Driving the Ranchers Off the Land, Part 6 of 6

11:47 am October 13th, 2014

(NOTE: a condensed version of this report appears in the Autumn, 2014 issue of “Range” magazine, on newsstands through Oct. 15.)

IS IT ALL TO SAVE THE TORTOISE?

The federals contend they’re doing all this to “protect the threatened desert tortoise,” though I’ve documented again and again over the years (citing such experts as Vern Bostick) that government wildlife experts admit the desert tortoise is “at saturation levels” in the wild, and that all evidence demonstrates the tortoises do better when cattle are on the land, with the ranchers putting in drips and tanks and maintaining the water features.

In fact, the federally mandated Kern River Pipeline study found more tortoises on grazed land than ungrazed, but found the very highest concentration of the supposedly ”threatened” desert tortoise near urban back yards and golf courses. So saying we need to get ranchers and cattle off the land to “protect” the tortoise is like saying we need to level all the man-made buildings on Manhattan Island to “protect the threatened” pigeon, which in fact is eternally grateful to mankind for erecting all those wonderful window ledges.

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The Godfather of Exotica

1:28 am October 11th, 2014

Yes, we now have Korla Pandit!

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?kn=pandit&sortby=0&vci=51238921

and Abbe Lane

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Show us your guns, America

5:10 pm October 6th, 2014

In the “Good News” department, the Washington Times reported in September “More than 57,000 gun-friendly bars, eateries crop up across America.”

Back in April, the owners of TBonz Steakhouse in Augusta, Georgia, “decided to be proactive when Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law one of the most comprehensive pro-gun bills in the country,” the newspaper reports. The new law allows firearms into the state’s bars and restaurants unless otherwise posted.

The steakhouse hung up a “No Guns” sign on its front door.

Customers stayed away in droves.

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Driving the Ranchers Off the Land, Part 5 of 6

1:13 pm September 22nd, 2014

(NOTE: a condensed version of this report appears in the Autumn, 2014 issue of “Range” magazine, on newsstands now.)

WHAT’S ‘THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF GRAZING’?

With the BLM having turned tail on April 12, has Bundy won -– as his supporters hope and believe — or will the federals just lick their wounds before coming at him on some other front? Both the Mesquite City Council and the Clark County Commission have expressed support for a plan to turn the entire Gold Butte region into a “federal conservation area.”

Mark Andrews, a local photographer who’s frequented the area for 35 years, writes to me that the “BLM and the Friends of Gold Butte group have removed countless miles of road and open land access from free use. Places I used to go for decades are now blockaded. These are roads that are nearly 100 years old and in steady use. And this activity has become very aggressive and pronounced in the last 24 months. They seem to have a deep agenda regarding it.”

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The Testament of James, fourth excerpt

12:13 am September 21st, 2014

Added to the first three excerpts, posted this summer, the following takes the reader through the first 14,000 words of Vin’s new novel, “The Testament of James,” set for publication by Mountain Media in late 2014. If having to wait some months to read the rest of the story will bother you, please don’t start.
This material is copyright c Vin Suprynowicz, 2014, all rights reserved.

Finding himself suspended in mid-air by this complete stranger, who apparently intended to slice him down the middle with a particularly nasty looking kitchen implement, Mr. Cuddles made a high nasal noise, very piercing. Then it was as though the bundle of fur simply exploded, with a racket like someone starting a chainsaw. Hakim’s smaller buddy started to shriek. Mr. Cuddles caromed off the refrigerator and the stove, actually running horizontally, before he hit the floor and headed for the back stairs in an orange blur. The smaller Arab’s fighting knife slid across the floor and stopped at Matthew’s feet.

The original set of black-clad burglars decided to make use of the moment of confusion to bolt through the outside door to the side yard. They made it out, though Hakim seemed to be considering launching his own knife at them, backhanded, carnival-style, when Matthew intervened.

“Let them go,” he said. “Getting the police involved isn’t likely to help Rashid.”

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Has ‘The Strike’ already started?

7:34 pm September 20th, 2014

One of the first things you notice when you go looking for “mainstream” reviews of the film “Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?” is how few there are.

Needless to say, most of the mouth-flappers of our mainstream media — being diehard fans of (and apologists for) our current, all-corrupting, welfare-warfare-taxation state — hate Rand, Objectivism, Libertarianism, the Free Market, and anything else in the top corner of your handy Nolan Chart. They hate these things with a passion which can belong only to those who can’t actually disprove any of the free marketers’ dystopian predictions for their failed regulatory police state, which are systematically coming true before our eyes. (“It failed in Russia! It failed in Cuba and Cambodia! And it’s soon to fail again, in a national capital near you!”)

In fact, it would appear the hope that “John Galt” might sink like a stone without trace actually outweighed the modest personal gratification these critics might have gotten by individually shredding its low-budget lack of slam-bang action and its “mean-spirited” theme.

One of them, however, did break ranks and weigh in last week with a very curious criticism of a scene that occurs near the beginning of the film, as Dagny Taggart suffers a sprained ankle after literally crashing her way into Galt’s Gulch.

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Actually, John Galt is Kristoffer Polaha

3:21 pm September 10th, 2014

‘ATLAS SHRUGGED: WHO IS JOHN GALT?’ REVIEWED

The film “Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt,” part three of the trilogy, premiered in Las Vegas Sept. 6. The film opened nationwide Friday, Sept. 12.

The goal of the producers is to promote to a wider audience the political insights and philosophy of Ayn Rand, nee Alisa Rosenbaum, the brilliant emigree who fled revolutionary Russia when her family nearly starved in the 1920s after the confiscation of her “bourgeois” father’s business, and who was perceptive enough to see the same disastrous collectivism infecting her adopted land.

Rand’s books — and these films — make it clear there’s nothing wrong with generosity and charity, so long as they’re truly voluntary. The problem arises, she realized, when the ever-more-powerful state masks under its demand that we “share to help our brother man” its schemes to accrue to itself ever more power by seizing the profits of the hard work, enterprise, and inventiveness of the productive class (you know, the “greedy robber barons,”) in order to facilitate the redistribution of those proceeds by blindered bureaucrats to the lazy and the incompetent — a class dubbed the “needy,” whose “needs” can never be met, but which of course grows by leaps and bounds once it figures out it can demand ever more “free stuff” in exchange for its votes.

The stuff isn’t “free.” It’s seized. As their dated work ethic makes suckers of those willing to work hard and gamble their modest wealth in hopes of profit — crippling their efforts with “regulations” and then seizing the dwindling fruit of their labors to be “redistributed” — those virtues get squeezed out. After two generations, Russia and the Ukraine –- once the breadbaskets of Europe — were full of nothing but drunken whiners, standing in line for their weekly ration of lard and a wilted cabbage, while the crops rotted in the fields. Why? Because central bureaucrats will never allocate labor and resources one-tenth as well as a “greedy capitalist” gambling his own cash — and holding out a wad of it for anyone who’ll come pick his tomatoes.

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Some of September’s new arrivals

8:54 am September 5th, 2014

By the way, in case you didn’t know, Cat’s Curiosities offers a careful selection of unusual vinyl LP records online — many autographed — as well as our online stock of 1,400 books, all hand-inspected and individually described. To see our online vinyl LPs, check out:

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These are in addition to the 1,800 vintage LPs in our bins and glass display cases at the brick & mortar store, inside the Charleston Antique Mall, open 7 days a week next to Arizona Charlie’s at 560 South Decatur Boulevard, downtown Las Vegas, 89107. (Call 702-228-4783 for store hours and driving directions.) If it’s unusual, we might have it.

Meantime, the online store also features some interesting new arrivals in the book department, this month:

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Victim disarmament: the gift that keeps on killing

10:00 am September 3rd, 2014

Lots of folks remember the big shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. They should. The Army paid for the medical education of Nidal Malik Hasan, a radical Muslim born in this country of Palestinian immigrants. Hasan volunteered, of course. The Army even promoted him to major and gave him the responsibility of caring for his fellow soldiers. Instead he went to work one day and shot more than 40 of them, all unarmed, killing 13.

It’s not like nobody knew this guy was trouble. According to The Washington Post, Hasan made a presentation during his final year of residency at Walter Reed Army Hospital called “The Quranic World View as It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military,” which was not well received. He suggested the Department of Defense should allow “Muslims Soldiers” (sic) to muster out as conscientious objectors to “decrease adverse events,” which he listed to include refusal to deploy, espionage, and killing of fellow soldiers.

(Who knew?! Who could have guessed?!)

This guy had traded e-mails with radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. The FBI knew it. Retired Colonel Terry Lee, who had worked with Hasan, told Fox News that Hasan made “outlandish” statements against the American military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, that “the Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor,” meaning the United States.

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Driving the ranchers off the land, part 4 of 6

6:23 pm August 31st, 2014

(NOTE: a condensed version of this report appears in the Autumn, 2014 issue of “Range” magazine, on newsstands now.)

Cliven showed me areas where he’d bulldozed dirt across an occasional wash, which then filled up and became a muddy watering pond not only for his cattle, but for the quail and other wildlife that subsequently thrived there in much larger numbers than had been seen before.

Left in its natural state, the salt cedar will move in and clog a spring till there’s no more surface water for wildlife or cattle, Cliven explained. Only the rancher has the incentive to dig the spring back to bedrock, install piping, and run the water to a tank where it can then be used by deer and wild sheep, as well as domestic stock.

LIKE CHINESE WATER TORTURE

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