Yeah. That sounds good. Add in a pretty white jacket with lots of buckles and I will be set. The dark powers have stormed the castle! To the cave...
I think I need a vacation.
Geez, WSF. Can't even let Fargo be poopy for one day. You know it is all temporary stuff. I have to act human. Who knows, it might not have even been real gloominess, but fabricated to make me look imperfect, fallible. Oh, yeah. You might not think you guys matter out there, but I pay attention to your words.
After I took a long winter's nap to sleep off the darkness, I engaged in some interesting Facebook debate. I love it. It's like playing virtual video games. I think of my comments as bombs. Sometimes I just send down warning shots to stir up the folks.
Meanwhile on the west coast...the Hammond family ranch incident in Oregon. First, some brief history (not about underwear)...with a little Fargo ad lib...(ok, so this is facts with my peanut gallery comments)...
|Hammond family: Very nice looking, normal type people=ranchers|
There was a big fire started by lightning. The Hammond family fought it to save the ranch, ended up starting a back fire which indeed did put out the fire, saving range land and the ranch. The back fire burned a very small amount of federal land. They were charged (charges dropped by DA, then refiled 5 years later by US Attorney), paid fines, and some of the family went to jail.
The two men were charged as "terrorist" under the Federal Antiterrorism Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. Ridiculous. Terrorists? Arsonists? What evidence or confession of such am I missing? I thought to prove arson you needed intent. In the process of fighting a fire, they damaged more federal land already burning. I believe that is unintentional. So fine them. That's about all you can do on a civil matter. The search warrant that many use the cooler vocabulary as "raids"...so what? That's a given. It's going to happen. My panties do not get in a wad over that procedure, but I understand how the Hammonds feel violated by agents "storming their home."
So the ranchers are in jail and serving their time, when the charges get re-sentenced and now have to serve additional years. Wow. Whiskey-tango-foxtrot. Really? I don't get this, but I do see the vindictive arm of the government reaching out here.
They have paid half of the $400,000 in fines and from the court proceedings, BLM gets first right of refusal if they sell their ranch. WTF? How is this possible? Maybe I need to go back to the law books. I know you can seize property which is connected to criminal drug trafficking and organized crime, but you can now impose civil land rights on a criminal proceeding charging two ranchers with arson? That is a stretch. Why has this not been challenged as to its constitutional merits? Maybe it is on the books and I am not aware of it. It seems to be a shady way to obtain ranch property if you ask me. If they can't pay the fines, they are forced to sell the ranch to the BLM or face further criminal charges. WTF? Usually, you just go to jail to face the contempt on paying the fines and it is converted to time. Not sure how that works that you can force someone to sell the ranch. Perhaps they used the ranch as collateral? Not sure.
Today the Hammonds are required to report to federal prison for their extended stay of the re-sentenced time after serving the initial time sentenced. This is crackpotism at its finest.
How is this constitutional? Or right and moral in all forms? But, they have stated they will show up and do as they are required from the courts. They have also made statements they have not invited Clive Bundy to the area.
So, there is a lot more to that story but that is the icing, and just a licking of the top. Behind the law scenes, I don't know. It just seems too unbelievable but I understand how the government works when it wants your land. It is plausible.
Well, whodathunk the Bundys and company would come and take over the wildlife refuge in protest over this injustice? Sho nuff. It happened by force by firearms. Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!
This is not the way to protest injustice nor reverse the wrongdoings they believe have been done to the Hammonds. Where are the attorneys? Where are the groups supporting the Hammonds? Where is the movement? It is there in Oregon, behind some AR-15s.
This will be another Waco, Ruby Ridge, or Bundygate, if you will. Ya'll Quaeda has taken over Malheur Wildlife Refuge as Tweets on Twitter have been implying all over the internet. The refuge will be further embedded in the history books making it an even more attractive site.
So back to the Facebook debate. Several ( not one or two, but many) of my friends are up in arms, making comments to go to Oregon to fight for this cause alongside Bundy. I don't agree with this method and I agree there seems to be some injustice to the Hammond family, but this way is not the right way. I also think Bundy is a crackpot and used such words in my commentating which of course, was not liked. NO ONE PUSHED THE LIKE BUTTON. He didn't pay his grazing fees. He broke his crayons when he got in trouble. Different situation. Now he has organized his own little vigilante group of "rancher mafia" or "militia" as the media likes to call them. Make them real scary like.
Really, Bundy? This is all you got? Come on. Use some common sense. Put your money where your mouth is and hire the biggest badassist attorney, then make some peaceful large scale protests and get the nation behind you. These are felony acts of terrorism. Stop giving the liberals ammunition to use against lawful gun owners by making all ranchers look like half-cocked off crazies. And stop committing felonies.
Ok. That's what I said and that's what I stirred up. The response was that America needed to be taken back somehow, somewhere, and it was a matter of time. WTF? Mutiny?
Now in the words of one of my former colleagues, "Kathryn, I support all extremists because without them we can never meet in the middle. Sure, most of them are plum crazy nuts. Hell, half the time I agree with them. I just can't openly support such nonsense in a uniform, but secretly, I hope they win."
If you aren't interested in this story, you should be. This is about a federal land grab, a revolution from citizens, and a big fat mess of illegalities.
I see one hell of a movie coming out of all this showdown.