The BLM from where I sit…






(Wow.  I’m going to get controversial AGAIN today.  Two days in a row.  I’m on a roll!)

IF I RAN MY COMPANY THE WAY THE BLM MANAGES THE WILD HORSE PROGRAM…

I’m not too happy with the BLM for several reasons.  However, my reasons may not be the most popular reasons to be upset with the BLM.

Basically, if I ran my company the way the BLM runs its Wild Horse and Burro Program, I would be run off the end of the plank.  I don’t think I would get 20 years to prove my plan might work someday and I am sure I wouldn’t get a pension for my accomplishments.  My bosses wouldn’t get to pay me for all of this “work”  without healthy consideration.  Heck, Ponzi schemes don’t hold a candle to what the BLM has spent since 1971… and where are we?

But, that isn’t the worst rub for me.  The worst rub is the mind melding.  It is like they are trying to be Spock with the Vulcan finger thing on the neck.

WHAT THEY WANT ME TO BELIEVE

I hate it when I am supposed to believe untruths when logic points me in another direction.

First of all, I have read up on just about everything you can read up on about the American wild horse situation.  And, I’ve attended several meetings of the BLM around this issue.  I cannot even tell you all the blah blah I was supposed to believe from these people who are working for me.  I felt like Donald Trump.  I wanted to stand up and yell, “You’re Fired!” to each and every one of them and their Swiss cheese arguments.

OK, off my soapbox and onto my logic cube.  In a nutshell, why did we (The People) vote for the

The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971
(Public Law 92-195)

if we didn’t mean it?

WHAT I BELIEVE

Now, the link I provided above (scroll over the bold Act title) shows the original Act and then all the changes thus far.  Hmmmmm.  I don’t remember voting on those… But that’s not my point.  My point is that the BLM is spending more than it has for this program to meet the needs of the codicils.  Furthermore, the reasoning for the changes makes no sense to me. Why can a large amount of cattle live on the land previously designated for the wild horse and burros who are said to be ruining this same land or not getting enough nutrition?  And, ultimately, why, BLM, are you over budget yet no closer to managing Public Law 92-195 as it was written?

Now, all I can deduce from the BLM’s actions is that they don’t want us to think.  Or, they want us to think their way.  Or, truly, they want us to make the beef lobbyists happy.

I know there are no more buffalo out there roaming about.  And, soon, there will be no wolves and other such nuisance animals.  But crimany, we voted for the protection of the wild horse.  Sheesh.  Don’t we get to decide if we’d rather be a fast food nation or a nation that supports the welfare of some of its history?

So, BLM, don’t lie to me.  We are thinking people and you doth protest too much and spend too much.  I smell a rat.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

If you feel the desire to get into this effort, there is a wonderful, very fair, very solid and non-emotional woman who spends her time documenting, as an invited observer, to the BLM roundups and subsequent holding facilities – Elyse Gardner.   Here is her blog.  Also, if you want to help today, here are two things you can do (both links do different things) that take only a few minutes and no Starbucks money.  And, of course, if you want to join the movement, please visit Madeleine Pickens.  She has the wherewithall and the stamina to keep up the fight.  I stand behind both these courageous women.

I am taking a stand in this fight.  For me, not taking a stand doesn’t help either side.

ON A BRIGHTER NOTE

On a brighter note, here is a picture of a wild and free thing I saw erupting on my property today.  Yes, it is exposed to the elements and yes there are other species around that need this space and yes it happens to be in the way of my walking path.  But, I prefer to gaze at it a while longer…



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