Joyanna Adams

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Rancher Hage…Saved by a Good Judge

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A reader brought this story to my attention: Mr. Bundy is not the only rancher that is getting destroyed by our government. It seems Nevada farmer Wayne Hage has been fighting with the Bureau of Land Management for two decades and it took him that long to win.

What did they do to Mr. Hage? Short of tying him to the railroad rail in front of a steaming locomotive— everything.

From The Foundry:Wayne Haige two

“The case has long, complicated procedural history, but in essence, the federal government in 1991 refused to renew a grazing permit that the Hage ranch had held on federal lands for a very long time. The government also interfered with the Hage family’s water rights, which pre-dated the implementation of the grazing permit system in 1934, by restricting their access to various streams and wells. The BLM seized the Hages’ cattle and filed a civil trespass action against Hage, at one point even building fences around waterways to keep thirsty cattle from getting water, a scene right out of a 1930s Western movie.”

So, who came to the good rancher’s rescue? Was it the Oklahoma militia? His neighbors?

Nope, it was a wise and decent judge: U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Jones

“Judge Jones issued an injunction against the federal government interfering with the Hage family’s water rights and ordered it to grant a grazing permit in accordance with the “historical usages and preferences” in that area of Nevada. The judge said he was restricting the government’s “normal discretion” in “this extreme case because of the conspiracy…and the obvious continuing animus against Hage by” government officials. Two government employees were held in contempt by the judge for sending trespass notices to people who leased or sold cattle to the Hages in order to “pressure other parties not to do business with the Hages, and even to discourage or punish testimony in the” case. The judge referred them to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for “potential prosecution for obstruction of justice.” That is quite an indictment of the Interior Department and its employees.”

Sadly, Mr. Hage died before he saw victory. His son won the day.

So, you have to wonder, how many other ranchers have been fighting this same fight that we haven’t heard about?Cow

And this brings me to a point that drives me nuts. If these folks had got a liberal judge, they would have lost everything. I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but here in Missouri, when you go to vote for your judges, you can’t find out a thing about them. You can’t find out if they are democrats or republicans or what their records are.

Everything that is released on them, is very nebulous…like—-

Judge McRoy has been serving the community for 35 years, he is from the Law firm Beck and Beck, and is an upstanding member of the community—yada, yada, yada….

There should be information at every voting place telling you the habits, party affiliations, and records of each and every judge you vote for.

Good luck finding anything negative about any of them. BLM

The fact that we can’t find this information, is proof that they want to stack the courts in their favor. The less you know about the judge you are voting for, the better.

As far as I know, I’ve never heard ONE other person besides myself think that this stacks the deck of corruption. It’s how the democrats get their agenda passed. It’s corrupt, and nobody seems to mind.

Okay. I had my say on that.

Still…it was good to read that the Hage family got justice. Hopefully, there is a judge somewhere that will stand up to the BLM whenever it appears. Nobody Thinks, that if we REALLY knew all that the government has done to steal land from the West, we’d be shocked.

Whatever happened to Woodies Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land, From California, to the New York Island. From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf Stream Waters…THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME.” ?

Right. That used to be an old ‘hippie’ song. Maybe we should start singing it again.

(Thanks to toiga for the article)

April 23, 2014 - Posted by | American History, BLM, corruption, Uncategorized | , ,

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