was involved in a sort of local protest. All valid and very real, it drew media attention, and was chaotic at times. One day I said something to a reporter who had been covering it, sort of a question. He turned to me with an attitude and said ‘on a given day we have millions of viewers watching, and we get to decide what they are going to see.’ I was speechless and confused by the reaction, wondering what I said that deserved it? It was elite arrogance on display. They have the power to make or break a story, or end one. At least it showed me how they really are. This one confirms it. If it were a union battle, they will keep it alive – “stay tuned for more details”. Well, that is the way it always worked, pre-social media networks and the internet.

It is a Little different now, but media gods didn’t succumb to technology or the voice of the people. They still hold much the same attitude: when they turn out the lights that’s it. And when they turn them on, there is a reason, they get to decide. Sure, they will say “we’re just covering what the people care about”. But the reality is the power is in their hand, as the man said. In their view, people will pay attention to and care about what they show them. (its a powerful tool, so is omission)

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Beck ticks off some listeners

But it wouldn’t be the first time for the firebrand.

Former Sheriff Mack on Bundy Ranch
Standoff: Obama Feds Willing to ‘Shoot at Unarmed Citizens’

April 23, 2014 By Matthew Burke | TPNN

Former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack responded sharply (WATCH VIDEO BELOW) and critically to Glenn Beck’s stance on the Bundy Ranch Standoff in Nevada.

Sheriff Mack says that that rancher Cliven Bundy is “a good man” who he’s known for a long time and “just wants to be left alone.” Mack says this is something that the federal government doesn’t understand and never will.

Sheriff Mack points out that the Bundy Ranch has been located at Bunkersville, Nevada since 1877, and that the federal government has driven out of business 53 different ranchers in the area.

“The government is destroying the ranching and farming industry in America. What do you think that’s going to do to our food supply?” asks Sheriff Mack. “What do you think that does to liberty?” Mack asks while boldly proclaiming that “the greatest enemy to our country is our own federal government.”

Cliven Bundy is the last rancher left in Clark County, Nevada and the federal government lays claim to over 80% of the state’s land.

Sheriff Mack blasted Glenn Beck for his comments made after the standoff, comments that have angered many of Beck’s loyal followers. Beck had said he disagrees with some of the Bundy Ranch protesters being armed in response to the Obama BLM’s armed invasion of the ranch. Mack says that Beck should “be ashamed” of himself for his comments and should “be out here marching” with the protesters:

More at Tea Party News Network

I notice many downplaying the disagreement but I think Beck managed to step square in the middle of the cow pie. It will be interesting to see how he recovers.

Beck was making a mountain out of a mole hill. Then railed against it as if it were reality. In fact, Beck’s own brand of “freedom of speech” has gotten light-years in front of him before, like when  he promised big “earth- shattering news” that would change everything, then never mentioned it after. Now he wants to jump in as the cop on the beat. Glenn, you’re “planting your flag” but on someone else’s backyard .

‘I’m Planting My Flag’: Glenn Beck Doubles Down on His Message to Those Calling for Violence

Apr. 15, 2014 2:41pm

Glenn Beck has a message for anyone who is “crying for revolution, insurrection … and a call to arms”: He wants nothing to do with you.

“This morning I got up and I saw some more news reports, and more people in America that are standing up now and crying for revolution, insurrection, arming yourself, and a call to arms,” Beck said on his radio program Tuesday. “I will tell you I believe in the Second Amendment, and I will defend myself. I believe in the rights that we have. But I will tell you more than I believe in my rights, I believe in the responsibilities that we have to God. And God does not call anyone to anger. God does not call anyone to vengeance ever, ever, ever.”


Beck clearly got way ahead of himself on this and then expected everyone to follow him.
This is the problem with these bigger than life personalities, they need to be held to account.

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Standup standoff ends with backoff ploy

Federal SWAT Team Backs Down In Armed Standoff With Militia, Will Return Cattle

Patrick Brown — April 12, 2014 | Western Journalism

After an announcement (Watch Video) by Clark County Sheriff  Douglas C. Gillespie that BLM officials would back down from their seizure of Cliven Bundy’s cattle, a tense standoff with protesters still was taking place as late as 1pm PST. That armed standoff, however, has been resolved.

According to Brandon Darby of Breitbart news, a Federal SWAT Team has agreed to retreat from a tension ridden stand-off with protesters.

1:01pm Pacific – “It was strange to see armed ranchers and militias stand off against a federal SWAT team under a bridge in a desert wash,” Darby said. “After a few tense moments, the feds agreed to retreat and allow the ranchers and the militia to guide the remaining cattle back to tracts of land used by the Bundy ranch. Both sides were demanding the other disarm first. Both the ranchers and law enforcement refused; ultimately the federal agents began to walk backwards behind retreating vehicles and leave the area.

The Bundy family has also been informed that their cattle will be returned.

…they allowed a member of the Bundy family to travel a half-mile back beyond the conflict area and to see the family’s cattle. The family member returned and made the announcement that the family would receive the remaining heads of cattle and he requested that the ranchers and militia help corral and guide the cattle back.”

Here is a recent image tweet from the standoff area:

As Brandon Darby describes, it was a very tense standoff between armed militia and the Federal SWAT team, with each side demanding that the other disarm.

Last night, WesternJournalism released a email petition tool for individuals to send emails to BLM officials. As of the time of this writing, more than 8000 individuals have used this tool to petition BLM officials to end this standoff peaceably.

H/T to Dave

Protesters at Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Nevada faced off with federal agents this past weekend, sending the message that overreaching government power can be resisted.

The ranch protesters had a clear message: This is not about cattle. “People are getting tired of the federal government having unlimited power,” Bundy’s wife Carol told ABC News – including the power to push your cattle off land where they’ve grazed for over 140 years.

How far is all this from the grimy hands of Harry Reid? Sources close to BLM say that the backoff could be just a ploy for a planned raid of the ranch. Dubious Harry saying “it’s not over” seems to confirm that.

Democrats always seem to support civil disobedience, don’t they? They could not defend the dragged-out dispute in Wisconsin enough. Progressives recommend it, speaking truth to power. They support union strikes. They support enviro-wackos. To say nothing of supporting a Radical-in-chief in the White House or his renegade actions. (Obama even said he’d put on his shoes to march with strikers.) But they never seem to defend private property, as evidenced from the Kelo decision. However, they salute civil disobedience from teachers to gay marriage to spotted owls. And they don’t even protest rampant abuses by the IRS.