Ken Salazar offers to "punch out" reporter Dave Philipps for wild horse question

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Ken Salazar.
Nobody has ever mistaken Ken Salazar, the mild-mannered, 57-year-old Secretary of the Interior, for Mike Tyson. Except, perhaps, Salazar himself. Taken by surprise by a question about one of his agency's most troubled programs -- the scandal-plagued effort to rid the public lands of "excess" wild horses -- the flustered Salazar apparently threatened to clean the clock of Colorado Springs Gazette reporter Dave Philipps.

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Dave Philipps.
The exchange went down on election day, during a gathering of Obama supporters in Fountain. Philipps, who recently wrote a revealing piece for ProPublica about how the Bureau of Land Management has moved at least 1,700 wild horses to a Colorado livestock hauler who may have shipped them abroad to slaughterhouses, grabbed a couple of minutes with the Secretary for a quick interview.

Philipps asked Salazar about the pending investigation of the horse trader, Tom Davis -- who, as Philipps pointed out in his original article, lives "just down the road" from the Salazar family spread in the San Luis Valley. Salazar said he didn't know much about it. According to witness Ginger Kathrens, executive director of the wild horse advocacy group the Cloud Foundation, Salazar then unexpectedly turned back to Philipps and declared, "If you set me up like this again, I'll punch you out."

Philipps, a Pulitzer finalist and author of a meaty book about PTSD in the American military, didn't consider the encounter front-page news. But Kathrens, who has been a vocal critic of the BLM's efforts to drastically reduce the number of wild horses on public lands, fired off a press release bruiting "the Secretary's rude and clearly hostile comment toward Dave."

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p_cantu_fortini

I'll let all in a little secret about the Salazar's Family, the land of John Salazar or Elliot Slazar was originally  owned by Jose Candido Salazar and should of gone to his FOUR grandchildren but was stolen away by the Evil Salazar cousins.

Swatted
Swatted

This is not just a "public" lands issue.  Bogus animal cruelty charges are being launched all over Colorado at landowners with water & mineral rights in order to financially bankrupt owners.  Media smears are the norm; brainwashing the unsuspecting public with false statements and accusations to make landowners look like villians.    Verification of the whereabouts of fraudulently seized horses is non existent and both of the Salazar boys, along with the corrupt inhumane socities, which have "BROAD POWERS" courtesy of the Ag Dept and State, are behind it all.  The Ag Depts goal is to get them off the land and then slap a Ag Lien on the landowners after they have put astronomical fines on them.  It is so diabolical, yet so simple.  Wake up Annie, and get your gun.  The government is coming to take your property any way they can, and it seems to be consistently illegal.

DonkeyHotay
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" bruiting "

 

+5 for vocabulous excellence.

DonkeyHotay
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Caballo = the other red meat !

 

 

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