Welcome to the Colony of Nevada

sov·er·eign·ty  (svr-n-t, svrn-)

n. pl. sov·er·eign·ties

1. Supremacy of authority or rule as exercised by a sovereign or sovereign state.
2. Royal rank, authority, or power.
3. Complete independence and self-government.
4. A territory existing as an independent state.

In 1864 Nevada became the 36th state of these United States, right? It is in all the history books.

Well, not quite. You see only 15 percent of Nevada became a state. The rest is a colony of London on the Potomac, ruled by whim and caprice under a Parliament of Fools and King Barack. The residents of the state have no say, no sway, no power over 85 percent of the land within the state’s putative sovereign boundaries. That land is under the control of an array of appointive federal governors — the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service, primarily — who rule with impunity and without challenge.

The latest evidence of the validity of this observation comes courtesy of the Lincoln County Record. Sorry, you’ll have to drive to Lincoln County and shell out 50 cents to read the story by senior staff writer Dave Maxwell.

Maxwell reports in the Feb. 1-7 edition that the Bureau of Land Management’s Caliente Field Office manager Victoria Barr has canceled the 20th annual off-road race put on by Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts — SNORE for short.

Race Director Ken Freeman was quoted by the newspaper as saying the race was canceled because a certain section of the race course had not been graded, though race planners did not intend to use that section this year due to erosion during the winter. He also said the BLM initially told the County Commission that area had been properly graded, but changed their story two weeks later.

Barr said the permit was denied because restoration work required after last year’s race had not been completed.

“I am very disappointed in the field office,” Freeman was quoted as saying. “I feel they are biased and prejudice towards our group doing events there, even so much as changing the rules on us during an event. Other groups are not even bothered, but we have to have a different set of rules to play by.”

He also complained the Caliente office charges SNORE $50,000 to $60,000 for permission to conduct the race though the Las Vegas office charges only $12,000.

A SNORE race in Nye County was canceled this past year because BLM demanded a fee of $47,000.

So, who can the SNORE fans appeal to? The City Council? No. The County Commission? No. The governor? No. The state Legislature? No.

SNORE’s only suggestion was for people to write the state’s two U.S. senators, two out of 100, in far off London on the Potomac for supplication.

The point is that permission to use “public” land in Nevada can be denied for any reason or no reason by bureaucrats who owe allegiance and their paychecks to federal bureaucrats in far off Washington and not anyone with state or local authority.

SNORE officials estimate the decision will deprive Lincoln County of about $4 million in economic impact the race had generated annually.

Welcome to the Colony of Nevada.

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