Monday, January 18, 2016

Bundy Malheur Occupation Enters Third Week

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The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, remains the site of an occupation by several of rancher Cliven Bundy's sons and their sovereign-citizen firearm toting friends.

They remain holed-up in the office of a biologist while they stockpile grub and rant about the Feds. Meanwhile, law enforcement has taken a hands-off approach, allowing sympathizers to bring them food and moral support, and allowing the squatters to come and go, even to adjoining states to drum up support. This begs the question of whether the lukewarm reaction is because the Bundy freaks are too armed and dangerous, or merely too white.

If you are as frustrated as I am, sign the petition:

Of course the Feds want to "avoid another Ruby Ridge or Waco," which is the usual explanation. An yes, they are out in the middle of nowhere in the middle of winter, so perhaps the FBI and BLM are merely waiting them out until they get cabin fever. However, there are local people there who have to drive the same lonely roads, and who have been followed around by these creepy guys as they "protect" the land they claim as theirs. Not to mention the local Paiute tribe, who have the real claim to the land in the Malheur Refuge. Why has the Federal Government left the innocent people of Burns, Oregon, at the mercy of these backwards delusional crybabies with guns?

People did have some fun sending weird stuff to the Militia members, such as a bag of candy d***ks and some sex toys, and watching militia member John Ritzheimer melt down into a tantrum on a facebook video. But honestly - mail trucks and FedEx were able to deliver the stuff directly to the compound. No biggie french fry, except that these folks are criminals!

LaVoy Finicum, a 54-year-old Arizona rancher and one of the group’s leaders, says the siege will continue until the federal government cedes control of the 187,000-acre refuge to Harney County.
“It needs to be very clear that these buildings will never, ever return to the federal government,” says Finicum, who wears a cowboy hat and a Colt .45 pistol holstered on his hip.
. . . On Friday, one of the protesters was arrested in Burns and charged with theft of federal property after he drove a refuge pickup truck into town. It was the first arrest since the occupation began.
-- Washington Post

LaVoy Finicum or "Tarpman" ~ What A Guy!!!
Used foster children as "main source of income."

Refuge? What is a Refuge?

The self-described militia occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge disabled surveillance cameras around the area, saying the FBI had installed them to keep watch. “This in my opinion is unreasonable search,” said LaVoy Finicum, who is acting as a spokesman for the group. He then went on to goad law enforcement: “Come pick them up.”
-- Slate

On Saturday, KierĂ¡n Suckling, the executive director and founder of the environmental group Center for Biological Diversity, stood in the parking lot of the Refuge where the armed occupiers hold their daily press conferences.
“We’re here as the public to speak up for our lands and say this is public land, Bundy and your militia, go home,” Suckling said, holding a sign that read “Stop Bundy Land Grab.”
-- Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon Senator Martic Heinrich reached out to the Justice Department this weekend:

And law enforcement isn't totally ignoring the Bundy Militia:

But . . . he went back to Malheur:

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