Anti-Government Terrorists Stage Armed Occupation of Federal Building

Terrorists at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

The son of Cliven Bundy, a hodgepodge of right-wing and anti-Islam activists and local Oregon militia members have occupied the visitor center at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon in an apparent bid to provoke a confrontation with federal law enforcement.

No, this is NOT a “peaceful” protest. These guys are heavily armed terrorists seeking violence.

Statement from Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward (emphasis added):

“After the peaceful rally was completed today, a group of outside militants drove to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, where they seized and occupied the refuge headquarters. A collective effort from multiple agencies is currently working on a solution. For the time being please stay away from that area. More information will be provided as it becomes available. Please maintain a peaceful and united front and allow us to work through this situation.”

A Twitter report from Jason Wilson, the Guardian’s reporter on the scene:

I drove out there. It was just them – no law enforcement and no other media. I was not allowed to enter and strongly encouraged to leave.

We’re awaiting further developments.

More info:
Oregon militia threatens showdown with US agents at wildlife refuge
A Militia Has Taken Over A Federal Building In Oregon
Bundy, Militia Occupies Wildlife Refuge HQ In Bid for Confrontation with Feds
Armed Militia Seized A Federal Building. The Media Called Them ‘Peaceful.’
WTF Is Happening in the Oregon Militia Standoff, Explained
Armed group’s leader in federal building: ‘We will be here as long as it takes’
Courting Anarchy: LaVoy Finicum, Utah ranchers, and the militia movement
The Armed Oregon Ranchers Who Want Free Land Are Already Getting A 93 Percent Discount

The news media have now coined a new term, “armed protesters,” in order to avoid the obvious conclusion that these guys are terrorists.
Ammon Bundy Holds A Convoluted Press Conference In Oregon
OK, so the leader of a terrorist group engaged in an act of terrorism held a public press conference today in the USA. Does anyone have a problem with that?
Ammon Bundy Says He’s Following Directions From God (Well alright then!). The LDS Church says they don’t think so.

OPB: For Now, Law Enforcement And Militants Won’t Cross Tracks

For the militants, the morning press briefings are the oxygen that breathes life into their occupation. This is the occupiers’ chance to repeat their message, knowing the press will listen, hoping there will be some news of when this might end.

…Federal agents have a different media strategy than the militants — they want the press to get lost.

Oregon militia’s behavior increasingly brazen as public property destroyed

Now entering their third week of occupying the Malheur national wildlife refuge in rural Harney County, leaders of the militia appear to be testing the patience of the local sheriff’s department and the FBI by brazenly commandeering and in some cases destroying public property while escalating their anti-government rhetoric.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on January 3, 2016 - 12:58 pm

    Those girls better hold on the those pennies that were thrown at the courthouse door. They might be worth a penny someday.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on January 3, 2016 - 1:06 pm

    This is proof that America is in serious need of a hero. Cliven Bundy’s son, really? Who did these guys think they were, a two man fire department?

    I guess it was time for a good ol’ American standoff, before Republicans steal the white house again. Personally, I think we should arm the Negros and let them have at it. Television would love it! They wouldn’t have to give Bernie Sanders another 20 seconds of air time until next November.

    Strange days, indeed!

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on January 3, 2016 - 3:51 pm

    In case anyone has forgotten, two years ago unarmed nonviolent protesters in Ferguson, MO were immediately met with overwhelming force.


  4. #4 by Larry Bergan on January 3, 2016 - 4:49 pm

    I can’t find any stories on the Fox “news” website.

    Guess they must be having board meetings about this new affair, considering the prophet Cliven pulled their pants down around their racist ankles, a few months back.

  5. #6 by Richard Warnick on January 4, 2016 - 9:03 am

    If the Oregon militiamen were Muslim or black, they’d be dead by now

    Since 9/11, more people in America have been killed by right wing terror attacks than violent jihadists…

  6. #8 by Richard Warnick on January 4, 2016 - 10:13 am

    Armed militia takes over federal building in Oregon. They’re white, so what do we call them?

    Note: The legal definition of terrorism includes acts that “Appear intended… to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion.”

    So CNN has invented the term “armed protesters” because the truth is too hard for them.

  7. #9 by Richard Warnick on January 4, 2016 - 2:30 pm

    After declaring only yesterday that they were prepared for a years-long siege, the Bundy Gang is now sending messages that they’re running low on food. You cannot make this stuff up!

  8. #10 by JBT on January 4, 2016 - 4:42 pm

    If only the government, state, and media would simply ignore them, this entire farce would fade away. They don’t deserve attention they are getting.

  9. #11 by Larry Bergan on January 4, 2016 - 8:24 pm

    This is getting funnier all the time.

    Folks that live in the area are saying how ironic it is, that this states rights group won’t leave the state that doesn’t want them around, and those who never weigh in, (The Mormon Church), has felt the need to weigh in with a strong statement against the group.

    Are we watching the sad end of the fabled, (not really), Sagebrush Rebellion?

    We can hope!

  10. #12 by Larry Bergan on January 5, 2016 - 7:12 pm

    I have great respect for Patrick Shea. I heard him on NPR this morning giving his take on this latest Bundy uprising, but I can’t find a link to what he said, so none of the following are quotes from Mr. Shea:

    He said he would ask the president to release the Hammond’s from serving any more time for the arson, I imagine to diffuse that part of the matter, and sort of let the whole thing fizzle out, as the participants of this half baked spectacle simply leave to go home, which I think would happen myself.

    I don’t think that’s such a bad idea, but I would add that these “armed protesters” be picked up later, on an individual basis at the same time, for the purpose of throwing the book at them and making them stop this nonsense in the future. If you watch the news or get on the internet, it may seem there are multitudes of these 21st century “patriots”, but I surmise it’s a much conflated fallacy.

  11. #13 by Richard Warnick on January 6, 2016 - 4:09 pm

    Tribe Member: ‘We Would Have Been Dead By Now’ If We Acted Like Oregon Militants

    The Malheur NWR was part of a Paiute reservation until the Native Americans were exiled in 1878.

    • #15 by Richard Warnick on January 7, 2016 - 3:03 pm

      Great quote:

      Taking up arms against the federal government is no laughing matter, of course. And if the militants were black, brown or Muslim, they’d likely be dead by now. But for a group of heavily armed Christian white dudes play-acting at revolution, things could hardly be going worse.

      Josh Marshall sums it up: this is “white privilege performance art” at its finest.

  12. #16 by Richard Warnick on January 7, 2016 - 3:00 pm

    They’re calling this operation “The Oregon Fail.” Latest update: Joe O’Shaughnessy, who calls himself “Captain O’Shaughnessy of the Arizona militia,” went AWOL from the wildlife refuge and is spending the money he raised on social media on a drinking binge in some motel.

    Tearful militant discovers friend drank away donation money…

  13. #17 by Larry Bergan on January 7, 2016 - 4:54 pm

    Brad Friedman did an interesting interview with Stewart Rhodes, Founder and President of Oath Keepers. He met with some of the goofballs at the Oregon standoff when the original Bundy Ranch fiasco happened, but has declined to join with this group.

    Rhodes explains how he believes the showdown at the Bundy Ranch differs from the current situation at Malheur. He claims the former resulted in stopping the “assassination” of the Bundy clan by federal officials, whereas, in the latter case, “I haven’t seen any direct threat to anybody’s life.”

    He describes one of the men holed up in the federal Oregon facility as “either insane or an agent provocateur who…wants to see violence,” and another as a “loose cannon idiot who has a martyr complex.” He suggests that Bundy’s son Ammon, who helped lead the takeover in Oregon, is “naive” and “has people right there with him who are unstable, who may initiative violence.”

    “They want to go down in a glorious firefight,” Rhodes warns about at least two of the individuals. “If they don’t get that, it’s entirely possible they might initiate it.” And while the other Bundy son, Ryan, has reportedly said he was “willing to kill and be killed if necessary,” in the stand-off, Rhodes rejects the idea that the men are “terrorists”.

    • #18 by Richard Warnick on January 8, 2016 - 3:10 pm

      Interesting, but I didn’t listen to the MP3 to find out the answer to this question.

      I ask him why his group and others like it didn’t come to the aid of the Occupy Movement when those peaceful protests were brutally crushed by local, state and federal officials back in 2011 and why they haven’t been louder in opposition to the ongoing epidemic of police violence across the country.

      Of course, the so-called “Oath Keepers” did show up, armed, in Ferguson MO. They were looking to shoot black people, and the police managed to persuade them to stand down.

      • #19 by Larry Bergan on January 8, 2016 - 6:24 pm

        You can hear Rhodes’s answer here at 35:00 minutes in. Directly after that, he goes into the Ferguson thing until around 42:00 minutes in.

        Not really good answers. I’m still scratching my head.

      • #20 by Larry Bergan on January 8, 2016 - 8:22 pm

        I left my opinion of the interview in Brad’s comment section, and got a reply. This five day a week radio show of his is really good. Some great guests! And it’s free.

        … Larry Bergan said on 1/7/2016 @ 10:28 pm PT…

        Interesting interview. Could have gone off the rails but didn’t. Nice job.

        … Brad Friedman said on 1/8/2016 @ 6:57 pm PT…

        Thanks, Larry. Yes, that was a tricky line to walk. Tried not to fall off in either direction. Glad to hear it sounds like I didn’t!

  14. #21 by Richard Warnick on January 8, 2016 - 2:54 pm

    After accusations of stolen valor, a rival group and a broken nose, the Y’all Qaeda civil war begins

    Jeff “J Dawg” Kagan got punched in the face… and he called 911 from the refuge HQ. I’m guessing the cops didn’t come.

    • #22 by Larry Bergan on January 8, 2016 - 6:30 pm

      They probably had a good laugh at the police station… “yeah, we’ll get right down there.”. 🙂

      Stewart Rhodes is skeptical of the same two guys in that article. I think I’d rather camp out with a family of raccoon’s.

  15. #24 by Larry Bergan on January 8, 2016 - 7:08 pm

    Can you imagine the conversations at the refuge: “stop putting things on the internet, you’re making us look like idiots”!

    Patrick Shea said he acknowledged ranching is difficult these days, but I’m tired of these gun happy people everywhere. This group of misfits doesn’t seem to be getting much positive support anywhere in gun nut world. Sort of sad.

    • #25 by Richard Warnick on January 9, 2016 - 3:19 pm

      Years ago there was an economic study of ranching in Grand County, Utah that concluded all the public land ranchers could make much more money by selling out and investing the proceeds somewhere else. That means, even taxpayer-subsidized livestock grazing makes no economic sense in the desert!

  16. #26 by Richard Warnick on January 9, 2016 - 5:36 pm

    Idaho Militiamen Join Armed Group At Oregon Wildlife Refuge

    Spokesmen for the Idaho group said they are there to keep the situation peaceful and reassure the community that it isn’t in danger.

  17. #27 by Richard Warnick on January 9, 2016 - 5:41 pm

    Oregon Sheriff Meets Ammon Bundy, Greets Him With Handshake Not Handcuffs

    Ward reached out to Bundy to arrange the meeting, where he encouraged Bundy and his militia to leave town. Bundy also offered to provide protection for the militia as they left town, suggesting they could leave the state without being charged with any crime. “I’m here to offer safe escort out, go back and kick it around with your folks,” Ward said.
    Notably, Ward “said the militants weren’t asked to come unarmed.” He also promised “no protester appearing at the meeting would be arrested.”

    …In response to Ward’s extraordinary offer, Bundy gave Ward a lecture on the constitution. After five minutes or so, the two men got back into their respective vehicles and drove away.
    Back at the refuge Bundy told the media that he was rejecting Ward’s offer and planned to remain at the refuge indefinitely.

  18. #28 by Larry Bergan on January 9, 2016 - 10:48 pm

    Update at 1:45 p.m.:

    Todd MacFarlane, a Utah lawyer acting as a mediator, said occupation leader Ammon Bundy doesn’t want the armed visitors there.

    Bundy’s message: “We don’t need that. We don’t want it and we’re asking you to leave,” MacFarlane told reporters at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

    MacFarlane said he had just met with Bundy and other leaders of the occupation.

    They’re “alarmed” by the arrival of Pacific Patriots Network members, some carrying rifles, and concerned about the perception they convey.

    “This was the last thing in the world they wanted to see happen,” MacFarlane said.

    Bundy didn’t request the presence of the network, he said, and has “tried to put out the word: ‘We don’t need you.'”

    What a circus! The Dumbest Show on Earth!

  19. #29 by Larry Bergan on January 9, 2016 - 10:51 pm

    If somebody with a rifle told me he was here to make sure I felt safe, I’d tell him to get lost!

  20. #30 by Richard Warnick on January 11, 2016 - 5:03 pm

    Oregon Militiamen Destroy Fence At Wildlife Refuge

    Add this to an already long list of charges.

  21. #32 by Richard Warnick on January 12, 2016 - 10:07 am

  22. #33 by Richard Warnick on January 12, 2016 - 10:17 am

    Militiamen In Oregon Dig Into Government Files At Refuge

    No, they are not “militiamen” or “armed squatters.” They are terrorists according to the legal definition.

  23. #34 by Richard Warnick on January 12, 2016 - 1:49 pm

    Oregon Occupiers Will Hold Town Hall Meeting In Burns Friday Night

    No, not “occupiers.” They are terrorists.

  24. #36 by Richard Warnick on January 13, 2016 - 8:31 am

  25. #37 by Richard Warnick on January 13, 2016 - 3:21 pm

    Oregon Militiamen Appear To Be Preparing To Put Local Officials On ‘Trial’

    According to the Oregonian, self-proclaimed U.S. Superior Court Judge Bruce Doucette (not a real judge) arrived in Harney County Tuesday and is readying militiamen for a big old trial.

    Doucette, who is reportedly associated with the sovereign citizen movement, met with individuals at the wildlife refuge Tuesday and said he believed there was substantial evidence against local officials to take action.

    • #38 by Larry Bergan on January 13, 2016 - 6:13 pm

      To say this is getting stranger would be a huge understatement.

      “Radio West” had a very interesting ending to it’s program from yesterday. It was an interview with Peabody award-winning radio producer Scott Carrier; a man who took a journey, documenting refugees fleeing conflict in Central Asia.

      The program takes a BIG turn away from the topic at the very end. Mr. Carrier said he was going to do a new post on his website about the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge standoff, which he spent a small amount of time at. He managed to get a bizarre interview from a man close to Ammond Bundy.

      This seems like some kind of modern, Mormon colonization effort, which is obviously not endorsed by the church, but I’m afraid religion, and most likely home schooling may have to take some blame for making people think they talk to God.

      You have to listen to this at 45:00 minutes in. Incredible!

    • #39 by Larry Bergan on January 13, 2016 - 6:19 pm

      Personally, I would suggest that Burns, Oregon be evacuated. This is going to get VERY dangerous!

      You’ve heard of “death by cop”. This may be “death by Fed”. These people are mentally ill, and nothing is beyond them.

  26. #40 by Richard Warnick on January 14, 2016 - 10:42 am

    Trump campaign member praises ‘great success’ of Bundy’s armed occupation of Oregon wildlife refuge

    In an interview on Tuesday, DeLemus told Reuters that while he was skeptical of the occupation at first, he now thinks the group is enjoying “great success” in resisting the “thug-like, terroristic” actions of the federal government by claiming the land for local citizens.

  27. #42 by Richard Warnick on January 15, 2016 - 1:22 pm

    The Crackpot Alternative Legal System That Threatens To Escalate The Oregon Standoff

    The Bundy-led brigade hopes to replace Harney County’s elected leaders and sheriff with people who will operate the area according to the sovereign citizen movement’s interpretation of the law.

  28. #43 by Richard Warnick on January 15, 2016 - 3:48 pm petition:

    Arrest Ammon Bundy and the armed occupiers of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

    President Obama,

    We respectfully request that you end the armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge immediately. At the very least, you owe the American people an explanation as to why the area has not been isolated. Members of their organization can come and go as they please, members of the community can visit the occupied facility, and other right-wing extremist groups such as the Idaho III% can show their support.

    Law enforcement inaction up to this point is an egregious violation of public safety and emboldens their erroneous assertions that the US Government has no Constitutional Authority.

    Please end the siege of the refuge and arraign Ammon Bundy as soon as possible.

    • #44 by Larry Bergan on January 15, 2016 - 7:50 pm

      I signed, but I think the whitehouse site should make it clear whether you’ve actually signed or not.

      You have to be logged in to sign. There should be a notice that your signature wasn’t added if you weren’t logged in.

  29. #45 by Richard Warnick on January 15, 2016 - 3:51 pm

    Armed Oregon Occupiers Scrub Meeting With Town, Tell FBI to Leave

    The group had planned to meet with the community and explain their actions and timetable for withdrawal Friday evening…

  30. #46 by Richard Warnick on January 15, 2016 - 4:00 pm

    Conservationists are starting to lose their patience with law enforcement after two weeks of inaction.

    Oregon environmental groups are planning statewide rallies in support of public lands on Tuesday.

    Speakers at the rallies will “highlight the importance of protecting special places like the Malheur (refuge) that provide integral wildlife habitat, clean water, climate change mitigation and recreational opportunities available as a benefit to all Americans.”

    Public Lands Rallies Planned Across Oregon

  31. #47 by Richard Warnick on January 15, 2016 - 4:38 pm

    BREAKING: Oregon standoff protestor arrested after driving federal vehicle into town for more snacks

    Although the militia men and women occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge have been given a free pass to come and go as they please, law enforcement are drawing the line at them driving stolen federally-owned vehicles into the local Safeway for supplies.

    Josh Marshall:

    So not only does this “militant” get to head down to market to pick up more Fritos for the standoff. He actually uses a government vehicle. He can’t even be bothered to use his own car!

    So apparently Ken wasn’t arrested for occupying and destroying federal property or threatening federal officials. He got arrested for unauthorized use of a federal vehicle.

    It really captures the ridiculousness of the situation. But, hey, it’s something.

    Also, too: Bundy Bodyguard ‘Fluffy Unicorn’ Arrested in Arizona

    (This is the guy who was also nicknamed “Booda” because of his Buddha tattoo. He was supposed to be a Marine combat veteran and “chief of security” for the Malheur terrorists, but disappeared from there in the early days of the occupation after it came out that he never served in the military.)

  32. #48 by Larry Bergan on January 15, 2016 - 7:56 pm

    After someone puts an end to this sideshow, it’s time to go get Cliven Bundy’s cattle. This whole thing is ridiculous.

  33. #49 by Richard Warnick on January 16, 2016 - 1:58 pm

    Occupation Spokesperson LaVoy Finicum Travels Freely To Utah And Back

    Finicum said he had no contact with law enforcement during the road trip, which he made with one of the other occupiers, who he also declined to name.

    “We went fast, and came back fast,” said Finicum. “I doubt (law enforcement) even knew we were gone. Probably they did. But they were nice enough to let us go and come back.”

  34. #50 by Richard Warnick on January 16, 2016 - 2:01 pm

    New Militants, Supplies Arrive With Ease At Malheur Refuge

    Well, at least we can hope that the new recruits include a bunch of under cover FBI agents.

  35. #51 by Ken on January 17, 2016 - 12:31 am

    Oh so people who are against the government and go against government tyranny are now terrorists huh?

    • #52 by Richard Warnick on January 17, 2016 - 10:34 am

      Legally the Bundy Gang are terrorists. What would you call them?

      Please tell me how the system of taxpayer-subsidized grazing on our public lands equals “government tyranny.” There ought to be no livestock allowed on a wildlife refuge, but privileged ranchers get away with it.

    • #53 by Larry Bergan on January 17, 2016 - 11:25 am

      Um, Ken:

      You DO realize these dudes are embarrassing the church you served a mission for, right?

      Has Gary Herbert made a statement this time? I’d love to see that.

  36. #54 by Richard Warnick on January 17, 2016 - 11:02 am

    BundyBunch member Robert “LaVoy” Finicum (aka TarpMan) has foster kids removed by state agency

    Catholic Charities paid the family $115,343 to foster children in 2009. That year, foster parents were compensated between $22.31 and $37.49 per child, per day, meaning if the Finicums were paid at the maximum rate, they cared for, on average, eight children per day in 2009.

    “That was my main source of income,” Finicum said…

    So he is making a living by running an orphanage in Arizona while he’s off in Oregon and Utah committing crimes and trying to start an insurrection against the U.S. government.

    • #55 by Larry Bergan on January 17, 2016 - 11:19 am

      So Finicum turns out to be a welfare mom.

      Oh, that is rich!

      • #56 by Richard Warnick on January 17, 2016 - 11:43 am

        A commenter on DailKos writes:

        This guy is using foster kids as a “cash cow” (no pun intended), to extract money from the government (that he hates so much), so he doesn’t have to work. He gets paid money for taking in foster kids from the state, and probably uses the kids to do free manual labor on his ranch. What a setup!! These right wingers are nothing but lazy grifters and hypocrites.

        It has also been reported that TarpMan refuses to pay his below-market taxpayer-subsidized grazing fees (currently $1.69 per AUM – for enough forage to feed a cow and a calf for a month). If you have a pet cat, it probably costs $30-$40 a month to feed.

        • #57 by Larry Bergan on January 17, 2016 - 1:28 pm

          Yeah, and if they get their “STATES RIGHTS”, they’re going to be asked to pay a whole lot more then $1.69.

          Man, I wish I knew what Gary Herbert is thinking about this and his complicity in this “movement”. He’s been against DeChristopher and in favor of the four-wheeler “rebels”. I guess he’s waiting for Bundy Jr. to come up with another creepy, and blatantly racist remark.

          Here’s what should have happened in the DeChristopher case. He has comments in the article.

          • #58 by Richard Warnick on January 17, 2016 - 2:44 pm

            Thanks for that link. I had heard about this case…

            [T]he historic case marks the first time a U.S. judge has allowed the “necessity defense” to be argued in a trial over a climate action…

            However, after allowing the defense the judge apparently told the jurors to disregard it(?) Anyway, the precedent has been set. DeChristopher’s defense team was not permitted to say one word about climate change.

          • #59 by Larry Bergan on January 17, 2016 - 6:10 pm

            I don’t think they allowed the jury to know that DeChristopher was able to raise enough cash to buy the rights to the land he bid for either.

  37. #60 by Richard Warnick on January 19, 2016 - 8:52 am

    The Oregon Militia Is Turning Out To Be Its Very Own Worst Enemy

    By leaving the would-be revolutionaries to their own devices, authorities have given them enough rope to hang themselves.

    • #61 by Larry Bergan on January 19, 2016 - 10:09 am


      Check your link. I was able to get to it, but you can’t get directly to it.

  38. #63 by Richard Warnick on January 19, 2016 - 9:14 am

    I’m proud of the conservation community. Public lands are enthusiastically supported by the vast majority of Americans, and that ought to be the message that the media convey.

    Activists ‘occupy’ duck pond in SLC to oppose armed protest in Oregon

    The Cowliphate gets a counter-protest!

    They camp in the cold and then get up and go and protest the Cowliphate daily briefing.

    Birders protest in Bend against refuge takeover

    Oregon standoff: Occupiers remove cameras, clash with conservationists

    VIDEO: As Robert “LaVoy” Finicum blathers on, conservationists stand behind him with signs reading “Stop Bundy Land Grab” and “Keep Public Lands Public.”

    Oregon brothers launch anti-Bundy fundraising campaign

  39. #65 by Richard Warnick on January 19, 2016 - 1:08 pm

    BREAKING: Center for Biological Diversity protest at Malheur NWR

    In a few hours, I’ll be gathering with a dedicated group of Center supporters and allies on the grounds of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to protest the armed takeover by the Bundys. We’re demanding an end to the occupation of the Malheur and the prosecution of the Bundy gang for any crimes they commit and damage they do to our public property. We must keep public lands public.

    …I arrived at the refuge a few days ago and have been both awed by what I’ve seen — and deeply troubled. America’s public lands are at a crossroads, and the time is now to speak up for what we believe: These are special places that belong to all of us, not just armed, racist bullies or profiteers with friends in Congress.

    The Malheur is a stunning landscape with some of the nation’s richest wildlife habitats. The thugs that seized it have threatened to kill the public servants managing this public land for us — the men and women who work every day to provide access to our public lands, take care of our wildlife and endangered species, keep our water clean, preserve our history, and ensure Native Americans can freely and safely practice their religion and culture on their ancient homelands.

    This is the core purpose of America’s public lands — and now a small group of hate-filled militants wants to put our wilderness up for grabs for ranching, drilling, mining and logging.

    Make no mistake, this fight is about more than the Malheur.

    While Bundy’s gang uses guns and intimidation, politicians like Oregon’s Greg Walden and Utah’s Rob Bishop are working in Congress to turn millions of acres of America’s public lands over to those who view them only as places to drill, log, bulldoze and mine. Walden and Bishop supported the Bundys before the Malheur siege, and they’ll continue the war on America’s extraordinary natural heritage long after the Bundys are thrown in jail.

    The nation’s eyes are on the Malheur this week, and the stakes for the fate of our public lands are only getting higher. I’m proud that the Center for Biological Diversity is on the front lines to halt this massive land grab. You can help us stop the Bundy bullies and their political allies … I hope you’ll stand with me.

    For the wild,

    Kierán Suckling
    Executive Director
    Center for Biological Diversity

    More info: Rally at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to Call for Keeping Public Lands Public

  40. #66 by Richard Warnick on January 19, 2016 - 1:12 pm

    White House petition: Arrest Ammon Bundy and the armed occupiers of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge

    President Obama,

    We respectfully request that you end the armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge immediately. At the very least, you owe the American people an explanation as to why the area has not been isolated. Members of their organization can come and go as they please, members of the community can visit the occupied facility, and other right-wing extremist groups such as the Idaho III% can show their support.

    Law enforcement inaction up to this point is an egregious violation of public safety and emboldens their erroneous assertions that the US Government has no Constitutional Authority.

    Please end the siege of the refuge and arraign Ammon Bundy as soon as possible.

    This petition has been up for 10 days and has 8,704 signatures. There are 91,296 more needed by February 8. PLEASE SIGN NOW. Thanks.

    • #67 by Larry Bergan on January 19, 2016 - 6:44 pm

      I don’t know, but I wonder if people are “voting” and not getting registered. You have to get a password and log in to sign. If you sign it without being logged in, the screen flashes, but there isn’t any notice saying it didn’t register you. 🙁

  41. #68 by Richard Warnick on January 19, 2016 - 2:33 pm

    Oregon militia recruiting ranchers to stop paying government grazing fees

    “This is going to be across the country,” militia spokesman LaVoy Finicum said on Tuesday morning. “This is just the beginning.”

    TarpMan is unstoppable. All hail the Cowliphate!

    Asked if he was worried about police attempting to arrest them, Finicum said: “We travel with security.”

    The fair thing to do in case ranchers stop paying their taxpayer-subsidized below-market grazing fees: (1) remove the cattle – or shoot them, and (2) close the area to livestock grazing forever.

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