You Don’t Need Meat–Unless It’s Synthetic

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

I am glad I do not live in the state of Oregon. It is beginning to sound more and more like the state on the East Coast that my family and I managed to escape from decades ago now. The political climate there was so far to the left you could cut it with a knife. That’s not to say there were not good people there. There were, and are. But the good folks there that were patriotic and had genuine concerns about the direction their state was headed in were a minority.

It seems that Oregon is headed the same way. Though I’ve been there, I never lived there so I can’t comment on that aspect of it.

But I read an interesting article by Dr. Joseph Mercola on https://articles.mercola.com that I felt was worth commenting on. Dr. Mercola’s article observes: “Bill Gates, who co-funded the startup of the imitation meat company Impossible Foods, now insists synthetic beef is a necessary strategy to address climate change. Gates wants Americans and other Western nations to switch to a diet of 100% synthetic beef. Coincidentally, Oregon is now proposing a ballot initiative for the 2022 general election that would effectively ban most meat sales and consumption in the state.” This initiative is called Initiative Petition 13. If passed, this initiative will turn Oregon into a “sanctuary state for animals/”

Dr. Mercola’s article observes this would be done by “…removing exemptions for good animal husbandry practices, criminalizing the raising and slaughtering of food animals and reclassifying traditional animal husbandry practices such as artificial insemination as ‘sexual assault…Forcing people to cut or eliminate beef consumption is part of the climate agenda.” It would seem that it is also good for Bill Gates imitation meat company. Cattle ranching has been one of the mainstays of the economy in Eastern Oregon. If this horrendous initiative is passed what will that do to the ranchers in Eastern Oregon? Has anyone even bothered to ask that question? I sincerely hope the people in Oregon have a concern for the ranching community in their state because once that is lost it will never return .But, then, that may be the real name of the game–pretending to be a concern over “climate change.”

Dr. Mercola notes that: “As you may have heard, Bill Gates has been buying up farmland across 18 U.S. states through various subsidiary companies. In all, he now owns about 242,000 acres of farmland. He’s also a longtime promoter of GMOs and recently started calling for a complete transition from meat to lab-grown meat and other fake and unnatural food sources, such as a protein-rich microbe found in a Yellowstone geyser. Seeing how Gates always promotes solutions and industries that he has financial investments in it’s not surprising that Gates insists synthetic beef is a necessary strategy to address climate change..”

And Gates doesn’t want Those in America and other countries to just cut down their intake of natural beef. He wants natural beef gone altogether and replaces with a synthetic substitute. You have to remember that this is the guy who had a project going to try to cut the amount of sunlight the earth received to aid in “climate change” and this during one of the coolest Spring seasons my part of the country has ever had. I can’t speak for the rest of the country but it has been cool this Spring in North Louisiana. We don’t need less sun here this year, we need more! Thankfully, this one Gates project seems to have been cancelled–for now. I think this man has a god complex. He is unable to create the world in six days like the Lord did in the beginning so he is going to try to recreate it in his own image in six years or less.

And the ranching and farming industries in Oregon and the rest of the country are in his crosshairs so they need to be aware and concerned with his far out agendas because they will affect them, and not for the good. Cattlemen’s and farmers associations need to be aware of Bill Gates’ plans for their way of life because he aims to change that whether they like it or not.

Let Them Eat Grasshoppers!

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors Confederate Society of America

Recently on the internet I saw an article stating that people should get to the point where they started eating grasshoppers and other insects. The proponents of our learning to consume creeping wildlife seemed to feel this would be good for us and for the planet. The article was so far out I did not even save it.. The idea of trudging into my back yard in search of various creepy crawlers for breakfast did not appeal to me and I doubt it will appeal to any sane person.

But, thinking in this direction seems to be something indirectly being considered by the more wild and frenzied among the climate change crowd. And the Harris/Biden Regime is catering, again, indirectly, to this mindset.

An article on the New American website for April 28th by James Murphy notes the following: “The climate-alarmist war against meat continues. Although Joe Biden hasn’t come out yet and said it, climate hysterics are pushing the narrative that, in order to meet the president’s ambitious emission-reduction goals–Americans will have to radically change their meat-based diets, and quickly. Brent Kim, a program officer for the Center for a Livable Future Production and Public Health Program at Johns Hopkins University told the Daily Mail that Americans will need to ‘dramatically reduce’ their meat and dairy intake in order to avoid the worst climate-change scenarios…Kim may not be talking about ‘banning’ certain foods, but it sure sounds like he would like to make foods such as meat and dairy more difficult to obtain…Thus far, Biden has remained mum on his specific climate plans for the agricultural sector but the farmers and ranchers and the states most affected would like some answers as to what the president plans for their industry. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, a Republican, wants answers for one of the key industries in his state–beef production.” Ricketts has noted that “Green New Deal activists have put meat production and consumption in their crosshairs.” Comrade Kamala has already stated that she’d gladly support changing dietary guidelines “to reduce red meat specifically.”

Murphy closes his article with this question–“When is Joe Biden going to tell Americans something similar? And how does he plan on accomplishing such a reduction? How many farmers and ranchers does the Biden administration plan on shutting down to meet such meaningless climate goals?”

I can answer that one. He will shut down as many as he can get away with. At root, that is a big part of what this is all about–the decimation of the ranching and farming culture of the West and the South. Destroy those good folks and you destroy some of the last bastions of independent culture and thought in this country. And in the process you become more dependent on the feds to tell you what you can eat, if you can eat, and when and how you can eat. They may even be generous and let you remove your mask while you eat–but don’t bet the farm on that! In fact, when the feds get through you will probably not have the farm anymore–but they may let you scrounge around in your backyard for insects–provided you don’t eat too many grasshoppers and upset the local ecological system.

The destruction of the independent local ranching and farming culture is the real name of this game–that and teaching the obedient proles to learn to love Big Brother.

Destroying American Western Culture

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

I have noted over the years that the American Left (yes, Virginia, there is an American Left) has sought to destroy and basically try to outlaw Southern history and culture in this country by trying to tie all of it to the slavery issue. Suffice it to say that the attempt to do that is monstrously false and a blatant lie which all but the “useful idiots” influenced by the leftists have by now figured out.

However, not as many folks have figured out that the American Left also has in its sights the destruction of the ranching, farming, mining culture of the American West. The reason the American Left has designated these two cultural groups as the ones that need to be destroyed is that these two unique American cultures are just about the last two major cultural groups in this country that seek to exercise cultural independence and promote limited government.

In the South (south central where I live) they are trying to erase our history be removing our flags and monuments from every place they can, even to the point of removing Confederate monuments from battlefields. Resistance to this is beginning to surface in many areas but it needs to increase even more. One thing they have not been able to do here in the South is to destroy, for the main part, our way of making a living–yet!

In the American West it is a little different. In the West our leftist protagonists have figured out that if they can cripple the ranching and farming ways of life then they can silence their opposition.

Just yesterday I read an article on https://theduran.com for April 25th, the headline for which was Oregon Bill to BAN Livestock–Stunning War on Farming/Ranching written by Dewey Fernfield. Mr. Fernfield observed that “Oregon Bill IP13 would criminalize raising food animals in the state, and reclassify animal husbandry practices as ‘sexual assault.’ The bill specifies that animals can only be eaten after dying of natural causes (at which point, aged/disease3d meat is not good). Oregon’s 12,000 beef producers raising about 1.3 million head of cattle are slated for elimination, as traditional farming and ranching is shut down in favor of lab-grown meat and indoor farms owned by the technocrats–a perfect way to force the population into perfect slavery. Christian breaks it down in this Ice Age Farmer broadcast.” That broadcast just might be something to check out.

I also ran across an article by Chris Gill from May 7, 2018 on https://pitchstonewaters.com which stated: “Since its conquest during the Mexican War, more than 50% of the West has belonged to the government, and ranching has been an integral part of Western settlement. The number of ranchers on public land has fallen by one-fourth since 1970, as agencies, allied with ‘conservationists’ steadily force ranchers off public lands. The deliberate ‘eviction’ of ranchers and livestock is not only destroying the West’s precious ranching culture but a key component of the region’s economic base.”

Let me state right here that this is the name of the game–purposeful destruction of the culture of the American West–because as in the South, the American West produces those still capable of independent thought and action–those who want the federal government and all its alphabet agencies to just back off and let them live their lives. And the federal government has no intention of doing that!!! The feds want to control all aspects of our lives, right down to what they allow us to have for supper tonight. Range-bred beef will be outlawed and the culture that dares to try to grow it will be outlawed.

This should be an excellent area for the nullification process to be used it, both at the federal and state levels to curb the growth of excessive government. I have to wonder about these technocrats who want the sole responsibility for producing what meat we will now be allowed to consume–how many of them are dedicated Leftists? I am afraid we might not like the answer to that question.

I hope the good folks in Oregon rise up and demand of their legislators .that they vote against this utter foolishness–actually it is not foolishness. I am positive this is by design and it needs to be exposed as such and repudiated.

Texas Actions Benefit Red China

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

All those who work to help Communist China to dominate the U.S. do not live across the water somewhere. Many of them were born and raised in the good old U S of A. Look at what is going on in Sodom on the Potomac with the Harris/Biden Regime. The watchword for this regime seems to be “America Last, for ever and always!” Biden’s main interest in China, along with everything else he has done seems to be more financial then anything else–like, what can the Chinese Reds do for his family financially? The people behind Biden who pull his strings are much more interested in a Communist China that can and will dominate the U.S. His vice-president and Obama are two that come to mind in this area.

However, not all those that help Red China to practice domination of this country are Marxists–at least not on the surface. Some might only be interested, like Biden, in what Red China can do for their bank accounts.

It is getting more and more difficult in our day to know just who you can trust anymore. Some who have genuinely seemed conservative are doing things that harm this country to the benefit of Red China.

Someone sent me an article by Tom Dees from the National File for February 24th that spoke to this. Mr. Dees wrote: “Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s green energy policies paved the way for companies like GH America and Goldwind Americas, both with deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party, to profit millions from tax abatements and Renewable Energy Credits at the taxpayer’s expense…The investments gave the Chinese government direct access to Texas’ energy grid and sensitive national security information, including security assessments affecting the grid’s health and performance. National File previously reported on the threat that Chinese energy companies pose to Texas’ energy grid and national security. In a statement to National File, Cary Cheshire, President of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, dubbed Governor Abbott’s slew of green proposals, ‘Abbott’s Green New Deal.’ Cary suggested, ‘Despite sitting on some of the world’s largest deposits of reliable and dependable fuels, Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas state government have been administering their own Green New Deal by doling out over $10 billion in taxpayer dollars to subsidize operators of wind and solar energy. The state-administered Green New Deal has undermined the strength of our electric grid while transferring wealth from taxpayers and ratepayers to crony insiders and foreign governments.”

Dees continued: “The Daily Mail dubbing it ‘deeply troubling’ recorded Goldwind America’s deep ties to the Chinese government in June of 2020, noting that 40% of Goldwin’s top investors were known members of the Communist Party.” You mean to tell me Governor Abbott was not aware of this? Bet he was and just didn’t care.

A Dallas businessman who supported Abbott in 2014 said: “Abbott has allowed the Dragon in our backyard! Communist China is heavily invested in our wind and solar farms.” My my, what a surprise!

I read an article recently about some Chinese outfit that not long ago bought something like 130,000 acres in West Texas, somewhere just west of Del Rio. I’d be willing to bet that lots of good West Texans would not be real happy with this development. Some of this land has to be along the border–just made to order for Biden’s new oncoming crop of illegal immigrants. Wonder if all these new illegals will wear face masks and practice social distancing. Probably not–those rules are only for stupid Americans. They won’t apply to Biden’s illegal hordes.

However you look at it, the great State of Texas is being sold out from under the booted feet of Texans and handed piecemeal to the new erstwhile attackers of the Alamo–the Communist Chinese–and it would seem that the current governor of Texas loves to have it so.

Some Politically Correct (bad) History For Oklahoma

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Way back before I was married I lived for part of one year in Oklahoma, in addition to having spent quite a bit of time over the years in and out of the state. Oklahoma has always been one of my favorite spots in the country. I always found the folks there warm and friendly.

The year we lived there my Dad and I went down to Oklahoma City to find out about getting work in the state park system. That didn’t work out for us and it’s probably good that it didn’t, for had it done so I would not have gone back east and ended up marrying my wife. So the Lord had a plan for us in leaving Oklahoma. That being said, I still remember Oklahoma with fondness and my wife and I have visited it on more than one occasion as I wanted her to see one of the places in the West that I had learned to love.

So it was with a certain degree of sadness that I recently read an article by Allan Wall on https://vdare.com/writers/allan-wall abolishing the Oklahoma Land Run Monument from the community college in Oklahoma City.

Mr. Wall observed: “The land runs, which were actual races for land, are part of Oklahoma history. It’s how a significant portion of the state was settled. The first land run was in 1889, settling an area of central Oklahoma called ‘the unassigned lands’ which was uninhabited and not belonging to any Indian tribe. that’s the land run in which Oklahoma City was founded, jumping the population from zero to 10,000 in one day. In this era of Heritage Haters, the Land Runs are under attack. Now a monument at the Oklahoma City college has been removed…The large concrete slab, visible outside the main building on campus, depicted those who came to Oklahoma for the Land Run of 1889 as heroes and innovators, OCCC officials said. Executive Vice President Danita Rose, whose maternal grandfather was of Cherokee descent, said that the decision to remove the monument was a top priority for the executive leadership team.” In other words, the politically correct element at the college wanted this monument gone regardless of its value to the heritage of the state.

Some noted that it was the old “I’m Cherokee” argument but Mr. Wall gives the lie to that foolishness when he notes: “The land settled in the 1889 land run was not Cherokee land, had never been Cherokee l land and was never settled by the Cherokee.” And, interestingly enough, it had been a Cherokee who, in 1879,suggested that these unassigned lands be opened up to white settlement!

Danita Rose commented that: “If our goal is to create a community that is inclusive and welcoming to everyone, a monument that depicts cruelty and oppression can’t be on display here.” Frankly, I am at a loss to see how a monument to a land rush for land that was uninhabited contributes to cruelty and oppression, but then that’s just me. I’m sure the politically correct leftists among us can point to how any monument, anywhere, that they don’t particularly like contributes to cruelty and oppression in their narrow minds. I suppose they’d like to see the Land Rush monument replaced with a statue of either Marx or Lenin, those compassionate champions of humanity whose followers killed millions. Now wouldn’t such be a major contribution to “diversity”?

Actually what it all comes down to is that, when it comes to monuments “no white folks need apply.” In this day and age the definition of diversity means everybody except white folks. We are simply beyond the pale when it comes to diversity.

The Land Run of 1889 did not create oppression and/or cruelty but that doesn’t matter. The leftists claim it did and that’s all that matters. If you dare to question their historical knowledge or perspective then you are nothing but a racist bigot–so sit down and shut up!

It would seem that the Community College of Oklahoma City has succumbed to the thrall of leftist dogma so prevalent on most campuses today. Now, even with community colleges you have to be careful where you send your kids as there are fewer and fewer places where they won’t be bombarded with socialist doctrines. I wonder, with all that is going on today, how much Communist China has to do with what is being taught in many colleges.

The BLM–Agenda 21’s Stooge In The West

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

I have written about the United Nations Agenda 21 program in the past. It is the United Nations thinly veiled attempt at land-grabbing trying to hide under the very dubious cover of “sustainability.” Supposedly there are way too many people in the world (there aren’t) and the UN has to keep all the land “sustainable” by taking people off of it and herding them together in mega-ghettos and leaving untold millions of acres unpopulated and unused for guess who? The political commissars who thought all this up, that’s who. Private property and single family homes will be a thing of the past. You won’t need your cars because there will be no place to go when you are not allowed out of the city limits. Those of you who follow this sort of thing already know the drill.

However, in this country it seems there are lots of folks, most particularly in the West and the South, who put some value on private property, particularly if it has been in their  families for generations. And the Agenda 21 spooks need someone to be able to deal with that sticky situation. It seems, at least in the West, they have found their stooge of choice to help them divest people of their property–and no one is supposed to connect the dots between Agenda 21 and the Bureau of Land Management–an organization that has managed to make itself almost universally despised west of the Mississippi–and not without reason.

I recently read an article by Tim Brown, published on https://sonsoflibertymedia.com back on October 15, 2016. It quotes a Nevada assemblywoman, Michele Fiori, and she labels the Bureau of Land Management a “Domestic Terrorist Agency.” The article observes: “On Thursday morning, Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiori stood on the Nevada Assembly floor to point out several things regarding the Oregon occupation, the Bundy Ranch siege and the sheriffs who were involved in both. She also pointed out at the center of both of them was the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and she referred to them as one of several ‘Domestic Terrorist Agencies.’ I stand in support of and know that Blue Lives Matter…But there have been Sheriffs that hand their elected positions over to the Federal Government and some of the outcomes have been fatal. Sheriff David Ward of Harney County did just that. Under his watch a man, Lavoy Finicum, was murdered.” And she noted: “The Bureau of Land Management has become quite aggressive across our Nation,  from continual harassment of our indigenous Native Americans to our Ranchers, who are just trying to protect their livelihoods.” But the ranchers believe in  private property rights and that is becoming a no-no more and more.

Another article, this one by Michael Snyder on April 23, 2014 on https://freedomoutpost.com/agenda-21-blm-land-grabbing-endgame pretty succinctly lays it all out. Mr. Snyder says “Why is the federal government so obsessed with grabbing more land? After all, the federal government already owns more than 40 percent of the land in 9 different U.S. states. Why are federal bureaucrats so determined to grab even more? Well, the truth is that this all becomes much clearer once you understand that there is a very twisted philosophy behind what they are doing. It is commonly known as Agenda 21, although many names and labels are used for this particular philosophoy. Basically, those that hold to this form of radical environmentalism believe that humanity is utterly destroying the planet and therefore the goal should be to create a world where literally everything that we do is tightly monitored and controlled by control freak bureaucrats in the name of ‘sustainable development.’ In their vision of the future, the human population will be greatly reduced and human activity will be limited to strictly regulated urban areas and travel corridors. The rest of the planet will be left to nature. To achieve this goal, a massive transfer of land from private landowners to the federal government will be necessary.” What do you think this will do to our ranchers and farmers in the West, or even here in Louisiana where I live?

And Snyder adds “So the conflict between rancher Cliven Bundy and the BLM is really just the tip of the iceberg. The reality is that the BLM has their eyes on much bigger prizes.” There was the BLM’s attempted land grab along the Texas-Oklahoma border back a few years ago.

Snyder noted that  the feds claim to own 84% of the state. In Utah they claim 57% of the state and in Alaska they claim 69%, and 53% in Oregon, to mention a few.

The federal government flat out doesn’t need any more land. They’ve got way too much as it is. But there is this constant obsession to grab more and more–so the dictates and agenda of Agenda 21 can be fulfilled. In fact, let’s be honest–they want it all and ranchers, farmers, miners, or folks that just want a little retirement place down on the bayou or out in country will just have to go. End of conversation! And besides they will be dispensing with lots of people with independent ideas–and that just won’t float in a UN-dominated environment.

So just remember, when the BLM comes along to wrest your land from you, who they are really working for, and brother, no matter what they say, it ain’t you!

Federal Agencies Work To Fulfill Karl Marx’s Vision

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

I have an old copy of The Communist Manifesto published by International Publishers back in 1969. It’s dog-eared, with lots of stuff underlined, and with my comments in the margins, because I have made lots of use of it in refuting what its author and those Illuminists that financed him promote in it.

On page 23, Marx stated: “In this sense, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in a single sentence: Abolition of private property.” He then goes on to explain what he means by that and says that the concept of property is based on class antagonism.

Whether they even realize it or not, (and I think at the leadership levels they do) many of the federal agencies at work in the Western states are actively promoting what Marx has advocated, and their agenda is to eventually absorb all private property in this  country.

Range Magazine for the Fall of 2014 carried an article by Julian Stone which noted: “The feds will not be satisfied until they have control of all private property–and not only in the America West.” Think about what you just read.

Mr. Stone noted in his article several areas I have referred to in other articles. One was on the Texas-Oklahoma border, the Red River. He noted: “Private landowners in Texas and Oklahoma have wrangled since 1919 over lands bordering the river. Now the Oklahoma BLM is formulating new land management plans for 116 miles of the Red River borderlands for which private landowners in Texas have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars (to pay for property or in taxes?) and the BLM says it belongs to the government. “The land in question belongs neither to Texas or Oklahoma, even if locals have bought it from one another and continue to pay taxes on it.” Thus spake the BLM in its infinite wisdom (or was that greed?). I understand that since Trump got into office some of this has changed, but you can bet your boots, spurs and all, that the next time you get another Democratic administration in Washington it will change back again and legalized theft will again be the order of the day. All the BLM has done is to back off–for now.

Further along in his article Mr. Stone has observed: “BLM recommends establishing new national monuments by using the Antiquities Act ‘which allows the president to act quickly.” In other words, steal it before the local rubes know what’s going on and can squawk! The Western Congressional Caucus noted awhile back that: “The president is going down the list, and sealing off vast swaths of the West on behalf of his special interest allies, who view our states as their personal playgrounds.” The president referred to here was Comrade Obama. But do you think if they get a Democrat, or even a liberal (socialist) RINO in the White House these plans will cease? Right now they may be on hold. Don’t let Trump’s being in the White House lull you back to sleep. These federal agencies, the BLM, the Forest Service and the whole bevy of federal agents are only waiting, with bated breath, for their next chance at a federal land grab to begin anew. Administrations may change–the leopard’s spots don’t!

Mr. Stone listed a whole batch of areas the BLM would dearly love to grab control of, literally millions of acres all across the West–The Organ Mountains Desert Peaks, nearly 500,000 acres; Gold Butte in Nevada; the Dolores River Basin in Colorado–another 500,000 acres;  Hidden Gems in Colorado, another 400,000 acres; Montana’s Northern Prairie, about 2.5 million acres; the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, 500,000 acres, and the list continues. I can’t list all of them. One thing you have to say about the BLM–they don’t think small. They really want it all. This is only a wish list for the first installment. They’ll take it a few hundred thousand acres at a time, but they and their sister “agencies” mean to control it all.

What do you think all this does to the ranching, farming, mining and logging culture of the Western states? It destroys it–and that’s the whole idea. They are making the same stupid (or deliberate) mistake the African dictatorship of Zimbabwe  made when it displaced all the white farmers and the country’s leader gave all that farmland to his good buddies–who didn’t bother to farm it–and now the country is starving where it used to export surpluses.

The cattle industry in this country and the independent way of life that ranching has produced are slated for destruction. We don’t need cattlemen or sheepmen or farmers. We can always buy our meat from overseas–at inflated prices. The feds seem to think that sure beats having our own ranchers produce what we use and it make us dependent on other “cultures.” It destroys our own  unique Western culture in the process–and for the feds, that is just as important as making sure we get millions of illegal immigrants, preferably from Muslim countries, in here to “enhance” our native culture. There are lots of different agendas involved here at different levels. However–the destruction of American Western culture is one big part of it.

And for you folks here in the South, lots of you farm and raise cattle also. You may not lease public land for grazing, but ask yourselves this–how many federal agencies tell you how much cotton or tobacco you are allowed to grow–on your own land? How big a step would it be from that to the feds telling you how many sheep cattle, or goats you can raise–on your own land???

So let us not kid ourselves. Whether Trump is in office or not (and I am not questioning his honest intent) the federal agencies  really do mean to fulfill Marx’s vision for a new Communist world and a new Communist man. They are raising particular hell in the West right now. When they think they have accomplished their plans there they will start to come for the rest of us. You all had better be aware of that and get ready to do whatever you can legitimately do to resist–because it will happen, as sure as the turning of the earth!

Has it ever occurred to our  good Southern folks that the destruction of our monuments, our history and heritage, is the first step in this campaign in our part of the country. Then they will work on the Midwest. They don’t have to worry too much about the Northeast or the Left Coast–those already belong to them, but they want the rest of us under their heel asap!

Federal Fertilizer Thrown at Bundys–Part two

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

The judge was forced to admit that the federal prosecutor had really screwed up in regard to the evidence they had “forgotten” to turn over, which just happened to violate the due process of the Bundys. You might be tempted to wonder what was in that evidence. Well, it included–records about the federal surveillance at the Bundy Ranch; records about the presence of government snipers (can anyone say Vicki  Weaver?) and internal affairs reports about misconduct by Bureau of Land Management agents, among other things. There was evidence in six areas they didn’t bother passing along. I just listed three of them here.

According to an article in the Arizona Republic for January 8th “Former acting Nevada U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre, who led the prosecution had urged the judge in a December 29 motion to allow his office to retry the case. Prosecutors said Bundy conspired with militia groups and anti-government protesters to block a lawful round-up of his cattle from public lands…”This is nothing more than yet another full serving of thinly veiled Federal Fertilizer (and a poor grade of it at that) to allow them to keep their jackboot on the Bundys neck.

Recently, a BLM whistleblower, Larry Wooten, I think his name is, blew the whistle on a ton of stuff the BLM had been engaged in that they shouldn’t have been, and as you can see,  concealing evidence that would help the case of those on trial seems to be a problem they have–along with other federal agencies. It might almost lead some folks to question whether they could trust their government or not! And heaven forbid that such a thought would ever occur to the public!

In light of this, the judge was forced to turn the Bundys loose. It  had become quite apparent that the plan was to railroad them.

The judge, Gloria Navarro, (no friend of the Bundys on any count) noted that “One undated BLM report described the Bundys as non-violent,”  And she noted  also, that “since the October 1 discovery deadline, when prosecutors were required to turn over all material evidence to the defense, the prosecutors turned over 3300 pages of additional documents.” So, after their deadline was past, they ended up forking over an additional 3300 pages of evidence, most of which would help the defendants. Sounds like they have been taking lessons from Hillary!

So, while the Feds didn’t win at Bunkerville back in 2014, Cliven Bundy got his cattle back. However, gentle souls that they are, the cultural Marxist Feds never forget a loss and those that handed it to them–and they came back with a vengeance.  What else is new??? But this time, although it took them awhile, it didn’t quite work–and now even more people are beginning to wake up to what the BLM and other rogue federal agencies are doing and more and more people a getting fed up and ticked off with an out-of-control federal government peopled with Deep State Swamp Creatures. And so the War goes on–and make no mistake about it–this IS a spiritual battle.  Politics really has very little to do with it.

If a few more Christians would only wake up and realize that, we might get a little more help.

What Is The West?

by Al Benson Jr.

Folks who have followed my writing for awhile will recognize that what I write below will be a little different than much of what I usually do. I have written about the South for decades now and I love the South. I love the palmetto and palm trees, the Spanish moss, the abundant  wildlife, the bayous, and the wonderful hospitality of Southern people who, even though we were from the North originally, once they found out we understood their history and were willing to defend that history and heritage, opened their arms to us and literally made us “one of them.” So now we live in North Louisiana and we have never regretted the move south. This is home and we are content with it. No complaints!

But along with that, both my wife and I also love the West. We have traveled much there and before I was married I spent parts of several years in the West, including one year that I lived in Oklahoma for part of the year. Oklahoma is still a favorite spot. I was trying to eke out a living painting western scenery. I wasn’t good enough to make a go of that but I still enjoyed it.

When I went “back east” I worked near a bunch of young guys who enjoyed my paintings and when once they got an art show up they wanted me to put some of my stuff in it, which I did. They also wanted me, as someone who had spent time in the West, to submit something written about my impressions of the West. Most of them had never been there except for the big cities and they all look alike to me no matter where they are. I never spent any time in or near cities I didn’t have to, had no interest in them, except for Santa Fe, New Mexico, and it was different.

At any rate, what is below was what I gave them to print up, with some minor modifications. Some of you all that live in the West may be able to identify with some of what I say here.

The West is many things to many people. To those who have never experienced it,  I can only say that they have missed something that will not long remain even as it is now.

The West, to me, is more than a geographical location (like the South).  It is more than the beautiful state of Texas, which most easterners seem to think all westerners come from. It is more than the dry, burned out desert most who have never seen it think it is. They have not learned that there is beauty even in the desert if you know how to look for it.

The West is a place, but it is more (like the South). It is an atmosphere, an enigma, a way of life, and a people. As a way of life, it is something that can be carried far beyond its geographical boundaries.

The West is dark thunderheads far off over the canyon, it is the Prairie Dog Fork of the Red River at flood, it’s Monument Valley at night and the Painted Desert at noon. It’s the flat (but sometimes rolling)  country of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles and it’s the majestic peace of the high plains country on the Platte River in Wyoming. It is a land so big that when you stand in it you feel small, and you have to realize within your deepest being that God created it and that man,  mighty though he would like to think he is, is only one small finite part of it.

The West is also people. It’s the old cowboy at the Pawhuska (Oklahoma) rodeo, who upon hearing the announcer reveal the name of the next contestant  in the saddle bronc riding, shouted “That’s my cousin Homer. He cain’t ride nothin’, He’ll get throwed first jump out the gate.” And he did! It’s the man in the store in Guymon, Oklahoma who, when asked if it was always this windy around here, replied “Hell no. Sometimes it gets windier.” It’s the ancient Indian at Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, who, when the smart-alec tourist tried to talk him into letting him into the pueblo for nothing, proceeded to charge him three times as much as he’d charged me to get in. The irate tourist tried to explain to him how, forty years ago, he’d gotten into the pueblo for nothing. After his ten minute (but ineffectual) tirade, the old Indian simply answered “Times change.”

For me the west did not really end each time I recrossed the Mississippi River. Thankfully, living in North Louisiana, we don’t have to recross the Mississippi to go east anymore.

For me, the West is a great deal of all I have seen, felt, lived and experienced during my numerous times in it. The deepness of its experience (like that of the South) is not something that leaves you upon the crossing of a boundary line. You, like many easterners, hate it and never go back (it’s not “green” enough for you) or you love it and continue to go back. There is no middle ground, the same as there is no middle ground with Confederate and Southern heritage. You either live it wherever you go, or you’ve never truly experienced it at all.

“Sovereign” States or Federal Satrapies?

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

There was an article on the Zero Hedge website back on last June 27th, written by Michael Snyder, which had originally appeared on the Economic Collapse blog. It was about how much land the federal government “owns” in our Western states. From the looks of the map that appeared with the article they “own” almost half ot it. The article noted that: “Today, the feds control approximately  640 million acres of land, and after decades of very poor management, many are calling on the states to take a larger role. This is particularly true in the 11 western states where the federal government collectively  owns 47 percent of all the land.”

Yep, you read that figure right–47 percent of it all. For instance, in Nevada, the feds “own” 84% of all the land in the state.  That leaves 16% of the state for ordinary folks. The feds “own” 64% of Utah, 61% of both Idaho and Alaska and 52% of Oregon. By the time you get to Wyoming the feds only “own” a measly 48% of the state. What a comedown from Nevada that must be for them!

I have to ask the question–does the public, ordinary folks, only owning 16% of the state they live in really constitute it being a “sovereign” state, or is it still really a federal territory that has been labeled a state for the sake of convenience (and electoral votes)?

Another pertinent question might be, which is more important–who “owns” it or who controls it? If the general public “owns” it  but can’t do much with it, then the federal government that controls  it is the actual de facto owner, isn’t it? It’s somewhat akin to the situation with the property tax that I have written about before on several occasions. You “own” your house and possess a deed with your name on it saying you own it. Yet, if you fail to pay the yearly governmental rent then some unit of government can come and take “your” property and do what they will with it. So, in the long run, who is the real owner–the man with his name on the deed–or the governmental agency that can take it away from him if he doesn’t pay their yearly “rent?” Mostly, we don’t want to think about this kind of thing. We should.

There was an article in the New York Times for August 25th of this year about Trump’a new Secretary of the Interior proposing shrinking of four national monuments in the West–so designated by King Barack the First (and hopefully the last). One of these was the Bears Ears, over west of Blanding, Utah. You can find it on your road atlas. Obama created a national monument there that was 1.35 million acres in size–land locked up so the public could do nothing with it.  Mr. Zinke, Trump’s Secretary of the Interior wants to reduce the Bears Ears monument to 160,000 acres. I hope he makes it, but even 160,000 acres is a lot for a monument with the Bears Ears as its centerpiece.  It’s pretty country there. We’ve been through some of it several times over the years, but it doesn’t rate another 160,000 closed-down acres for a national monument. Cutting it in half and designating half of it for a monument at the Bears Ears would be plenty, but then that wouldn’t give the feds control over all the 1.35 million acres–and control is what they really want. Control in the name of creating new “public’ monuments and “recreation areas” where you can only go if you follow their rules.

The owner of Land & Livestock international (look it up on the internet) has observed that “Transferring these lands to the States would be a great improvement, but would not necessarily be the best ultimate end…These lands need to be returned to their rightful owners (and/or their heirs and assigns)–the families who have 4 or 5 generations of sweat equity in the lands (or those who have rightfully purchased those property rights through  voluntary exchange). I am hopeful but I doubt seriously that we will ever see it happen.”

In the case of some of that “public” land near the Bundy Ranch in Nevada, one might be led to question just how much of this “public” land has been of use to Harry Reid and his son, or to Hillary with her Uranium One deal. Lots of big bucks being made there off some of that land that, we the public, supposedly own.