Sunday, January 3, 2016

Today's intersection: god, guns and #oregonunderattack

A group of armed thugs, including a retired Air Force master sergeant from South Dakota allied with mormon Cliven Bundy, are occupying not a courthouse but a national wildlife refuge in none other than Harney County, Oregon.
Because the refuge is so remote and no government employees are at risk, law enforcement isn't likely to immediately confront the militia. But law enforcement will be under great pressure to act because of the Bundys' confrontation in Nevada. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management retreated from that confrontation and has yet to publicly act against the Bundys to collect $1 million in unpaid grazing fees.
Read that here.

And from the Panhandle of Nebraska:
So-called blood sports, such as deer and pheasant hunting, might not be as popular with up-and-coming shoppers — the all-important millennials — as with past customers, retail watchers say. That’s upping the competition for companies like Cabela’s. Its stores now feature taxidermied animals in elaborate displays, but what about, say, a virtual reality test of a new gun or fishing rod? [Is it time for Cabela's to reinvent its image?]
Cabela's has always extorted cities throughout the United States by exploiting tax increment financing.
Cabela's was what began the development along Mitchell's I-90 corridor. Then came Walmart and Main Street business, the north-side mall, and Kmart all took major hits. We no longer have elected governmental entities at the local, state, and federal levels that represent the people. Instead we have oligarchies that form informal public/private partnerships on Chamber and Development boards that end up moving public dollars into the pockets of private entities. The general public benefit little, if at all. The big winners are the crony capitalists.
Read it here.

Bombs, wildfires, and mass shootings are just some of the tools of terror. It's likely that the FBI is stretched too thin to get ahead of the curve and it is hiding the scope of its findings to mask the extent of the hatred.

The sovereigns are overwhelmingly white christians using a maladapted interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment to rationalize its commitment to a pending race war using links to the federal storming of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas and culminating in the Oklahoma City bombing. Many are either convicted felons no longer able to vote or have been marginalized by those who believe that the democratic process is ineffective especially since a person of color is President of the United States.

The Ridiculous Right brands Black Lives Matter protesters as unemployed slackers but a horde of Huns that takes over a federal facility to wait out the End Days are called patriots.

The American Left poses no violent threat to the United States while the hate-filled right wing of the Republican Party always will.

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