Collin County Judge Keith Self Is Ready for the "Federal War on Texas"

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Lake Lavon, which the Bureau of Land Managment wants to "study."
Last month, Collin County Judge Keith Self received what in normal times would be an unremarkable letter from the Bureau of Land Management.

The agency's Oklahoma office, the letter explains, is beginning an environmental impact study on about 40,000 acres in and around Lake Lavon. It's part of a larger, multi-state review, done in collaboration with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, of land and mineral deposits.

The BLM, "[i]n the spirit of government to government consultation and cooperation," then asks the Self and Collin County Commissioners Court to become a "Cooperating Agency" to ease the feds' planning efforts.

See also: Lubbock County Judge Predicts Civil War if Obama is Re-elected, Proposes Tax Hike

Not everyone in Collin County is so sure they want to cooperate with the federal government, especially the newly reviled BLM.

The Allen American's Bill Conrad was at Monday's commissioners court meeting, where residents and public officials voiced their suspicions that the BLM was preparing for a land grab, or worse:

Several of the 10 speakers at Monday's meeting mentioned that they felt this was part of the Obama administration's push to enact the policies of Agenda 21, a non-binding United Nations plan developed in 1993 dealing with sustainable development. They noted that since private property rights could be seen as an obstacle to the Agenda 21 movement, the seizure of property could be the first step toward its implementation. Another speaker mentioned that they were worried that the Bureau of Indian Affairs' involvement could lead to Native American casinos and toll roads coming to the county.

One of the speakers, Michael Openshaw, said he is worried about what the study could find and what impact it might have on county residents.

"I am worried they may find some [animal] and decide that lowering the water of Lake Lavon would be dangerous to [the animal], and they cut us off from the water," he said.

Commissioner Mark Reid heard them loud and clear.

"I have gone back and forth on this all week," he said. "I have grave concerns that we are being railroaded, that they will somehow use our participation as an excuse to justify whatever they want to do."

Reid wound up being the only no vote, but not by a lot.

"I think the question is how do we best protect our county?" Self mused. "There is no doubt that there is a federal war on Texas."

In this case, he decided, the best way to fight it is by sitting down with the federal government so landowners at least have a say in the process.

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Lunatic50
Lunatic50

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JackJett
JackJett

Something so freaky about that pic.

kduble
kduble

Cookoo for Cocoa Puffs.

ozma207
ozma207

"There is no doubt that there is a federal war on Texas."


Thank you, right wing media for a elected official being able to say something so incredibly stupid without being laughed out of the room. Here's your $166.7 billion of "war on Texas": http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/TXOTRA

MattL11
MattL11

Good to know that it's not just Dallas County that's being run by crazies. 

smcdonald1
smcdonald1

As this article opens "what in normal times..." These are not normal times.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Back in the day the FED GOV held the purse strings when it came to funding a lot of BIG BUDGET BIG TICKET Civil Engineering projects  .

That was before  it was thought of as EVIL .

I doubt Lavon or a lot of the other Man made lakes in our area would exist with out Funds from Washington ..OUR OWN taxes coming back to the area sometimes/always is more like it  with strings attached

So all those years ago what did Collin county agree to allow  to the FED GOV -->. To Govern by what ever means the Fed Gov Governs insert the initials here <---- around  the lake and surrounding area in the  future ( Which is Today )in the Deal to create Lake Lavon 

If they sold their Soul for the water ? It looks like the Devil has come to collect 



P1Gunter
P1Gunter

The paranoia people have astounds me.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

Collin County should be more cooperative. Would also like to see the Bureau of Wasteful Spending involved on some level.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

"There is no doubt there is a federal war on Texas." Well, actually, that war ended in 1865 ... Texas lost. Get over it.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

LAVON is  CORPS OF ENGINEERING LAKE it is BLM property .


generalpoole
generalpoole

I followed the Bundy fiasco closely and now have sharp concerns about uninvited BLM activity on the Red River.  Now I'm concerned about BLM motives that led to its wish to "study" Lake Lavon.  This administration often has demonstrated a brazen willingness to ignore many of its constitutional limitations by using intimidation and litigation to have its way in spite of popular opposition.  Anyone who believes this administration is simply doing its job is naïve.  This administration also hates the fact that Texas is economically successful and conservative.  Due to this sudden interest in relatively small environmental projects, I have no doubt that this administration also resents the fact that Texas manages 98.2 percent of its land with few problems and little need for federal oversight.  While following BLM activities, I was shocked and disappointed to learn that many otherwise conservative and rational people are convinced that state employees are intellectually inferior to federal bureaucrats. Seems most are set in a rock solid belief that local people are so stupid as to be totally incapable of managing local lands. Further, most hold such opinion even if federal funding were redirected from BLM, EPA, et al., to the states.


That said, I believe these discussions are sideshows to a higher objective.  I believe the ultimate goal is to create precedence for future federalization of private lands.  This administration does not accept the inescapable fact that the initial federal policy generally was to transfer ownership of federal lands to private and state ownership.  Over the years since formation of the 12 most heavily regulated western states, the idea was hijacked by studies, regulations, memoranda and backroom political deals.  The federal government simply kept the land and established bureaus, agencies and departments that created thousands of regulations that we all must follow.  Compliance now is virtually impossible.  I believe the federal government should be limited to the powers enumerated in the Constitution and everything else left to the states. Following the current path, in time, private enterprise will be subordinated to government enterprise.  And for the land, private stewardship will be subordinated to government stewardship. I'll be critical of any local politician who allows the BLM to have its way uninvited.

fred.garvin.mp.713
fred.garvin.mp.713

I have a theory about all this conspiracy talk: the baby boomer generation smoked so much pot and dropped so much bad acid, that it accumulated in their brains. Now it's leaching back out. Maybe Viagra or Boniva is the culprit, who knows. Or constant cable News Alert banners, hard to say.

But the result is tragic. Instead of easing into retirement gently, they are all collectively having some rough flashbacks. Kind of all fits together, as I see it.

pak152
pak152

@ozma207 and how much of that money was taken away originally in the form of federal taxes (income, gas, excise, etc)?

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@smcdonald1  Are they the "new normal times," though? And when does the "new normal" just become "normal"?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@P1Gunter  Yeah, what kind of rube thinks that just because they've done this every other place they've come into means that they are going to do it here?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  

I think that was the response the pregnant illegals had at Parkland when asked to fill out the Affordable Healthcare Act reams of paperwork.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@oakclifftownie  

The Corps of Engineers is a department of the Army.  The North Texas Water District owns the water.

Lavon is a retention lake.  It's why is fluctuates so wildly.

It is designed to keep Lake Ray Hubbard (relatively) level.

It is not "managed" by the BLM (or the BIA - ha!).

ozma207
ozma207

@generalpoole  Yes, the ongoing "Bundy fiasco" where an octogenarian is ignoring two court orders issued just last year by, respectively, a Reagan-appointed judge and a George W. Bush-appointed judge to remove his cattle from land that belongs to the United States, authorizing the government to remove them if he does not and enjoining him from interfering with the actions of federal employees doing so. That's not even mentioning the likely violations of 18 U.S. Code § 231, to wit:


2) Whoever transports or manufactures for transportation in commerce any firearm, or explosive or incendiary device, knowing or having reason to know or intending that the same will be used unlawfully in furtherance of a civil disorder; or(3) Whoever commits or attempts to commit any act to obstruct, impede, or interfere with any fireman or law enforcement officer lawfully engaged in the lawful performance of his official duties incident to and during the commission of a civil disorder which in any way or degree obstructs, delays, or adversely affects commerce or the movement of any article or commodity in commerce or the conduct or performance of any federally protected function—Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@generalpoole  Yep, you said it, compadre ... the government hates our freedom and can't wait to take it away. Resist and it's off to the Gulag for you.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

How is Fox News this morning?

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@fred.garvin.mp.713  I like it. More likely, it's an extension of the culture war. Those of a more conservative bent -- boomers and greatest gen, coupled with younger, mostly white, men -- have found the world around them swinging toward the progressive end of the spectrum a little too quickly for comfort. Contributing factors include the post-9/11 reality of terrorism, the economic downturn, immigration and the changing ethnic composition, same-sex marriage, secularism and female empowerment.

They feel disenfranchised and disconnected from the idealized "America" they once knew and loved. Who's to blame? You guessed it, the shadowy New World Order, which of course is led here in the States by a president that has been reviled by these folks as everything from a Kenyan-born Muslim terrorist sympathizer to the usher of the Antichrist. What's the response? Often it's anti-federalism, collecting firearms and a general suspicion of everything and everyone connected with the government. These attitudes help restore - for them - a sense of empowerment.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@everlastingphelps @P1Gunter  Yep, that settles it -- it's a land grab. First, they take our land, then our guns, then the rest of our FREEDOM! Stand your ground, fellow Texans, against this federal tyranny perpetrated by Obama and his socialist freedom-haters!

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

@holmantx

Lavon is a retention lake.  It's why is fluctuates so wildly.

It is designed to keep Lake Ray Hubbard (relatively) level.

Who has their hands on the levers ? 

From their website."

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District welcomes you to Lavon Lake, located in Wylie, Texas.

Our mission: Supply water to the member cities of the North Texas Municipal Water District; to provide flood control to the Collin, Dallas and Rockwall County areas, and to offer some of the best fishing, camping and boating in Texas.

fred.garvin.mp.713
fred.garvin.mp.713

It's just a theory, but I'm putting it out there. Oh, almost forgot: TM.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@holmantx-Dude, it would behoove you not to say anything else today that makes you look stupid.

pak152
pak152

@oakclifftownie so I put on my supersecret federal decoder glasses, but I couldn't find anything in what you copied that says "bureau of land managment". did I miss something?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@oakclifftownie The Army Corps of Engineers is not the BLM.  Not even in the same Department.  BLM is part of the Department of the Interior.  They don't have a very big presence in TX because there isn't much federally owned public land in TX.  I'd be surprised if they have any regional or district offices here at all.  ACE is not giving it's control of reservoirs up to BLM nor is FWS giving up its management of fish and wildlife to BLM.  If BLM is 'looking' at land in TX, it is for the purpose of grabbing it.  This might be good, it might be bad.  Depends on the land in question and to what end the BLM wants it.  It would also probably be very dependent upon whether or not it is your land the BLM is grabbing.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@oakclifftownie  

The U.S. Corps of Engineers manages the lake.  Certainly not the Bureau of Land Management.  Those cats manage federally owned lands, primarily in the western states.

The Army builds and operates dams in flood plains under the Flood Control Act of 1936.  They also control the use of lands in estuaries and newly designated Wetlands - a major point of contention for today's landowners since you lawn can be in a defined Wetlands if left inundated with water.

Every now and then the Corps will get into an agreement with the BLM on some specific project where federal lands are involved but it is not even remotely accurate to say that the BLM is synonymous with the Army Corps of Engineers.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@ghkyluhhje @holmantx  

You remind me of the Black Knight (of Monty Python fame) who continued to taunt after King Arthur lopped off his legs and arms.

"'Tis but a scratch!"

"'It's just a flesh wound!!"

"All right, we'll call it a draw"

kid, you are embarrassing yourself

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