Maybe time to lock and load?


A protest in support of Oregon ranchers facing jail time for arson has escalated into an armed takeover of a federal wildlife building and an anti-government call-to-arms.

The protest and takeover is being led by Ammon Bundy, son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was involved in a previous standoff with the government over grazing rights, and two of his brothers. The brothers are calling on anti-government militia members from all over the country to join the seizure of the headquarters building of the remote Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, some 300 miles southeast of Portland.

“We’re planning on staying here for years, absolutely,” Ammon Bundy toldTheOregonian on Saturday. “This is not a decision we’ve made at the last minute.”

Bundy posted a video on his Facebook page asking for militia members to come help. He said, “This is not a time to stand down. It’s a time to stand up and come to Harney County,” where Burns, Ore., the nearest town, is located.

The occupation came after an estimated 300 marchers — militia and local citizens — paraded through Burns to protest the prosecution of two Harney County ranchers, Dwight Hammond Jr., 73, and Steven Hammond, 46, who are to report to prison Monday, according to The Oregonian.

The pair said they lit the fires in 2001 and 2006 to reduce the growth of invasive plants and protect their property from wildfires. They were convicted of the arsons three years ago and served time — the father three months, the son one year.

But a judge ruled their terms were too short under federal law and ordered them back to prison for about four years each. Dwight Hammond has said he and his son plan to peacefully report to prison Monday, as the judge ordered.

Through their lawyer, the Hammonds have distanced themselves from the Bundys, according to CBS News. “Neither Ammon Bundy nor anyone within his group/organization speak for the Hammond Family,” lawyer W. Alan Schroeder wrote to Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward, according to the network.

Still, the new sentences generated controversy with Bundy and some far right groups that repudiate U.S. federal authority. Saturday’s protest started peacefully but soon led to the takeover of the refuge headquarters.

In an interview with reporters late Saturday night posted on Facebook, Bundy said he and others occupied the building because “the people have been abused long enough.”

“I feel we are in a situation where if we do not do something, if we do not take a hard stand, we’ll be in a position where we’ll be no longer able to do so,” he said.

Sheriff Ward told people to stay away from the building as authorities work to defuse the situation, The Oregonian reported.

“A collective effort from multiple agencies is currently working on a solution. For the time being please stay away from that area. More information will be provided as it becomes available. Please maintain a peaceful and united front and allow us to work through this situation,” Ward said in a statement.

On Twitter, news of the event quickly spread under the hashtag, #OregonUnderAttack, with many users mocking the light treatment of the armed protesters by law enforcement, after heavily armed reactions to protesters in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore. Most of the Oregon protesters are white.

“Did I miss the call for the National Guard in Oregon? I recall them in Ferguson and Baltimore,” TV host Roland Martin tweeted.

Bundy’s father told Oregon Public Broadcasting on Saturday night that he had nothing to do with the takeover of the building. Cliven Bundy said his son felt obligated to intervene on behalf of the Hammonds.

“That’s not exactly what I thought should happen, but I didn’t know what to do,” he said. “You know, if the Hammonds wouldn’t stand, if the sheriff didn’t stand, then, you know, the people had to do something. And I guess this is what they did decide to do. I wasn’t in on that.”

Beth Anne Steele, an FBI spokeswoman in Portland, told the Associated Press that the agency was aware of the situation at the national wildlife refuge. She made no further comment.

For the Karma is a Bitch Category: OJ Simpson Doesn’t Get the News He Was Hoping For

According to a report in Daily Mail, O.J. Simpson is unable to walk without a cane and fears he will leave prison in a wheelchair if he isn’t allowed to get the surgery needed to fix his knee.

A prison insider told the newspaper that Simpson had been seen walking around the grounds of Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center with a cane, telling fellow inmates he was furious with prison officials because they wouldn’t allow him the proper care he needed to fix his deteriorating knee.

“I can only get mediocre health care in here,” Simpson reportedly told an inmate. “And it really pisses me off because I have the money to go to any specialist in the world to get knee surgery but they won’t let me leave to get help. They don’t give a damn that I am going to end up crippled and can’t walk for the rest of my life.”

The source revealed that Simpson’s knee problems have started to affect other aspects of his well-being, saying that unhealthy diet combined with the inability to exercise due to the knee problems have caused him to balloon to 340 pounds.

“When there was nice weather O.J. used to walk around the track on the prison yard for an hour at a time but now the pain in his knee is so severe he can barely walk 10 steps without moaning in pain. O.J.’s weight is definitely a factor and putting more stress on his knees but he also has advanced arthritis,” the source said. The former NFL star’s knee problems are allegedly a direct result of his football career.

Simpson told inmates, according to the insider, that he is prepared to pay for the surgery he needs but staff will not allow him to leave the confines of the prison to get proper treatment.

“I won’t be out of here for at least another two years and if they won’t let me get to a specialist soon I may never walk again!” Simpson reportedly said as he slammed his fists on the table. “I have the money to pay for any surgery I need and the transportation so it won’t be on the freakin’ tax payers but they are still saying ‘No.'”

Despite Simpson’s frustration with the prison’s policy, the source said rejection is common for those who have injuries or illnesses that are not life-threatening.

“Most of the time if a patient gets a recommendation from a doctor to have surgery but it is not life-threatening, the prison will deny that request. O.J. said they just gave him a pill and told him to take it easy. He has talked to his attorneys about going to court so he can get some outside medical help but by the time the courts decide he may be already on parole,” the source told the Daily Mail.

“O.J. is in bad shape and it’s only going to get worse. The pain is excruciating and his knee is so deformed that he cant even straighten his left leg anymore. O.J. is so worried about being seen in a wheelchair that he said he is not going to tell anyone, not even his family, when he’s leaving Lovelock. O.J. said when he gets parole he will leave in the middle of the night so he can disappear and there will not be any pictures of an old man a wheelchair on the cover of every newspaper across this country with the caption, ‘The Juice — Old and Broken!'”

Life does have a way of coming around full circle doesn’t it?

And Dawg bets he was turning his life around…….

 In response to a recent home invasion where the homeowner shot and killed the armed invader, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd sent a clear message to anyone else thinking of doing the same.


Polk deputies: Homeowner fatally shoots intruder

Chevez Antwann Faison, 24, died early Friday when he walked into the home at 2235 Chestnut Hills Drive in Lakeland about 6:30 a.m. and fired at the two people inside, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Donna Wood.

Homicide detectives continue to investigate.

“Forcing your way into an occupied residence is a bold and foolish decision”, said Sheriff Grady Judd. There were no other reported injuries.

Note from Dawg: I was not able to find any articles from the main stream media on this…….