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January 05, 2016 06:56 AM UTC

Tuesday Open Thread

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  • by: Colorado Pols

“Without alienation, there can be no politics.”

–Arthur Miller

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  1. The Yokel Harem terrorists in Oregon forgot to bring food to their insurrection, and now it looks like power will be cut off to the buildings they've occupied.

    Federal authorities are planning to cut off the power of the wildlife refuge in Oregon that has been taken over by militia, exposing the armed occupiers to sub-zero temperatures in an effort to flush them out.

    Armed militants will begin their third day at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, a remote federal outpost in eastern Oregon, on Tuesday, and have vowed to remain for months in protest over the treatment of two local cattle ranchers.

    A federal government official told the Guardian that authorities were planning on Monday to cut the power at the refuge.

    “It’s in the middle of nowhere,” said the official, who is based in Washington, DC, and has knowledge of the planned response to the militia. “And it’s flat-ass cold up there.”

    The official, who asked not to be named, said they were not privy to the FBI’s plan of action. However, they said the US Park Service, which is leading the crisis management reaction to the occupation in liaison with the FBI, planned to cut the power to the building where the militiamen are spending their nights.

    The number of crimes they've committed grows daily, yet Rule of Law Republicans can hardly be bothered.

        1. Different issues, some overlap. Promise keepers were Bible-thumping evangelists who used the power of words and rhetoric. Oathkeepers are Bible-thumping evangelists who are armed for bear, and like to strut their stuff.

  2. This may be the first time I've ever quoted a CATO opinion, but this is a really good article on the Oregon occupation.

    No Good Guys in the West

    Decades ago, ranchers grazing their livestock on public lands paid enough fees to earn the Forest Service a profit. But in 1978, ranchers persuaded Congress to adopt a grazing fee formula on national forests and BLM lands that is designed to guarantee ranchers a profit even as grazing costs taxpayers more than $100 million per year. Thus, many people, including some agency officials, view the ranchers as freeloaders and their livestock as invasive species damaging the habitat for native fish and wildlife.

    Property rights advocates who want to change public views need to find ranchers more appealing than the Bundys, who want to overgraze other people’s land without paying for the right to do so, or the Hammonds, whose unauthorized fire on federal lands threatened firefighters’ lives. Without better representatives–preferably ones willing to pay their own way and not rely on taxpayer subsidies–they won’t be able to capture the hearts and minds of the American people, which means the future of ranchers who depend on federal lands is dim.

    1. Oh great, make 'em any more paranoid and crazy …

      … I did read some of the three-percenters blog comments that Chickheed linked to above.  It would be funny, if it weren't so damn scary.  Armed predator drones, pretense for mass incarceration and gun confiscation, gubbermint infiltrators, satellite surveillance … and these fucksticks are all armed to both their teeth …

      Mental health problems???  You bet, by the truckload …

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