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- 13. Federal Land Managers' Intimidation, Bullying Threaten Citizens Rights, Create a Hostile Environment
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 24, 2014 - Today, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations held an oversight hearing on “Threats, Intimidation and Bullying by Federal Land Managing Agencies.” This hearing continued Committee oversight into bullying by federal land management agencies and federal law enforcement agencies on private, state, and federal lands.
State and local governments, ranchers, business owners, and private citizens have been subject to threats, lack of cooperation, and numerous unfair or heavy-handed tactics which threaten public safety, the environment, endangered species, and the livelihoods of communities. Congressional oversight is necessary to provide an effective check on federal officials who abuse their regulatory powers.
“Today we took a second look at threats, intimidation and bullying by Federal Land Managing Agencies. During a hearing the Committee held last year and again today, we heard first-hand accounts of mistreatment at the hands of federal officials seeking to extort the witnesses into relinquishing their property rights,” said Representative Doug LaMalfa (CA-01). “These firsthand accounts give the victims of abusive conduct by a federal land managing official a chance to tell their story to Congress. Status quo agency oversight, policies and procedures are inadequate for addressing or deterring employee abuses and may instead embolden overreaching or malicious employee behavior with little risk of retribution for their actions.”
Witnesses highlighted examples of flagrant intimidation met by citizens who refuse to surrender their constitutional rights, land and water rights, grazing permits and other multiple-use benefits.
Sheriff James Perkins, Garfield County, UT, highlighted his perspective from 27 years of law enforcement and experience working with various federal law enforcement agencies.
“BLM’s attitude towards coordinating with local law enforcement is summed up best by a conversation I had with a BLM law enforcement officer while we were attending a drug task force meeting in Cedar City, Utah. He told me point blank that he didn’t care about any authority that I thought I had as the Garfield County Sheriff, and that he did not feel like he had to coordinate anything through my office… This refusal to coordinate, coupled with a lack of any meaningful oversight, has created a perfect environment where the abuse of federal law enforcement powers can occur.”Click here to read more
- 14. Payson TEA Party Presents $500 Scholarship Award to Savannah Grassel
As the publisher of both Gilbert Watch and Gila Watch, I believe it's extremely important to share with readers of both blogs the inspiring stories of our young people.
Some months ago, the Payson Tea Party voted to start an annual $500 Scholarship fund, to be awarded to a deserving high school senior.
Last month, Ms. Darlene Younker, president of the Payson Tea Party, announced the recipient of the group's first annual $500 scholarship award.
“It is with great pleasure that the Payson Tea Party announces the award of our first ever Tea Party Scholarship. Applicants submitted essays answering the question "Is the Tenth Amendment Relevant in Today's Society?" Our winner is Savannah Grassel.
"Miss Grassel, a senior at Payson High School, is a two-year member of the National Honor Society and has been on the Principal's Honor Roll since 2010. She is currently the Student Body President. Savannah is very active in sports having lettered in soccer. She has also been the Captain of the girls basketball team, has played soft ball, and has participated in track and field. In addition, Savannah holds several jobs. This well-rounded young lady has been accepted into Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, where she will major in Biological Sciences. She would like to become a sports medicine doctor. Congratulations, Savannah!”
Presenting the award to Savannah are Darlene Younker, president of the Payson Tea Party, and U.S. Representative Paul Gosar (CD4).
Here is Savannah's essay:Click here to read more
- 15. Giggling Sheriff Makes Light of Failed Drug Raid that Left Toddler Grievously Burned
The County Sheriff's surveillance team did not: 1) Know there was a family living there, even though they had moved in two months before the raid; 2) Know there were 4 children in the home; 3) Find any drugs; 4) Find any weapons; 5) Find any drug dealers; 6) Find any cash.
Armed with all of the above intelligence, the County Sheriff's SWAT Team initiated a highly aggressive no-knock search that: Critically burned a 19-month old toddler sleeping in a play pen when they tossed a flash-bang stun grenade into the home.
There is no doubt that the officers who conducted the raid are in extreme anguish about what happened. The issue isn't whether or not no-knock warrants are "vital" to the war on drugs. The issue is that the ghastly results of this particular warrant reveal that basic procedures weren't followed or were ignored. What do you think of this sheriff's attitude?
“I stand behind what our team did,” insists Habersham, Georgia County Sheriff Joey Terrell, referring to a 3:00 a.m. no-knock SWAT raid in which a 19-month-old child was severely burned by a flash-bang grenade. “There’s nothing to investigate, there’s nothing to look at,” continued the sheriff, relaying the conclusions of the County DA’s office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. “Bad things can happen. That’s just the world we live in.”
- 16. Arizona TEA Party Holding First State Convention Today, May 31, 2014
Amazing how many Americans continue to feed at the liberal media misinformation trough. Declared dead by the likes of the liberals, the Arizona TEA parties, fresh from the grave, are attending a statewide convention. Tickets are sold out.
As stated in this article:
At a time when the liberal media and the establishment political parties are proclaiming the death of the movement, the Tea Party has gathered steam, is further organizing, and is meeting to establish long-term goals and the strategies to achieve them. The Constitution and the very moral fabric of our society are under attack. Ordinary Americans are eager for their rights and their values to be represented and defended in the public arena and that is exactly what the Tea Party intends to do.
It's important to understand that the TEA parties across America are not affiliated with any particular political party. Though most members lean toward the Republican party, that's only because TEA parties have embraced the Republican platform. Unfortunately, many Republicans elected to public office do not.
The TEA parties stand up for our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Many elected officials do not. In fact, some "Republicans" have gone on record to violate laws that were designed by our Founders to protect American citizens from the illegal actions of our federal government.Click here to read more
- 18. Mansions of the Lord
A fitting tribute to all Americans who have fought and died in the name of Freedom.Click here to read more
- 20. Thank You Senator Biggs for Standing Firm
Dear Senator Biggs,
Thank you for consistently standing up for what you know is right and for being a true statesman. Good people disagree, and many good conservatives believe that Arizona should join other states in supporting an Article V Convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution.
You have your reasons for opposing SCR1016. Here are mine:
An Article Five Convention is not a magic “fix” that will protect Individual Liberties. Until the American people take action day in and day out, or even 15 minutes a week, to preserve our Republic, there is nothing that can be written on paper that will do it for them.
Arizonans and the American people already have the power to change the Constitution if that’s their desire. The Declaration of Independence states, “That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.” The Arizona Constitution, Article 2, Sect. 2, states it like this: “All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.”
Conservatives aren’t the only ones who want an Article V Convention. So does the Left. They want to abolish Individual Liberties, not preserve them. According to this article titled “Former Justice Stevens Wants to Change Constitution,” he believes that Americans do not have the right to protect their lives and property. He would change the Second Amendment to make clear that only a state’s militia, not its citizens, has a constitutional right to bear arms. .
Here’s another article on this subject: “Socialists and Soros Fights for an Article V Convention.”Click here to read more