Bears Ears National Monument is a United States national monument located in San Juan County in southeastern Utah, established by President Barack Obama by presidential proclamation on December 28, 2016. The monument’s original size was 1,351,849 acres (547,074 ha), which was controversially reduced 85% by President Donald Trump on December 4, 2017. The monument protects the public land surrounding the Bears Ears—a pair of buttes—and the Indian Creek corridor rock climbing area. The area within the monument is largely undeveloped and contains a wide array of historic, cultural and natural resources. The monument is co-managed by the Bureau of Land Management and United States Forest Service (through the Manti-La Sal National Forest), along with a coalition of five local Native American tribes; the Navajo Nation, Hopi, Ute Mountain Ute, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, and the Pueblo of Zuni, all of which have ancestral ties to the region. A proclamation issued by President Trump on December 4, 2017 reduced the monument to 201,876 acres (81,696 ha)—an exceptionally large reduction that is unprecedented in the history of U.S. national monuments. National monuments have been reduced by previous presidents, but not since 1963 and never to such a large degree. Legal scholars have argued that the reduction is not authorized by law, and several federal lawsuits have been filed challenging Trump’s action.
With “All hands on the Bears Ears,” we are distressed about what mischief or tragedy or comedy has been or is now afoot next at the Department of the Interior and Bears Ears!
First we report …
“I was scared, and my heart was racing,” Begay said in a press statement following the encounter. “It felt condescending and unnecessarily aggressive. I have no idea why asking a simple question to somebody who is on a “listening tour” would react so aggressively.”
“There was never a hoss’ what’ couldn’t be rode and there was never a cowboy what’ couldn’t be throwed.”
A quick aside here …
Now before ya’ll readers get too highfalutin about “Smoky the Cow Horse” used as a citation and metaphor chasing His Eminence around herein, Thomas Crombie Schelling (April 14, 1921 – December 13, 2016) said that Smoky the Cowhorse was the most influential book he ever read. “He’d say it was the first time he understood empathy for other human beings” Schelling was an American economist and professor of foreign policy, national security, nuclear strategy, and arms control at the School of Public Policy at University of Maryland, College Park. He was also co-faculty at the New England Complex Systems Institute. He (Schelling) was awarded the 2005 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (shared with Robert Aumann) for “having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis.”
Moving on …
From EcoWatch by Lorraine Chow May. 10, 2017 12:47PM EST During a tour of the heavily contested Bears Ears National Monument in Utah on Monday, U.S. Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke pointed a finger at monument supporter Cassandra Begay and told her to “be nice” after she repeatedly questioned the secretary about not spending more time talking with tribal leaders as part of his monuments review. Begay, a tribal liaison with the group Peaceful Advocates for Native Dialogue & Organizing Support, described the encounter as “condescending and unnecessarily aggressive.” Read more of this excellent article here.
Here we go again …
What’s more stupid than stupid? Is it Stupider, or Stupidest? Sure … Mr. Navy SEAL Secretary Zinke You may have thought Rep. Hanabusa was fair and easy game because she is “just” a diminutive female Japanese American Congresswoman from Hawaii. Unless … unless in fact You were to have commissioned an assessment before leaping off the roof head first onto her turf. You would have learned from your assessment and her personality profile that she has inherited the grit and guts and intellect of her ancestors … in sum … she’s a bright, stand up, two fisted representative related by blood to the most loyal and the “best of the best” American citizens ever. Ever hear of the Greatest Generation’s much decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team composed almost entirely of American soldiers of Japanese/American descent? The opposite of stupid, let’s be smart enough to NOT tangle with or antagonize a little lady who has that same culture in her heritage and who has a grip on Your budget!
After Hawaii’s Rep. Colleen Hanabusa recounted the experiences of her grandfather at a U.S. internment camp during WWII , Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke carelessly responded by happily saying ‘konnichiwa’ as ‘Hanabusa’ was questioning Zinke on the elimination of the Japanese American confinement sites program proposed in Trump’s 2019 budget. At least one “capture” shows an onlooker who was visibly shocked by his remark. Konnichiwa is a Japanese greeting, typically meaning ‘good afternoon’. Note the incredulity and immediate shock …
Rep. Hanabusa quietly but directly set Him straight with, “I think it’s still ‘Ohayo Gozaimasu’ (good morning) but that’s O.K.”
He works for us??? Really poor timing we’d say. See it here … listen for yourself.
You might be tempted to conclude that this is, “Much Ado About Nothing.” Not so! Most basic pay grade U.S. Army Special Forces “Green Beret” troopers would be dismayed and disciplined for having made such a stupid mistake and for not having done his homework … an assessment. However, from Mr. Navy SEAL Secretary Zinke’s cavalier and light minded approach, it is obvious that Democrat Colleen Hanabusa is the enemy and Mr. Navy SEAL Secretary Zinke is either purposefully, arrogantly sloppy with or completely oblivious to His own ridiculous gaffe. His smirks for effect throughout His budget testimony are noted. His failed, sophomoric and childish attempt at humor and ingratiation with Rep. Hanabusa have validated His careless and arrogant mannerisms.
“Petulant, pompous, patronizing, Imperial, bombastic, affectatious, arrogant, hubristic, peevish, bad-tempered, querulous, pettish, fretful, cross, irritable, sulky, snappish, crotchety, cavalier, touchy, tetchy, testy, fractious, grumpy, disgruntled, crabby, grouchy, cranky,” are all words coming to mind at the moment.
Or is it that the foregoing characterizations of conduct are but a mask for insecurity?
Moving on agin …
Did You really say the following? “I’m a geologist,” He said. “I can assure you that oil and gas in Bears Ears was not part of My decision matrix. A geologist will tell you there is little, if any, oil and gas.”
According to Wikipedia, “Zinke earned a B.S. in geology in 1984 and graduated with honors. In American Commander, he wrote that he decided on his major by ‘randomly pointing to a major from the academic catalog.’ Zinke’s intended career path was underwater geology. Despite never working as a geologist, Zinke publicly refers to himself as a geologist. ”
At a hearing …
The video, “YOU ARE ONE OF MY BIGGEST REGRETS!!!” Senator Ron Wyden GETS PISSED OFF & DESTROYS Ryan Zinke, is too long for this posting but is reflective of more of Mr. Secretary Zinke’s persona replete with multitudinous attitudes and irresponsible behaviors.
Why are you squeezing the Bears’ Ears and other monuments so? Indeed … deplorable timing on your part Mr. Secretary Zinke.
Issues? … Many!
Zinke is in trouble … for our readers we suggest visiting: “Secretary Zinke … “There’s No Smoke without Fire.” You will find a summary of Inspector General complaints and investigations regarding His Eminence.
Zinke Scandals … A timeline of scandals and ethical shortfalls at Ryan Zinke’s Interior Department … Journalists have uncovered a long list of the interior secretary’s scandals and controversies Blog ››› May 7, 2018 12:33 PM EDT ››› EVLONDO COOPER
Zinke is a liar or someone who is shilling for him is a liar … All of the falsehoods in Ryan Zinke’s leaked national monuments report here …
Zinke Deals with Haliburton … Exclusive: Zinke linked to real estate deal with Halliburton chairman In the interior secretary’s hometown, a development brings together the head of the nation’s largest oil-services company and a foundation created by the man who regulates it. By BEN LEFEBVRE and NICK JULIANO 06/19/2018 05:05 AM EDT See here as well http://kuer.org/post/internal-emails-raise-questions-about-zinkes-link-oil-executive
Zinke Foundation … Google Roster of Stories
Zinke Missing in action …The following from Aaron Weiss Media Director Center for Western Priorities Twitter: @aweiss Aug 17, 2017 Secretary Zinke goes on Mediterranean vacation with only one week left to decide the fate of more than a dozen monuments he’s never visited . He promised a rigorous analysis. Instead we got a sham review and a foreign vacation. Ryan and Lola Zinke on vacation in the Mediterranean.
Zinke Strong-Arming … Is the DOI Strong-Arming National Park Leaders?
Dan Wenk was a career Park Service official who was well-respected by Republicans and Democrats. But he made the mistake of disagreeing with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Zinke Fishy … That fishy contract to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electric grid is now a bona fide scandal. by Emily Atkin
Zinke Lump … The Trump administration gave presents to oil and gas companies; taxpayers got a lump of coal Aaron Weiss Media Director | Center for Western Priorities | Twitter: @aweiss
Zinke Claim Jumper … Dumper … Pumper! He’s a Claim Jumper because He jumps at the chance to lay claim for profit and plunder to the West’s cherished lands. He’s a claim dumper because He’s dumped those lands into a political grist mill flooded with Goodfellas ready to advantage themselves of the plunder. He’s a pumper in the sense that He’s “pumping up” a reprehensible environmental rhetoric that is incredibly false and misleading.
President Trump opens 2 million acres inside national monuments to mining You won’t believe how easy it is for a company or individual to stake a mining claim! Jesse Prentice-Dunn Advocacy Director | Center for Western Priorities
Take particular note of, “Today, Energy Fuels Resources owns and operates a uranium mine and mill just outside the boundaries of the monument, and is connected to dozens of claims in the area. When Secretary Zinke visited the region, representatives for the company shadowed him, passing out maps of proposed cuts to the monument. Phil Lyman, a local county commissioner pushing for the monument’s elimination, noted “They wanted to talk to anyone who’d listen.” The full extent of the company’s demands is evident in their May 25 letter to Secretary Zinke, in which they asked for dramatic reductions to the monument, arguing “there are also many other known uranium and vanadium deposits located within the newly created BENM.” We’ll have much more to say about Energy Fuels Resources and their connections to the Goodfellas Stay tuned!
What on God’s good Western Earth is going on? Why was He a “no show” at all of those monuments? Is He hiding from something? A real SEAL in hiding? We know that His galloping all over the Nation hasn’t been well received … but in hiding … a real SEAL?
What to do … ignore … laugh him off … salute… flip Him off?
We honor Mr. Navy SEAL Secretary Zinke’s military service. We also honor His compatriots, the Navy SEALs who are superbly trained, superbly qualified, and often very quickly tasked to perform flawlessly and professionally under the most trying and dangerous of circumstances … but tasked to perform mostly in one dimension … “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead“ … “Kill em’ all and let God sort em’ out!”
The foregoing “Damn” and “Kill” sounds a lot like the one dimensional approach to our beloved Western lands that His Eminence has taken while at the helm of the Department of the Interior.
SEAL out of water …
We propose a solution. Whereas … the U.S. Army Special Forces Green Berets are multi-dimensional professionals trained and ordered to be super sensitive to timing, language, culture, and collateral matters. Therefore, regardless of His SEAL zeal and affiliations, we recommend that Mr. Navy SEAL Secretary Zinke assign a Green Beret, Operations Sergeant to His Eminence. This assignment would be for the purpose of producing the profiles and assessments necessary to enlighten and prevent Himself from regularly repeating His heretofore embarrassing, asinine behaviors. After all, He works for us. We emphasize that political representatives on both sides of the aisle deserve flawless professionalism, mature deference, dignified respect, and impeccable timing from the people who work for them.
Any wise old Special Forces Operations Sergeant could be most helpful to His Eminence in that regard. In mind, for example, is a former Marine and decorated Vietnam Veteran who transferred to the Army’s Green Berets. He also served in Afghanistan. Oh … and by-the-way … he’s a citizen with a Masters Degree in Statistics who soldiers on weekends and deploys abroad from time to time returning home to duty as a Husband, Father, Grandfather, businessman, religious leader, beloved friend and neighbor. He’s quiet, unassuming and You couldn’t find him in a crowd unless You knew him. He wouldn’t be a threat to Your Presence … Your Eminence.
We know it might be difficult for His Eminence to take counsel and advice from a quasi soldier/civilian, but Mr. Navy SEAL Secretary Zinke You could surely spare Yourself the indignity of continuing to make an ass of Yourself if You would but just listen and learn. Trotting back to Your first day on the job, to Your grand entrance, and to your flying the flag in honor of Yourself. Do You, Your Eminence, have any idea how many people find it ludicrous, hilarious and are guffawing their guts out about your imperial arrival? Ah but there may be hope. Sergeant Major will help You understand the timing, deference, dignity, and decorum required of Your job and service to the citizens who pay you.
See the following video of the imperious Mr. Navy SEAL Secretary Zinke as He entered center stage. This was His first and best moment of power, prestige, and posterity. Twitterpated, slapping backs, shaking hands and revelling, His Eminence ascended to the throne at the Department of the Interior. As one might imagine, the event was peopled by Federal employees … most likely distracted, disgusted and directed (forced) to be present. Federal employees only have to look on all sides and in house to watch the likes of Mr. Navy SEAL Secretary Zinkes come and go.
Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a recent interview ribbed her successor for choosing to fly his own personal flag over the agency’s headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., when He is in the building.
The process involves a security staffer going up to the roof and hoisting a special “secretarial flag,” which is emblazoned with the agency’s bison seal and flanked by seven white stars, whenever Zinke enters the building. The flag then comes down whenever Zinke leaves.
“I had no idea there was a secretarial flag,” Jewell told HuffPost. “And if I had known there was a flag the last thing I would have done was to ever fly it.”
Zinke, a former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL, took some criticism for restoring the ritual, a part of which — flying the deputy secretary’s flag — violates agency rules for displaying and flying flags, according to HuffPost.
There is no “finale” or “One over the World” solution for the Bears Ears brouhaha … just yet.
But … there is a “finale” for this posting.
The reader is likely laboring under the misconception that this writer is something of a flaming liberal, frog, tree, and chub hugger. Nothing could be farther from the truth. There is, however, an imbalance in the alignment and status of forces that demands our attention and demands to be resolved. The Western playing field is tipped too far in favor of the Goodfellas. It’s a David/Goliath matter. We love Davids. We are Davids.
It isn’t the extreme polarizations that we strive to report, address or help to resolve. That’s way too far over our horizons … way too far above and beyond our pay grade. Our one primary delight, passion and preoccupation is to shed a hot white light on those Goodfellas who have positioned themselves to personally profit from the conflict and chaos that you and they have so craftily created. Stay tuned!
“More to follow” … Next will see puppeteer Orrin Hatch, center stage with Zinke on his lap…
As for Senator Orrin Hatch, we’ve never heard of a BRIBE he didn’t want to … or wouldn’t … TAKE. Undoubtedly, he is a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He is also supremely, politically savvy and sly and has been re-elected for 40 years by a susceptible gaggle of blinded followers.
We claim the right to challenge Hatch and we allege that he is a pox on the body politic. He is, beyond the shadow of our doubt, one of the most corruptly powerful legislators this Grand Land has ever suffered. Our readers will soon be privy to the Institutional Memories of Hatch’s conduct that has served for years to deceitfully subvert and undermine the Rule of Law and good governance.
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