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What Are You: Rebel, Revolutionary or Slave?

John W. Whitehead

Those tempted to write off the standoff at the Bundy Ranch as little more than a show of force by militia-minded citizens would do well to reconsider their easy dismissal of this brewing rebellion. This goes far beyond concerns about grazing rights or the tension between the state and the federal government.

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Alice in Wonderland in Nevada

Michael Peroutka

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice (remember Alice in Wonderland), “whether you can make words mean different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “who is to be master – that is all.” Perhaps Alice can give us some insight into what the government is doing right now in Bunkerville, Nevada.

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The Turtle Rebellion

JD Longstreet

Militias are reforming and retraining. Citizens are cleaning their guns and counting rounds of ammunition for them. Why? The government's heavy-handed way of dealing with a Nevada rancher whose cattle are being seized by the federal government at the point of a federal gun. Are we looking at another Ruby Ridge or yet another Waco? I certainly hope not. But the truth is, America cannot continue as the police state she has become.

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Bringing Balance to the Endangered Species Act

Rick Manning

The positive and negative impacts of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) will be examined by a special working group within the House Resources Committee. The committee should explore how the broadest possible application of the ESA has impacted communities, private property rights and in some cases has actually harmed the species recovery itself.

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Rep. Noem Asks Important Questions About Endangered Species.

Bob Ellis

A few weeks ago, Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) asked some important questions about the Endangered Species Act in the Natural Resources Committee. Noem has offered an amendment which would help combat the pine beetle infestation in the Black Hills, and plans to designate the black-backed woodpecker as threatened or endangered would hinder these efforts.

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EPA Smacked: The Good Guys Win One

Bob Ellis

Great news! In this day and age when the anti-American Leftists win too many battles over their fellow American's freedom, the good guys finally won one yesterday in the U.S. Supreme Court. Chantell and Michael Sackett, who bought some land and were beginning to build their dreamhouse only to have the EPA shut them down, have finally received justice from the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision against the EPA's tyranny.

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Hiding Another Land Grab in the Transportation Bill

Rebekah Rast

The U.S. Senate has approved of a $109 billion bill that provides two years of funding for transportation and transit projects around the country. Included in that is $1.4 billion in funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which helps purchase and lock off land across the country. Evidently the line of thinking within the Senate is more U.S. lands are in need of being purchased and protected by the federal government.

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Killing Owls to Save Owls: You Can’t Make This Up

Rebekah Rast

A 1-pound bird attributed to the demise of the logging industry some 20 years ago in the northwest part of the country is back in the news. The northern spotted owl is still struggling to survive, and the latest plan by President Obama is to shoot barred owls, a rival bird that has dominated its smaller counterpart. As with all things that come from the loony world of the Left, you just can't make this stuff up.

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Why Nativity Scenes Matter in the Public Square

Doug Carter

When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he explained that our freedoms come from God. “All men are created equal,” he says, and “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” A nativity display on government property reminds us that all humans have unalienable rights- rights which cannot legitimately be taken away- because these rights come from God.

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Bush Paved Way for Obama Executive Abuse

Robert Romano

To save American car companies in 2008, then-President George W. Bush opted to use $17 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which had been enacted to extend loans to financial institutions caught in the mortgage backed securities meltdown. There was nothing in the law that had allowed the bailout funds to be used for auto manufacturers. The Administration just made it up.

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Congress Allows Obama to Slap Them With Cuba

Rick Manning

It only took a couple of days for the ink to dry on Congress' decision to fund the Obama administration's objectives for the rest of the year before it came back to bite them. The choice to fund all of the government for the next nine months, besides the Department of Homeland Security, means that Congress has little recourse to rein in Obama's Cuban bailout.

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It is Time for a Christian Values Party

Dave Daubenmire

This is the way the American political system works. Democrats/liberals are the counterweight to Republicans/conservatives. The constant teetering gives the impression of movement, but the status quo rarely changes. This has never been more evident than what has occurred in Congress since Obama was ‘handed his hat’ in the mid-term elections; except nothing has really changed. The teeter has tottered to Republican control of the Congress, yet the policies that Obama has pushed forward still remain in place.

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The Purpose of the Church

Michael Day

Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California has given us the idea of the purpose driven church and the purpose driven life. So, what are “the five basic fundamentals” of the Christian faith? Where did they come from?

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