Say, we have not heard from our old pals, the land-grabbing, tax-cheating, grifting Bundy family of Nevada. If it is an election year, the Bundy’s must be up to something. Oh, look:
The Bundy family of Nevada joined with hard-core militiamen Saturday to take over the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, vowing to occupy the remote federal outpost 30 miles southeast of Burns for years.
The occupation came shortly after an estimated 300 marchers — militia and local citizens both — paraded through Burns to protest the prosecution of two Harney County ranchers, Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond, who are to report to prison on Monday.
Among the occupiers is Ammon Bundy, son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and two of his brothers. Militia members at the refuge claimed they had as many as 100 supporters with them. The refuge, federal property managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was closed and unoccupied for the holiday weekend.
The thing that shocks me about this is not that Bundy’s are up to their old tricks (but in a new state), but that the media has not covered it. But then again, these are white patriots and not a riot of thugs. You know that if a group of 100 black men with guns commandeered a federal building, the media would be all over it.
(Full disclosure: a close family member lives in Burns and works for the school district, which is now closed for a week while this scenario plays out. That an entire community is now disrupted by armed insurrection who are threatening violence is absolutely domestic terrorism.)
UPDATE 1: My relative tells me that the peaceful protest at the Safeway Parking lot was not 300 protestors, but more likely 50. (She was across the street waiting for an appointment and watched.) She also tells me that the protesters marched through the residential neighborhoods.