Possible Terror Cell Captured in Southern California Desert

At 8:25 a.m. Sunday morning, March 27, 2016, multiple agencies responded the report of suspicious circumstances including reports of gunshots and chanting in the predawn hours in the Deep Creek hot springs area in a remote part of Apple Valley. Deputies from Apple Valley, Hesperia, Adelanto and Victorville Police Departments also responded to help.

Seventeen men of Middle Eastern descent were ‘detained.’

A caller to 911 reported hearing more than 100 shots fired and seeing several men wearing turbans in the area of the shooting. San Bernardino County sheriff’s office said the men were released after authorities found no evidence of a specific crime or outstanding warrants.

With the help of a sheriff’s helicopter, deputies located the men walking away from a creek carrying backpacks and other items. A search found several handguns, a rifle and a shotgun

“A records check of the subjects, their weapons, and their vehicles was completed,” the statement said. “The records check revealed none of the subjects had a criminal history or outstanding warrants, the weapons were registered with the Department of Justice except for the rifle, and the vehicles were also registered.”

One rifle did not have a serial number because it was bought in parts. But it was deemed to be legal in California.

Sheriff’s investigators contacted several hikers, but supposedly none saw the guns being fired. However, Dave Stevens, who was hiking at the Hot Springs on Sunday, said he first heard shots fired around 6:30 a.m. and saw five or six men “shooting in the air.”

“I was about 50 feet away from the hot tub and saw them fire about six to eight shots,” Stevens said.

Stevens also said he heard from other hikers that the men were chanting, but did not know anything else as he quickly left the area. His statement’s bolstered by police scanner traffic posted online describing “a large group of subjects wearing turbans and chanting” at the scene.

“They were up all night chanting ‘Allah akbar’-type stuff,” an unidentified law enforcement officer is heard saying on the audio recording as he speaks to his dispatcher.

“None of the subjects that were interviewed were found to be terrorists,” Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said. “They were detained, interviewed and cooperated fully with deputies.”

Another sheriff’s spokeswoman, Olivia Bozek said, “The deputies detained the subjects and from what I was told they are going to be transported to the High Desert Detention Center.  I do not know what charges they are going to be booked for.”

And so the question remains: If the 17 men aren’t terrorist, were they arrested or simply detained and if only being detained, why were they taken to a detention center and why speculate on what charges they might face? None of this adds up.

Religious Liberty Dying

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell last week. At issue is whether the federal government can force the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Catholic University of America and the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington to provide contraceptive and abortion coverage as part of their health insurance plans, even if doing so goes against their free exercise of religion.

But there seems to be more afoot than the question of exemptions as alluded to by Justice Elena Kagan.

“I thought there was a very strong tradition in this country, which is that when it comes to religious exercises, churches are special, and that…if you’re saying that every time Congress gives an exemption to churches and synagogues and mosques, that they have to open that up to all religious people, then the effect of that is that Congress just decides not to give an exemption at all,” she said.

Basically, Kagan is disallowing for individual liberty, instead pointing to the Progressive idea that only ‘organized religious institutions’ can skirt the mandate. This is contrary to what the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

Meanwhile, the Catholic Church has long taught the immorality of abortion and contraception. These teachings are indivisible from the faith and orthodox followers, which include religious institutions and as such, demand protection under the U.S. Constitution.

But to the government, as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg later indicated, such beliefs aren’t a ‘compelling’ reason to allow an exemption, especially when the ‘right’ to ‘preventative healthcare services’ is at risk.

“As you know, the — the original health care plan didn’t provide these covered services for women, and it saw a compelling interest there, a need that was marginally ignored up until then,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated.

The federal government through the SCOTUS is trying to marginalize religious freedom, by spawning a state-created orthodoxy where individual religious beliefs are unacceptable.

Thomas Jefferson recognized the relationship between God and man when he penned a letter to the Danbury Baptists in 1802: “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.”

By distorting Jefferson’s word, this important concept’s been used to sanitize school classrooms, war memorials and courtrooms of references to faith. Its misapplication has led to believe that Jefferson’s intent was to confine religion to the church as shown by Kagan and Ginsburg.

Finally, when a new ‘right’ violates another God-given liberty — that so-called ‘right’ isn’t from God — but rather from imperfect man.

Fidel to Barack: ‘Screw You!’

Cuba’s former president penned a statement following President Obama’s visit. Fidel Castro wrote that Cuba “has no need of gifts” from the U.S.

“My modest suggestion is to reflect and do not try now to develop theories about Cuban politics,” Castro wrote of Obama.

“Native populations do not exist at all in the minds of Obama,” Castro wrote. “Nor does he say that racial discrimination was swept away by the Revolution; that retirement and salary of all Cubans were enacted by this before Mr. Barack Obama was 10 years old.”

Castro also harkened back to the 1961 failed invasion of the Bay of Pigs, saying, “Nothing can justify this premeditated attack that cost our country hundreds of killed and wounded.”

By most measures, Cuba’s economy is on life support, but Castro insists the communist system he put in provides for the island’s citizens.

“No one should pretend the people of this noble and selfless country give up its glory and rights,” he wrote. “We are able to produce food and material wealth we need with the effort and intelligence of our people.”

It seems Obama’s dream for an open and happy relationship with our Cuban socialist and communist neighbor is not forthcoming. Castro paints himself as the protector of “native population.”

Of course, protecting that population requires the same kind of butchery and tyranny Stalin used, and then act like the population enjoys great prosperity, culture, faith, and joy. This is the point Obama missed by giving credibility to tyranny and allowing the executive office to be used to further characterize Communism as something deserving equal standing among free nations.

Instead Obama acted as though his visit would bring sweeping change to Cuba because he truly believes that every president since Eisenhower has been wrong about Castro. So hurry out and build your business in Havana, but don’t unpack your suitcase too quickly as you might be heading back to the states’ sooner than you think.

After all, as Cuban dictator, Castro “nationalized” American businesses in 1956 and confiscated all the property and assets and that continuing dictatorship can do so again.

Syria’s New Allie in Its ‘Civil War’

North Korea might be a larger threat to the U.S. and world safety than we’re being lead to believe by the Obama Administration or our compliant national media.  After all, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s newest ally is now the so-called ‘hermit nation.’

And this isn’t the first time that there have been reports of soldiers from that country being involved in the conflict, as in 2013, the Saudi-owned Arabic newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported that Cholma-1 and Cholma-7 were in Syria, to provide logistical and planning support.  Also in 2013, the former president of the Syrian National Council claimed North Korean pilots were flying in the Syrian Air Force, followed a year later by UK-based Jane’s Defense Weekly reporting North Korea was assisting in improving Syria’s missile capabilities.

North Korea and Syria have had a military relationship since the late 1960’s. That involvement includes providing advisers and air defense troops immediately after the 1967 and 1973 wars with Israel and stretches to the modern era, when North Korea is believed to have provided technology used to help build the secret al-Kibar nuclear site in Syria, which was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in 2007.

North Korean soldiers can gain valuable combat experience which, among other things, can help teach future infantry tactics of the Korean People’s Army. Second, the North Korean military can also gain insights into irregular warfare tactics as practiced by the Syrian Arab Army, Hezbollah, and Iranian forces in Syria.

Last, the battlefield in Syria can provide North Korean officers with insights how its own Soviet-era equipment would do in a war against U.S. military hardware.

North Korean authorities have denied any military involvement in the past, with state news agency KCNA reporting in 2013 that ‘foreign media’ were ‘floating misinformation.’ But with North Korea being cash-strapped, the country’s leadership increasingly sends it’s ‘citizens’ abroad to earn foreign money, who often work as ‘forced labor.’

None of this seems all that far-fetched once you learn that last September Syria dedicated a park to former North Korean leader Kim Il Sung. The ceremony was held to mark the 70th anniversary of forming the Workers’ Party of Korea.

Hillary Talks UFO’s and Marijuana

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she wants to know if there are any alien’s being hidden at Area 51 in Nevada. She made the remarks during an appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.

“I would like us to go into those files and hopefully make as much of that public as possible,” Clinton said. “If there’s nothing there, let’s tell people there’s nothing there.”

Kimmel then asked what she would do if she discovered sensitive information.

“Well, if there is something there, unless it’s a threat to national security, I think we ought to share it with the public,” she said.

In January, Clinton vowed to “get to the bottom” of Area 51 and rumors of UFOs and aliens. Her campaign manager John Podesta apparently has put her up to doing so.

A former Clinton White House chief of staff and, more recently, special counselor to President Obama, Podesta has advocated for the release of UFO files from the federal government. Prior to being named as Clinton’s campaign head, he publicly tweeted, “My biggest failure of 2014: Once again not securing the disclosure of the UFO files.”

“He has made me personally pledge we are going to get the information out,” Clinton said. “One way or another. Maybe we could have, like, a task force to go to Area 51.”

UFO researchers once suspected the military base housed captured aliens and their spacecraft. It’s now known that Area 51 is where much of America’s stealth technology’s developed.

The CIA publicly acknowledged its existence for the first time in 2013. In response to a Freedom of Information Request, the agency released a document stating the U-2 and other technology’s tested there.

It’s being hammed up by our nationally compliant media as it again sidesteps the more important topic of legalizing marijuana which lead up to the tin-foil hat discussion of life on other plants and secrets in the Nevada desert.

“I think what the states are doing right now needs to be supported,” Clinton said, “There are still a lot of questions we have to answer at the federal level. What I’ve said is, let’s take it off what’s called the ‘schedule one,’ and put it on a lower schedule and actually do research about it.”

She went on to acknowledge “some great evidence about what marijuana can do for people” when it comes to cancer, chronic disease and intense pain.

My New ‘Old’ Cowboy Hat

Earlier in the week I left the house without a cover – that is to say a hat. At the time I didn’t know I’d be spending nearly eight-hours outside under the sun.

So I decided to hustle across the parking lot from where I was having Mary’s car repaired to the Goodwill Bargain Bin store. I figured they’d have to have a baseball cap or something along those lines to help me keep my head from getting sunburned.

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But they didn’t have a single cap on hand. Instead, I ended up getting an old beaten-to-death cowboy-style hat for a buck – since it was better than nothing.

Though after seeing my refection in a window and thinking I looked ‘plain goofy,’ it got the job done. And I’ve since decided to keep it after finding on inside the hat, embossed in the leather sweat band, “Ponderosa Ranch, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.”

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It’s a place that no longer exists — except in re-runs on television.

Moral Law verses Governmental Rule

We are losing our souls by failing to recognize that individual liberty does not come from a government, nor from being categorized. It is an evil that needs to be fought back against as it has grown out of hand.

A 6-year-old girl was removed from the California home of the foster family she has lived with for four years because she has a tiny sliver of Native American blood in her. Lexi was then she was sent to live with extended family in Utah after her relatives invoked the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICDA,) asking for her to be removed from the home.

The Page family fought efforts under ICDA to place Lexi with relatives of her father, who is a Native American, arguing that Lexi had lived with them since the age of 17-months and knew no other life. However, a California court found that the Page family “had not proven by clear and convincing evidence that it was a certainty the child would suffer emotional harm by the transfer.”

She will live with a Utah couple who are not Native Americans but related by marriage to her father, through an unrelated Uncle.

(I know that had this happened to my child, I’d be dead today, shot and killed, because I’d have come out of the house blasting away at those I would have considered kidnapping my son.)

For me it was a return to my teenage years when the ICDA of 1978 was passed. I was against it back then because of the legal warning at the bottom of papers issued the government that read “federal law prohibits discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion.”

Nearly 40-years later, I believe the same law applies to this situation — yet the government continues obfuscate the law. And it’s only gotten worse as we now have at least 40 groupings of people recognized by the feds – including age, ancestry, color, religious creed, denial of family and medical care leave, disability (mental and physical) including HIV and AIDS, marital status, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics,) genetic information, military and veteran status, national origin (including language use restrictions,) race, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding,) gender, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.

Worse yet is the fact that the national compliant media remained largely silent as this event unfolded. Had this been a gay couple losing this child to a straight family they would have been all over it like ‘white on rice.’

Sad.

Aren’t you and I the same when all is said and done? After all, I bleed red when cut like you do and yet we have an out-of-control federal government that’s bent on dividing you and me, making it easier for them to control when push comes to shove.

(This is also one of the many steps the Nazi’s used in the subjugation of the Jews and other so-called ‘undesirables.’)

We must ask ourselves: Do we follow government rule for the sake of government rule – or do we temper those rules with moral law? And I think, “Do unto others as you wish to be done unto,” is a damned good place to start.

Obama Screws Nevada Environmentalists

A recently created national monument designed to ‘safeguard’ a huge piece of central Nevada is about to get a new oil well. The Bureau of Land Management says Nevada’s biggest oil producer can drill in the Basin and Range National Monument designated by President Obama in July 2015.

Makoil plans to sink a well 7,500 feet deep in search of oil in a dry lake bed in Lincoln County. The BLM issued the company a 10-year oil lease after it applied for a permit to drill in July 2014, a year before Obama designated the monument using his executive authority under the Antiquities Act.

That means the agency’s bureaucrats knew in advance that oil drilling was to occur within the monuments boundaries. It is hard not to chuckle — at least a little after all the crowing environmentalist did after Obama signed the order.

“Permanent protection allows current outdoor recreation and current valid land use such as grazing, to continue,” Friends of Nevada Wilderness proclaimed after the designation, adding, “In addition, the Bureau of Land Management will be prevented from selling any land or granting permits for oil or mineral prospecting in order to preserve wildlife habitat, archaeological sites and other natural and cultural resources in the region.”

It’s actually kind of fun to watch environmental wackos get screwed by the Obama Administration. Now, if only Nevada would screw over the BLM, kicking them out of the state using Article I, Sec. 8, Clause 17 of the U.S. Constitution.

Chinese Communist Move Into Cuba with U.S. Blessing

“Be careful what you wish for lest it come true…” –old Chinese proverb

Last week, the Treasury Department granted Starwood Hotels permission to sign a multi-million-dollar deal with the Castro regime in Cuba, all the while knowing that the Anbang Insurance Group, which has very close ties to the Communist party, had bought the chain.  The company’s Chairman’s married to the granddaughter of China’s former leader and one of its directors is the son of a Communist Revolution-era top general.

Starwood Hotels is the parent company of such hotels as Sheraton, Westin and the St. Regis. And Anbang has been on a buying spree, purchasing the Waldorf Astoria in New York and Guaranty Life Insurance in Des Moines, Iowa.

Over the last 20 years, Starwood has given $12 million to lobbyists in Washington D.C. and $1.2 million to both Republicans and Democrats. In 2012, Starwood gave $14,000 directly to Obama’s re-election campaign, while only $1,500 to Mitt Romney’s.

During the 2014 campaign cycle, Starwood gave $440,000 to lobbyists and more than $71,000 to campaigns, with more than $50,000 going directly to Democrats. To adding the obvious crony capitalism — four of the six lobbyists working for Starwood Hotels previously held jobs with the federal government.

This means the Obama administration gave permission for a Communist Chinese hotel chain to do business as an American company in Communist Cuba.

“¿Que bolá Cuba? (What’s up, Cuba?)

President Obama speaks of the Castro brothers as if they were long-time friends, but there was no pomp and circumstance and Obama wasn’t greeted by either Castro brother like Raul did when Pope Francis visited. It leaves Obama looking like that proverbial school kid searching for acceptance anywhere he can find it.

But that isn’t the saddest of it — civil liberties, that we take for granted in the U.S, are taking a back seat to commercial interests in Cuba.

Shortly before Air Force One landed, the Policía Nacional Revolucionaria arrested 50 members of the Ladies in White movement, established more than a decade ago by wives and relatives of political prisoners, following the disruption of their march. They march each Sunday after Mass and usually get arrested and detained for hours or days.

But, some thought Cuban authorities would back off out of respect for Obama’s visit. But despite dozens of witnessing reporters, the group was quickly rounded up, loaded onto buses and into police cars and whisked away to Havana’s Combinado del Este.

Meanwhile, before his trip, the White House promised Obama would raise the issue of human rights in Cuba, even though the Castro’s insists that domestic politics are “off the table.”

“The difference here is that in the past, because of certain U.S. policies, the message that was delivered in that regard either overtly or implicitly suggested that the U.S. was seeking to pursue regime change; that the U.S. was seeking to essentially overturn the government in Cuba; or that the U.S. thought that we could dictate the political direction of Cuba,” U.S. deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes said.

The Castro regime however is very sensitive to U.S. criticism of its human rights record – as seen most recently when its diplomats criticized Washington during a UN Human Rights Council session, advising Obama to improve human rights at home, declaring, “As President Castro said, we will not renounce our ideas or independence or social justice, nor will we set aside any of our principles.”

This isn’t surprising as this is the same regime that celebrates a murderous thug by the name of Che Guevara as a national hero. But then — he’s also celebrated by University students all over the U.S. — so go figure.

There’s More to the Realignment of U.S. Highway 50 Than Meets the Eye

The United Nations is still making inroads around Lake Tahoe with its environmental programming. Agenda 21 is a form of radical environmentalism that states humanity is destroying the planet, and the goal should be to create a world where literally everything humans do is to be tightly monitored and controlled in the name of “sustainable development.”

In their vision, the human population will be greatly reduced and human activity to be limited to strictly regulated urban areas and travel corridors, while of the planet is be left to nature. And to prove how sneaky the planning and execution of these plans are, they’re often couched in banal terms like ‘economic development’ or ‘community revitalization.’

One such ‘community revitalization project’ involves creating a new road allowing drivers to bypass the downtown area in Stateline, Nevada.  This proposal “realigns the current four lanes of U.S. Highway 50 along Lake Parkway East behind Harrah’s, Montbleu, and the Village Shopping Center, converting the current road along the business and casino corridor into two lanes with turn pockets,” reconnecting at Pioneer Trail in California.

The Tahoe Transportation District’s own webpages boast:

  • “No longer a federal highway, this area could be closed off and used as an outdoor mall for special events.”
  • “For residents, Relocation Assistance could include completely remodeled and refurbished housing or placement in housing comparable in condition, size and market value.’”
  • “Reducing conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians, created by congestion in the commercial core and use of the residential back street shortcut.”
  • And of course the ever-present promise of, “Providing construction jobs and increasing materials sales locally with the renovations.”

What these ‘officials’ are not talking about is why this needs doing. The answer: “Lessening environmental impact with reduced vehicle emissions and better storm water treatment,” as the website states.

They don’t care about how this new roadway affects businesses. No — this is ‘all about nature before man.’

All this falls directly in line with ‘Agenda 21,’ as more of the lake shore becomes unavailable to motorized vehicles, pets and development and planning becomes more centered on ‘foot traffic’ and ‘bicycle lanes.’ This $75 billion bypass idea was first proposed back in 1980, but shot down because it posed an economic death-blow to Stateline.

Odd, how what is old is new yet again.

The Rabbit Hole of Presidential Power

There are over 7,300 legislators, 3,100 counties and parishes, plus another 36,000 municipal governments and townships and their offices across this nation that we should be focusing on daily. Unfortunately, we spend the majority of our compliant media-driven time bickering about a person, who when elected to the Office of the Presidency, does not have the power to change anything.

We have somehow lost our perspective on exactly how important that particular office really is to our Constitutional Republic. The U.S. Constitution has the only official ‘job description’ for the President of the United States.

These are the highlights:

  • The president is the commander-in-chief of the military.
  • The president is responsible for insuring that the laws passed by Congress are executed and enforced as written.
  • The president can grant pardons for crimes other than impeachment.
  • The president can also make treaties, but only if two-thirds of the Senate agrees to the terms of those treaties.
  • The president can nominate ambassadors, Supreme Court justices, and other officers — most commonly cabinet secretaries and federal judges.  But he can only nominate them.  Again, the Senate has final approval on any nominations.
  • Must report to Congress from time to time about the state of the union and recommend whatever measures he thinks are necessary.

Furthermore, his position isn’t the ‘Leader of the Free World,’ and though he is Commander-in-Chief of the military, he is by no means the ‘U.S.’s top leader’ as a quick of Google check would have one believe. And contrary to Wikipedia’s claim, “The office of the president holds significant hard and soft power both in the United States and abroad,” it does not.

In the end, his so-called ‘hard and soft power’ remains within the purview of the U.S. Senate. And no where in the U.S. Constitution does it call the president our “leader.”

And as for the Senate and the House, we must stop calling them our “leaders,” as well, because we do not answer to them. They are our representatives and should be reminded of the fact that they answer to us.

By Ignoring the 12th Amendment, Your Vote is Being Ignored

A Republican National Committee’s Rules Committee member named Curly Haugland has let the proverbial ‘cat out of the bag.’ He says it’s the party who will decide who the GOP nominee will be, not the voters.

“The media have created the perception that the voters will decide the nomination,” said Haugland stated, “That’s the conflict here. The political parties choose their nominees, not the general public, contrary to popular belief.”

“The rules haven’t kept up,” Haugland said. “The rules are still designed to have a political party choose its nominee at a convention. That’s just the way it is. I can’t help it. Don’t hate me because I love the rules.”

“You have groups of people who are going to try to take over the rules committee,” he warned. “That could totally change everything, and mess things up with the delegates. And people across the country will be very frustrated.”

It’s important to note in all of this that the rules governing the convention itself are subject to change: A 112-member convention rules committee will meet at the start of the event and will be able to revise and set at least some of its own rules. Its members — one man and one woman from each state and territory — each elected by their peers.

Haugland has proposed a change in rules that would allow any candidate who earned at least one delegate to be submitted for nomination on the floor. That would sweep away requirements that, for the moment, precludes either Ted Cruz or John Kasich — or any of the candidates who collected delegates before dropping out of the race — from qualifying for the nomination under Rule 40, which requires a candidate to have the majority of delegates from at least eight states.

So far, the proportional allocation of delegates means front-runner Donald Trump is the only candidate to have met this mark. He has met the requirement in 11 states; Cruz has done so in just four, despite victories in 10 states.

Its time to get all political parties out of the electoral college and return it to its U.S. Constitutional standard as provided by Amendment 12 which reads in part:

“The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate…”

1974 Jury Acquits Axe Killer

While  the name Spott is important when discussing Yurok tribal  and Del Norte history in general, there is one story about the Spott name that remains folded in history. It’s the brief story of Seeley Lane Spott’s death at the age of 33.

Brief because only a few news articles mentioning either man. This includes one in which  Seeley pleaded guilty to driving on a suspended license and was placed on probation for one year, while a 10-day jail sentence was suspended as well as pleading guilty to a charge of disturbing the peace and being fined $125 for the offense in December 1969.

Seeley disappears from the public record until January 9, 1974, when he was killed sometime between 4-5 a.m., that Wednesday morning, having been stuck in the head with a small, long-handled chopping axe. His body was found, at 8 a.m., in the street near his home on Nickel Avenue in Crescent City, by a 10-year-old girl on her way to school.

Arrested the same day at his Roy Avenue home only four blocks away and held for  murder was an unemployed logger, 22-year-old Antone ‘Tony’ F. Martin Jr.  Del Norte County Sheriff Tom Lowry said the departments investigation revealed that a heated argument occurred at Spott’s home before the slaying.

Less than three-months later and after a three-week trial, a Del Norte Superior Court jury acquitted Tony of the axe slaying om March 30. His defense attorney James McKittrick had contended the death of Seeley was an act of self-defense.

According to retired Del Norte County Sheriff’s detective Richard Williams, in his 2007 book, “Mass Murder, The Ship Ashore Killings,” McKittrick later shared after the trial an insight about Tony “as being cold inside without any real regrets or feelings about his ax murder of Sealey (sic) Spott.”

Tony died July 18, 2003, at the age of 53 in Hillsboro, Oregon following a bicycle accident. He was living in Grants Pass, Oregon at the time.

Born October 28, 1951, in Corvallis, Tony was a member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps, was a logger and construction worker, and labored for several years at the Portland shipyards.

My Mom’s Portuguese Sweet Anise Bread

Tucked between two letters Mom had written me years ago, I found her recipe jus’ in time for Easter. It is one of those pleasant surprises that seem to come from out of nowhere. This was one of my childhood favorites growing up in Klamath, where I’d smother a warm slice in butter and eat it with an icy-cold glass of milk.

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup milk
1 large egg
1-1/2 tsp margarine or unsalted butter
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp anise seed
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

Combine flour, sugar, milk, egg, butter, baking powder, anise and cinnamon.
Mix thoroughly.
Pour mixture into greased 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan.
Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Bake about 45 to 55 minutes.
Bread will puff and top may crack.
Cool five minutes in pan, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Makes one loaf

The Feds’ Extracurricular Unconstitutional Rules

To paraphrase an old line from a Humphrey Bogart movie, “Constitution? We don’t need no stinkin’ Constitution!” — especially when every federal agency in our U.S. government has an extracurricular set of unconstitutional rules by which it operated.

During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on March 8, Senator Cory Gardner asked if Congress approved the U.S. State Department’s diversion of $500 million to the UN’s Green Climate Fund. Deputy Secretary Heather Higgenbottom bluntly addressed the GOP senators’ accusation.

“Did Congress authorize the Green Climate Fund? No,” she replied.

Higginbottom also insisted they were not required to let Congress know about the transfer from the Economic Support Fund (ESF) saying, “We have reviewed our authorities and made a determination that we can make this payment to the Green Climate Fund. We do not believe we are in violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act, and clearly our lawyers and others have looked at our authorities and our abilities to do this.”

The ESF is a part of the U.S. Foreign Assistance program and has ranged from $2.5 billion in 2001 to $4.7 billion in 2015.  Yet the State Department managed to find half-a billion dollars to hand over to the UN without any accounting as to the monies use.

Garner then asked Higginbottom how the administration was able to divert and reprogram funds to meet Obama’s pledge.

“We reviewed the authorities and opportunities available to us to do that, and believe we are fully compliant with that,” she said. “I’ll be happy to follow-up with you and your staff.”

It’s clear that departmental rules are replacing the constitutional requirement that only Congress can appropriate money as stated in the U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 7, clause 1 which reads, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time ‘the rules’ superseded the U.S. Constitution and it isn’t going to be the last.

Speculation Leads to Gun Rights Violation

Seventy-four-year-old Ralph Gilbertsen is not a felon or domestic abuser, and has never been ruled dangerous to others, despite being ‘mildly bipolar,’ but Richfield Police in Minnesota confiscated his firearms anyway. He also has a concealed carry permit holder, which means he passed the in-depth background check required to get such a permit.

The retired Marine believes in Bigfoot, UFOs and thinks the government is spying on him.

“A lot of people believe these things, but they don’t want to talk about it,” he said. “I could see people being skeptical if I was saying something really outlandish, like space aliens with big heads were visiting me every night. But nobody can believe the CIA is squeaky clean. The people who think these things can’t happen, I think they’re the ones living in Alice-in-Wonderland world.”

It’s a fact that the National Security Agency is collecting electronically transmitted data on the American people and storing it in Utah.

His belief’s came to the attention of authorities in 2015 after his apartment manager expressed concern to the Hennepin Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies (COPE). Following a complaint, COPE called police to escort them to Gilbertsen’s apartment, where they confiscated a .40-caliber pistol, a .357 magnum and a .22 revolver.

His attorney Paul Baertschi says the police took away a citizen’s guns simply because of his beliefs.

“He’s what some people would say is a conspiracy theorist. It is an unusual situation,” Baertschi said. “But really, the police acted unilaterally in deciding that a person who has these beliefs can’t be trusted with a gun. And so they just took them, without a warrant.”

“Officers are often forced to make snap judgments about an individual’s mental health,” Richfield Police Department spokesman Lt. Mike Flaherty said, “The street cops nowadays have to be a psychologist. People don’t wear nameplates saying ‘paranoid schizophrenic.’ So the police have to go in there and make judgment calls.”

There is a huge difference between bipolar disorder and paranoid schizophrenia.

Minnesota law allows the seizure of firearms on mental health grounds only if an individual has been committed to a mental institution or has been ruled by a judge to be a public danger. That requires a legal finding that the person has tried to harm others or that there’s “a substantial likelihood” of harmful behavior.

SCOTUS ‘Court Rules’ Deny ‘Redress”

Justice Antonin Scalia died February 13, 2016 and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts acted swiftly, waiting less than a day after the EPA’s response brief to side with the Obama administration dismissing an earlier 5-4 ruling SCOTUS ruling that President Obama’s global warming regulations are illegal. Worse yet, he acted unilaterally, electing to reject the request himself, and not take it to the full court, which may have led to a 4-4 split.

Roberts rejected the request of 20 states to stay the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards rule, adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency three years ago. This means the regulation remains in effect while a legal battle continues over whether the EPA properly weighed costs and benefits in drafting the controversial regulation.

The administration’s initiative, which is still in the planning stages, requires states to develop plans for shifting away from fossil-fuel power plants in favor of alternative forms of energy. It also aims at reducing emissions of carbon dioxide at existing plants by about a third by 2030.

The Clean Power Plan is an essential part of Obama’s pledge to cut the country’s contribution to global warming, because the electric-power sector of the economy supposedly emits 30 to 40 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gases. Under the EPA plan, states can draw up their own plans or choose the agency’s plan.

Such action on the part of Roberts is exactly how you and I have lost control over our liberty. Rather than side with the States in this case, he sided with an unconstitutional agency of the federal government; the EPA in this situation.

The Tenth Amendment makes it very clear that the powers not given to the United States, belongs to the states or to the people. That means you and I are to be the final arbiters over our sovereignty, not the EPA, the SCOTUS or the state.

As Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to C. Hammond, July 1821: When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the centre of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated …

In this case, Jefferson was talking about King George III and the arbitrary rules he forced upon the Colonies before the War for Independence. Sadly, the SCOTUS, and Roberts in particular, are operating under another set of ‘arbitrary rules’ aptly named “Rules of the Supreme Court of the United States.”

And while not unconstitutional, they do deny the plaintiffs in this case their constitutional right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” as stated in the First Amendment. because should the states file again, the SCOTUS won’t hear the argument because Roberts has already ruled on it.

Another Social Media Troll

Here’s one of the many social media trolls I put up with on a daily basis. This guy recieves my postings on Facebook only because he’s a friend of a friend from high school — otherwise I don’t know him from Cain.

Abel Morris: Tom Darby yesterday your post mocked Trump before his rally! Now your (sic) knocking a moron who rushed at Trump while giving a speech. How about you make your mind up (sic.)

Me: How about you stop worrying about what I do or don’t do!

Abel Morris: Your stupid shit comes across my news feed! If you don’t want criticism don’t preach stupid shit!

Me: You can block my stuff if you don’t want it on your feed. Once again — worry about your shit — not mine.

Abel Morris: I’m not worried about it! I was pointing out how hypocritical you are! LOL have a nice day (sic.)

I ended up helping him avoid my ‘stupid shit’ on his ‘news feed; I blocked his ass.

It’s interesting that people find it easy to name call and be critical of others whom they don’t know, especially through social media. I doubt that even two-percent of those who are rude to me would do so in person.

Spinning Racism in a Restaurant

Tyrone Williams and Chauntyll Allen entered a Joe’s Crab Shack restaurant in Roseville, Minnesota to have dinner in celebration of Allen’s birthday. In addition to its food, the seafood chain is known for the eclectic decor at its eateries.

But when Williams and Allen sat down at their table, they noticed this old photo that was laid under the glass tabletop titled “Hanging at Groesbeck, Texas on April 12th, 1895.” A text bubble above the man being hanged reads, “All I said was, ‘I didn’t like the gumbo!’”

My first thoughts were jokes as poor in taste as the text bubble: “Come in for the hoods and robes, stay for the crab legs,” or “Hang around for the seafood gumbo,” and “Get a healthy bowl of racism with every Southern Style Catfish served.” But then, even though it was 121-year’s ago, joking over the death of a man, whether a convicted murderer or not isn’t in very good taste.

Instead of moving to another table or going else where for their lunch Allen and Williams had to make a mountain out of a molehill.

“We will no longer be eating at any Joe’s Crab Shack that supports White Supremacy and racism,” said Williams.

“They are trying to make a joke out of our black bodies being lynched and I had a real problem with that,” said Allen of the picture.

Her opinion was shared by Austin, Texas’ Black Lives Matter affiliate in a Facebook posting, “They actually used a real lynching photo.”

Unfortunately, because ignorance (or perhaps stupidity abounds) it has to be pointed out this wasn’t a lynching. It was an execution.

On May 3, 1894, a pioneer resident of Groesbeck, James Garrett McKinnon, was beaten to death with a stone and robbed. Richard Burleson was arrested for murder, tried and convicted and on April 12, 1895 the 21-year old man was legally hanged.

A great-grandson McKinnon’s researched the case and said Burleson was a freed slave who robbed his grandfather of a $20 gold piece. The two had been seen together earlier in the day.

“James offered Burleson a ride in his wagon, Burleson accepted, then clubbed James over the head with a rock,” Tom McKinnon of Arizona wrote of his research.

Prior to his execution, the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas even took up his case, upholding his conviction in the end.

Ignite, the Houston-based corporate parent of the Crab Shack chain, issued a written apology and the table removed: “We take this matter very seriously, and the photo in question was immediately removed. We sincerely apologize to our guests who were disturbed by the image.”

However, the apology is “not enough,” Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds said. She’s now pressuring the chain to make a donation to an organization focused on African-American youth.

So maybe a hefty cash infusion will wash away the ‘White guilt’ and the sins of the ‘White fathers,’ since James Garrett McKinnon life was only worth a $20 gold piece when Burleson caved his head in.

The Amplifying Local Efforts to Root out Terrorism Act of 2016

Secretive legislation ‘designed’ to help local law enforcement fight terrorism with the aid of the federal government has been introduced. H.R. 4401, the Amplifying Local Efforts to Root out Terrorism (ALERT) Act of 2016, allows “federal law enforcement to train and work closely with state and local law enforcement in using the most effective tactics and methods to counter terrorism.”

This legislation was passed by the House Homeland Security Committee on a voice vote, and has the support of 11 bipartisan cosponsors — including five Democrats and six Republicans.

But there’s more to this including terms within this bill that must be highlighted. For instance, the term “violent extremism” means “ideologically motivated international terrorism or domestic terrorism,” as defined in section 2331 of title 18, United States Code.

“International terrorism” reads the section, is “activities that involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or of any State.” Furthermore, the term “domestic terrorism” means “activities that involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State.

Both involve an act to “appear to be intended” (which means to give the impression of being in a certain way) to “intimidate or coerce a civilian population; to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping.”  But then the federal government’s view of “ideology” as shown in the U.S. Air Force’s July 2011 ‘0910 Equal Opportunity and Treatment Incidents’ lesson plan remains questionable:

“As noted, an ideology is a set of political beliefs about the nature of people and society. People who are committed to an ideology seek not only to persuade but to recruit others to their belief. In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.”

Finally, there’s the 2012 document, “Profiles of Perpetrators of Terrorism,” produced by the ‘National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism,’ in which the following characteristics are used to identify (domestic) terrorists:

“Americans who believe their “way of life” is under attack; Americans who are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”; People who consider themselves “anti-global” (presumably those who are wary of the loss of American sovereignty); Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”; Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty”; People who “believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.”

The report also lists people opposed to abortion and “groups that seek to smite the purported enemies of God and other evildoers,” Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, or own gold and even people who fly a U.S. flag as terrorists. Oh, and don’t forget the FBI says using cash to pay for a cup of coffee is suspicious.

FCC Democrats Caved to Obama on Net Neutrality

A case challenging ‘net neutrality’ is making its way through the courts, and it’s revealing some interesting information. For example documents show that while the Federal Communications Commission was creating the regulation — it was working with the Obama administration, keeping it abreast with where it was in the process.

As this continues, Senator and Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ron Johnson released a report titled, “Regulating the Internet: How the White House Bowled over FCC Independence.”  In it, he highlights problems in the process by which the agency arrived at its net neutrality order, being litigated in federal court.

In 2014, after being overruled in court, the FCC had an open hearing to again consider how to carry out net neutrality.   However, shortly after the 2014 elections, President Obama urged the FCC to “implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.”

In particular, he wanted the FCC to unilaterally assert authority over Internet service providers (ISP) under Title II of the Communications Act, which allows for the regulation of “common carriers” as public utilities. The report points to evidence of a “pause” and a change in the FCC’s course after the President’s comments.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and staff were finishing work on a different approach in November 2014 before Obama’s comments. However, shortly afterwards, Wheeler instructed his staff to draft an order following the President’s proposal of a Title II reclassification.

This rule prohibits ISP’s from charging for legal content flow through their networks. To enforce this, the FCC reclassified broadband as a more highly regulated telecommunications service.

Obama appointed Wheeler, a Democrat, as FCC chairman. The agency’s Democratic majority pushed through the regulations by a 3-2 vote in February 2015.

Details of the report also include the fact that before the White House’s announcement in support of Title II reclassification, the staff worked over the weekend to provide Wheeler with a draft Open Internet Order, adopting a “hybrid approach,” to be considered on the FCC’s December 2014 Open Meeting, but after Obama’s statement there was confusion and the rapid timetable for completing the draft Open Internet Order was “paused.”

The FCC employees also raised concerns about following proper notice-and-comment rules, as required under the Administrative Procedure Act. They advised that the record to support Title II reclassification was lacking and needed more public comments, but despite this, the agency chose not to seek additional public comment, and proceeded with the president’s preferred policy outcome.

Finally, over the course of the committee’s investigation, the FCC refused to provide key responsive documents. Moreover, in the e-mails provided to the committee show there was an attempt by some to thwart transparency and avoid ex-parte filings.

In the end, net neutrality isn’t neutral at all. Instead it is a ‘play on words,’ meant to abridge free Internet commerce and a violation of the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

The Mouse That Came for Coffee

About a week before the Disney Store permanently closed its doors at Meadowood Mall, I went to see what they had for sale. That’s where I found a very unique looking Mickey Mouse coffee mug.

Since I consider this mug to be somewhat special, I don’t often use it. Beside, it’s so large that I generally have to heat the coffee in it a number of times because it goes cold too quick.

Anyway, recently I decided to use it and after filling it up I went out side to enjoy a little sunshine and to play fetch with the dogs. Half an hour later I came in the house and sat down at my computer to do some research and to write.

Two-hours later I stopped to reheat my cup of coffee, only to discover I couldn’t find it. I searched all through the house looking for, even checking in the microwave, the cupboards and the refrigerator-freeze, jus’ in case I had a brain-fart and set it down in one of those places.

But my search turned up nothing. While still vexed, I decided to grab another cup and pour myself some more coffee and return to my computer.

The following day I again took up the search for the missing mug; even digging through the kitchen trash can and the large green monster in the garage. Still I couldn’t find it.

By the second day I had pretty much put it’s disappearance out of my head, telling myself it would suddenly show up when I wasn’t looking for the damned thing.

Three days after I had last seen it, I went outside to see what the dogs were up too as sometimes their quietness makes me think they are up to no good. As I stepped out on the back porch, I noticed my Mickey Mouse cup sitting on the fence rail – right where I suddenly remembered placing it.

“Doh!” as Homer Simpson would say.

Happy that it really wasn’t lost, I walked over and picked it up. It was still half full of coffee as well as something else.

A little set of eyes peered up at me as I held the cup. A small mouse had fallen into the coffee cup and it was dog-paddling for all that it was worth.

Squatting on the cement pad and gently tipping the cup on its side, I dumped both the cold coffee and exhausted mouse out onto the concrete. At first I thought the strain of swimming to keep it’s head above the surface had proved to be too much; the mouse lay unmoving a my feet.

It was still breathing, but doing little else and I was sure that it was a goner. However after a few seconds it rolled over, stood up, shook itself (which looked more like a spasm than shaking) and scurried off into some dead leaved gathered at the base of our fence.

After taking the cup into the house and giving it a thorough washing, I couldn’t help smile at the fact that I had a real mouse swimming inside my Mickey Mouse coffee cup.

Eighteen Years Later and We’ve Learned Nothing

Minnesotans elected pro-wrestler Jesse Ventura as their governor in 1998. Ventura ran on the Reform Party platform, promising to cut the size and scope of government, class sizes and he supported public debate on legalized prostitution.

His governorship started out fine, but the economy took a downturn and the legislature turned its back on Ventura. Throwing a temper-tantrum, he started staying home, refusing to go to the capitol and badmouthing anyone who criticized him.

About two years later Ventura asked Donald Trump to run for president on the Reform Party ticket. Trump promised fair trade, universal health care and claimed Oprah Winfrey would be his ideal running mate.

Then in early February Ventura became angry with the Reform Party and withdrew from the faction. Shortly after, Trump ended his campaign as well.

The anger with Clinton Administration that brought Ventura to the governorship of Minnesota is identical to the anger American’s are feeling with the Obama Administration. They’re pissed at what’s happening and see nothing to lose by tossing out the old guard and embracing an untested one.

In the end, Ventura’s governorship didn’t work out because of the wish to seek some sort of retribution against those seen as having created the problem. It didn’t work then, it won’t work now and it will not work after January 2017.

As the saying goes, “A knight in shining armor is one whose metal has never been truly tested.”

Standing for the U.S. Constitution Means You’re a Domestic Terrorist

Domestic terror groups seem to pose a greater threat to the U.S. than Daesh (ISIS,) al Qaeda or the Taliban joined, according to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was in Portland on Thursday, bragging about the arrest of 19 political prisoners by her Department of Justice (DOJ.)

“The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the American people and defending the rule of law,” said. Lynch. “Today’s actions make clear that we will not tolerate the use of threats or force against federal agents who are doing their jobs. We will continue to protect public land on behalf of the American people, uphold federal law, and ensure that those who employ violence to express their grievances with the government will be apprehended and held accountable for their crimes.”

Odd how she stated, “I condemn the senseless acts of violence by some individuals in Baltimore that have resulted in harm to law enforcement officers, destruction of property and a shattering of the peace in the city of Baltimore,” but never made a single arrest in the situation, though there was news footage showing the unlawful actions.

And then of Ferguson, she declared: “The residents of Ferguson have suffered the deprivation of their constitutional rights, the rights guaranteed to all Americans, for decades. They have waited decades for justice. They should not be forced to wait any longer,” as she announced plans to persecute the city’s police force.

Talk about turning things upside down and inside out. Yet it’s only getting worse as the DOJ, plans to combat the constitutionally abiding citizen by creating the ‘Domestic Terrorism Counsel.  Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, who oversees national security at the DOJ, announced the new position that will coordinate the investigation and prosecution of so-called ‘anti-government and hate groups.’

In making his proclamation, Carlin pointed to such high-profile attacks as the racially motivated Charleston church shooting in June 2015 or the murder of two Las Vegas police officers by a white supremacist couple in June 2014. Unfortunately he failed to point out the violent rioting, the burning and looting that happened in both Ferguson and Baltimore.

To top that off, FBI Director James Comey is showing his complete ignorance of the U.S. Constitution  claiming, “Our democracy provides lawful ways individuals can respond if they disagree with their government, but if you resort to violence or threats, you will be held accountable under the law.”

First, we are a constitutional republic and secondly the federal government has no legal claim to land in Nevada or any other state. Finally, he appears to not care about the first or second amendments, which say we have the right to assemble peaceably, redress the government, speak out against heat same government and to use arms to protect and defend the Constitution for tyranny.

Meanwhile, 19 political prisoners remain charged with conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S. and conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer. They also face charges of  using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence; assault on a federal officer; threatening a federal law enforcement officer; obstruction of justice, interference with interstate commerce by extortion and interstate travel in aid of extortion.

So far not a single piece of evidence, like a picture or video has surfaced showing any of the people charged in this indictments acted in a threatening manner. On the other hand, there is a damning piece of video showing the murder of LaVoy Finicum, by unidentified agents of the federal government and the state of Oregon.

The government is creating a false narrative by changing what you and I know is right and true, parsing words and using the compliant media to spread it’s evil propaganda. The only way of putting a halt to such encroachment to our liberties is through the recognition of the state over the federal government and the people over the state as provided by Article 10 of the U.S. Constitution, which reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

‘Area 6’ — Nevada’s Other Secret Site

Built in 2002, the complex of buildings include a large hangar with clam-shell doors at the southern end of an asphalt strip. The complex has no official name and not many people even know it’s there.

 

Known locally as ‘Area 6.’ the site has only fences and visitor checkpoints and seen from the Mercury highway at the northern end of Yucca Flat. But exactly what goes on at there remains top-secret.

In fact the National Nuclear Security Administration’s kept Area 6 at such a low profile that few defense industry experts are aware of its existence. The National Nuclear Security Administration is a semi-autonomous branch of the Energy Department with a Nevada field office, based in North Las Vegas.

A safety analysis of Yucca Mountain nuclear storage facilities, written by Bechtel SAIC, has a description of the airfield:

“The purpose of this facility is to construct, operate, and test a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles. Tests include, but are not limited to, air-frame modifications, sensor operation, and on board computer development. A small, manned chase plane is used to track the unmanned aerial vehicles…”

Area 6 activities include research and development of sensors for detecting explosive materials, deadly gases and chemicals, and radioactive sources that could be used in “dirty bombs.” The facility’s manned by at least 80 people, includes maintenance areas and is also used by the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

Two DoE environmental studies say the base operates four to six UAV flights and two to four manned flights per day, flying mainly over the dry lake bed at altitudes under 12,000 feet. Furthermore, several classified Lockheed UAVs have been tested at airfields along the range, though which haven’t been disclosed.

Funding for Area 6 comes through the ‘Strategic Partnership Program,’ (SPP) which was part of the $84 million budgeted for the entire security site for the fiscal year 2015. In March 2010, President Obama spoke of SPP during the Export-Import Bank Annual Conference: “We’ll create public-private partnerships to help firms break into new markets with the help of those who have been there — shipping and supply-chain companies, for example.”

However, much of that SPP money comes from Defense Department branches including the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. So it leaves one to wonder — what sort of ‘public-private partnerships,’ are being forged in Nevada’s vast and under-populated desert?

George ‘C.J.’ Shotwell, 1979-2016

“We don’t meet people by accident. They’re meant to cross our paths for a reason,” goes the old saw.

C.J. Shotwell wasn’t here for very long, six or seven days, maybe. And to be honest, I didn’t really know him all that well as we only chit-chatted while out in Gary’s garage.

George 'C.J.' Shotwell

A hard-rock miner by trade, he’d arrived one late night after Gary drove to Winnemucca to pick him. He wanted to come to the Reno/Sparks area to quit drinking and drugging.

Every time I saw C.J., he was smiling and joking. But I could also tell that something was off – there was deep sadness and a hidden anger that he desperately tried to suppress.

After a few days, both C.J. and Gary knew it wasn’t working. And instead of checking into a rehab program offered through the Salvation Army, C.J. chose to return home and to his girlfriend.

Gary didn’t have the car that day, so he asked if I’d take C.J. down to the train station so he could catch the east bound Amtrak home. Since I was looking for something to do out of the ordinary, I said yes.

If C.J. happened to be disappointed in himself, I couldn’t tell. I shook his hand and wished him well as he climbed out my truck and grabbed the two bags from my pickups’ bed.

That was about three weeks ago — the last time I saw him. And it will be the last time too.

Sometime during the night of Thursday, March 3, when the Devil had him in his grip, C.J. found a secluded spot behind a motel and hanged his self. The following morning as the sun broke over Sonoma Peak, someone discovered his body.

His death has hit Gary and his wife Autumn pretty hard as they struggle to reach out to C.J.’s family to let them know what has happened. As for me, I’m thinking, reflecting and waiting to realize why we crossed paths.

Tonight, I say yet another prayer for C.J. – this time asking for God’s tender mercies.

The Federal Land Grab in Texas Continues

The Bureau of Land Management is claiming that a number of Texas ranches don’t actually belong to the ranchers, but rather to the federal government. This is in despite of each rancher having a deed for their property and having paid property taxes on the land each year.

The BLM’s claim — the land shouldn’t have been sold in the first place. However, at least one rancher, Ken Aderholt, isn’t giving up his property without a fight.

Aderholt’s family has lived and raised cattle on the land for the past 70 years. Yet in 2014, the rancher received a phone call from the BLM representative who claimed that 625 acres of his property actually belonged to the federal government.

 

The representative said the discovery was made when the government began “redefining” boundary lines along the Red River, which runs along the border between Oklahoma and Texas. So by redefining the boundary to half-a-mile inland, the change affects the size of Aderholt’s property.

Despite pointing out he has a deed showing he’s the owner the BLM’s still claiming they own the 625 acres adding that the Texas should never have produced that deed as it never belongs to the state. Now, the BLM says it plans to take his property from him ‘legally.’

The BLM hasn’t said what it’ll do with the land, but if history has shown us anything, it could be converted into public bird watching, horseback riding, or even be condemned. Furthermore, the BLM could lease the land back to Aderholt, or worse it could lease it to someone else entirely.

Remember, the federal government doe not have the right to act independent of the U.S. Constitution.

Sheriff Stops FDA from Giving Dairy a Raw Deal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) harassed a dairy farmer and made several warrantless searches of his property all because he produced raw milk. It started after the farmer provided the raw milk to an organic food co-op, where participants paid money into the co-op and, in return, received the raw milk.

 

Elkhart County, Indiana Sheriff Brad Rogers became involved in the case in 2011 when the farmer complained to him. He emailed the Department of Justice (DOJ), writing:

“I understand that you have made recent requests to (the farmer) for documents and to appear before a grand jury, and he has had a number of inspections and attempted inspections on his farm within Elkhart County. This is notice that any further attempts to inspect this farm without a warrant signed by a judge, based on probable cause, will result in federal inspectors’ removal or arrest for trespassing by my officers or I.

In addition, if any further action is taken by the federal government on (the farmer), while he is in Elkhart County, I will expect that you or federal authorities contact my office prior to such action. I will expect you to forward this information to your federal associates, including the FDA.”

Shortly after sending the email, the farmer received a certified letter from the DOJ cancelling his grand jury subpoena. And no federal inspectors have visited the farm since 2011.

Rogers is a member of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.and been with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department for 27 years. He also practices what he preaches.

Pamela Jean Sadler, 1963-2016

It’s always difficult to lose a friend to death. My friend Pam Sadler died following an asthma attack and I can’t help but feel her loss.

Pam Sadler

We worked at the same radio company and only ever saw enough of each other long enough to say a simple hello, a nod or a smile as we passed each other. I was a part of the air staff, working nights and graveyard, while she worked in sales during the day.

So it is easy to see that we really had no chance of meeting — that is until chance intervened. It was the early morning hours of November 14, 2010 – I was working in the news room when I heard a noise coming from the sales office area.

Quietly, I walked into the maze of cubicles while listening to the sound of a woman softly crying. Near the farthest wall I found Pam, sitting at her desk with a tissue covering her eyes.

“Are you okay?” I asked as quietly as possible.

She jumped in her seat and let out an expletive adding, “You scared me!”

“I’m sorry,” I replied, asking again, “Are you alright?”

“Yes,” she said at first, quickly changing her answer, “No, I’m really frustrated.”

And that’s how I officially met Pam. We spent the next 15-20 minutes talking about life, work, children, hopes and dreams.

It was one of the best conversations I can ever recall having such a short time-span. I had to return to do the news at the top of the hour and she left for home, hoping to get a couple of hours of sleep before returning to work.

When I got home that morning, I switched on my computer to check my Facebook page. There I found this message waiting for me:

“Thank you again for talking with me this morning. It made me evaluate what I need to take care of and to take care of me for a change. I’m just going to focus on what I love to do and do my best at it. Thank you to my newest friend. This will be a conversation only held between you and me. By the way — sorry for making you nervous this morning. Have a good day and week. – Pam”

I’m so glad I saved that message – almost as happy about that as I’m sad that she’s gone from this earth.

Nevada AG Opposes New EPA Rules

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt has filed a brief endorsing a multi-state legal fight against President Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. The brief says only the states have the right to decide pollution emission standards.

“We are repeatedly seeing more federal regulation that is less tied to the actual text of the laws that federal agencies claim is the basis for their rules,” Laxalt said in a statement.

Environmentalists immediately criticized the filing. In fact , the group ‘Climate Parents’ claims Laxalt is choosing the interests of out-of-state coal corporations over the health of children, communities and the climate.

Called the Clean Power Plan, the rules limit carbon dioxide production starting in 2022 with the final goal in Nevada in 2030 of 855 pounds per megawatt-hour. Nevada’s expected to meet the target without difficulty, achieving a level of 578 pounds of carbon dioxide by that year by one estimate.

More than two dozen states are appealing the rules in a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The U.S. Supreme Court put enforcement of the rules on hold pending the appeals process.

Meanwhile, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is downplaying the AG’s filing, claiming that “the attorney general is simply offering his legal opinion.”