Monday, January 18, 2016

The Bundy Occupation does no service to law-abiding Americans who wish to protest any Government action or policy. What the self-proclaimed militia is doing will NOT have the desired result. The unfortunate consequence of this ‘occupation’ will be even tighter restrictions on public access to these lands that are (supposedly) ours. (We, the People).

The Bundys are NOT “standing up for MY freedom”. They’re a bunch of welfare queens whining about the loss of their way of life. They want to blame “the Government” (who is presumably in league with those hated animal rights people). But the reality is that time has marched on, and the old way of life is simply no longer viable. That old way of life has been propped up for many decades by the whim of that same Government (We, The TAXPAYERS). 

It’s not without a twinge of sadness that I say these things. I am descended from ranchers. Ranchers who lost it all in the Great Depression and who survived by capturing wild horses to sell; who moved on as economics inevitably dictated. I used to enjoy watching the movement of lambs in the spring and fall, from high mountain meadows to sagebrush desert. Cattle seemed to me a natural part of the landscape. Times have changed.

I have as much sympathy for the disappearing ranch culture, as the ranching community had for the mine workers that lost their way of life here in White Pine County, when Kennecott shut down. To this day, those of us who grew up under the big, safe umbrella affectionately known as “Uncle Kenny”, still get weepy-eyed over photos of the stacks coming down, and for the comfortably quaint way of life that ceased when time marched on, and those good union wages were no longer sustainable in the market. That’s progress (MANY would argue the point).

Case in point: Once upon a time, at a place called Calico, in Nevada, some of We, The People were observing a BLM roundup of wild horses. Observers began to notice that foals were coming into the traps lame - their immature hooves completely severed from the leg bones. They were LITERALLY “running their feet off”. These infant casualties were summarily shot to death, to “ease their suffering”. Witnesses, overcome by outrage at this horror, spoke out. They screamed for the madness to stop. It stopped. When reports of the debacle were published, for the first time since Wild Horse Annie, there was public outcry against the brutality of helicopter roundups. The outrage continues. The roundups also continue.

And hence, all observers at wild horse roundups are presumed to be ‘eco-terrorists”. As such, they are restricted to very small observation areas, often with little or no visibility of the actual melee, held under the close scrutiny of fully-armed “rangers”. The slightest infraction may result in ejection from the ‘gather’, or as in case reports from Texas: being confined to un-air-conditioned vehicles with little ventilation, in sweltering heat for hours on end. To this day, BLM personnel “fear for their safety” at the hands of (mostly unarmed vegan women) at roundups.

Regardless of the eventual outcome of the stand-off (which will certainly NOT result in federal lands being ‘returned’ to the states in which they are situated), We, the People will henceforth be subjected to greater restrictions when accessing OUR public lands. There might even be guards at the gates to confiscate any weapons you might want to bring in there; “just in case” somebody might be contemplating another coup.

Monday, November 19, 2012

"Mustang Trail" by Arla M. Ruggles | Redbubble

"Mustang Trail" by Arla M. Ruggles | Redbubble:

Northern Steptoe Valley – Eastern Nevada – USA
(2008.NOV.17)
As the sun settles over the western mountains, mustangs leave their foothill grazing to seek water on the valley floor.
Wild horses observe a distinct matiriarchal social order; all members of the herd follow the lead mare.

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"Sky Blue Pink" by Arla M. Ruggles | Redbubble

"Sky Blue Pink" by Arla M. Ruggles | Redbubble:

Schell Creek Mountains – Central Eastern Nevada, USA
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"Homestead Winter" by Arla M. Ruggles | Redbubble

"Homestead Winter" by Arla M. Ruggles | Redbubble:

“Old Parker Place” – Snake Valley – NV-UT border
(2005)
I think the machine is a horse-drawn hay rake or bailer –
Please feel free to correct me, if I am mistaken!

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

"Winter Rush" by Arla M. Ruggles | Redbubble

"Winter Rush" by Arla M. Ruggles | Redbubble:

Wild horses in Triple B Herd Management Area
Butte Valley – Central Eastern Nevada, USA
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"Telegraph Mountain Sunset" by Arla M. Ruggles | Redbubble

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"Mustang Trail" by Arla M. Ruggles | Redbubble

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