Most serious Bundy offense missing from PEER/HCN FOIA request for 2014 incidents

HCN mastheadAccording to the always refreshing High Country News (Paonia, Colorado), a joint request through FOIA by the magazine and PEER. (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)) has uncovered the potential for missing information related to this most serious incident last year.

Source: HCN

The new data include only two incident reports related to the Bundy standoff, including: “Threatening phone call in connection with Gold Butte operation.” Reports of the Bundy supporters pointing guns at federal officers during an impoundment of the rancher’s cattle did not make the list. Other BLM documents that PEER acquired in April indicate that there were many threats during and following the impoundment and standoff. This contradiction raises the question of how many other incidents the BLM has left off this list in previous years.

PEER has in the past compiled annual reports of such cases that involve BLM officials.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

HCN - BLM FED chartInformation provided by US Department of Interior and BLM to PEER, in response to a FOIA request for incidents that took place in 2014. (table in article)

The Convenient Pope, the convenient flag…

American-FlagWith all the talk lately about issues (by strange bedfellows), there is an occasion to pause and look at how issues are seen in the court of public opinion, versus the actual facts surrounding the matter.

Pope Francis is one such individual whose viewpoints are generally accepted, depending on your viewpoint on the validity of religion in general. However, when the Pope decided it was time to try saving the Earth, it was just too much. This is the part I don’t understand.

Likewise with the convenience of the Gadsden Flag, or the Stars and Bars. Which flag will be your symbol? Which is the most convenient to your mission? Where does the American Flag fit into your plans?

Flag nope biggerConvenience is another way of saying in this instance that we will pick and choose what we want to believe. This sounds okay so far, right? Certainly people use whatever they can to get their point across. Even outright lies and deception. Even when it is extremely important.

I think that we should, as a society, figure out that some people like religion, some don’t, and both sides will use what they want from religion to prove, in this case, a point they consider moral.

In for a dime, in for a dollar, I always say. I would rather stand up and say what I think rather than lean on a convenient symbol or a convenient leader to tell me what to talk about. This is true for everything in my life. I make the decisions I do based on what I think is right. That includes complaining.

What it doesn’t include is a lot of pandering about religion in light of the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage for all humans in this country. It doesn’t include a lot of ignorant statements about this country and some of the people in it, based on their subject’s beliefs and opinions.

I don’t like to scream at people, but sometimes, we all lose our minds about the rank hypocrisy in these situations.

No, nobody is treading on you. No, the Tea Party wasn’t what you think it was. Nope, nope, nope.

Yes, our planet is dying. Yes, our citizens die in the streets from both gunfire and hunger, both preventable and both a tragedy. Surely we have room in our hearts and our dialogue to solve these problems while respecting one another.

Cheap “…..Jiggery-pokery….” and applesauce and marriage for all!

The Daily Press’ Travis Fain is on the job with the news about today and yesterday:

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This from the Whitehouse website:

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There is such progress in the face of many serious problems in this country. We now join the rest of the civilized world with both of these decisions.

Multi-billion dollar government contractor Blue Cross should answer customers’ questions

The last time I contacted Blue Cross-Blue Shield about some issues I was having with them, it was January 17, 2015.

They have yet to answer my questions that I asked a year ago about their  behavior .

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Should this company, which makes hundreds of millions of dollars from FEHBP, be forced to answer questions from people who pay them every month?

(FEHBP – Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan)

I’m still waiting.