The Bundy Bunch

lick the spoonSay, 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.

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8 Responses to The Bundy Bunch

  1. w3ski4me says:

    If it wasn’t obvious that there are two kinds of justice in this country, then it’s written on the wall this time. I was wondering if the Feds were ever going to deal with the original ‘Bundy Problem’ and here it went and infected oregon!
    A real failure of the “law and order” crowd.
    I don’t want civil war but this has Got To Stop.


    • tengrain says:

      Growing up in Berkeley, my definition of protesting does include sit-ins and occupying buildings. It does not include doing this by force, armed with guns. I think that is a difference that needs to be clearly stated.




  2. Osirisopt says:

    I’ve seen this type of recruiting effort before. There is precedence.
    God wins law be damned when the truth hits you in the face recognize it for the truth.


  3. Jon says:

    The local PBS reporter visited the camp and reported 6-12 people. Could maybe be more, but I’m betting no more than 50.


  4. Queasy says:

    Maybe someone could get these All-American Patrtiots™ to understand that in a functioning democracy, we agree to abide by the will of the majority. As a result, no one goes away 100% happy 100% of the time.
    Fortunately, a functioning democracy also has mechanisms in place so that things can be changed as the demands of society do.The problem is that it takes some effort and you have to work to convince the majority that your point of view is the best one.
    Rounding up all your buddies and their powder powered penis proxies and “taking over” a government building in the middle of nowhere does not make you a patriot.
    It makes you a whiney, petulant little child willing to hold its breath until it gets its way regardless of whether or not that way benefits anyone else.


  5. Squatlo says:

    “What we have here is a failure to communicate.” As long as we’re making movie references… Most gun fetishists see themselves as Dirty Harry, when they’re actually more like Ralphie protecting the family manse from Black Bart’s marauding thieves in “A Christmas Story”. But these militia boys have other daydreams, more akin to the Patrick Swayze character in “Red Dawn”, where they take their deer rifles into the woods to protect Amurca from invading communists (or in this case, the Muslim socialist in the White House). What separates this juvenile fantasy from real danger to the rest of us is that so many of these right wing paramilitary groups have white supremacist ties, and their daydreams are decidedly different. They actually want a race war in America, and have stocked up weapons and supplies for just such an occasion. Those are the people who will be flocking to Oregon in the coming days… easily identifiable by the Confederate flag “heritage, not hate” bumper stickers and the yellow Tea Party flag decals on the windows in front of the empty Styrofoam cups on the dashboard of the pick up trucks. We ignore them at our own peril. Personally, I abhor violence. But maybe it’s time they got a taste of the war against the tyrannical government they’ve been daydreaming about.


  6. Pope Bandar bin Turtle says:

    They’re creepy and they’re cooky
    Mysterious and spooky
    They’re altogether ooky
    The Bundy family

    (Works equally well for Duggar family!)


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