You all think this is all black and white…. pun intended.
You’re all, both sides being misled.
It’s no longer going to require police to stop the damage and destruction. It will require men who will stand up, take a stand and take violence to the threat.
We are AT WAR. This is not a joke. This is not fear mongering. It’s a simple fact.
They are using George Floyd and BLM for their own purposes and Americans are standing by stupidly arguing with each other.
Make NO MISTAKE NOW, these people are not normal people who are simply upset over racism. The handlers of BLM, Antifa, and some of the other splinter hate groups, including some of the supposed “white supremacists” (Who are also as fake as many of the BLM people) are NOT regular “Americans”.
They are trained organizers, and hateful Marxists bent on the destruction of the United States of America, a capitalist society, and anything “Western”.
They seek nothing less than American capitulation and destruction. They are the driving force behind the BLM movement. They are the driving force behind Antifa (mostly white in case you’ve not noted this).
It’s past time to fight back and it’s going to get bloody.
It’s certainly NOT all “black and white” any more.
Stop believing the media and stand with other Americans against this outrageous nonsense.
On my wife’s Facebook memories this morning she re-posted some dialog between Frodo Baggins and Sam Gamgee, regarding some things in our lives. Her cancer, my heart issues – she’s shared it several times. Each time she has shared this the world as we know it has been changed for us… by her cancer. By my previous heart issues. Our hearts being broken by a family member who has refused contact from us, because, of all things, politics.
In 1937 John Ronald Reuel “J.R.R.” Tolkien published the Hobbit. The Lord of the Rings series completed between 1954 and 1955. Before that time, in June 1916, newly commissioned lieutenant Tolkien kissed his newly married wife goodbye. He boarded the transport to Calais, France. On July 1st, one of the bloodiest battles in human history took place near the Somme River. That day, his closest friend was killed and Tolkien himself, forever changed.
Tolkien, like Bilbo Baggins and later his nephew Frodo, were changed by their experiences. We know this because Tolkien himself even said so.
“An author cannot, of course, remain wholly unaffected by his experience.” – JRR Tolkien.
Today, my wife once again shared the scene of Frodo and Sam, because yet again, our world has gone dark, gloomy and is becoming dangerous again.
I want you to read this scene from The Lord of the Rings, please. It’s very important.
FRODO: I can’t do this, Sam.
SAM: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end.
Because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened.
But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why.
But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. Because they were holding on to something.
FRODO: What are we holding on to, Sam?
SAM: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.
This my friends, is what we all must consider.
America is a shining star. We’re not a Third World Country. We are the greatest Nation it ever rise from meager beginnings. We are greater than Rome in our military power, we don’t seek to build and Empire as the Romans once did, we seek to FREE people of this world, not enslave them.
Indeed, America IS a free country, though many will argue against this and cite things like having to have fishing licenses, drivers licenses, and that police are akin to a military. Those things are true, but they do not define a country. They define a “government”.
The United States is not a “Government”. We are a Republic, run by the people of this Great Country. The government is US. The People. Not some “leader” we elect. They are our servants. Not our leaders.
We allow those who sit in public offices to make decisions that we ourselves believe we are incapable of doing, or we are simply lazy and don’t want to do this job. We’ve allowed Congress, Governors, Mayors and City Councils to become “all powerful” in their abilities and appointments. The old idiom, “Give them an inch, and they’ll take a mile” comes to mind.
We have given up, become lazy or we simply don’t care enough, to become involved any more. We gave the so-called leaders that inch. They’ve proceeded to take a mile, or three, and have removed themselves from making the difficult decisions they were put in office to do.
Now we have a group of rioters who ran the police out of Downtown Seattle. The Mayor who refuses to send the police back in, to take back the city. A Governor claiming “it was news to him” that this even happened. And a President who has threatened to fix it, if the Mayor will not.
This should never have to rise to the level of a President. It’s in the hands of the people, not the President, not the Governor, not the Mayor, and apparently now, not even the police.
Our country didn’t become a country without some hard work, and eventual blood shed. The United States has not stayed a country without blood shed. We have Anarchists, and Marxists trying to destroy our country from within.
It’s time the Anarchists are stopped. This is not France, this is not going to be a Civil War over rights, but it will be over American Values. You can either stand with the Anarchists or stand with the Americans. You have that choice now and in the future, you will not if the Anarchists win.
We either need to stand up and polish off that star, stand firm against Anarchy, and those who would disable the Police, Military, and our Rights, or we’re doomed to fall to the Orc Army of Sauron. Evil stands and dares us all. And that evil has taken over the minds of many, bringing them in with offers of free money, less work, and yes, even, “Civil Rights”. Promises of things they can not deliver, and we all already have…. work, civil rights, freedoms.
Even though we all have Civil Rights, we have a Constitution which guarantees us all the same rights, people argue how bad it is. Even though we can defend ourselves, legally, there are those who believe guns are evil. Because we want a wall to protect the country, it’s called bad. It’s ‘racist’ to show ID to vote. And yet those same people in Seattle have built a wall, are carrying weapons, threatening those living in the area, demanding identification.
Do we sit on our collective asses, and allow the Underprivileged Collectivists to force upon the rest of us their Radical collectivism, or do we stand up and say “ENOUGH!”
It is up to each and every one of us to take a stand.
If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.
LAS VEGAS — Tensions have subsided and the crowds of armed militia around rancher Cliven Bundy have largely dispersed, but the situation is far from resolved.
Federal officials are exploring their legal options, and Metro Police confirm that an investigation is ongoing. What has not been made public is just how close things came to an all-out gun battle. Some of those who were on the front lines spoke exclusively to the I-Team’s George Knapp.
When the Bureau of Land Management mobilized to go after Bundy’s cattle two years ago, they did so under an administrative order. This time, it was considered a criminal matter, and the I-Team has learned that order went all the way to the White House for approval.
When it became apparent that things were not going well in Bunkerville and hundreds of armed Bundy supporters were on the scene, Metro found itself right in the middle, a very dangerous place to be.
“We didn’t show any fear that day, but I can tell you, we all thought in the back of our minds, we all thought it was going to be our last day on earth, if it went bad,” said Sgt. Tom Jenkins of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
He is more familiar with the craziness of the Las Vegas Strip, which is where he and his squad usually work to keep the peace. But when things began to turn ugly in Bunkerville earlier this month, two squads of patrol officers, along with a SWAT unit, were dispatched to the scene.
“We were told, we’re going to go down there and we’re going to get between the BLM and the protesters. We were going, okay, we’ve been there before, but as we were driving up, it was like a movie set. It didn’t look real; people in the back of pickup trucks with rifles and shotguns,” Jenkins said. “It was hard to grasp that at the beginning.”
Approximately 30 Metro officers stood between a crowd of 400 heavily armed, self- described militia and the federal employees who had gathered a few hundred head of Bundy’s cattle. As the crowd swelled and tempers flared, many in the crowd tried to goad the police, hurling taunts and insults.
“They had no respect for authority. Everything that you can think of to call a human being, animals, everything,” Jenkins said.
One person in the crowd even asked Jenkins if he was ready to die.
“I don’t know his name. He was wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey. I’ll never forget that,” he said.
Shuttling back and forth between the Bundy forces and BLM was Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who’d been left in charge by Sheriff Doug Gillespie. He was trying to keep everyone calm.
“The bottom line is, bloodshed over cattle, unacceptable. Nobody wanted to go in that direction,” Lombardo said.
But the police were to learn, some in the crowd did want to go in that direction. Even Lombardo was on the receiving end.
“It was a scary point in itself. They were in my face yelling profanities and pointing weapons. The Bundy son himself, that I was negotiating with, Dave, he did not do that, but all the associated people around him did do that,” Lombardo said.
Metro officers deal with large crowds all the time, but nothing like this. The crowd included former military men and ex-cops, people with various motives, their fingers poised just above the triggers of powerful weapons. With so much firepower in so many hands, a small incident could have set off a bloodbath and left nearly two dozen officers dead.
Assist. Sheriff Joe Lombardo:“We were outgunned, outmanned and there would not have been a good result from it.” I-Team reporter George Knapp: “A lot of scenarios could have played out that would have left a lot of dead officers.” Assist. Sheriff Joe Lombardo: “If you just have a backfire, somebody pops a firecracker, then it’s over. We’re done. We are going to lose that battle that day.”
Metro pointedly did not allow officers to put on helmets or protective gear for fear it might be seen as a provocation. At the urging of Cliven Bundy, the crowd moved toward the BLM compound. Rhetoric grew more heated, and guns were pointed at officers.
One Bundy supporter summed it up, “Had to happen sometime, might as well happen now, right?”
“Some of them, there’s no doubt from talking to me, want it, to get a chance that day to fire upon a police officer or authority period. I don’t think it mattered if it was BLM or us,” Jenkins said.
As the crowd closed in on the BLM compound, and tensions approached critical mass, Lombardo made the call to release the cattle and diffuse the situation.
“Sometimes in public safety, it is hard to back down. We are not trained to operate that way, but they took the better route, and it was the right way to go,” Lombardo said. “It’s all about lives. I mean, what is the better route to go? To be right or to be effective? ”
If one tiny mistake had been made, the community might be attending funerals for slain police officers, law enforcement officials said. Dozens of people could have been killed if shooting had broken out.
The I-Team has learned that those who were involved in threatening the lives of officers are not off the hook, even if it takes a year or more to resolve.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry says his state’s Attorney General Greg Abbott wasn’t making a dare against the federal government over a land rights dispute; it was a promise.
“He is on the right side of this issue, not just for the people of the State of Texas, he’s on the right side of this issue from the private property rights standpoint,” Perry said Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”
“I don’t think Americans want to see another one of these exhibitions from the federal government of them coming in with armed troops over an issue that ought to be taken care of with a little common sense,” Perry told guest host Stuart Varney.
“I am about ready to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas,” Brietbart Texas reported Abbott as saying.
Abbott wrote a letter to Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze about his concerns that the agency is trying to take 90,000 acres of land along the Red River from private citizens who have owned it for years.
“At a minimum they are overreaching, trying to grab land that belongs to Texans. Or worse, they are violating due process rights by just claiming that this land suddenly belongs to the federal government,” Abbott said Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”
The action stems from a dispute between Texas and Oklahoma over the two states’ common border. According to the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the Red River is the border between them, but as the river’s course changes so does the border.
Numerous lawsuits between the states and the federal government have arisen over the years, and the BLM wants to solve the issue by federalizing the land, Texas officials say.
“We don’t have a clue why their trying to claim it, what basis they have to claim it on,” Abbott told Fox News.
But the BLM issued a statement saying it “is categorically not expanding federal holdings along the Red River,” Fox News reported.
Abbott said if that is true he’s happy, but he added that it contradicts other statemenst the BLM has made.
Ken Aderholt told Van Susteren that the agency is trying to take 500-600 acres of his 1,800-acre cattle ranch. He said the federal government owns the river and the sandy areas near its banks. But he said the local BLM office told him it wants part of his land that is far from the river’s banks.
Perry told Fox News he has no problem with Abbott’s words.
“Actually, it’s not a dare. It’s a promise that we’re going to stand up for private property rights in the State of Texas,” he said.
The federal government already owns too much land and needs to be talking about how they can divest themselves of huge landholdings “rather than coming in and taking over private property.”
The federal government owns large portions of many Western states. It owns more than 80 percent of the land in Nevada, where supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy recently forced a retreat by BLM agents attempting to seize Bundy’s cattle. He has refused to pay grazing fees for two decades.
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid has said the Bundy situation is not over, and called the rancher’s supporters “domestic terrorists.”
“I would suggest Sen. Reid spend a little more time in Nevada and get out of Washington, D.C., and to visit with those people that he is disparaging,” Perry told Fox News. Reid’s words, he added, are “not something you would want a leader in this country saying about the citizens of this country.”
Some of Bundy’s supporters had weapons, and Varney asked if Perry supports people taking up arms against the government.
“I have a problem with the federal government putting citizens in the position of having to feel like they have to use force to deal with their own government,” Perry responded.
“That’s the bigger issue.”
Abbott told Fox News that the border issue supposedly was settled in the mid-1990s. If the federal government tries to take private land from Texans, he said, the state will meet them in court.
“Meet The Militia Rushing To Cliven Bundy’s Defense”
James Yeager is calling from Cliven Bundy’s front yard, where he’s one of several (he won’t say how many) providing 24-hour security to the Bundy family. He and his friend packed up “a full medical kit and a camera” and drove 26 ½ hours from their home in Camden, Tennessee last week to document what he calls “a tremendous overreach of federal power.” He’s been posting daily videos to his YouTube site.
When asked if he also packed weapons, Yeager said, “of course. I’m always armed. This is not any different than any other day for me.”
James Yeager with rancher Cliven Bundy.
CREDIT: photo provided by James Yeager.
Yeager is one of hundreds of supporters who journeyed to Bunkerville, Nevada in support of the rancher’s standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management. Though federal agents released Bundy’s cattle over a week ago, many have remained on the ranch to protest and protect the rancher’s family. They’ve hailed Bundy — who owes the federal government over $1 million in unpaid grazing fees — as an “American hero.” The Mormon father of 14 has even inspired futuristic fan fiction from his most ardent admirers: “Yes, it’s been a great half-century for America, and we owe much of our good fortune to the bravery of Cliven Bundy.”
They call themselves militia members, oath keepers, protesters and patriots. Senator Harry Reid calls them “domestic terrorists.”
So which is it? In the background of the Bundy debate over federal land is a battle over image: protesters who want to paint themselves as American citizens defending the Constitution against a tyrannical government, versus groups worried about the extremist anti-government militia members among them, who may be more and more willing to take up arms in the fight for “freedom.”
Armed agents from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seized Bundy’s cattle in early April, a move that brought protesters (and their guns) from all over the country to the ranch, demanding that his cows be released. The situation intensified when a video of BLM agents tasing Bundy’s son went viral. As more and more of Bundy’s armed defenders streamed into Bunkerville, the BLM released the cattle and said they were rethinking how to move forward.
The Southern Poverty Law Center released a report in 2009 on the resurgence of right-wing militia groups, like some of those that rushed to Bundy’s support. “This is the most significant growth we’ve seen in 10 to 12 years,” one law enforcement official told the Center. “All it’s lacking is a spark.”
Was the standoff in Bunkerville that spark the militias needed? Patriot groups are now claiming victory in their fight against the federal government. It’s unclear what that means for Bundy’s $1 million in unpaid fees, or for future dissenters that decide to flout federal law with a bevy of armed backers.
“The militia movement is back, it is here in force and they seem to be roving the country looking for opportunities like this to make themselves known,” said Ryan Lenz of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), who traveled to Bunkerville to cover the Bundy standoff. “As more people with anti-government views streamed into the area, the issue became more about federal tyranny.” Lenz said tension mounted until “it was literally just one wrong step away from going south.”
The showdown in the Southwest drew supporters from many different camps, not just militia groups or the far-right: Western ranchers angry over federally owned land (Bundy’s not the first to spar with the BLM over this issue). Free speech advocates upset by the “first amendment zones” roped off for protesters. Avid fans of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones who answered his call to “stand up against tyranny” by “standing with Bundy.” Far-right (and fully armed) militia members looking for a standoff with federal law enforcement. And state legislators from across the West who saw an opportunity to drum up support among Bundy’s biggest fans.
“For me, it really had not a lot to do with Bundy or the cattle. My interest in it was really the first amendment zone and that something like that could even be set up here in America,” said Robert Richardson, owner of Off Grid Survival. Richardson, who lives in Nevada, traveled to Bunkerville to cover the protest for his blog. “It’s not a left-right issue. It’s something that almost everybody should be pretty enraged about.”
Professor Jack Kay of Eastern Michigan University has studied militias and the “rhetoric of hate” for over 30 years. He said though many at the protest weren’t extremists, the far-right fringe could radicalize a bigger proportion of protesters. “There were far more people there than members of the militia — there were the cowboys, the neighbors, the women and children,” he said. “[But] these radical militia see this as an opportunity for confrontation, an opportunity to recruit, [and] an opportunity to get a lot of media attention. I see over the next few years for the number of radical militias to increase their enrollment.”
Many in Bundy’s brigade reject the notion that they’re anti-government. “If you set up a Facebook page, called yourself the “Greater Metro Citizens Militia”, and took a picture of yourself in Camo, Within six months, The SPLC will list you as an ‘anti-government patriot group,’” wrote Michael Lackomar of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia, in an email to ThinkProgress. Lackomar coordinated communication between different militias during the Bundy Ranch protest from his home in Michigan. “It’s unfair to call us ‘Anti Government’…We are against over-reaching, unconstitutional government.”
Lackomar says his militia’s main focus is survival. “Our mission is to prepare ourselves and our families to help out at home and in our neighborhoods in times of emergency,” he said in an email. They’ve provided protection for other protests, including one over a Michigan teen’s arrest for carrying a rifle and one held by Qur’an-burning pastor Terry Jones.
Kay sees militia members who actually intend to use violence as a “very, very small minority,” he says. “Most of them are just weekend warriors who go out in the woods and do some paramilitary activity and some camouflage painting.”
Bundy’s supporters are also adamant that they love America — they just don’t agree with (or in many cases, even recognize as legitimate) its government or the laws it passes.
Writings by many militias discuss the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, or any of the Founding Fathers’ words with an almost religious reverence. At a recent “Patriot Party” hosted on the Bundy ranch, Bundy greeted his fans with a copy of the Constitution tucked in the breast pocket of his button-up. A George Washington impersonator, clad in a full white wig and navy coat with tails, showed up to eat barbecue beside Bundy and his wife.
“I am the furthest thing from an insurrectionist,” said Yeager from Bundy’s yard. Yeager owns a gun store and training center called Tactical Response which, as it says on his Facebook page, “trains good people to kill bad people.”
“I love this country. Love it. Top to bottom. When I say the pledge of allegiance, I mean it. It’s funny that the word patriot has been turned into this negative thing.”
Yeager mentions he made the cover of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s quarterly intelligence report for being an anti-government threat, but says they’re not “a credible source.”
He drew the SPLC’s attention last year for calling on fellow “patriots” to rise up against gun control. “If that happens, it’s going to spark a civil war, and I’ll be glad to fire the first shot. I need all you patriots to start thinking about what you’re going to do,” he said in a video posted on his personal YouTube page. “If this goes one inch further, I’m going to start killing people.”
He later apologized, saying he did not “advocate the overthrowing of the United States government, nor do I condone any violent actions towards any elected officials.”
Like many of Bundy’s fans, Yeager objects to being labeled as conservative or far-right. “I believe there is a slow train to the demise of this country and there’s a fast train to the demise of this country,” he said. “The slow train is the Republicans and the fast train is the Democrats. But they’re both wrong.”
As Christian Kerodin of the III Percent Patriots put it, “No existing political party represents genuine Liberty today.”
Harry Reid’s moniker of “domestic terrorist,” however, is a title many have ironically embraced. Photos of the “Patriot Party” showed many wearing “Hello my name is…” stickers with the line scribbled on. The group responded with cheers when Bundy asked, “Are you guys domestic terrorists?”
“Because my views are not popular with this administration, I had a US Senator, label me as a Dangerous radical and domestic terrorist,” Lackomar wrote to ThinkProgress. “If you don’t agree with him, like many oppressors of history, you need to be locked up, or… worse yet… Killed. Now, Has Harry said I need to die? No. But when you label people as criminal…then it’s not a real stretch.”
Though federal BLM agents released the cattle, many still fear a raid on the Bundy family’s home. “We are concerned that the domestic enemies of the Constitution that infest the federal government might try to take advantage of folks going home, and attempt to make a move on the Bundy family,” wrote Stuart Rhodes, founder of patriot group the Oath Keepers. The organization, made up of military and law enforcement members that pledge allegiance to the Constitution but not to the government, has been a leader among Bundy supporters. The Oath Keepers say they’re sending another team of people to the ranch later this week.
A meme showing a man in sniper position was shared among some Bundy supporters on Facebook.
Kay monitored a 24-hour public phone line manned by Bundy’s militia backers and heard many express suspicions that the Obama administration had drones following protesters as they moved across the country. Others have repeated rumors that the BLM had paid mercenaries on the ground in Nevada. Fear over the National Security Agency spying on their communications was also frequently referenced.
Militia experts say furor over issues like gun control, NSA surveillance and the IRS’ treatment of Tea Party PACs has spurred more interest in militias and patriot groups.
Publicity over the Bundy Ranch may spark even more enthusiasm. Kerodin of the III Percent Patriots, which gets its name from the claim that three percent of Americans fought in the American Revolution, said interest had “dramatically increased” since the Bundy Ranch gained national attention. “The number of people finding us through Google keyword searches is stunning,” he said in an email.
The group’s Colorado chapter used the events to recruit new members. “I think it is time for all of you to Join the Militia!” they wrote in a Facebook post. “Look what is happening at The Bundy Ranch in NV. That could happen here next!” On April 15, the Arizona State Militia wrote they were flooded with new applications, receiving over 100 in 72 hours.
“It is absolutely a recruitment strategy,” said Kay. “Now that the government stood down on this one i think they’re going to claim this as a huge victory. It really is to me the perfect storm for the militia to increase their attention and increase their recruitment and get ready for the next standoff.”
Lenz agrees. “We’re in a moment of critical mass. We have so many anti-government groups who believe the federal government is working against them, who believe Obama is secretly a Muslim, a communist, or not even an American,” he said. “There are people who will stand up to the federal government and risk their lives to do so.”
Bundy’s supporters say they would not have pulled the trigger unless fired upon. Many assert they won the battle with protest and publicity, and not through force. But there’s no question that as tension rose, perceived threats on either heavily-armed side could have easily ended in bloodshed.
“Violence is only acceptable in self-defense and in defense of innocent people from tyranny,” Kerodin said. “There will be violent clashes in our future between those who mean to be Masters, and those who refuse to be ruled.”
As Yeager sees it, “if the BLM would have fired a shot, that would have been the second shot heard round the world.”
I just found this folks, just giving the heads up!
Oath Keepers Founder Calling All Members to Bunkerville
Stewart Rhodes: “Oath Keepers, this is your time…”
Oath Keepers founder, Stewart Rhodes, contacted me late Tuesday evening with a message for ALL Oath Keepers. Stewart, along with a contingent of patriots from as far away as New Hampshire, are still standing vigil over the Bundy family ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada. Scores of patriots have already made the trip, including legislators from neighboring western states, but more are needed to relieve those already in place. I have linked to the audio update below.