What does America stand for?

Our founding fathers made an incredibly brave stand and wrote the Declaration of Independence. They knew by making a stand for what they believed in that they would not win an across the board popularity contest.

Next came the great Constitution of the United States.

The premises within that document began to build the consciousness of a nation. When I walk through the law libraries and touch the pages (yes, I feel books give a sense that the electronic age desensitizes) you literally feel the development of the identity of this nation.

Case law that demonstrates the evolution of the premises within the Constitution can literally remind you of the pride that is “America.” Sometimes it appears this occurs in spite of ourselves. Civil and human rights cases exist that when you read the cases themselves there is shame that what seems like a “no brainer” in current times was actually an issue that had to be decided within the judicial system. The pages are filled with “bad children” being given rules filtered through the guidelines our “founding fathers” left for us.

Within the Bill of Rights a concept was so important to our “fathers” that it was listed first. (The right to bear arms was second).

“The founding fathers gave the press the mission to inform the people and promote the free flow of facts and ideas, however untimely or challenging or disagreeable those facts and ideas may be.” — Katharine Graham, publisher, The Washington Post, 1973

The concept of a free press is to allow the public an opportunity to investigate and report on the activities of it’s government without fear of reprisal and censorship. The intention is that the true power of decision making in a Democratic society comes from an educated public conveying ideas to a representative that then advocates those positions in debate within a Senate and House toward shaping our nation.

Within the dialogue of “Wild Horse and Burro Program” implemented by the BLM we have a serious breakdown of this process. Plain and simple the public, Congress and often BLM employess themselves are seriously uninformed.

There is currently a lawsuit that has been patiently waiting to actually be heard within the judicial system. A synopsis of the case can (and should) be read at http://www.rcfp.org/newsitems/index.php?i=11713 this is an article written by The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Congress asks for information and the BLM will chose an “independent” organization (read “pro-slaughter”) to do an investigation or an investigation occurs in house. The reports are continually bias or outright filled with ommisions and inaccuracies. Would we allow the tobacco industry to self-police? Would we make an appointment before showing up to do a search of a crime scene with a suspected perpetrator?

It appears yet again that an “independent” review is being prepared for the BLM by those chosen by the BLM. Those doing the review were suposedly on site Wednesday and Thursday of last week. I was not given the same access to the trap that they were. Activity at holding was very different when the government observers showed up with BLM public relations.

Last week Representative Burton made these statements to the House as a proposal to cut the BLM’s budget in a “slap on the wrist” gesture was made: “It seems to me that we ought to be frugal with the public’s money. We ought to cut the Bureau of Land Management’s budget so that we can save the money and save the mustangs.”

The wild horse advocate community has expressed sincere gratitude toward Burton. He has demonstrated bravery displayed by our founding fathers in bringing this dialogue into a forum that has the power to effect the change needed.

But in all honesty how can any dialogue be effective if that dialogue addresses symptoms of a long standing problem without taking the time to look for the root cause? Any symptomatic reaction has the potential to create a reality that has consequense worse than the current situation. A full investigation of the program and the consequence of placing the implementation of the 1971 Legislation into the hands of an agency with an apparent conflict of interest and often literally “inbred” with those that perpetrated the actions that spurred the need to pass the 71 Act in the first place is sorely absent. Why would any “change” be expected to be implemented any differently? It’s like changing the product you put in a meat grinder… it still comes out in the same fashion.

Until a dialogue actually begins to exist that addresses the root causes, arbitrary boundaries and policy that caters to special interests, the change needed to protect the “living symbol of the pioneer spirit of the west” will not happen.

If the information about the hands on care being done “humanely,” the most basic premise of the 71 Act, remains in the realm of “content control” … how can dialogue in any real fashion exist?

The first step in acheiving that dialogue are independent observations that can only occur when the rights of the public to investigate and formulate opinion is protected. The closed door facilities must be open. Records must be made available in a timely manner for review without the need to file Freedom of Information Act requests. The ability to independently observe the hands on actions of contractors and government employees must occur on an extended basis and not in “periodic windows” at the discretion of those under scrutiny.

“I have taken an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States more times than I can count,” said attorney Gordon Cowan, “that’s what this case is all about.”



2/9/2011 (horses dying from pneumonia from treatment similiar)


2/2/2011 Antelope Roundup

As photos get out access gets worse. I have not been able to get a respiration rate in over a year.

Can you see condition of any horses from here?

*******note: posts containing certain uses of profanity go into a folder that WordPress set up as a filter. Any posts that are profane attacks and not an attempt at dialogue go into a spam folder. Also be aware that if you posts alot of links you also get tagged as spam by WordPress………

13 thoughts on “What does America stand for?

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  2. sandra longley says:

    Freedom was never anything more than words on a piece of paper until someone decided to make it work..demanding government to honor those words is what being a citizen in a democracy is about..When we become too lazy to fight for it we lose it..Its everyones responsability to step up and fight for it..and its a fight worth having..thanks for fighting

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  4. Suzanne Moore says:

    I totally agree, Laura. The day you filed in the Ninth Circuit, I was about to ask if Judge Hicks was still alive or hibernating or WHAT. Too disgusting for words….

    This piece is just beautiful. I’m sending it to my So-Called Representatives in DC.

  5. arlene says:

    Dotto Suzanne, This is a wonderful way to help our Mustangs, these go to a;; Ohio Reps , tomorrow morning, Thanks Laura for the reminder ………….



  7. Louie Cocroft says:

    Suzanne, that is a good idea. This is the perfect piece to send to our elected representatives and senators. Monday is probably a holiday for Fed workers.

    • Suzanne Moore says:

      Of course it’s a holiday for them, Louie. Well, as my hubby always says, “If Congress is not in session, they can’t do any harm.” 😉

  8. Louie Cocroft says:

    Yes, Suzanne, we need to send them home and tell them to stay there.

  9. Anna says:

    comment: why not turn out herds of geldings to the HMA

    Q – Why doesn’t BLM geld (sterilize) the stallions then turn them back out?
    A – BLM generally captures only about 80-85% of the animals present during any given gather, leaving 15-20% of the animals uncaptured. Of these, about half of the uncaptured animals are stallions which would remain available to breed the mares.
    The application of fertility control to stallions as a means of population control has been the subject of debate for several years. Anecdotal reports from the field (Coates-Markle, personal communication 2003) suggest that 15-40% of foals in a band may be sired by a stallion other than the dominant harem stallion. This is supported by scientific literature that reports 15-30% of foals were not sired by a stallion associated with the dam’s band (Bowling 1990, Kaseda 1996). The stallion approach, as a means of contraception, has been studied in a small number of stallions in a limited number of herds. Kirkpatrick (1982) studied the effect of a short acting agent (testosterone proprionate, lasts 3-6 months) used in bands with only one stallion and reported that foaling was reduced by about 80%. However, Eagle (1993, also reported by Asa 1999) studied the effects of surgical vasectomy in 2 more diverse Great Basin Herds and did not find as promising a result. Foaling rates only seemed lower in one HMA in the first year of the study, with only a marginal effect reported for the second year and no significant affect detected in 6 of 7 observations over two years in a second HMA. The authors concluded that “although sterilization of dominant males may be an effective treatment to reduce foaling in a small sample of bands selected from a population, this treatment might not limit population growth.”

    My answer is to put many Geldings to the HMA; to “slow the population growth; to prevent the BLM’s spring foal crop…blm writes: this treatment of putting Geldings to hma this treatment might not limit population growth.”

    anne’s comment; no you ridiculous people; Gelding STOPS population growth; so obviously gelding limits growth !


    and yes the term “Spring Foal Crop” is from the BLM website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!a

  10. Anna says:

    “BLM Blasphemy of the Day” submitted by Anne White usa

    BLM writes:

    The authors concluded that “although sterilization of dominant males may be an effective treatment to reduce foaling in a small sample of bands selected from a population, this treatment might not limit population growth.”

    The BLM says: the number of foals produced does not affect (limit) population growth ! is this why the BLM does not “count foal populations until they are 4 mos. of age !

    DOWN WITH THE BLM…may they be “closed by Washington

  11. arlene orlando says:

    The Sooner America gets rid of the BLM , the better !!! The Damage they have already caused may never be rectified , they have made our Mustangs suffer unthinkable horrors, this is not anyway to treat Our Mustangs who have throughout History been our Allies in every walk of life………………..The BLM turns my stomach with every move and every word that comes out of there Lieing mouths, They Have Disgraced America and its people , with greed and cruelty , lies and most of all the Beauty that America finds in its WILD MUSTANGS, these are not the people or the image Americas people want the world to see……… The World cannot believe that America has not stopped these Greedy Bastards………………………………. The Mustangs are Americas Representatives of Power and Freedom and Beauty…………… and the BLM needs to be Closed and a new agency appointed by the People needs to bring them back from the hell The BLM has made for them………. and free them back to the Land that belongs to them…… Wild Mustangs and Freedom walk hand and hand……

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