The Safeguard American Food Exports Act: No Panacea For Wild Horses "...it may simply force a mass euthanization...

Image result for wild horsesThis bill should pass, and is proper for both the people and resources of America.

One aspect of this proposed act, should it pass, would be to prohibit the slaughter of horses in America as well as prohibiting (to some extent) the transfer of American horses over the border to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico.

However, the proposed act if passed will not relieve Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke of his budget crisis related to the Bureau of Land Management and the costs of keeping wild horses in corrals at the rate of $50 million annually.

This bill is no panacea for wild-horse advocates since it may simply force a mass euthanization of corralled American wild horses and burros. And such a course of action would surely be met with aggressive legal and political opposition from wild-horse and burro advocates, who arguably number in the tens of millions, not to mention all the Hollywood celebrities who are aligned against any action that harms wild horses or burros.

The key to success seems to lie with providing Zinke with a logical alternative path to slaughter or euthanasia (that doesn’t create a conflict of interest with other stakeholders like the cattle industry) for handling the wild horses in the pens. Wild-horse activists who insist on just telling Zinke “no slaughter” fail to realize that this is no solution to the fiscal mess at the BLM. And the cattle industry would stand fast against releasing the horses back out onto public lands. In fact, the BLM is now planning one of the largest wild-horse roundups in years.

Meanwhile, America (and other places in the world) is suffering from “Megafire,” as it is termed by Dr. Paul Hessburg.

The rate of deforestation due to the extreme and unnatural heat of these megafires, which kills all the trees (including heat-resistant conifers that need normal fire cycles to release seed), is alarming.

In 2015, just the West Coast of North America lost 10.1 million acres of forest, with fires killing millions of animals (including rare and endangered species), and that means those related watersheds are now severely damaged, which affects fisheries and available water for mankind. The catastrophic destruction from just that one year (and that trend is continuing, as we are in a warming climate cycle) is incalculable.

Excess fuel is the issue: Extra-warm summers without fuel lead to nothing. However, a warming climate cycle combined with the extra bit of heat makes the prodigious fuels in today’s forests (grasses and brush, aka kindling) more susceptible to ignition and flashing at unnaturally high temperatures.

There is no doubt that the excessive grasses and brush are the result of an acute depletion or absence of cervids (deer, elk, etc.) in and around forest ecosystems that would normally keep these fuels in check by grazing them down. This is very well documented phenomenon by numerous federal, state and private organizations, such as Deer Friendly CA.

The fact that the climate is in a warming cycle requires that foresters adopt and employ every cost-effective fire-prevention and management strategy to minimize and reduce excess fuels in and around forests and allow for safely managed controlled burns.

The ideal solution would be to re-introduce more cervids into areas that are depleted of these large native grazers, but they are in short supply. However, there are thousands of native wild horses sitting in BLM corrals, which cost taxpayers $50 million per year to keep and that could be deployed very cost-effectively.

These wild horses could be re-introduced and apportioned into carefully selected areas in and around forests that are not well suited to mechanized pre-fire strategies of creating and maintaining fire-breaks, anchors and containment areas, which are naturally created and maintained by wild horses as seen grazing in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument here.

Among scientists joining the growing support for the Wild Horse Fire Brigade concept, Dr. Paul Hessburg, who is a USFS expert and researcher in the field of fire attack and pre-fire management strategies, sees a potential place for wild horses as a part of an integrated pre-fire management strategy, an important alternative and natural approach.

The bonus is that unlike cattle or cervids, horses are immune to the emerging prion-based chronic wasting disease, which is thought to be transmitted into cervids via grasses and brush.

Dr. Mark Zabel, the assistant director of the Prion Research Center, has stated that it is a “very bad idea” to graze cattle or sheep in areas where CWD may be endemic. This is because these infectious prions (misshapen proteins) could potentially manifest in cattle as mad cow disease or as a disease called “scrapies” in sheep.

By supporting a “wild horse fire brigade” via social media and by contacting legislators, Americans interested in helping our new secretary of the interior might provide him with a path that allows him to meet his mission parameters for the BLM’s budget while also providing a solution that should meet with the approval of the majority of all stakeholders in this longstanding controversy.

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"This bill should pass, and is proper for both the people and resources of America."

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Let the horses loose, as they should be and see what happens. If they are immune to that disease, then they can graze the shoots down and help control the risk of fire.

I really think the only things that should be rounded up into corrals are the EPA and BLM. They need to be controlled. They are virulent, diseased, pestilant, petulant, selfish, marxist, globalist, corporatist criminals who have no right at all to be earning a paycheck on the backs of WE the people, much less dictatorially shooting innocent people down, destroying citizen's private property, keeping knowledgeable farmers and ranchers from doing their own fire control, and putting hard-working farmers out of business. They need to all be put out of our misery, one way or the other.

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Newt Says What The Rest Of Us Are Thinking:
It’s Time To Throw Peter Strzok In Jail

Disgraced FBI special agent Peter Strzok, a senior member of the bureau who gained notoriety in recent months over his anti-Trump text messages to a colleague, was grilled for nearly 10 hours during a joint congressional committee hearing on Thursday.

At issue was Strzok’s anti-Trump texts to former FBI lawyer and lover Lisa Page that coincided with his leading of the investigations into both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server scandal and the alleged Trump/Russia 2016 election collusion, as well as his involvement in the subsequent Robert Mueller special counsel probe.

The hearing proved to be a heated battle, as Strzok displayed an arrogant smugness in defiance of pointed questions from Republicans that he largely danced around, while Democrats sought to upend and undermine the entire hearing with a plethora of interruptions, parliamentary maneuvers and outright praise for the man who helped let Clinton off the hook while ferociously targeting Trump.

Former House speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was less than impressed with Strzok’s performance and cooperation in the hearing and suggested during an appearance on Fox Business that the FBI agent should be held in contempt of Congress.

“I think they have to move to hold him in contempt and throw him in jail,” Gingrich said of Congress and Strzok.

“This is a person who is willfully standing up and refusing to appear as a congressional witness and he was a government employee at the time,” he continued.

“He has every obligation to inform the legislative branch, and I don’t think they have any choice except to move a motion of contempt because he is fundamentally — and so is his girlfriend (Page) — they’re both fundamentally in violation of the entire constitutional process,” he added.

Page had been subpoenaed to appear before Congress on Wednesday but refused to appear, saying she’d been unable to review relevant documents prior to the scheduled hearing, a closed-door hearing that has since been rescheduled for Friday.

Gingrich was not the only one who thought Strzok deserved to be held in contempt of Congress, as House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte informed Strzok that he remained at risk of such during the hearing, according to The Daily Caller.

That warning from Goodlatte came after Strzok had refused to answer a straightforward question posed by House Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy, regarding how many people Strzok had personally interviewed between a specific set of dates in relation to the Clinton email investigation.

“Mr. Strzok, please be advised that you can either comply with the committee’s direction to answer the question or refuse to do so,” Goodlatte stated. “The latter of which will place you in risk of a contempt citation and potential criminal liability. Do you understand that? The question is directed to the witness.”

Strzok still refused to answer, citing instructions received from his counsel and the FBI to not answer certain questions on certain topics.

Goodlatte replied, “Mr. Strzok, in a moment we will continue with the hearing, but based on your refusal to answer the question, at the conclusion of the day we will be recessing the hearing and you will be subject to recall to allow the committee to consider proceeding with a contempt citation.”

It is unclear if Goodlatte and the committee ultimately did consider a contempt citation for Strzok following the contentious hearing, nor is it clear if Page will be held in contempt for blowing off her subpoenaed appearance on Wednesday.

Hopefully Congress will follow through on the threats of contempt followed by actual jail time against Strzok and Page in response to their uncooperative behavior and failure to appear when subpoenaed, if only to ensure that future witnesses called before Congress for sensitive or contentious hearings don’t think they can get away with the same sort of behavior.

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Cops Sent To Seize Veteran’s Guns Without A Warrant, He Refused To Turn Them Over

“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” says Leonard Cottrell, after successfully staving off law enforcement and the courts from confiscating his firearms. Cottrell, an Iraq War veteran, was at work when he received a phone call from his wife. The cops were there, busting in to take his guns away. It all started after a casual conversation his son had at school.

Ammoland reports:

Police said their visit was sparked by a conversation that Leonard Cottrell Jr.’s 13-year-old son had had with another student at the school. Cottrell said he was told his son and the other student were discussing security being lax and what they would have to do to escape a school shooting at Millstone Middle School.

The conversation was overheard by another student, who went home and told his parents, and his mother panicked. The mom then contacted the school, which contacted the State Police, according to Cottrell.

The visit from the troopers came around 10 p.m. on June 14, 2018, Cottrell said, a day after Gov. Phil Murphy signed several gun enforcement bills into law.

After several hours, Cottrell said police agreed not to take the guns but to allow him to move them to another location while the investigation continued.

“They had admitted several times that my son made no threat to himself or other students or the school or anything like that,” he said.

Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was “not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing.”

The troopers searched his son’s room and found nothing, Cottrell said.

“To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” he said. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”

“In the Garden State, the usual approach is to confiscate first and ask questions later, and victims of this approach often don’t know their rights. ‎In this case, the victim pushed back and confiscation was avoided — but the circumstances surrounding the incident are outrageous. A student expressing concern over lack of security is not a reason to send police to the student’s home — but it might be a reason to send police to the school to keep students and teachers safe” said Scott L. Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs and a member of the NRA board of directors.

NJ.com adds:

Cottrell, a disabled U.S. Army veteran who served three tours during “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” owns a shotgun and a pistol. He has all the correct permits to own the firearms, he said, and predominately uses the shotgun to hunt.

He said his wife allowed the officers to enter the home, and with her permission, they searched his son’s room — but they did not find any weapons, he said. The officers, he said, didn’t have a warrant but still wanted to take his guns. Cottrell wouldn’t let them.

“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” he said Thursday.

He said the attempted seizure resulted because of a new law Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law that makes it easier for police to confiscate guns when someone in the state poses a threat to themselves or others. The law is part of a broader statewide effort to make New Jersey’s gun laws even tougher amid the national outcry for more gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Cottrell said the officers “danced around the issue” when he confronted them about the new law.

A New Jersey State Police spokesman declined to answer questions about whether this incident had anything to do with the new gun laws.

In an email, Sgt. First Class Jeff Flynn said, “Troopers responded to Mr. Cottrell’s residence in reference to the report of a possible school threat. Based on their investigation, it was determined that Mr. Cottrell’s weapons did not need to be seized.”

David Codrea, writing for Ammoland, further added:

To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” New Jersey gun owner and Army veteran Leonard Cottrell Jr. told New Jersey 101.5 after a June 14 visit from State Police,. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”

Cottrell was recalling state troopers showing up at his door to confiscate firearms after his 13-year-old son was overheard discussing lax school safety with a friend.

Indoctrinated by a pervasive snitch culture — one that never seems to deter the blatantly obvious demonic nutjobs — the eavesdropping student told his parents, who told school administrators, who in turn called the cops. (Note “If you see something, say something” carries risks of its own – if you report the wrong person, you could end up smeared as a “hater.”)

“Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was ‘not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing,’” the report continued. Despite that, his home is now a “gun free zone” and that has been publicized by the media. He has, in fact, willingly ceded those rights, and by his own words in order to make authorities “happy.”

Before judging him for that, consider the environment that is New Jersey. Then consider the overwhelming force the state can bring to bear, and its predisposition to using it, especially if it’s to enforce citizen disarmament. It’s easy to anonymously declare “Molon Labe” on the internet. In meatspace, resistance is more effective when the aggressor doesn’t get to dictate the time and place, especially if that place is your home and you have family inside.

Appeasing gun-grabbers, generally couched as “compromise,” is impossible. It’s like throwing a scrap of flesh to a circling pack of jackals and expecting them to be sated and leave you alone — instead of sensing opportunity and fear, and moving in closer.

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