Why the Big Fight Over the Cattle?

For most people, the whole stand-off over cattle in Nevada does not make much sense.  As a person who grew up in the west, I would like to explain the problem.  When America finished the Civil War, most of the western side of the continent were territories, not states.  Unlike the East, and the Mid-West, the federal government insisted that these Western states turn over most of their land to the federal government in order to become states.

The difference in federal land ownership is amazing, as shown by some following maps.  However, in my state of Arizona, if you add State, City and County property, only about 10% of our state is open to private ownership.  The federal government promised the people living here they could lease the land for various rights, such as grazing, mining, and forestry.  The proceeds were to go for setting up schools and higher education universities.  These promises were not kept on revenues, and increasingly the federal government has restricted usage.

In the case of the recent flare-up, the cattle rancher’s family has lived and grazed on that federal land for over a hundred years.  There was a dispute over money.  So, the federal government went in with military vehicles, SWAT teams and actually stole all his cattle, as well as now putting liens on the land that he owns privately.  The reason?  To protect a desert tortoise.  The same desert tortoise the federal government debated exterminating as a pest less than ten years ago, and for which there is no example of a cow ever stepping on or disturbing one.

The owner of the ranch is misplaced in his arguments, but the outrage that the West is owned by the federal government and we all live subject to their whims is growing.  The embassy in Benghazi, Libya can be attacked, people killed, and have no military response.  The Secretary of State can testify “who cares why it happened?”  But want your cattle back, and you are faced with hundreds of troops in body armor with automatic weapons.  Show up to express your first amendment rights, and they try to huddle you into a square without restroom facilities or water.

The federal government spends more money taking away your freedom, monitoring your life, controlling you and your property and has a larger domestic armed force than our national defense spends on foreign threats.  While the Department of Defense is reducing to 300,000 troops, the lowest since 1940, we have added 120,000 domestic troops armed with the same surplus weaponry for FEMA, game and fish, land bureau, ATF, Park Services, Wildlife services and a host of other agencies that would shock you.

My fear is that the continual federal overreach will spark a violent confrontation similar to Waco where it becomes clear that defying our government will result in armed force.  After such an event, it will be an excuse to further disarm honest citizens and give federal agencies military equipment.  What are the “rules of engagement” for the Land Bureau?  Are we crossing the threshold from freedom to simply doing what the government tells us or face armed force?

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Cosplay Pictures for Your Saturday

Cosplay pictures for your Saturday enjoyment!

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Ancient puppy paw prints found on Roman tiles

Ancient puppy paw prints found on Roman tiles

A dog pushed its paws into this ancient Roman tile before it could dry.Adam Slater, Wardell Armstrong Archaeology

The paw prints and hoof prints of a few meddlesome animals have been preserved for posterity on ancient Roman tiles recently discovered by archaeologists in England.

“They are beautiful finds, as they represent a snapshot, a single moment in history,” said Nick Daffern, a senior project manager with Wardell Armstrong Archaeology. “It is lovely to imagine some irate person chasing a dog or some other animal away from their freshly made tiles.”

 The artifacts, which could be nearly 2,000 years old,were found in the Blackfriars area of Leicester, the English city where the long-lost bones of King Richard III were discovered under a parking lot in 2012. Wardell Armstrong Archaeology was brought in to dig at a site where a construction company plans to build student housing.

Photos: Animal prints on ancient Roman tiles

At least one of the tiles is tainted with dog paw prints, and one is marked with the hoof prints of a sheep or a goat that trampled on the clay before it was dry.

“My initial thought was that it must have been very difficult being a Roman tile manufacturer with these animal incursions going on all the time,” Philip Briggs, another Wardell Armstrong archaeologist, told Live Science in an email.

The tiles were found in layers of rubble that had been laid down as a hard base for subsequent floors, but the artifacts’ original context is unclear, Daffern said.

“We don’t know if the tiles were originally part of an earlier building or were bought in from elsewhere specifically to raise and stabilize ground,” Daffern told Live Science in an email.

Leicester was the stronghold of an Iron Age group known as the Corieltauvi tribe, and it remained an important city after the Roman conquest of Britain in the first century A.D., as it was located along the Fosse Way, a Roman road that connected southwestern England with the East Midlands.

The excavators say that, in addition to the animal-printed tiles, they’ve uncovered Roman tweezers, brooches, coins and painted wall plaster. They’ve also unearthed traces of a large Roman building perhaps a basilica, with a peristyle, or columned porch that was largely robbed of its masonry during the medieval era for other construction projects.

The archaeologists even discovered late Iron Age artifacts, such as several fragments of clay molds that the Corieltauvi tribe likely used to make coins before the Roman rule. Daffern said it’s rare to find sites with coin molds, given how closely managed coin production would have been during the Iron Age.

“I think the excavation thus far has significantly multiplied the number of coin mold fragments recovered from Leicester, probably by approximately tenfold,” Daffern said in an email.

The excavation is funded by construction company Watkin Jones. The archaeologists are providing updates on Wardell Armstrong Archaeology’s blog.

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Random Humor

Random Humor for your Friday, heading into the weekend.  Enjoy!

 

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Never Again? Or, History Repeats Itself?

When Hitler started to expand Germany, his big lie was that he was protecting German speaking citizens of neighboring countries who really wanted to be free to join Germany.  He re-militarized the Saarland, then the Rhein.  Other countries ignored his military build-ups and violation of treaty because they were tired of war after The Great War, or the war to end all wars, now called WW1.  Then Hitler moved into neighboring countries, annexing Austria through a “vote” of the people called the Anschluss, enforced by brown shirted thugs at the polls.  Then the German speaking areas of Checkoslovakia, and so on.  It was not until he invaded Poland that people acted to stop him.

Once expanding, he set up the non-German supporters as enemies.  He made Jews and others register and denied them citizenship.  He outlawed homosexuality, implemented the Hitler youth to build a new super race and form a stronger Germany.

After WW2 cost over 50 million lives, we promised “never again.”

Now Vladamir Putin has invaded and taken over the Crimea, a part of the Ukraine.  Ukraine agreed to give up nuclear weapons to be protected, but no one is protecting them.  Russian special forces in plain uniforms oversaw the “vote” to join Russia in Crimea that was 96% in favor.  Now Russian thugs are taking over several parts of Ukraine and are active in Moldova, Georgia and Estonia.  They say they are there to protect Russian speaking people.  They have started a Russian youth fitness program to restore military power.  Putin outlawed homosexuality and other non-accepted behavior.  Now they are starting to try to register Jews in Ukraine.

Never again?  Do we really mean it?  Or are we truly the modern Neville Chamberlains, too war weary, too happy in our lives, the suffering of others so far away too distant?  History really does repeat itself all too often.

‘Complete lie’: Pro-Russian official denies role in mysterious leaflets to Ukrainian Jews

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April 18, 2014: Denis Pushilin, foreground center, spokesman of the self-appointed Donetsk Peoples Republic, speaks to reporters inside the regional administration building seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine.AP

A pro-Russian official initially thought to be behind fliers telling Ukrainian Jews to register vehemently denied any involvement on Friday, telling Fox News the leaflets were a “complete lie.”

The leaflets were first reported in Israel’s Ynet News. The news site said the notices were circulated in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, demanding that Jews register — as well as provide a list of property they own — or else face deportation and revocation of citizenship. Pro-Russian activists have asserted partial control over some government buildings in that city.

 Ynet reported that the notices, sent as the Passover holiday began, were signed by Denis Pushilin, chairman of Donetsk’s temporary government.

But after the fliers gained international attention — including a public rebuke by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry — Pushilin and others described them as a deliberate “provocation.”

Pushilin said his organization did not distribute the leaflets. To back up his case, he said the notices were too sloppy to have been sent out by him.

“Moreover, this provocation has been done unprofessionally — first of all, it is signed as ‘people’s governor Denis Pushilin,’ and I never referred to myself as such and nobody called me like that first,” he told Fox News. “Secondly the stamp that is there, it is bigger in size meaning simply it has been done in a Photoshop. And third, if you read the text you will see that it’s relatively badly written.”

He said he has personally denied involvement in conversations with the Jewish community in both Kiev and Donetsk.

Donetsk is one of the hotbeds of unrest in eastern Ukraine, and pro-Russian activists are still showing resistance to the terms of a recently struck diplomatic deal that aims to ease the tensions between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian forces.

After the notices to Jews began circulating, questions quickly were raised about their origin. One aide to Pushilin told Fox News that pro-Ukrainian groups were circulating them as a false flag operation to cause an international incident.

An Israeli official also told Fox News that the issue was brought to the attention of the Israeli embassy and foreign ministry, though they also presume the leaflets were handed out by local militia members as a kind of provocation. The official said the notices were distributed by masked men.

Yet the accounts gained international attention as Kerry condemned the notices on the sidelines of the diplomatic summit in Geneva.

“Just in the last couple of days, notices were sent to Jews in one city indicating that they have to identify themselves as Jews,” he said Thursday. “In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable — it’s grotesque. It is beyond unacceptable.”

Kerry said if anyone engages in these kinds of activities on either side, “there is no place for that.”

The notices reportedly were sent to areas where pro-Russian activists have declared the region as a “people’s republic” in defiance of the central Ukrainian government.

Ynet reported the fliers said that because Jewish community leaders supported a Ukrainian nationalist movement and “oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk,” the interim government has decided: “that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic’s territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register.”

The notices reportedly demand Jews pay a $50 registration fee.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Thursday that U.S. officials were trying to gather more information.

Fox News’ Leland Vittert contributed to this report.

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Landmark Close-Up Versus Actual Location Will Shock You

These 22 Far Away Perspectives Of Famous Places Will Change The Way You See Them Forever

 Many of us only know the world’s most famous landmarks through images that show them in all their beautiful, historical glory. The world has changed since these structures were built, so the surrounding landscapes might not be what you’d expect.

The Pyramids of Giza

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The Acropolis

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Stonehenge

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The Forbidden City

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Niagara Falls

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The Taj Mahal

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The Brandenburg Gate

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Mount Rushmore

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Mont St. Michel in France

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The Hollywood Sign

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St Basil’s Cathedral

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Rock of Gibraltar

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Bonus: The Great Wall of China ends abruptly as soon as it reaches the ocean:

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Kate Upton wishes her breasts were smaller

No one else agrees with her…

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Kate Upton wishes her breasts were smaller

They’re two of the biggest stars in fashion, double-billing on the covers of Sports Illustrated, Vogue and Vanity Fair and lusted over by countless admirers — still, Kate Upton can’t stand them reports The New York Post.

“I wish I had smaller boobs every day of my life as I love to wear spaghetti tops braless or go for the smallest bikini designs,” the supermodel and actress tells Britain’s The Sun on Sunday.

 “Every single day, I’m like, ‘Oh, man, it would be so much easier,’ especially if people didn’t constantly bring them up,” she confesses of her two biggest assets.

At least twice a day she wishes she were smaller up top, Upton, 21, admits. “But the grass is always greener, as they say!”

If only they were a little more like . . . earrings, the covergirl muses of her natural-born 34-D’s.

“If I could just take them off like they were clip-ons.”

Upton is co-starring in “The Other Woman” with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. All three women bond when they plot to take revenge on the man who cheated on them all. In it she plays a ditzy blonde.

“I think it’s funny to act like a dumb blonde. I know that’s not the case so why not play on it?” she tells The Sun.

“But I actually don’t look at my character as dumb,” Upton continues. “I think of her as young and naive, like I was once.”

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