Malheur NWR Terrorists Surrounded Now, Surrendering

Roadblock

After the arrest of eight Bundy Gang terrorists on Tuesday night, the FBI and Oregon State Police finally set up roadblocks outside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge HQ that has been occupied for 26 days. However, the FBI offered to let everyone leave peacefully. Three arrests were made at a checkpoint, but others were allowed to go.

Throughout the day Wednesday David Fry, a 27-year-old Ohioan who has kept up a near-constant video live stream in the occupation’s last days, remained at the refuge. His YouTube channel, DefendYourBase, broadcast belligerent statements from the holdouts. That night, Fry said that only five people remained, and that those who departed had left their weapons behind.

OregonLive:

Jason Patrick, a former roofer from Georgia, had stepped in to organize the estimated 10 or so people who remained at the federal reserve after the arrest the day before of leaders Ammon Bundy and Ryan Payne and the killing of occupation spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.

…But Patrick was among those who apparently were on their way out Wednesday evening, supporters said. [Patrick was arrested by the FBI]

Duane Ehmer, the much-photographed horse-mounted cowboy from Irrigon, Oregon, was confirmed to have left.

“We have him and his horse,” a law enforcement official said.

…Bundy called on the last occupiers to “please stand down,” his attorney said on the steps of the federal courthouse in downtown Portland.

…A steady trickle of occupiers already had taken up offers to leave, including one of the last remaining leaders, Blaine Cooper [real name: Stanley Blaine Hicks]. Cooper, who is typically active on social media, was quiet on Wednesday and his whereabouts remain unknown.

Mug shots
Shown in the top row are Ammon Bundy, 40, of Emmett, Idaho; Ryan Bundy, 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada; Brian Cavalier, 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada; and Shawna Cox, 59, of Kanab, Utah. Shown in the bottom row are Ryan Waylen Payne, 32, of Anaconda, Montana; Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, 45, of Cottonwood, Arizona; and conservative radio host Pete Santilli, 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Jon Eric Ritzheimer, 32, also turned himself into the FBI in Phoenix on a federal charge related to the occupation.

UPDATES:
A few militant stragglers remain at Oregon wildlife refuge — drinking beer, smoking weed and waiting to die

More info:
FBI tells militants in Oregon: Actions are not without consequences
Harney County Sheriff On Standoff: ‘This Cannot Happen In America’
Meet The New Leader Of The Oregon Standoff
Berserk militant promises ‘bloodbath’ as feds move in: ‘This is a free-for-all Armageddon’
Occupiers leaving amid mounting calls to end the takeover
3 More Militiamen Arrested Outside Of Oregon Wildlife Refuge
‘First Ruby Ridge and Waco — now Burns’: Militant leaders issue warning after LaVoy Finicum’s death
Wikipedia: Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Oregon standoff: A timeline of how the confrontation unfolded

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on January 28, 2016 - 8:45 am

    WaPo: Report: LaVoy Finicum, armed with a handgun, reached for his waistband just before he was shot

    OK, this is the fourth version of the story. Ironically similar to the standard “he reached for his waistband” explanations police often come up with to explain shooting an unarmed suspect.

    So far, the contending witness statements are:

    (1) Finicum was unarmed (hard to believe), and was shot with his hands up.
    (2) He brandished a weapon and charged toward law enforcement officers.
    (3) He engaged in a shootout with police and lost.
    (4) He reached for his waistband (Finicum wore a .45 cal pistol in a holster).

  2. #3 by Richard Warnick on January 28, 2016 - 9:49 am

    Five holdouts want charge dropped for one to end occupation

    Sean Anderson was the guy on video yesterday making terrorist threats. I don’t think they will let him go free. This stuff is not fun and games.

    One Militiaman Says He’s Still Prepared To Die Rather Than Leave Oregon Refuge

  3. #4 by Larry Bergan on January 28, 2016 - 1:21 pm

    I’m not familiar with Pete Santilli, but I just went to his radio show website and he’s got a “Jade Helm” section. I listened to a little bit of one of his shows from before this standoff, (or armed bed and breakfast, or whatever it was) and it talks about getting behind the barricades to fight communism.

    This will probably help his show. We live in a country that allowed G. Gordon Liddy to have a long standing national program, along with Oliver North and Jack Abramoff. It’s like Cenk Uygur says, there is a problem with white, right wing privilege in this country.

    • #5 by Richard Warnick on January 28, 2016 - 2:01 pm

      Thanks for the video. One of the best Cenk rants I’ve ever heard. Although it wasn’t really a “shootout” according to most accounts, as he briefly acknowledges.

      If you’re white and right-wing, you can do anything in this country!

      I’m glad he mentioned that if you’re with Greenpeace or you are a college anti-war protester, you don’t automatically get afforded white privilege – you have to be a right-wing fanatic.

      • #6 by Larry Bergan on January 28, 2016 - 4:28 pm

        Cenk was fired up for that one.

        I hope we find out exactly how that went down, but the most logical scenario to me would be that LaVoy went for his pistol. The fact that he already made it clear, he was going to use firearms rather then be arrested wouldn’t hurt the case for the FBI.

  4. #7 by Richard Warnick on January 28, 2016 - 1:56 pm

    This might be just the beginning…

    In Oregon siege, troubling signs of a movement on the offensive

    “The fact that they took over this federal building is a new thing,” said Heidi Beirich, who tracks militias and paramilitary organizations for the Southern Poverty Law Center. “In the past, obviously we’ve had standoffs, but they’ve been standoffs that involved feds sieging properties that are owned by the militants.”

    Beirich said that the standoff at the Bundy ranch in 2014, during which the federal government walked away from confrontation, may have given the occupiers a sense that they could have success in their latest effort.

    “Up to that point, I don’t think people — even as crazy as some of the people in the militia movement are — thought that you could put a gun to a federal officer and not get arrested and actually get what you wanted,” Beirich said.

    What is also new, Beirich said, is that militia groups are reaching out to people, ranchers and others, who may not share their fervent ideological views but do feel resentment toward some federal policies.

    In Oregon, ‘This Is Less the End Than It Is the Beginning’

    [T]he well of anger tapped by the Bundys has suddenly grown much deeper, and it’s hard not to think that the episode is about to enter a phase in which standoffs like this only grow in scope and frequency.

    Never mind that Americans overwhelmingly support our public lands. The “free stuff from the government” movement is trying to take it all away.

  5. #8 by Richard Warnick on January 28, 2016 - 2:27 pm

    Attorneys say charges against Bundy, others based on ‘political speech’

    The Bundy Gang lawyers say the terrorists were simply exercising their rights under the First Amendment. Really?

  6. #9 by Richard Warnick on January 28, 2016 - 3:19 pm

    Cliven Bundy says fight on… but there are just 4 terrorists left.

    Oregon Occupation Turns Into Bundy Family Feud

    “We are going to have to fight this battle over and over if we give up right today,” the elder Bundy told KSNV.

    • #10 by Larry Bergan on January 28, 2016 - 4:22 pm

      I’d like to see president Obama designate Bundy’s ranch as a national monument. That would flush the old tax dodger out. :)

      • #11 by Richard Warnick on January 28, 2016 - 4:42 pm

        Utah first, please. Bears Ears and San Rafael Swell National Monuments would be the perfect answer to the land grabbers.

        • #12 by Larry Bergan on January 28, 2016 - 7:26 pm

          After “The Grand Staircase” meltdown, that would have to be the funniest designation in history. Please Obama!

          People will forever revel in the beauty and hilarity.

  7. #13 by Richard Warnick on January 28, 2016 - 4:44 pm

    Y’All Qaeda May Not Be Finished With Oregon Yet

    There are plenty more armed lunatics out there.

  8. #14 by Richard Warnick on January 28, 2016 - 10:12 pm

    FBI releases video footage of LaVoy Finicum shooting

    A video released by the FBI on Thursday evening appears to show Robert “LaVoy” Finicum reaching for a pocket that police say contained a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.

    The footage was taken from an FBI plane flying above the traffic stop on Tuesday that ended with the shooting of Finicum…

    • #15 by Larry Bergan on January 28, 2016 - 11:28 pm

      So everybody’s right. LaVoy gets stuck in the snow, comes out with his hands up and then reaches for something in his pants. It’s good to know that just being white isn’t always good enough. I was wondering. :)

  9. #16 by Richard Warnick on January 28, 2016 - 10:20 pm

    Ammon Bundy gets his own Voodoo Doughnut

    “Welcome to Portland” from the world-famous Portland doughnut shop.

    • #17 by Larry Bergan on January 29, 2016 - 12:37 am

      Ammon Bundy is undisputedly, The Malheurboro man.

      I just made that up. :)

      Un-copyrighted.

  10. #18 by Richard Warnick on January 29, 2016 - 12:52 pm

    Oregon standoff: Video of LaVoy Finicum’s death fuels rampant rumors, debate

    4 terrorist holdouts still at refuge, costing us a lot of money.

  11. #19 by Richard Warnick on January 29, 2016 - 8:33 pm

    I might have to make another post with a different headline. According to David Fry’s latest YouTube video (why do terrorists have free Internet access from the government when I don’t?) the four Malheur holdouts are NOT surrendering. No sir, they are demanding pardons all around. Oh, and Fry wants to put Hillary Clinton in prison.

    Also too, the so-called “Pacific Patriots Network” is calling for more terrorists to come to Burns, Oregon tomorrow and ARREST THE FBI AND OREGON STATE POLICE. This is an “Official Call To Action” – because it says so right at the top in red letters. I’m going to buy stock in the thriving dildo and snack industries.

    • #20 by Larry Bergan on January 29, 2016 - 11:31 pm

      The dildos would probably be worth something in the future as a piece of American history, if they hadn’t been taken out of the package and used already. :)

      • #21 by Richard Warnick on January 30, 2016 - 8:59 am

        According to a journalist’s eyewitness report the dildos went into a burn barrel.

  12. #22 by Larry Bergan on January 29, 2016 - 11:40 pm

    I have the feeling these guys are getting more support from authorities or funding somewhere we aren’t hearing about, to be acting like they are. Plus, the episode is coinciding with Utah’s public lands grab.

    In this BradBlog interview with Arun Gupta of “Raw Story”, who was at the standoff until recently, he recounts how much harder the police came down on the Occupy movements. Of course, they didn’t have guns, which may be one reason. Guns work, but they shouldn’t be working THIS well.

    • #23 by Richard Warnick on January 30, 2016 - 9:11 am

      In fairness to the FBI and Oregon State Police, they claim all this was happening in a remote area with no hostages taken or other threats to people. Therefore the go-slow plan was best. Where this argument breaks down is when you consider the town of Burns was being terrorized for weeks by armed thugs.

  13. #24 by Richard Warnick on January 30, 2016 - 12:41 pm

    Ammon Bundy and other Oregon militia leaders to stay behind bars without bail

    The terrorists now claim the were engaged in “civil disobedience.” No, it was terrorism. They ought to be charged with terrorists acts.

  14. #25 by Richard Warnick on January 30, 2016 - 12:52 pm

    Forgotten but not gone, the four remaining terrorists keep posting YouTube videos.

    Oregon standoff: Remaining refuge occupiers talk Pop-Tarts, prison

  15. #26 by Richard Warnick on January 30, 2016 - 10:13 pm

    Oregon standoff: Last of the occupiers ‘hoping for a miracle’

    On one hand, they have to run out of Pop Tarts and Coors Light eventually. OTOH this ridiculous siege is costing $100,000 a day. There are law enforcement costs to maintain checkpoints, also the BLM and Forest Service offices remain closed (not to mention the Malheur NWR itself).

    Sean Anderson says, “I believe God put us here.” Seriously? This is Sean Anderson last Wednesday:

  16. #27 by Richard Warnick on January 31, 2016 - 3:00 pm

    Oregon standoff: Most phone and Internet service for occupiers ends, supporter says

    It only took 30 days to cut off phone service and Internet. Of course, the Bundy Gang terrorists have taken every opportunity to incriminate themselves on YouTube video. Hopefully the phones were tapped. I expect the judge and jury will see and hear it all in court.

  17. #28 by Richard Warnick on January 31, 2016 - 10:12 pm

    How Mormonism Influenced The Oregon Standoff

    When Carrier asked Thornton if this entire occupation was a mission from God, he didn’t hesitate in his response: “Absolutely, God told us to do this,” he said.

    Reflecting on the interview a few weeks later, Carrier said that it was specifically these religious elements — and the lack of reporting on them — that he found troubling.

    “They are kind of crazy, from my point of view, because they are getting directions from God,” he said. “You can’t be reasonable when it’s not reason that’s driving you on, it’s the will of God.”

  18. #29 by Richard Warnick on February 1, 2016 - 8:48 am

    Ammon Bundy to appeal to another judge to be released pending trial, court records show

    The leader of the terrorist Bundy Gang now claims he is a “federalist” who loves this country and its people very much. Now can he find a judge who will buy that b.s.?

  19. #30 by Larry Bergan on February 1, 2016 - 10:11 am

    Guess you haven’t seen this one Richard. The Great American Cattle Fee Revolt isn’t over.

    Or maybe it’s the 2010’s version of Beach Blanket Bingo or God knows what.

    I guess people don’t have to work any more.

    • #31 by Richard Warnick on February 1, 2016 - 10:38 am

      See #19 above. Supposedly the “patriots” were coming to Burns to ARREST the FBI and the OSP for murdering Tarp Man.

  20. #32 by Richard Warnick on February 1, 2016 - 10:33 am

    Ragtag Crew At Malheur Refuge Whines Because FBI Won’t Allow Media In

    This is the world these people live in, where they think they can trespass on federal land for 30 days, trash the place, dig ditches and destroy artifacts, and then sashay out without any consequences.

  21. #33 by Richard Warnick on February 1, 2016 - 10:57 am

    How A Digital Friendship Created An Unlikely Holdout

    David Fry’s online friendship with militant LaVoy Finicum led him to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, where he is one of the last remaining occupants.

    Fry may be the least terrifying terrorist ever, but he won’t escape prison.

  22. #34 by Richard Warnick on February 1, 2016 - 3:05 pm

    Malheur Siege Intensifies As Last Holdouts Prepare To Die

    As the FBI continues to tighten their grip on the refuge, Anderson and Fry may see death as the only avenue of escape from potential imprisonment… If they believe that their deaths in a hail of gunfire will hasten the ‘patriot’ dream of nationwide insurgency against a ‘tyrannical’ federal government, then any move to storm the facility will only result in further bloodshed.

    Their willingness to hold out thus boils down to two factors: food and fuel. Unable to resupply themselves with fresh snacks or refuel their generator, the final four militants may capitulate when they are hungry, cold, and bored enough. That’s the outcome the FBI clearly hopes to achieve – and that the surrounding community desperately needs.

    BTW last night the temperature got down to single digits at the wildlife refuge.

  23. #35 by Richard Warnick on February 2, 2016 - 6:37 am

    Emotional Protesters Face Off In Burns

    The initial protest was organized by the Pacific Patriots Network, a self-described militia network…

    But local residents formed a counterprotest to say the outsiders don’t speak for them. They gathered to demand that the outsiders go home and to show support for local officials and law enforcement.

  24. #36 by Richard Warnick on February 2, 2016 - 6:39 am

    Cliven Bundy Calls For Refuge Occupation To Continue

    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy said Monday that the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge would continue.

    In a notarized letter from Clark County, Nevada, Bundy wrote to Harney County Sheriff David Ward that “We the People of Harney County and also We the People of the citizens of the United States DO GIVE NOTICE THAT WE WILL RETAIN POSSESSION OF THE HARNEY COUNTY RESOURCE CENTER. (Malhaur [sic] National Wildlife Refuge).”

    The letter was also sent by certified mail to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and President Barack Obama.

    “Remove all federal and state policing agents out of Harney County,” Bundy wrote. “Place a Harney County sheriff guard post at the entrance road of the Harney County Resource Center stopping all from entering or exiting, for a time.”

    Awkwardly worded and misspelled, but the hate is heartfelt and sincere!

  25. #37 by Richard Warnick on February 2, 2016 - 8:46 am

    Cliven Bundy defies son Ammon in call for Oregon militia to stand their ground

    This article has a picture of Bundy’s letter. “Malheur” is misspelled.

    “What this is saying is that Cliven Bundy is taking control of things,” Cliven said in an interview from his ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada, on Monday afternoon. “If we don’t retain it, then we’ve lost everything that we’ve done in the last two months. We’re not gonna give up.”

    Refers to himself in the third person. Is this guy actually sane? And why isn’t he behind bars?

  26. #38 by Richard Warnick on February 2, 2016 - 10:27 am

    Judge To Rule On Ammon Bundy’s Release From Jail As Standoff Continues

    Still waiting for additional arrests and terrorism charges. The list of 42 convicted terrorists in federal prison only includes five right-wingers. The rest are Muslims, leftists, and environmentalists. It’s time to round out the collection.

  27. #40 by Richard Warnick on February 2, 2016 - 11:48 am

    Oregon standoff holdout David Fry says: ‘This is the time to break the law’

    After one day of silence, the four holdouts spent hours Monday taking calls on an Internet radio show. Though they claimed most of their communication channels were cut off overnight Saturday, they were able to call into the show hosted by a conservative blog, Redoubt News.

  28. #42 by Richard Warnick on February 2, 2016 - 12:53 pm

    Ammon Bundy heads to court today and his own father may have sunk any chance of pretrial release

    Cliven Bundy is ordering the FBI to leave Burns, Oregon immediately … or else. He also says the standoff will continue and they will not give up the refuge. Given the previous federal judge said there was no chance of release while the standoff is still going on and the fact Ammon Bundy and his wife Lisa Bundy have reached out both directly and indirectly to the remaining four militants at the refuge, pleading for them to leave, this isn’t likely to help Ammon’s case today in federal court.

    The Bundys don’t just claim to be a law unto themselves, they actually think that they are above the federal government and can issue orders to the President of the United States.

    UPDATE: Ammon Bundy’s lawyers withdraw challenge, for now, of his continued detention

  29. #43 by Richard Warnick on February 3, 2016 - 8:58 am

    From Jail, Bundy Calls On Federal Government To Leave Harney County

    On Tuesday Bundy issued a statement through his lawyers, again asking the remaining occupiers to leave but doubled down on his call to rid the land of the federal government.

    He advised the FBI to leave the county immediately and for the government to turn over the land.

    “The Harney County Sheriff should cordon off the refuge as the citizens work on returning these lands back to the people of Harney County and the State of Oregon as prescribed in the constitution,” Bundy said. “It is simple: The land belongs to the people.”

    Bundy’s theory that our public lands belong to the county is wrong. The Property Clause of our Constitution gives Congress sole authority for the management and control of all territories or other property owned by United States.

  30. #44 by Richard Warnick on February 3, 2016 - 12:55 pm

    Here’s a profile on two of the four Malheur terrorist holdouts. These dumbasses are costing about $100,000 a week to maintain the police roadblocks around the refuge, they are keeping BLM and U.S. Forest Service offices closed, and preventing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from repairing the damage done to the refuge headquarters.

    Riggins couple among Malheur holdouts (PDF)

    “When they got in there they didn’t know there had been an offer made (to allow some of the
    protesters to leave) so they didn’t get that information and everybody else left,” Giddings said. “They’re stuck. They can’t leave. They (law enforcement) will not let them leave without going through a checkpoint and when they get there they will get zapped.”

    Despite social media postings from the group and a video depicting Sean Anderson shouting into a camera urging violence, Giddings said the Andersons are not radicals.

    In a recent online video, a man identified as Sean Anderson yells: “American people better wake up and get here and fight for your country right now, it is on. If they stop you from getting here, kill them.”

    “I don’t call it radical,” Giddings said. “He’s just in support of the folks that are fighting with the (Bureau of Land Management) and the land grab that they’re taking all the ranches over there. He went over there to support them. He didn’t go over to get into trouble. He’s not a radical militia – he’s just a guy.”

    “Just a guy” who wants to kill the police. BTW Sean Anderson has an extensive criminal history, and is currently wanted on a felony warrant unrelated to his recent terrorist acts.

  31. #45 by Richard Warnick on February 3, 2016 - 2:17 pm

    The New York Times reports that bird watchers are threatening to boycott local businesses in Burns. Maybe it’s a good idea.

    In the early days of the occupation, a local news report implied that Ms. Gainer had donated food to the occupiers. She said the protesters had paid for it, but suddenly found herself slammed with criticism from people — mostly from beyond Burns — who accused her of propping up the rebellion.

    “We will never be stopping at your place again,” wrote one man, a bird enthusiast who promised to organize a boycott. “My only regret is that we won’t be seeing your sweet dog again.”

    “Please stop feeding the American Terrorists,” wrote another. And a third: “You are providing aid to the domestic terrorists that are occupying a federal building near Burns. They should be in jail and so should you.”

    The conflict has left Ms. Gainer and her small staff — Lori, Anna and Vicki — frazzled and worried. This was the busiest January they’ve had. (That’s a phrase you hear all around town.) But bird enthusiasts are their lifeblood, and if they boycott (birding season starts next month at the Malheur, when the first migrating sandhill cranes, tundra swans and northern pintails arrive), it could kill the cafe.

    “We’re really worried that this business may not stay in business,” Ms. Gainer said. “It depends on how the birders react.”

  32. #46 by Richard Warnick on February 3, 2016 - 5:03 pm

    Federal grand jury returns indictments against Bundys and co-defendants

    The indictments hadn’t been released by late afternoon Wednesday, but they’re likely to add charges.

    Those could include trespassing on federal property, destruction of federal property, unlawful access to federal computers and possession of firearms on a federal facility, according to legal observers.

    The indictments replace the earlier complaint. The defendants will be arraigned on the indictments Feb. 24.

    Federal grand jury indicts 16 in refuge takeover

    What about terrorism charges?

  33. #47 by Richard Warnick on February 4, 2016 - 9:05 am

    Last Line Of Communication With Militants Cut

    The FBI is no longer allowing the terrorist holdouts at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to talk to the news media.

  34. #48 by Richard Warnick on February 4, 2016 - 9:39 am

    Bundy militants could be forced to repay $3.4 million to taxpayers

    An Oregon Democrat introduced legislation that would require Ammon Bundy and other out-of-state militants to repay taxpayers for the cost of their armed takeover of a wildlife sanctuary.

  35. #50 by Richard Warnick on February 4, 2016 - 9:56 am

    Feds look for new ways to fight ‘clear and present danger’ posed by domestic extremists

    Imagine if “material support for terrorism” charges were levied against ALC, ALEC, Americans for Prosperity and the Koch brothers.

  36. #51 by Richard Warnick on February 4, 2016 - 10:01 am

    Jailed Oregon militants frustrated by ‘idiots’ still holed up inside federal reserve

    Andrew Kohlmetz, an attorney for arrested protester Jason Patrick, referred to the holdouts as “four idiots” and said their stance is at odds with his client’s aims and needs.

    “I can only say that it does impact everyone’s chance at release,” said Kohlmetz…

    Here’s an idea – no pre-trial release for terrorists!

  37. #52 by Richard Warnick on February 4, 2016 - 4:11 pm

    A week after telling Oregon standoff holdouts to go, Ammon Bundy now tells police to leave

    Ammon Bundy, leader of the monthlong armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge, said from jail Thursday that the takeover was “a needed action” and called on state and federal law enforcement officials to leave eastern Oregon.

    In Jailhouse Recording, Bundy Tells Oregon State Police, FBI To ‘Go Home’

    In a jailhouse recording released by his lawyers Thursday, Ammon Bundy delivered a stern message to the authorities currently waiting out the occupation at a rural Oregon federal wildlife center:

    “Go home Oregon State Police. You have already killed enough,” the message, which was posted to the Bundy Ranch YouTube page, says. “Go home FBI. It is time to end this.”

    Bundy is behind bars, and not in any position to be giving orders to law enforcement.

  38. #53 by Richard Warnick on February 4, 2016 - 4:12 pm

    Oregon standoff: Occupiers say FBI phone is their only link to outside

    The four remaining holdouts at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge say they are down to a single link to the outside world – an FBI-provided cellphone.

    Couldn’t the FBI have done this a month ago?

  39. #54 by Richard Warnick on February 4, 2016 - 4:33 pm

    Militant Duane Ehmer Released On Bail

    As a convicted felon, Ehmer is not allowed to possess firearms. But when he was arrested last month, he was found with two guns and ammunition that police said were buried in hay in a trailer Ehmer pulled behind his truck.

    But he waved an American flag, so that makes him a “patriot.”

  40. #56 by Richard Warnick on February 4, 2016 - 11:15 pm

    Northwest Volunteers Want To Help Restore Malheur Refuge

    Oregon conservation groups say volunteers are lining up to help reverse damage done to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during the ongoing occupation.

    • #57 by Larry Bergan on February 5, 2016 - 1:07 am

      Not only has the Malheur occupation energized potential volunteers, Robertson said it has also brought conservation groups together in a way that no previous issues have.

      “It’s galvanized cooperation throughout the conservation community,” he said.

      Right on.

  41. #58 by Richard Warnick on February 4, 2016 - 11:17 pm

    Occupiers Not Listed In Indictment Could Face Charges

    One of the public faces of the occupation, Blaine Cooper, disappeared shortly after the initial arrests of the Bundys and others.

    …Cooper called into a conservative talk radio show on Jan. 29. Blaine told the radio host he checks daily to see if a warrant is out for his arrest. “If they tried to do anything to me, I’m going to go the way LaVoy did,” he said on the show.

    The Coopers’ whereabouts are now unknown.

  42. #59 by Richard Warnick on February 5, 2016 - 11:06 am

    Authorities Prepare For ‘Armed Extremists’ To Crash Occupier’s Funeral

    Authorities in Utah are preparing for a scenario in which “armed extremists” crash the funeral of LaVoy Finicum, a leader of the Oregon occupation who was killed last week in a confrontation with police.

    The family is said to be hoping for a peaceful funeral today in Kanab. Hopefully the militia types will stay away.

  43. #60 by Richard Warnick on February 5, 2016 - 1:01 pm

    Judge handling Oregon standoff case allows defendant to attend LaVoy Finicum funeral

    Brown said Cox, 59, could attend the funeral on the condition that she was “not to engage in any public commentary” surrounding the case or Finicum’s death…

  44. #61 by Richard Warnick on February 5, 2016 - 3:01 pm

    Mourners assemble for LaVoy Finicum funeral in Kanab, Utah today as Oregon standoff continues

    Finicum’s family has issued two statements about his death, which they call a murder. The most recent statement, issued through the family’s attorney, accused the FBI and state police of a cover-up.

    Blue Tarp Squares being distributed at LaVoy Finicum’s wake

    You can’t make up this shit.

    Some unindicted refuge occupiers attend memorial for LaVoy Finicum

    Three unindicted terrorists were spotted at the funeral, but no arrests were made.

    • #62 by Larry Bergan on February 6, 2016 - 12:53 am

      Well, now we know how they plan to pay off all those bills the patriots racked up. It’s a frivolous lawsuit against the FBI, or somebody’s going to have to get a job.

      The blue tarp squares are tacky and fitting.

  45. #63 by Richard Warnick on February 6, 2016 - 9:26 am

    Government inaction gave Bundy militants a platform to spread their anti-government delusions

    “The federal government’s light-handed response both in Oregon and Nevada has actually fueled the spread of patriot movement ideology, particularly in the rural West.”

    Thoughtful article. If something like this happens again, law enforcement ought to take immediate action to contain the situation and prevent the terrorists from declaring victory.

  46. #64 by Richard Warnick on February 6, 2016 - 10:03 am

    Militia group backs down, billboards go up in support of law enforcement as fifth week of Oregon standoff comes to an end

    It’s still not over. The militia plan to rescue the Malheur terrorist holdouts today got canceled. Probably not a great plan, anyway.

  47. #65 by Richard Warnick on February 6, 2016 - 5:44 pm

    What’s Happening on the Occupied Refuge Perimeter?

    The new lighted sign changes from “Road Closed” to “No Unlawful Entry” to “Subject To Arrest.”

    It’s the latest indication that the coalition of law enforcement guarding the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have no interest in additional militia members, media or curious members of the public getting within five miles of the headquarters.

    Reporters looking into the closed-off area from a nearby hill could observe what looked like multiple roadblocks along the road to the refuge headquarters. There was no obvious sign of the four people believed to be mostly camping within the refuge. The only movement to or from the headquarters appeared to be law enforcement vehicles.

  48. #66 by Larry Bergan on February 6, 2016 - 6:41 pm

    This looks positive.

    Go for it Obama! The democrats in Utah are with you. We don’t care about those other guys.

  49. #67 by Larry Bergan on February 6, 2016 - 8:50 pm

    I knew the Koch brothers had their sticky fingers in this land grab somewhere, and I’m sure they could care less about ranchers and their cattle:

    The Larger, but Quieter Than Bundy, Push to Take Over Federal Land

    Mr. Ivory, a business lawyer from suburban Salt Lake City, does not fit the profile of a sun-scoured sagebrush rebel. But he is part of a growing Republican-led movement pushing the federal government to hand over to the states millions of acres of Western public lands — as well as their rich stores of coal, timber and grazing grass.

    “It’s like having your hands on the lever of a modern-day Louisiana Purchase,” said Mr. Ivory, who founded the American Lands Council and until recently was its president. The Utah-based group is funded mostly by donations from county governments, but has received support from Americans for Prosperity, the group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers.

    The Koch’s should have been at LaVoy’s funeral. He was fighting for them, even if he didn’t know it.

    • #68 by Richard Warnick on February 6, 2016 - 9:36 pm

      Emphasis added…

      “Many conservatives — [Ken] Ivory among them — criticized Mr. Bundy’s gun-toting tactics, but their grievances and goals are nearly identical. And the outcry has grown amid a dust storm of rural anger at President Obama’s efforts to tighten regulations on fracking, air quality, small streams and other environmental issues that put struggling Western counties at odds with conservation advocates.”

  50. #69 by Larry Bergan on February 6, 2016 - 9:00 pm

    More on the Koch’s:

    Utah’s Ken Ivory recruiting ‘leaders’ to launch grass-roots lands-transfer movement

    Utah lawmaker Ken Ivory is leaving his post as the American Lands Council’s founding president to take his public-lands message to a national stage with Federalism in Action a South Carolina-based group affiliated with organizations funded by the Koch brothers and other donors pushing right-wing causes.

  51. #70 by Larry Bergan on June 1, 2016 - 8:40 pm

    Just in case you needed your Bundy fix. The saga continues.

    Ryan Bundy Doesn’t Understand Why He Can’t Have His Guns. In Jail

  52. #71 by Larry Bergan on June 20, 2016 - 9:54 am

    Rob Bishop is valiantly fighting the Eco-Terrorists and acting like real terrorists don’t exist, because they’re on God’s side.

    After Republicans Refuse, Democrats Hold Their Own Hearing On The Oregon Wildlife Refuge Takeover

    I don’t, for a moment, even believe Bishop believes in God, but it’s a REAL good scam, isn’t it?

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