May 4, 2014

ALL COMEDY IS CONSERVATIVE:

BUNDY FAMILY, SUPPORTERS FILE COMPLAINTS AGAINST FEDERAL AGENTS (Henry Brean, 5/04/14, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL)

The standoff brought Cliven Bundy worldwide attention and acclaim from small-government conservatives, but he was reduced to a national punchline two weeks later, when he delivered a pair of racist rants during his daily press conferences near his ranch.

Several of those who filed complaints Friday accuse federal agents involved the roundup of impersonating police officers. Bundy and company do not recognize the federal government's authority over them and believe public land belongs only to the people of the state and local jurisdictions where it is found.

It's a legal argument that has been roundly rejected by judges and legal scholars. As University of Nevada, Reno, geography professor Paul Starrs put it, the law is clear: "When Nevada obtained statehood, it gave up its public land."

"His version of history just isn't true," Starrs said of Cliven Bundy. "Just because you say it doesn't make it so."

Friday's action at Metro drew a one sentence response from the BLM, courtesy of spokesman Jeff Krauss: "We welcome Mr. Bundy's new interest in the American legal system."

In their own written statement Friday afternoon, Metro officials said the 22 voluntary statements they received would be reviewed by the agency and a response would be crafted in consultation with the county and federal prosecutors.

Just don't expected Metro officers to start hauling in BLM rangers for questioning.

"It is not our practice to take crime reports on law enforcement agencies conducting a law enforcement function," says the statement from Metro. "In this case, the Bureau of Land Management is a recognized federal law enforcement agency."

When you make even government bureaucrats funny you know you've lost.
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