Justina Pelletier wrote a shocking and heartbreaking letter to her parents. The Connecticut teenager who has been held in state custody for over a year because doctor’s at Boston Children’s Hospital disagreed with a longstanding diagnosis by her physicians. The doctors who treated Justina in the emergency room for symptoms of the flu also accused her parents Linda and Lou Pelletier of child abuse. Letter Justina Pelletier reportedly wrote to her parents, as published via image and text by The Blaze: “They hurt me all the time push me all the tim and more. They do not let me sleep vary [sic] much. Hury [sic]!” (via Justina Pelletier Writes Shocking Letter To Her Parents)
Philadelphia city officials used eminent domain statutes to seize an art studio owned by James Dupree in order to convert the block into a high-end shopping venue. The 64-year-old painter and muralist poured thousands of dollars into former horse stable to convert the structure into a usable building before the city government initiated proceedings to strip him of his property rights. (via Eminent Domain: Philadelphia Officials Seize Man’s Property To Build High-End Shopping Area)
Honeybees in Australia are suffering the same dire situation as their insect cousins in the United States and in England. The beekeeper industry is urging lawmakers to enact more stringent biosecurity measures the protect the pollinates from an immediate and devastation pest. Australian honeybees are being destroyed by the Varroa mite in record numbers, according to the National Farmers Federation. The agricultural organization has deemed the destructive Varroa mite found recently in Papau New Guinea as the equivalent of foot-and-mouth disease for the bee population. If the Varroa mite has successfully infiltrated the bulk of Australia, the 65 percent of crops grown in the Land Down Under reliant upon the honeybes to grow, will suffer extreme losses and likely cost increases at the checkout counter. (via Honeybees In Australia Suffer Record Shattering Deaths)
BLM agents vacated the Bunkerville area of Clark County around the Bundy ranch, but Ron Paul fears that the federal government is not done with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy just yet. Due to the large amount of land the BLM oversees for the federal government in the state, Paul is worried that a Waco scenario could still unfold. The United States government owns approximately 81 percent of the land in Nevada, a percentage which is a matter of growing concern for both ranchers and farmers in the state. While Paul is happy that the standoff between the BLM and Cliven Bundy ended peacefully, he is concerned that the federal agency will return to Bunkerville with a much larger force. “Governments don’t give up their power that easily, and they may well come back with a loft more force like they did at Waco with the Davidians,” Paul told Neil Cavuto on Fox News. (via Bundy Ranch: Ron Paul Says ‘Waco’ Scenario Still Possible, Federal Land Comprises 81 Percent Of Nevada)
The Bundy Ranch is back in full working order and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents have left – for now. Thousands of folks from around the country converged upon Bunkerville, Nevada, to support Cliven Bundy, and millions watched the developing incidents in the range war unfold on their television and computer screens. Militia groups and patriots angered by what they saw as infringements on states’ rights, property rights and free speech had lined the roadway near the Gold Butte cattle roundup to document the actions of the BLM agents. (via Bundy Ranch Supporters Claim Victory In Showdown With Feds | Off The Grid News)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to make headlines over ongoing battles with ranchers in multiple states. The federal agency may be extremely unfamiliar to Americans in some regions of the country, but those living in western states are vividly aware of the power the officials at the BLM possess due to their frequent interactions with agents. Utah ranchers are concerned about possible destruction of public lands due to alleged overgrazing by wild horses. A movement to round up the wild horses protected by federal laws has been initiated by the ranchers. Unchecked population growth coupled with low foliage growth due to the drought in the region are the reasons most often cited by the ranchers in Utah. Approximately 2,000 wild horses are roaming public lands in Iron County, Utah. The BLM previously determined the sustainable wild horse population in the nine designated herd management zones should be around 300 head. (via Ranchers And BLM Square Off In Utah Over Wild Horses As Beef Prices Skyrocket)
The BLM removed armed federal agents from Bunkeville and near the Bundy ranch, but another possible “land grab” or range war appears to be brewing in Texas. Fellow rancher Tommy Henderson has been fighting the BLM for 30 years, and appears to be losing yet another round in the battle. Tommy Henderson is locked in a property rights fight with the BLM. Although many students are taught in geography class that the border between Texas and Oklahoma is the Red River, the issue is far more complicated than that, according to the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM used an ongoing debate over the border to nab 140 acres of land Henderson’s failed lawsuit against the agency three decades ago. (via BLM Claims 90,000 Acres Does Not Belong To Texas, Attempts To Seize Ranch)
Subaru of Wichita staffers decided to impose a bit of comedy to combat a pro-union labor dispute banner placed in front of a dealership. A sign with big red letters placed in front of cars for sale on the lot read, “SHAME ON SUBARU OF WICHITA” with the phrase labor dispute also printed on the corners. The Wichita Subaru dealership and employees decided to share their own sentiments on the matter by posting a nearly identical banner – but with different wording of course. The car dealership sign posted next to the union sign “completed the sentence” by adding, “FOR HAVING UNBEATABLE PRICES.” Photos of the dueling anti-union and pro-union signs went viral after they were shared by Twitch on Twitter. (via Subaru Of Wichita ‘Anti-Union’ Dance Video Goes Viral)
The Nevada range war at the Bundy Ranch appears to have far more facets to the story than merely the fate of cattle grazing on public land. Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy is standing steadfastly against what many have deemed the massive government overreach going in the Gold Butte region. Protesters from a multitude of states have converged upon the area to register not only their disgust at what has transpired against Bundy personally, but at the possible cow and calf deaths which have resulted from the rapid herding of the livestock with helicopters and the established of “free speech zones.” (via Bundy Ranch: Cliven Bundy Feels He Is Being Pushed Off His Land For Refusing To Sell [Interview])
Lois Lerner has been held in contempt of Congress. The House of Representatives Oversight Committee voted to hold the former IRS official in contempt over her prior refusal to answer questions posed in two separate hearing about targeting of conservative political groups. The House Oversight Committee voted 21-12 to hold Lois Lerner in contempt during a Thursday meeting. Chairman Darrell Issa, a Republican from California, had this to say after the contempt vote, “We need Ms. Lerner’s testimony to complete our oversight work. American taxpayers certainly don’t get to plead the Fifth and escape all accountability when the IRS audits them.” (via Lois Lerner Contempt Vote: House Oversight Committee Pressing Charges Against Former IRS Official)
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