The Pardu

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Showing posts with label Oregon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Oregon. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

GOP Official To Contract Militia Event Security

Do you recall any instances in our history involving events with contracted "hot heads" anti-establishment as security enforcers?

I am old enough to recall many which ended in tragedy, but I recall one incident which was over the top unnecessary.

Dec 6, 2015 - A murder at a Rolling Stones concert effectively brought the ... when they hired the San Francisco chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang ...

Death of Meredith Hunter - Wikipedia

Meredith Curly Hunter, Jr. (October 24, 1951 – December 6, 1969) was an 18-year-old African-American man who was killed at the 1969 Altamont Free Concert. During the performance by The Rolling Stones, Hunter approached the ... The Hells Angels had been hired to provide security for the concert in a deal that involved ...

As this week is passing into next week, we are seeing a foolish Republican politician in Oregon speak of hiring Oath Keepers to provide event security. While Oath Keepers isn't known as a hate group ,and the militia certainly hasn't developed a reputation for neo-nazism, the thought of contracting any us international militia for event security defies rational thought.

Lest we remind you of another far-right loon who has perpetrated racist oriented murders of innocent Americans while spewing uber nationalist bullcrap.  Link.

Crooks & Liars

Snowflake Portland GOP Chair Wants Militia Guards For 'Safe Spaces'
Multnomah County, Oregon GOP chair James Buchal told the Guardian yesterday that he's considering the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenter militias as possible security forces for future Republican Party events. Blaming "belligerent, unstable people who are convinced that Republicans are like Nazis," Buchal sees the stabbing murder of two men on a Portland subway by…

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Death In Oregon

As the nation moves away from the first skirmish between the Oregon anarchists led by Cliven Bundy's sons, the death of the wildlife refuge takeover cabal has grabbed national news.

We should not be surprised about stories of an assassination of Lavoy Finicum. The surprise is the quickness with which some members of the cabal are truth-telling about Finicum's death. Stories of the "tent guy" on his knees with his hands in the held in the air are false. If you have a few minutes consider listening to some of the following video (twelve plus minutes) for what can be described as propaganda and attempts at martyrdom: linked here.

Herewith is a telling of the shooting from a conservative website. The piece has links to Fox News sites on which one writer headlined the words "Suicide by Cop."  The other Fox News links offer comment from a Finicum family member:

Young Conservatives

Ammon Bundy told his wife that Finicum was cooperating with police when he was shot, according to Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore. A Facebook account reportedly operated by one of Finicum’s 11 children, Thara Tenney, also said Finicum was cooperating.
“I want the world to know how my father was murdered today,” the post said. “His hands were in the air and he was shot in the face by the American authorities. Ammon Bundy reported there are six witnesses to this evil.”
The Raw Story offers a detailed telling of the incident with video and comments from anarchists who were involved in the roadblock incident.

The writer of the Young Conservative piece simply nailed the matter. Regardless of which story is based in fact, the entire incident and related death are a tragedy that was completely unavoidable.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Oregon Wild Life Refuge Invasion

Friend of the TPI Mike Victor asks a key set of questions while accurately posting about the latest example of US home grown domestic terrorism.

Mike Victor

As I listened to this story on NPR about the occupation of a federal bird sanctuary on land federalized by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1908, I could not help wondering if this wasn't all some great satire, an enormous joke orchestrated by someone for our amusement.

Fluffy unicorn?

"Operational security" (as an excuse not to reveal how few people were actually there)?

The father and son for whom this action allegedly was taken disowning the action and the occupiers?

And does anyone remember who the Bundys were? We keep hearing about their standoff with the feds over illegal cattle grazing, but is everyone amnestic for what came next? When Mr Bundy, the father of the person now leading this bird sanctuary occupation, went on national television and spoke of the superiority of the white race so overtly that even Republicans gushing about him the day before raced to distance themselves from him?

So why is Bundy not described as a white supremacist, not just a freeloading illegal cattle grazer (undocumented, if you will)? What are the odds that his son shares only his father's nutty anti-government views without absorbing his racism as well?

As an aside, one of the most offensive lines in the story had nothing to do with politics or race. An occupier managed to execute two faux pas in one sentence. He said he was ready to fight but then decided to "sit down my gun."

1. The term "gun" is reserved for artillery pieces, machine guns, and other large bore weapons that still remain illegal for private civilians to own. His use of this term for his "rifle" or "weapon" is a reminder that these weekend warriors did not serve in the military.

2. Sit does not take an object. Set is the verb this gentleman was looking for. I sit down, but I set down my rifle. (More precisely, you lay down your rifle but for the love of God never say that you lie it down.)
Again, I'm struck by how delicately these armed white supremacists occupying a building of our representative government are treated by the press. If these men were jihadists (or even Muslims), African American Black Lives Matter protesters, or even Greenpeace activists angry about some disruption to the migration of birds for which they hold the observation center responsible, does anyone believe that they would be referred to as anything except terrorists?

And where are the counter-protests by all of those loyal Americans who tell us repeatedly how much they love this country but seem to have no problem seeing its colors denigrated in this bizarre freak show by Fluffy Unicorn and his grammatically,challenged Chicken Hawk cohorts?

This episode illustrates once again why putting the weapons of war into the hands of private civilians who never bothered to be trained in their proper use is such a bad idea. It doesn't take long before a group of men with no military experience feel so emboldened by holding the weapons of war that they start imagining themselves as heroes in some Hollywood action thriller. Die Hard 7: The Bird Sanctuary.... "do we get to win this time?"

The self-described militiamen occupying buildings at a national wildlife refuge accuse the federal government of overreaching its authority and say they'll remain in their new base for years.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Oregon Sheriff On Record Against Gun Control; Mass Murderer ID'd

Wonder how he feels about mass murder?

Twenty six year old mass murderer, Chris Harper Mercer. (American Terrorist)
Chris Harper Mercer [MySpace]
Image via The Raw Story

As they has progressed, I saw the guy in blue below refuse to name the killer imaged above because he did not want to give him the notoriety he sought. Well, the guy in blue should think more about his position on gun control.

The first 1;$5 seconds of the linked video has relevance in what follows.

As the sheriff in Douglas County, Oregon, John Hanlin was front and center following Thursday's shooting at Umpqua Community College that left at least 13 dead and 20 wounded. In 2013, he wrote a letter to Vice President Joe Biden that included the line, "Gun control is NOT the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings."

Read his letter to Vice President Joe Biden here.

Mother Jones

Two years ago, Hanlin was one of hundreds of sheriffs around the country to vow to stand against new gun control legislation. In a January 15, 2013, letter to Vice President Joe Biden, he wrote, "Gun control is NOT the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings."
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How very ignorant!