Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Roberts to EPA Administrator: Farmers and Ranchers Under Attack from Agency

In a meeting today with Senate Agriculture Committee Republicans and Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Senator Pat Roberts said the agency has unfairly targeted farmers, ranchers and rural America with burdensome regulations. Audio here. “Kansans tell me the Agency’s work to regulate fuel storage tanks, prescribed burning of the Flint Hills prairie, cap and trade, pesticide permits, fugitive dust, let alone coal power and our water resources is an assault on our way of life,” Roberts said. “The rocky relationship between Midwest agriculture and the EPA is not new, but the latest round of proposed regulations is making many folks believe the rules are driven by an anti-agriculture agenda that is hurting the Kansas economy.” In the meeting, Roberts expressed frustration with the Agency’s recent dismissal of concerns from Kansans regarding the proposed Waters of the U.S. rules. Roberts took issue with the EPA’s recent campaign calling these concerns “myths.” “Just two weeks ago, you were in Missouri to meet with producers regarding the proposed Waters of the United States regulation. Farmers and ranchers had hoped they would be able to persuade you to recognize the far reaching and negative impacts of the proposed and interpretive rules, but the reports back have not been positive.” Roberts said. “To hear that their concerns were categorized as ‘silly’ or ‘ludicrous’ is truly frustrating.”...more

You have to appreciate what Senator Roberts is saying, and thank him for saying it.  But on the other hand here is a guy who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1980 to 1996, and has served in the Senate since 1997.  So whatever actions EPA takes it does so because politicians like Roberts have voted to grant that authority to EPA and have annually voted to fund the agency to undertake those actions.  Grilling agency heads is nice but just spewing words will bring no change. Maybe that's why he's refusing to debate his opponent in the Republican primary.

The National Park Service Tells an Oyster Farm to Shuck Off

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated Lewis Carroll's pronouncement when it refused to hear an appeal of a lower-court decision that would banish an oyster company from its home on a bucolic estuary an hour north of San Francisco. The highest court was the last hope for Drake Bay Oyster Company (DBOC) to stay in business; after almost a decade of political and legal wrangling, the family-run farm has been evicted from its home of 70 years. The oyster company is located in the Point Reyes National Seashore, a wilderness area established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and managed by the National Park Service. Drakes Estero, home of the oyster farm, was designated a "potential" wilderness area. The Park Service took over management and leased land back to preexistent dairymen, cattle ranchers, and the then-owner of the oyster farm. Since then, the NPS has consistently renewed expiring leases of ranchers. Based on the assumption that the oyster company's leases would also be renewed, a local rancher and businessman, Kevin Lunny, bought the farm in 2005. He invested nearly a million dollars for cleanup and upgrades, but the park service informed him that his lease wouldn't be renewed after all. He'd have to shut down when it expired in 2012. Members of the community and other supporters joined Lunny in a campaign to convince the park service to allow the farm to continue. They argued that the forced expulsion would be anathema to the original vision of the park, one in which wilderness would coexist with limited, sustainable agriculture (in this case, mariculture). They also challenged the very definition of wilderness as incompatible with people or farming in a place where humans have lived for 5000 or more years and coastal Miwok tribes cultivated oysters and other shellfish. Indeed, the original state of wilderness in the greater Bay Area included an abundance of oysters, which were wiped out when Europeans settled here. Lunny sued. Some environmentalists sided with DBOC, while others adamantly opposed it. (I'm friends with environmentalists on both sides of the issue.) The latter group held that if the oyster business were allowed to remain, it would set a dangerous precedent, potentially opening up protected wilderness throughout the country to commercial interests and even offshore oil drilling. They also charged that the farm threatened native harbor seals and eelgrass and otherwise harmed the estuary's fragile ecology...more

 That's a shame, but if that's a Wilderness area I'm sure the Park Service decisions were based on "sound science".  Well, maybe not...

Lunny challenged the veracity of the research that showed environmental damage. Independent analyses of the studies, conducted by the National Academy of Science and Interior Department's Inspector General, determined that the reports were replete with errors and distortions. Corey Goodman, PhD, former Chair of the National Academy of Sciences' Board on Life Sciences, conducted an independent investigation and concluded, "There is no scientific evidence of environmental harm, and I'll put my reputation on the line for it." In an editorial, Senator Dianne Feinstein chastised the NPS, writing, "The Park Service's repeated misrepresentations of the scientific record have damaged its trust with the local community, and stained its reputation for even-handed treatment of competing uses of public resources."

That should settle the issue.  Well, maybe not...

Eventually the NPS apologized and removed the faulty studies for its website, but it continued its efforts to evict the farm.

When it comes to Wilderness, it will win out over human enterprise every time, even if the federal rationale is "replete with errors and distortions".  And the federal employees who made "repeated misrepresentations of the scientific record"?  I'm sure they are doing fine, as are the enviros who pushed this. Hurt are the family, their employees and the local economy, all sacrificed on the alter of Wilderness.

Tracy: Balukoff Wrong on Wolf ‘Introduction,’ Depredation

As the Information Director for the Idaho Farm Bureau from 1988 to 1996, I had a front row seat to the so-called “reintroduction” of the wolves in 1995. I say so-called because the species of wolf that had lived in Idaho no longer existed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Defenders of Wildlife (DW) along with the other wolf supporters, like A.J. Balukoff, knew when they introduced the Canadian wolves into Idaho they would be placing a non-native species into the ecosystem. They did it anyway.

Why is this a problem? Environmental groups and wildlife biologists always claim we need to protect species in an ecosystem—like steelhead and salmon. Not always. The bull trout is now listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). USFWS and most sportsmen called bull trout a “char” before environmentalists decided it needed protection. Char feed on salmon and steelhead fingerlings like candy. Bull trout are not only a competitor to steelhead and salmon they are also a predator on these endangered species. Even former Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus and his Fish and Game Department said bull trout had been referred to as “trash fish.“ So when faced with the dilemma of what to do when the native Idaho wolves no longer existed the USFWS ignored the science, the biology and their own arguments and dumped an alien predator smack in the middle of Idaho.

Balukoff is wrong on the difference between “introduction” and “reintroduction.” During my time with the Idaho Farm Bureau (along with the Montana, Wyoming and American Farm Bureaus) we fought for years in the federal courts to keep these non-native wolves from being introduced into our states. We pointed out the devastation of wolf introduction in Minnesota on livestock and wildlife. DW promised Idaho that they would take care of any possible depredation payments to ranchers should they lose livestock to the wolves.

It didn’t take long for the wolves to strike. They were introduced in 1995. Within months a calf in the Stanley/Challis area was taken by a wolf. The rancher shot the wolf and a local veterinarian did an autopsy immediately on the non-native predator. He found plenty of calf parts in the wolf. We at the Farm Bureau had a video of the autopsy. In fact, the USFWS contacted me personally and threatened us with legal action if we didn’t provide the video.

Balukoff is wrong on how bad depredation has become for ranchers and sportsmen in Idaho. Predator wolves have decimated elk herds that have been one of the biggest tourism draws for out-of-state and out-of-country sportsmen wanting a big game experience. As if that were not bad enough, DW have not kept their promises they made 20 years ago about providing depredation payments to ranchers in Idaho.

Balukoff is wrong on the Wolf Board as well. If ranchers had been listened to in the first place, the wolf board and the tens of millions of dollars spent to bring in an alien predator; millions more would have never been needed to control this predator. Balukoff and his friends in the DW are the ones that have politicized this and haven’t listened from the start. Idaho was just fine until the Canadian wolves were introduced into Balukoff’s “ecosystem.“

Perhaps Balukoff wouldn’t be so wrong on wolves and endangered species when he supported their “introduction” in 1995 if he had done his research. Maybe it’s because he is a wealthy, liberal democrat from Boise without an inkling of what the average Idahoan thinks or feels about these issues. Balukoff in the Statehouse would be like inviting Obama, Clinton, the USFWS, and Defenders of Wildlife to Idaho to make these species decisions for us because Balukoff, like his friends, politicize ecosystem balance. They lack a true understanding of the needs of Idahoans.

Tracy was the Idaho Farm Bureau Information Director from 1988-96, served as Communication Director to U.S. Senator Larry Craig from 1996-2006, and now is a consultant in Boise.


‘Gut-wrenching’ losses in wildfire

Fires in Washington's Okanogan County have burned thousands of acres of rangeland, killed livestock, left ranches and orchards without power for irrigation and destroyed homes.
 TWISP, Wash. — Forage on thousands of acres of rangeland is gone, cattle are dead and orchards have been damaged by the Carlton Complex Fire that has also claimed 100 to 200 houses and other structures. As of July 22, 2,110 firefighters were battling the blaze, which was estimated at 250,000 acres, making it the largest fire in state history. Among the agricultural losses, about a dozen cattle ranchers with U.S. Forest Service grazing allotments appeared hardest hit since they won’t be able to graze those lands for a couple of years. They were still trying to determine the total number of cattle killed in the fire. Some apple, pear and cherry orchards were damaged, but mostly just their edges were singed as fire sought the path of least resistance and skirted green trees to find dry grass. The fire also destroyed a large part of Okanogan County’s electrical grid. With electricity knocked out, orchardists and ranchers were using small, gasoline generators to keep refrigerators and freezers running and acquiring larger generators to power irrigation pumps. The irrigation water is needed for orchard crops and trees, alfalfa and pastures. It may be a month or more before power is restored to some areas, said Dan Boettger, director of environmental and regulatory affairs for Okanogan County Public Utility District. “Our system has basically evaporated,” he said. “We have areas where the poles, wires and everything is gone. No trace of metal or anything.”...more

Buzzard wildfire near Burns leaves more dead and burned cattle in its wake

It's before dawn Tuesday but the mosquitoes are already up and biting as Bill Wilber, his two brothers, George and Pat Wilber, and their nephew, Casey Wilber, load four horses into a long aluminum trailer. Eight days ago, a wildfire — one of five that grew together to form the Buzzard complex about 45 miles southeast of Burns — raced across the rangeland above the Drewsey Field Ranch, scattering the family herd of about 750 cattle and calves. "We had lots of lightning, but we also had lots of rain,'' Bill Wilber says. "We really didn't anticipate the intensity of the fires. It just went on and on. There were not enough assets, not enough firefighters to get a handle on it." The complex has blackened nearly 400,000 acres of sagebrush and bunchgrass on steep, rocky hillsides, hop-scotching across the high desert in a mosaic. It's the largest range fire since 2012's Long Draw fire that burned 557,648 acres in southeastern Oregon – considered the most extensive in Oregon's modern history. The Buzzard complex – named for local landmark Buzzard Butte -- spared some areas, but other spots burned so hot and fast that 100-year-old junipers went up like Roman candles, a circular carpet of ash at their base. The cattle took off -- many trapped by the fire and losing their bearings. The Wilbers set out to find their livestock and inventory the damage. In the days before, they found seven cows and 13 calves that had succumbed to smoke or flames. They had to euthanize two other injured cows...more

45 cows killed by single lightning strike

A single lightning bolt killed 45 cattle on a Darby-area ranch last week. The cows, calves and a prize bull were crowded together under some small crabapple trees when the lightning struck, said rancher Jean Taylor. The incident happened Monday, July 14. “It was exactly at 10:28 p.m.,” Taylor said. “The clap of thunder woke me up. Some friends told me they felt the shock in their house.” The Taylors live south of Tin Cup Road. The family had spent years building their herd of Black Angus cattle. “They were beautiful cattle,” she said. “It killed cows and their calves and a bull that we had just bought last spring. It’s very sad.” Local ranchers helped the family dispose of the dead animals...

3 injured when lightning hits rodeo grounds

A cowboy and two spectators were taken by ambulance to a Hamilton hospital Saturday night after lightning hit a power pole at the Elite Bull Connection, sending an electric shock through the grandstands, rodeo chutes and bull pens. “It hit that one light pole and came down, and everything was so wet, it went in every direction,” said Cal Ruark, the Bull-O-Rama’s chairman. “I’m telling you what. It was deafening almost when it hit.” Miraculously, everyone survived the lightning’s strike, he said. “Everyone is accounted for, and as far as we know there is nothing life-threatening at this point. Thank goodness. That’s the important thing.” All three people taken to Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital were alert and conscious when they were loaded into ambulances, Ruark said. Sixty bull riders and probably 1,000 spectators were in the rodeo arena and grandstands when a thunderstorm rolled in from the south and pummeled Darby, drenching the grounds. Then came the lightning. One bolt struck directly across the river. The second strike hit the Bull-O-Rama. The strike was so sudden, Ruark said. “We had only bucked two bulls of 60. We were just getting started.” The injured bull rider was standing on the back of a metal chute, awaiting his ride. The injured spectators were in the grandstands. One of the rodeo announcers also suffered a burn to his hand, where he was holding the microphone in the middle of the wet arena...more

A bison boost for Native economies

“Buffalo is better for you than skinless chicken,” Karlene Hunter will tell you. “It has more omega-3s than an avocado.” Hunter is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and CEO of Native American Natural Foods. The company, which she cofounded in 2007, makes all-natural, low-calorie buffalo snacks (Tanka Bars, Tanka Sticks, Tanka Bites) sold in over 6,000 retail outlets, including Whole Foods, REI and Costco. Hunter’s company, which aims to source its food and ingredients from Native American producers, is now beginning a new project: Help native ranchers find economic opportunities and create more Native American sources of buffalo meat for her products.Currently Native American Natural Foods buys the wild rice it uses from Red Lake Nation Foods in Minnesota and its cranberries from processors in Wisconsin who deal directly with native growers. Yet only 17 percent of the company’s buffalo supply comes from Native producers. The new project, called the Tanka Fund, would help finance and support Natives in raising bison on Indian land in Western and Midwestern states. To make this happen, the company recently teamed up with Indian Land Tenure Foundation, a national organization that restores Native control of reservation lands that have fallen out of tribal ownership. “It’s a pretty broad area where buffalo do well,” says Cris Stainbrook, president of the Tenure Foundation. Over the next ten years, the money that Tanka Fund hopes to raise will be used to convert one million acres of land to tribal buffalo production. In addition, they plan to help support programs that introduce “sustainable, healthy food systems in American Indian communities.” Raising bison on Indian land isn’t new. Currently, there are groups like the Intertribal Buffalo Council, made up of 59 tribes, which own 15,000 to 20,000 buffalo intended to serve tribal communities. The Tanka Fund, however, will be looking to support entrepreneurs looking to engage in the market, rather than restoring communal herds...more

Border Ranchers: Politicians should have taken action 5 years ago

Meanwhile, ranchers say they've been bombarded by immigrants for a very long time, are paying the price and need lawmakers' help. "You'll see some evidence, every day, of them coming through," cattle rancher Ronnie Osburn says. The evidence could be an empty water jug, tossed like a bread crumb on the trail, or a fence ripped apart by desperate hands. "That's the way we live down here," Osburn says. Every day, Osburn works his land knowing - even while we're talking - immigrants are all around the extensive property. "Of course the coyotes, the guys leading them, they don't want to get caught," he says. The ranch is along Highway 281, a major highway that's also a major smuggling route. "I'm four miles south of the checkpoint," Osburn says. So to avoid Border Patrol agents, huge groups of immigrants - often armed, often carrying drugs - wind their way north through his ranch. "It's rough going in this sand," Osburn says. "You walk a mile in this sand, it's like walking five miles down the paved road." And along the way, they cut holes in fences or break pipes to get water. "Any equipment that's out there that has a key in it - or whichever way they can crank a tractor up - they're going to get in it and use it," Brooks County Sheriff's Office chief deputy Benny Martinez says. He says the cost of the damage is staggering. "Since '09, it's half a million dollars," chief deputy Martinez says. "Maybe closer to a million dollars in property damage to these ranchers." What you can't put a price on: the human toll. "You get that many people, you get that many stories," Osburn says. "Everyone's got their own story." His personal photographs show sometimes, his ranch becomes a final resting place. "This is about a 14-year-old girl that we found down south of where we're standing right now," Osburn says. "She'd been dead probably about ten days, maybe." It's chilling. And it's why the cattle rancher hopes this time, politicians are truly realizing just how high the stakes are. "It's like somebody finally turned on the light bulb up north of here," Osburn says...more

If any light bulbs are flickering, its only because this is an election year.

Migrant Crisis Stretches Into Texas Wilderness

Daniel Zamarripa loaded his police dog into the back of his patrol car and set out to track his quarry -- immigrants circumventing the local Border Patrol checkpoint. Zamarripa, 27, is one of 15 reserve deputies brought in to assist the Brooks County Sheriff's Office, whose four deputies have lately found themselves overwhelmed by 911 calls from migrants stranded on the vast ranches that stretch from here to the horizon in all directions. Then there are the bodies of migrants who didn't make it to retrieve and identify: 42 so far this year. Most attention to the crisis on the Southwest border has focused in recent weeks on the Rio Grande Valley, where many of the 57,000 unaccompanied children and a large number of families have crossed from Mexico since October, twice last year's total. Many surrender to immigration agents willingly at the Rio Grande, aware that they will be allowed to stay pending immigration court hearings. But an unknown number end up here, 70 miles north of the border, in the meadows and scrubland that have become the region's deadliest killing fields for migrants. Since 2009, authorities have recovered more than 400 immigrants' bodies in the county, including that of a 16-year-old Central American boy discovered last month. Law enforcement is under growing pressure to move quickly to save migrants and recover the dead. The challenge comes at a bad time of year, when brush is still abundant and high from recent rains, concealing both migrant routes and human remains. "These are critical months," Martinez said. "When the vegetation goes down, that's when you start locating bodies."...more

Ranch Radio Song Of The Day #1249

Ranch Radio's tune today is You Oughta See Pickles Now by Tommy Collins.  The song was recorded in Hollywood on June 17, 1955 for Capitol Records.

And yes, that is Alvis E. "Buck" Owens playing lead guitar and yes, Tommy Collins' real name was Leonard Sipes and he is the "Leonard" that Merle Haggard sang about in his cut by that name.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gave a presentation in Sierra County last night so running behind.  Please check back later.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Obama aides were warned of brewing border crisis

Nearly a year before President Obama declared a humanitarian crisis on the border, a team of experts arrived at the Fort Brown patrol station in Brownsville, Tex., and discovered a makeshift transportation depot for a deluge of foreign children. Thirty Border Patrol agents were assigned in August 2013 to drive the children to off-site showers, wash their clothes and make them sandwiches. As soon as those children were placed in temporary shelters, more arrived. An average of 66 were apprehended each day on the border and more than 24,000 cycled through Texas patrol stations in 2013. In a 41-page report to the Department of Homeland Security, the team from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) raised alarms about the federal government’s capacity to manage a situation that was expected to grow worse. The researchers’ observations were among the warning signs conveyed to the Obama administration over the past two years as a surge of Central American minors has crossed into south Texas illegally. More than 57,000 have entered the United States this year, swamping federal resources and catching the government unprepared. The administration did too little to heed those warnings, according to interviews with former government officials, outside experts and immigrant advocates, leading to an inadequate response that contributed to this summer’s escalating crisis...more

So was this mere incompetence, legitimate policy disagreement or pure politics dealing with immigration reform and Obama's re-election?

Writing at Breitbart, John Sexton says it was pure politics:

The White House was warned repeatedly that there was a growing crisis of unaccompanied minors on the border but chose not to address the issue for fear it would ruin the President's push for comprehensive immigration reform. A story in the Washington Post highlights a number of times the Obama administration was warned of the growing crisis on the border. For instance, a 2012 report by the Women's Refugee Commission spelled out the growing number of unaccompanied minors at the border which started in the fall of 2011...The Post story makes it clear that the administration didn't just fumble its response to the situation. The crisis was ignored for two years because of political considerations including the President's re-election and his push for comprehensive immigration reform. An unnamed source with knowledge of the situation tells the Post it came down to an internal disagreement between White House national security staffers worried about the border and "domestic policy advisers" focused on the politics. The individual tells the Post, "Was the White House told there were huge flows of Central Americans coming? Of course they were told. A lot of times. Was there a general lack of interest and a focus on the legislation? Yes, that’s where the focus was." In other words, the White House put its political goals over dealing with the crisis when it would have been more manageable.

Cartels suspected as high-caliber gunfire sends Border Patrol scrambling on Rio Grande

U.S. Border Patrol agents on the American side of the Rio Grande were forced to take cover Friday night when high-caliber weaponry was fired at them from the Mexican side of the river, sources told The weapons were fired at the U.S. side of the riverbank in the area of the Rincon Peninsula across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, Mexico, at about 8:30 p.m., sources said. Bullets ricocheted into an area where Border Patrol agents were positioned, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, told Border Patrol sources confirmed Gohmert's account, and said the shots may have been fired by .50-caliber weapons. "We don't have any armor that can stop a .50-caliber round, so our Border Patrol agents had to take cover when the rounds were richocheting around them," said Gohmert, who has been in the area for the last week to get a first-hand look at the border situation. "When the shooting stopped, about 40 to 50 people came out on the U.S. side and turned themselves in. So clearly the rounds were being fired to suppress every effort to stop anybody intervening with anyone or anything coming across," Gohmert added. "We have no idea what or how many or whom came across with the other illegal immigrants." Sources said they believe the gunfire came from members of Mexican drug cartels, which include former military members trained in shooting that type of weaponry. Border Patrol sources said the rounds were clearly identifiable because .50- caliber weapons make a distinctive noise when fired. Sources said they also believe this is the first time that Border Patrol agents have taken direct fire from the Mexican side of the river in this area...more

White House Hid Huge Spike Of Families Crossing Border

New data shows the White House has painted a false picture of the Central American migration by hiding a huge spike in “family units” who are illegally crossing the Texas border. The data, which was dumped by the U.S. border patrol late Friday afternoon, shows that inflow of youths and children traveling without parents has doubled since 2013, to 57,525 in the nine months up to July 2014. But the number of migrants who cross the border in so-called “family units” has spiked five-fold to 55,420, according to the border patrol’s data, which came out amid a storm of news about the shoot-down of a Malaysian aircraft in Ukraine, delays in failed U.S. nuke talks with Iran, and on Hamas’ continued war against Israel. In the Rio Grande area where most of the migrants are crossing the border, the number of so-called “unaccompanied children” was actually outnumbered by the inflow by adults, parents and children in “family units,” according to the data.  The much-faster growth in “family units” has been hidden by White House and agency officials, who have tried to portray the influx as a wave of children fleeing abuse and violence...more

Documents Detail Heinous Crimes Committed by Gang Members Being Housed in Nogales Processing Center

Late last week I reported 16 MS-13 gang members exploiting the unaccompanied minor crisis were being housed at a Border Patrol processing center in Nogales, Arizona. The gang members were discovered after graffiti was left on bathroom walls. Further investigation shows gang members from different criminal organizations were also discovered after a fight broke out between two rival MS-13 and 18th Street gang members in a shared holding cell. The gang members admitted in interviews with Border Patrol agents they had engaged in murder and torture in their home countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala before heading north to the United States. It was also confirmed through sources gang members have been using the processing center as a recruitment hub for new members.   Now, Border Patrol documents newly obtained exclusively by Townhall detail the crimes MS-13 and other gang members in the Nogales processing center admit to committing...more

Battle Over 2008 Law Conceals Real Border Fix, Says Report

President Barack Obama has conned GOP legislators and the media into blaming a 2008 anti-trafficking law for his failure to block the growing wave of migrants now crossing the Texas border, according to a new legal analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies. The 2008 law does’t limit Obama’s ability to block the wave of families, working-age youths and children, says the new report.  The juvenile illegal immigrants are voluntarily crossing the border to find jobs and live with parents already in the United States, and so they aren’t covered by the 2008 anti-trafficking law, said Jon Feere, a legal analyst at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which supports a reduction in the annual inflow of 1 million immigrants and 800,000 guest-workers. The debate over changing the law “should not become a distraction from addressing the bigger problem of lax enforcement [by the administration]… which continues to encourage people to come to the United States illegally,” he said...more

Editorial - Disease Tsunami Washing Across Our Border

    With medical professionals overwhelmed by border chaos, illegal aliens are being sent across the U.S. without basic health screening, raising the prospect of epidemics of diseases once thought eradicated.
    As unaccompanied minors from Central America who have flooded across President Obama's open borders are dispersed nationwide from Nebraska to Illinois to Massachusetts, concerns have arisen that the nation's health has been put at risk by poor and even absent medical screening.
    An internal Department of Defense memo obtained by ABC News reports that the director of refugee health at Health and Human Services "has identified a breakdown of the medical screening processes at the Nogales, Ariz., facility." This may be just the tip of a medical-disaster iceberg.
    Officials involved in moving the immigrants from Border Patrol processing centers to Health and Human Services facilities are, according to the memo, "putting sick (fevers and coughing) unaccompanied children on airplanes inbound for (Naval Base Ventura County) in addition to the chicken pox and coxsackie virus cases."
    Three unaccompanied minors were reportedly in the ICU at local hospitals in California, and two of them were diagnosed with strep pneumonia. The same naval base has experienced an outbreak of pneumonia and influenza among the unaccompanied minors at its detention facility.
    The dispersal of illegal aliens, including unaccompanied minors, throughout the U.S. without proper medical screening is an appalling dereliction of duty by a president and an administration sworn to protect the health and safety of American citizens.
    "Most of the border minors are being kept in overcrowded facilities ridden with poor hygiene," Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet, a preventive medicine specialist, told Breitbart News recently, adding, "This is the ideal condition for a viral outbreak."
    ...Border Patrol agents in Murrieta, Calif., have tested positive for tuberculosis. "We had one get bacterial pneumonia a couple days ago," Border Patrol union vice president Chris Cabrera told host Martha MacCallum on Fox News Channel's America's Newsroom Monday. "A lot of our guys are coming down with scabies or lice."
    "The Border Patrol is trying to play catch-up, and we're having a lot of diseases coming in, and some we haven't seen in decades," said Cabrera. "We are worried they'll spread throughout the United States, especially if they are being released and have the disease."
    We're worried as well.
    Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., who is also a medical doctor, has fired off a scathing letter to the director of the Centers for Disease Control.
    "As the unaccompanied children continue to be transported to shelters around the country on commercial airlines and other forms of transportation, I have serious concerns that the diseases carried by these children may begin to spread too rapidly to control," he says.
    "In fact, as you undoubtedly know, some of these diseases have no known cure."
Of particular concern, Gingrey continues, are "reports of illegal migrants carrying deadly diseases such as swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis." Also of concern, we would add, is the spread of measles and chicken pox among Americans.
    To repeat: President Obama is putting America's health at risk. His open-border policy is enough to make you sick — literally.

'Gunslingers' debuts Sunday (July 20) on the American Heroes Channel

To preview "Gunslingers," a new docu-drama miniseries mining the enduring appeal of Old West legends debuting Sunday (July 20) at 9 p.m. on the American Heroes Channel, the network brought Bob Boze Bell to the Summer TV Tour. Executive editor of "True West" magazine, Bell is one of the authorities interviewed in the episodes, which revisit the lives of Wyatt Earp (star of the premiere episode), Billy the Kid (July 27), Jesse James (Aug. 3), Wild Bill Hickok (played by Walt Willey of "All My Children" on Aug. 10) and so on. In addition to many scholars of Western lore, interviews in the series include David Milch ("Deadwood") and Kurt Russell ("Tombstone"). To its credit, "Gunslingers" doesn't just reprint the legends as they're widely held. A lot of those legends were written by newspapermen of the era, who often were as whisky-drunk as their subjects and sources. Generations of later researchers have gone behind the hand-set headlines, and many of today's best from those ranks were interviewed for the series...more

Ranch Radio Song Of The Day #1248

Its Swingin' Monday on Ranch Radio and here is Red Sovine with Farewell, So Long, Goodbye.

The number was recording in Nashville on March 5, 1951 for MGM.  Note MGM was the same label that Hank Williams recorded for and look who was in the studio that day backing up Sovine:  Don Helms on steel and Jerry Rivers on fiddle.