Bureaucrat Beat: in cerveza veritas, first amendment zone?? and promises

 

“From city halls to county courthouses, from the State house to the White House – bureaucrats control our lives.  Public servants who often try to become our masters.  People whose salaries we pay, but what goods and services do we get?  On Sierra Wave’s Bureaucrat Beat, we’ll report what they’re up to.”

BLM First Amendment Area

BLM First Amendment Area

We in the Bureaucrat Beat newsroom wonder how many problems have been solved over a few beers.  Take the President.  He invited more than one controversial figure to join him in the Rose garden for a brew, and it actually seemed to help calm the waters and improve communication.  After all, in vino veritas.

So we were glad to hear that some of the primaries in the Inyo water issues sat down together recently at a local pub to click glasses.  Water Director Bob Harrington, Rancher Mark Lacey, Sierra Club’s Mark Bagley and former Ag Commissioner George Milovich.  Sometimes these people stand at loggerheads but not that evening.  As Harrington said, “It’s good to talk to people.”

How true.  So when the eight Mammoth Town Council candidates talked to people the other night, they did their best to comment on issues and handle probable jitters speaking in front of a crowd.  There were some who ridiculed their performance.  We in the Bureaucrat Beat Newsroom see things differently.  These are people who got up out of their living rooms and actually filed to run for office.  They have reasons for their attempts at service.  They are not professional politicians.  Let’s give them a chance and the respect we would give a friend.  Then, before you enter the privacy of the voting booth, give careful consideration to the character of the individuals and how you think they might fill the job.

There would be nothing private about Southern California Edison shutting off your air conditioners in July, but there is a program you can sign up for to do just that and save money.  If you are so inclined, you can let Edison have the power to shut off yours and you will get a credit on your bill.  Big Brother comes home.

It was the home and cattle of a Nevada man that got everybody all riled up about grazing fees owed and property rights. BLM set up a “First Amendment Area” to control the protestors.  Even Nevada’s

Rancher Daris Moxley

Rancher Daris Moxley

Governor said BLM went too far. Okay, you can put cattle in a corral but humans who want to express their rights of free speech?!  I don’t think so.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said,  “No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists or the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans.”  Sandoval advised BLM needed to “reconsider its approach.”  Apparently they did.  It all quieted down.  Cooler heads prevailed.

Martin Kleinbard of Mammoth asked a cool-headed question.  In a somewhat heated discussion about ORMAT’s plan to drill up to 16 new geothermal wells in Mammoth, Water District officials warned that these plans could jeopardize the town water supply.  They want a monitoring and mitigation plan.  Kleinbard wanted to know if DWP would be affected since LA tried to take all of Mammoth’s water rights last year.  One official said if DWP was more aware of the issue, they might say something about it but have too many other things on their plate.  Ooookay.

Owens Valley Rancher Daris Moxley jumped onto DWP’s plate at a recent press conference about DWP’s solar project.  She warned those present not to believe any DWP promise.  “We have a Long Term Water Agreement that says they have to maintain the Valley as it was in 1981 and 82,” said Moxley.  “They are drying up the Valley and we’re not getting the water they owe us.”  She said it only happens with DWP in court.

Inyo County Counsel Marge Kemp-Williams said she would not let the issue of LA’s City Charter rest.  She said DWP likes to use it “like a shield of some sort” when in fact there are legal obligations in the Long Term Water Agreement.  And, so it goes.

With that this is Benett Kessler signing off for Bureaucrat Beat where we await your word on our lives in the Eastern Sierra and beyond.

 

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Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago

Turns out old Cliven Bundy wasn’t exactly honest about his family’s ties to the region…

http://www.newshounds.us/cliven_bundy_lied_about_his_family_s_ancestral_rights_and_fox_news_let_him_04222014

Now he’s a deadbeat and a liar. Not a dude I’d stand behind against out government.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago

If you were a woman, you would be standing in front of him.

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago

And the story just keeps getting uglier and uglier…

http://www.thewire.com/politics/2014/04/a-list-of-cliven-bundys-supporters-now-that-we-know-hes-a-pro-slavery-racist/361154/

Now he’s shown he’s a deadbeat, a liar and a racist.

RAM
RAM
8 years ago

If you listened to all his words and not the medias excerpts of his words you would know he’s not a racist. He’s just not articulate enough in modern PC’isms to attempt to nuance his way through the minefield of race in modern America. The World needs a pandemic more… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago

It’s all DT’s fault: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-27044823 “March 1993: The Washington Post publishes a story about the federal government’s efforts to protect the desert tortoise in Nevada. Near Las Vegas, the Bureau of Land Management designated hundreds of thousands of acres of federal land for strict conservation efforts. “Among the conservation measures… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago

“If you are so inclined, you can let Edison have the power to shut off yours and you will get a credit on your bill. Big Brother comes home.” Nonsense. Agreeing to save power is not an instance of oppression by Big Brother. It is a simple agreement with SCE.… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

I have read 1984 and – news flash, Ken – other people have the freedom to express their opinions.
Benett Kessler

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Benett:

I didn’t say you could not express your opinion. I only pointed out that your comparison of a voluntary agreement between a customer of SCE and SCE with the total oppression of IngSoc characterised in “1984” and embodied by the idea of “Big Brother” was simply off the mark.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

In your world, Ken. I guess you don’t share my creative imagination. Have some respect for other peoples’ realities and maybe they will respect yours.
Benett Kessler

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Didn’t you two just get done sharing maps?

Deseret Tortoise
Deseret Tortoise
8 years ago

Regarding free speech and protest rights, how about the protesters showing up with firearms as we saw in Nevada? Is that protected free speech or armed intimidation? I think that is a legitimate question. Is a nation obliged to condone an armed mob or does it have an obligation to… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago

Good point. Violation of laws is not expression of Constitutional rights. But none of this legitimizes a “First Amendment Area”.
BK

RAM
RAM
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

And neither is standing on a street corner holding a sign that says “Undocumented and Unafraid.

Illegal is illegal

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Carrying fireams to a protest is not a peaceful protest and is not protected by our Constitution.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago

Nobody said it did. My point was a bureaucracy resorting to coraling off a “First Amendment Area”.
Benett Kessler

Reality Check
Reality Check
8 years ago

DT, The BLM is now trying the same thing in Texas. That will not end well for the BLM. Texas is sayin Molon Labe.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/04/22/Exclusive-Greg-Abbott-to-BLM-Come-and-Take-It

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

DT, the gov’t carries arms to every protest they decide to attend.

Reality Check
Reality Check
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

As Thomas Jefferson said:

“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
8 years ago
Reply to  Reality Check

I think your statement supports keeping our LEO in check, that’s what it means. It’s exactly the reason why we can’t let LEO stop people who they think are ‘misbehaving’ based on looks, where they’re at, or where they’re going etc., instead of having a legitimate reason to stop someone.… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Reality Check

Reality, you just made my top ten comments of the year. Well, you and Mr. Jefferson.

Reality Check
Reality Check
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble, 4 out of 5 Supreme Court Justices agree with you on phone tips. Scalia really agrees with you. It was very close.

http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/22/scalia-calls-supreme-court-ruling-a-freedom-destroying-cocktail/

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

@Reality Check

That would be 4 out of 9, not 4 out of 5.

SCOTUS upheld the right for law enforcement to pull over a vehicle based on a 911 call alone. No 4th Amendment violation.

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-9490_3fb4.pdf

Reality Check
Reality Check
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Thanks for the correction Charles. I should have said the decision was 4 to 5.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Reality Check

Here is were your rationale failes miserably. We elect our government and the legislators who write, debate and vote on the laws we live by ultimately answer to us at election day. By definition those laws are not tyranny. They represent more or less the will of the majority of… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago

I believe Reality Check referred to the crowds who were unarmed and protesting BLM.
BK

Reality Check
Reality Check
8 years ago

DT, Hitler was elected, so by your logic everything he did was legal, ethical and moral. The German Supreme Court ruled that his treatment of the Jews was legal. Nice try DT. The constiution is the ultimate authority, not the temporary holder of offiice and unelected officials who ordered massive… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

DT- “carrying guns to confront law enforcement”, truth is armed law enforcement showed up to confront peaceful protesters.

The Aggressive Progressive
The Aggressive Progressive
8 years ago
Reply to  Reality Check

Sounds good, but it’s nonsense Reality Check, Thomas Jefferson made that statement before USA would spend billions and billions of dollars bloating our military and turning our country into a police state, If you really think you or some militia can compete against a drone, you lost you mind….. Also… Read more »

Reality Check
Reality Check
8 years ago

Ag Pro, My answer is Viet Nam, Iraq, Afganistan. How did that work out for us fighting the local populations?

The Aggressive Progressive
The Aggressive Progressive
8 years ago
Reply to  Reality Check

No way DT! Most legislation nowadays does NOT reflect what the majority of Americans feel, FACT! What legislation that is made up falls in line with the lobbyists, and corporate puppets point of view, FACT! Our country is heading down the drain, the most important constitutional amendment today is the… Read more »

Reality Check
Reality Check
8 years ago

DT, 200 BLM rangers, armed with assult rifles and snipers showed up to collect some cows over an unpaid grazing bill from an old rancher and his family. They tasered, asaulted and used dogs on people protesting in the middle of the desert violating their first amendment rights. The last… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Reality Check

You mean they were protesting in the middle of I-15, carrying firearms and blocking traffic on a major interstate highway. So you expect BLM to walk up to a protest with the protesters carrying long guns? The thugs are the protesters carrying weapons. That is not a peaceful protest of… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago

There may have been armed protestors, but the videos I saw were protestors alongside the road with only camera phones – no weapons. The BLM agents attacked them with dogs and tasers.
BK

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Benett, Perhaps the videos shot by the protesters did not show armed citizens. There were however many photos that documented armed protesters in the area including one that shows a sniper behind the cover of a k-rail with his rifle aimed towards the feds. While I don’t agree entirely with… Read more »

northmono
northmono
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

attacked them with dogs? I did not see the dogs off leash in any of the video – did you? could it be more accurate that the dogs were for defense? is defense the same as “attack”?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  northmono

I suppose if a dog bites unarmed people on a protest line that’s a problem. As one dog went after a protestor, he kicked at the dog and
the BLM agent then tasered the man. All an unfortunate chain of events. BK

Reality Check
Reality Check
8 years ago

Desert Tortoise, once again you fabricate your own reality that simply does not exist in the real world. Here is the entire video of the event in question. None of the protesters were armed. None of them posed a threat to BLM. The BLM Rangers finally realized they were using… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago

Try that same stunt in the inner-city and you’ll be considered armed gang members and be dealt with accordingly by law enforcement. Those misguided “freedom fighters” are lucky they weren’t annihilated. But I was glad to see the feds use better judgment and de-escalate the confrontation. I’m not under any… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

Daris Moxley is 100% correct.