Call me delusional but I believed until I crawled from bed today there was a peaceful solution to the Oregon ranching standoff. I go to sleep early. The killing of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum took place 35 minutes prior to my bedtime. Across the state line and living in Idaho I didn’t get the news until a little after 3:00 o’clock this morning. The pain of reading the early story was made worse because Mr. Finicum appeared such a pleasant fellow whenever I listened to his media briefings. Quite the opposite of the bigoted, white rancher myth being sold by establishment media.

Finicum became the main spokesman for the men and women encamped at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. Here is a link to perhaps his last interview before his death. The man previously said he didn’t fear dying and had no desire to spend his final years in a prison cell. He explained he would miss looking up at the stars. He leaves behind a loving wife and 11 children and more than two-dozen grandchildren. His crime? He wanted his government to respect the vanishing lifestyle of western ranchers, many of whom are only a couple of generations removed from pioneer stock.

His allies claim he was shot dead while trying to surrender during an ambush. The government will deny it was out for blood. Media will peddle the story from the feds while it bought the lie Michael Brown was an innocent gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. I’ve never forgotten the narrative from federal agents at Ruby Ridge. Somehow we were supposed to swallow the argument Randy Weaver’s dog fired first. Men looking to protect pensions can stretch-the-truth from coast-to-coast. Even if you believe the Malheur campers needed to respect the rule-of-law then you would be demanding Hillary Clinton be locked away for her apparent crimes. When the powerful have another set of laws why are we surprised when God-fearing people conclude they’ve got no other choice than civil disobedience?

A man died far from home for what he believed.
A man died far from home for what he believed.

Today I’ve heard and read some of the disgusting comments from the American left. A devout man and loving husband, father and grandfather dies on a lonely desert highway far from all those whom he cared and Lefty is orgasmic. It would appear the goal is the eradication of the men and women of flyover country. You know who we are:


And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.


And the establishment is mystified by the rise of Trump and Cruz and the lack of trust in a far-away capital city? Last fall a survey of Americans showed nearly one-third thought a military coup was the only means of turning around the country. The sad thing is any such takeover is a lot like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, “You never know what you’re gonna get!”

Had President Obama had more interest in freeing Dwight and Steve Hammond from prison after they were sent away by a kangaroo court than the President has in freeing drug dealers then we wouldn’t be mourning. The Malheur campers could have gone home, accepted his good faith and we could’ve negotiated a more peaceable future. Today, I can’t see much but storm clouds percolating across the high desert.

Clouds on the horizon and patriots dead in the desert.
Clouds on the horizon and patriots dead in the desert.




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Tin soldiers and Barack's coming,

We’re finally on our own,

This winter I hear the drumming,

One dead in Oregon


Gotta get down to it,

Agents are cutting us down,

Should’ve been done long ago,

What if you knew him,

And found him dead on the ground,

How can you run when you know?

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