LaVoy Finicum: Killed by government agents while defending property rights, human dignity

If the federal authorities had been serious about desiring a peaceful resolution to this conflict, they could have coordinated with Sheriff Palmer to arrest Finicum, if just cause existed for an arrest [they knew Finicum’s destination]. Instead they chose to shoot him numerous times and refuse him medical attention from Virginia Sharp, a trained EMT and his friend, as he […]

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The legal basis for why Western ranchers own and do not rent their allotments

From Preference Rights to Grazing Allotments: Why Ranchers Own their Allotments By Angus McIntosh PhD Director Natural Resource Law & Policy Research Land and Water USA Foundation There are a lot of US Supreme Court decisions on the subject of “pioneer rights”, or settlers’ rights of “possession” or “occupancy” and “use”. The case that specifically refers to “pioneer rights” is […]

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Imprisoned Oregon ranchers left out of Obama clemency binge

Two weeks ago, Susie Hammond read about the 78 people pardoned by President Barack Obama and the 153 sentences he commuted, a record number of clemency acts granted by a U.S. president in a single day.  “Well, that’s really neat that he did that, but he missed a few,” she said. “I kept hoping he would have some compassion. But […]

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Self-identified ‘very biased’ former BLM employee dismissed from Bundy jury

 That’s relevant because another federal land management agency — the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — oversees the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which Bundy, his brother Ryan and five others took over last winter in a 41-day armed standoff near Burns, Ore.  The Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management are both under the umbrella of the […]

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Prosecution stumbles in ‘Oregon Standoff’ trial

Shari Dovale Redoubt News “The first was Linda Beck, a micro-biologist, that talked about how her normally messy office was very messy when she returned. Mr. Mumford, Ammon Bundy’s attorney, did get her to admit that the FBI could have made the mess in her office.” Court was back in session today for the Malheur Protest Trial in Portland. The […]

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OPINION: The Goading of The West In the Crossfires of Constitutional Confusion

Jacen Brewer Free Range Report Contributor  Part 1 of 2 Amid the billions of messages in the world today, one stands out from among a crowd as being quite plain and yet profound, and that is that,                            “Even the nicest people have their limits”.   Certainly this statement would include Jesus of Nazareth when he braided a whip and turned […]

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