Monday, January 4, 2016

So I Went To The Movies

So, here's the thing. I started writing this week's blog on Saturday night, right after news of some kind of event was slowly slipping out of Burns, Oregon. By Sunday afternoon, there was more news, but that "Peaceful protest in Oregon ranching case followed by building takeover at wildlife refuge" headline courtesy of the Associated Press was getting lots of cyber-inches, even though this was a self-proclaimed act of domestic terrorism.

Ammon Bundy and friends
The marvelous coincidence moment came when Ammon Bundy, son of standoff guy Cliven Bundy, announced that the penny-tossing, flower-sharing march and rally in support of Dwight Hammond, Jr, the guy arrested for setting wild fires on federal land, was really a red herring, and the plan all along was to take over a nearby federal building to occupy it for years, if necessary, in order to free federal land for use by ranchers, loggers and miners. Of course, they are a militia. Really. That's what they say they are. And, as any other self-respecting militia would do, they brought guns, ammo, and plenty of ramen noodles. Just in case they got hungry while fighting for freedom from anarchy. So where's the coincidence?

Gee, did the Bundy Gang take a page from the BLM playbook? 

A couple of weeks ago, the Black Lives Matter movement staged a rather small protest at Mall of America. It was well publicized and there was lots of press coverage. When the demonstrators were warned off by the mall cops ....they exited the building...only to get on the light rail and head over to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where they made their way out to Highway 5 where they disrupted traffic access to and from the terminals... on the afternoon of December 23rd. Not exactly a light travel day. Leaders of BLM said the Mall event was merely a diversionary tactic; the real target had always been MSP: Black Lives Matter’ Protesters Gather; Mall Is Shut in Response (NY Times.)

There is a big difference though: while the BLM protests were actually peaceful demonstrations, the takeover of the federal building in Burns, Oregon, was an armed insurrection. The Bundy Gang has guns and indicated they are not afraid to use them on federal agents. They call themselves a militia, they dress like a militia, and they are armed like a militia. So whaddya think? Militia....or just fun-loving survivalists?

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Dwight Hammond and his son, Steve, the fire-starting guys, are working really hard to disassociate themselves from Bundy Gang. Gee. I wonder why?

And here you thought there wasn't a problem with how news is reported in this country. Guess again, people. Social media, however really took these guys to heart, and the following hashtags are trending on Twitter:

Y'all Qaeda

Vanilla ISIS

Yee Hawdists
Yokel Haram
Meal Team Six

Cute, right? Let's not lose sight of the reality that Team Bundy's stated goal is the overthrow of the United States as we know it. And that, dear readers, is an armed insurrection and most definitely qualifies as terrorism.

And not a Muslim amongst them.

But all this stuff is all over the news. Now, it's old and stale. So, rather than rehash this crapola yet again, I went off to see STAR WARS in 3-D. 

Wifely Person's Tip o'the Week
It's a great diversionary tactic. 


  1. Thank you for sharing your insight and views, Susan. It is a good idea to have a Canadian passport on hand.

  2. I hope they slam these idiots with treason. I love the way that they sort of threaten that the public will see women getting shot should anyone advance on them. Well, if you believe in equal rights, then female militia members are vulnerable too. But these guys plan on pushing their female counterparts out front as human shields. (Freaking cowards!)