Jan 6, 201611:17 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
They’re white, they’re male, they’re conservative — call in the SWAT team!
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No, the federal Bureau of Land Management is not trying to force the Hammonds to sell their ranch on the state of Oregon’s high plains. The feds sought hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages for setting a backstop fire to (putatively) protect their ranch from a wildfire and oh, by the way, you can sell us your ranch to settle your account while we imprison father and son for five years.
So, while the takeover of unoccupied federal buildings on the wildlife preserve is a step too far, to our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances it is (are you ready for this?) TERRORISM!
Why worry about ISIS sleepers amidst tens of thousands of Arab refugees when America is plagued with Western ranchers possessing weapons?
The national security analyst for the cable and web news behemoth CNN is in full Waco/Ruby Ridge mode. The good lady is calling for “a show of federal force.” An armed showdown “treats these men as they should be treated: domestic terrorists who are putting the whole community at risk.”
“They are dangerous, they are unforgiving, they are flouting federal law, they have a political purpose and they clearly are willing to use violence to get their way,” writes CNN National Security Analyst Juliette Kayyem. (“Oregon building takeover is terrorism.”)
Terrorism? Who have they killed? What have they burned? Looted? So, they took over vacant buildings. Were the Menomonee Indians terrorists when they took over the novitiate in Gresham 40 years ago? How about Young & Foolish taking over a major traffic thoroughfare, like East Washington Ave. earlier in 2015? (BTW: East Washington Ave. is also a federal highway.) Is Brandi Grayson a terrorist? How about taking over the state Capitol? Solidarity singers — terrorists?
Let's face it, the grandstanders at Malheur Wildlife Refuge are conservative white men — ipso facto, bad guys. Did you flunk college sociology? These ranchers are the oppressors!
A taste of Ruby Ridge and Branch Davidian Temple administered by the U.S. Department of Justice will straighten them out. (BTW: Malheur translates as unhappy.)
And our … acquaintances … wonder why The Donald has traction.