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Confessions of an Angry Villager

USFS described local residents who attended their meeting as “Angry Villagers”.

Confessions of an Angry Villager

Confessions of an Angry Villager

by Darr Moon

I’m much obliged to the USFS for their accurate and compelling description of those local residents who attended a USFS sponsored meeting held in Salmon, Idaho last Spring to discuss the Salmon-Challis Draft Assessment for a new Forest Plan as “Angry Villagers”. The mediator for the forum, without hesitation or forethought of consequence, summed up the very essence most of us feel who live in the shadow of the omnipotent Forest Service. For those of you unaware of this coming plan introduced to the Salmon-Challis National Forest please take note.  This plan will become the template used to reorganize management priorities for every Forest in Idaho, and eventually the nation.

Take heed my friends, after years of uncontrollable forest fires, a diseased ridden and in many areas already dead forest, the USFS has given up on the concept of fire prevention and has instead embraced the idea of serving the public best by prewarning them with a provocative presentation that has been held across the West last summer entitled “How do you want your smoke, how do you want your fire”? A real barn burner of a topic and one to set you guessing as to the Forest Service’s proposed solution.

No, there isn’t a solution, they’re not joking, the forest is going to burn, that’s the plan. The reality horror show that plays every summer has been extended indefinitely. This “fire play” is by no means alarming to those writers of the script who hail from every institution of higher learning in the country, Smokey had it so wrong! In fact, human medaling in fire suppression has interfered with the natural process of conflagration and must be avoided at all costs so say these playwrights. Fire is the new vogue solution for this fashionable clique of environmental scientists. Their thoughtful fix all nicely wrapped with a bow as the consequence of anthropogenic climate change. Who knew?

How convenient too are our State Senators who have lobbied FEMA to manage such natural fire disasters. The hundreds of millions of dollars spent on firefighting has bankrupted the Forest Service making it harder for them to do their job, (emptying out-houses, locking up trails, enforcing penalties for firewood gatherers and other such necessary functions of the forest). Now FEMA steps in to let them off the hook. FEMA specializes in natural disasters so whether its flood, tornado, earthquake or budget deficits at the USFS, these are the guys to call? FEMA somehow is now the all-knowing and all capable firefighters too. Comforting to know Uncle Sam realizes that throwing the USFS out of the fire business makes such beneficial national sense.

I’m feeling a bit angry about the situation and am not looking forward to another summer filled with smoke. My usual good humor has gone up in flames, guess I’m an “Angry Villager”.

Not to get lost in all this fire talk, but there is more to make you reach for the Tums, especially if you live in or around a National Forest. Don’t think that just because you abide in Idaho that any of the protections of liberty or property provided in Idaho law will hold back this federal folly. None of the many political subdivisions from the Governor’s office to your City Mayor have much sway with the process. The masters of forest management will gladly herd you to a meeting, direct your concerns by misdirecting the issues and say that your comments are appreciated. Then they go on to do what is necessary under the pretense of best science, ecological welfare and the necessity to spend millions studying everything but how to prevent forest fires.

By Constitution, we are guaranteed a Republican Form of Government. Not however in the federally occupied territories of Idaho. In fact, none of the federal masters who rummage about their rarified ways through 62% of Idaho are accountable to voters.  Even where local interest or State interests’ conflict, the Forest Supervisor rules. No ifs, ands or buts about it. This is where the buck stops and unless you’ve got a ticket to plead your case at the White House, the only elected official with any capacity to undo this big doo-doo, then you’re just plain out of luck. So much for the protection of minority rights and my fleeting civic lesson memories that government governs best closest to the people. Ha! What a way to run a Republic!

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3 Comments on Confessions of an Angry Villager

  1. I walked away from a 14 year career with USFS in 1990 because the handwriting was on the wall. The odious affirmative action campaign was deliberately staffing FS positions with liberal city dwellers. The tree hugger mentality was strong on the new hires, as was the enthusiasm for closing off access and implementing strict Smoky Bear policies. The latter is what we are now reaping in the form of rampant wildfires. Not letting any crisis go to waste USFS is using the increasingly large fires as the excuse to build their fire organizations and budgets. It is a self reinforcing feedback loop that disincentivizes proper forest management. Some sort of state management or oversight is desperately needed.

  2. Much enjoy your energetic style Darr ! Keep it up ! Your paragraph #7 sums it up – Federal agencies like USFS, EPA and BLM are minions of empire, enforcing a dominion over the “Villagers”..We torch and pitchfork carriers haven’t come to an April 19th 1775 moment as yet, but we’ve come damn close !..The “Gaspee Affair” 1772 ? For anyone who may question this characterization of BLM etc. as foreign janissaries, I’ll tap a line from the Declaration of Independence, one of the complaints our founders listed against the British Govt…”They have erected a multitude of offices, and sent hither swarms of agents to harass us and eat out our substance” !…Yup…Need more ? We’ve seen the near total immunity from prosecution enjoyed by these Federal elites, redolent of the “Administration of Justice Act” – 1774 – that shielded them from any prosecution, no matter what their crime. A not so funny…We’ve all heard the tragic story of Kate Stenley, gunned down by a illegal in San Francisco. The gun was stolen, and in rabidly anti gun SF, the registered owner would have been ruthlessly punished, possibly even charged with murder, but oops ! the gun belonged to a BLM agent ! Free Pass ! No charges !…Full Circle…As Ammon has said, what do you do when every appeal and attempt at redress has been ignored ?

    • Peaceful Solutions.

      “As Ammon has said, what do you do when every appeal and attempt at redress has been ignored ?”

      An armed protest, in defense, has already proven to be one option, tried, tested, and judged. The country through something similar to a common law trial by jury said no to government criminal aggression.

      If people figure this out then people will go on the offense instead of defense, doing so peacefully, lawfully, legally, morally, judiciously, and orderly.

      Be prepared for a return to rule of law, of the people, by the people, and for the people, not of the “elite government,” by the “special interests,” and for the “corporate legal fictions.”


      “9.2 – Escalation
      A law enforcement officer will lose his bond if he oppresses a citizen to the point of civil. rebellion when that citizen attempts to obtain redress of grievances (U.S. constitutional 1st so-called amendment).
      When a state, by and through its officials and agents, deprives a citizen of all of his remedies by the due process of law and deprives the citizen of the equal protection of the law, the state commits an act of mixed war against the citizen, and, by its behavior, the state declares war on the citizen. The citizen has the right to recognize this act by the publication of a solemn recognition of mixed war. This writing has the same force as the Declaration of Independence. It invokes the citizen’s U.S. constitutional 9th and 10th so-called amend guarantees of the right to create an effective remedy where otherwise none exists.”
      From Bonding Code


      “In American history, the Declaration of Independence served the legal purpose of making a Solemn Recognition of Mixed War, which is a Notice of Military Lien Right, a warning of No Trespass, an assertion that any killing or taking of human life necessary for the protection of the legal remedies of the common citizen is being done, in the immediate situation described in the Solemn Recognition or Notice, not as murder, but as lethal self-defense of the commercial and social remedy against the cited domestic enemy or enemies. The Declaration of Independence is the legal model or format for the construction of the Solemn Recognition of Mixed War and the Notice of Military Lien Right.”

      When those pretending to be the government (of the people, by the people, and for the people) obstruct the proper, legal, lawful, moral, etc., filing of legal documents, or charge exorbitant costs for gaining access to rule of law in any way, obstructing justice, then those who are guilty of said obstruction are added to that list of perpetrators, and added to that list of crimes documented on declarations of independence for modern times.

      If the law does not adapt it perishes, and I don’t know anyone who can reasonably argue that fact of that matter: there is no law in America, not since 1789. The ability to adapt is structured into the true law of the land, which remains to be the common law, as documented in at least the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights.

      The “elite government, special interest, corporate fictions,” do not give their subjects law power, far from it, that power is earned by those who discover it, understand it, and employ it for our common, mutual, defense: peacefully.

      “The state is divided into counties. In every county are appointed magistrates, called justices of the peace, usually from eight to thirty or forty in number, in proportion to the size of the county, of the most discreet and honest inhabitants. They are nominated by their fellows, but commissioned by the governor, and act without reward. These magistrates have jurisdiction both criminal and civil.
      If the question before them be a question of law only, they decide on it themselves: but if it be of fact, or of fact and law combined, it must be referred to a jury. In the latter case, of a combination of law and fact, it is usual for the jurors to decide the fact, and to refer the law arising on it to the decision of the judges. But this division of the subject lies with their discretion only. And if the question relate to any point of public liberty, or if it be one of those in which the judges may be suspected of bias, the jury undertake to decide both law and fact. If they be mistaken, a decision against right, which is casual only, is less dangerous to the state, and less afflicting to the loser, than one which makes part of a regular and uniform system.
      “In truth, it is better to toss up cross and pile in a cause, than to refer it to a judge whose mind is warped by any motive whatever, in that particular case. But the common sense of twelve honest men gives still a better chance of just decision, than the hazard of cross and pile. These judges execute their process by the sheriff or coroner of the county, or by constables of their own appointment. If any free person commit an offence against the commonwealth, if it be below the degree of felony, he is bound by a justice to appear before their court, to answer it on indictment or information.
      If it amount to felony, he is committed to jail, a court of these justices is called; if they on examination think him guilty, they send him to the jail of the general court, before which court he is to be tried first by a grand jury of 24, of whom 13 must concur in opinion: if they find him guilty, he is then tried by a jury of 12 men of the county where the offence was committed, and by their verdict, which must be unanimous, he is acquitted or condemned without appeal.”

      Clearly the battle will return to, focus upon, Grand Juries, in due time. People will volunteer to sit on Grand Juries, and command the power to indict, and they try, corrupt lawyers, judges, prosecutors, and politicians. Waiting for the corrupt to do this is insane. If that does not happen then violence will be let loose, as the phrase “dogs of war” suggest.

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