Oregon Standoff Update

Via The Oregonian:  Oregon standoff: Idaho group arrives to ‘secure perimeter, prevent Waco-style situation’

The arrival of the “3% of Idaho” was the latest development in the situation outside Burns, where an armed occupation of the refuge by an Ammon Bundy-led militant group entered its seventh day.

“They just keep an eye on everything that is going on” to make sure “nothing stupid happens,” Bundy said Friday afternoon outside refuge headquarters.

To which I can only retort:  too late for that.

(Emphasis mine)

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  1. al-Ameda says:

    “They just keep an eye on everything that is going on” to make sure “nothing stupid happens,” Bundy said Friday afternoon outside refuge headquarters.

    Actually, if Bundy wants to keep an eye on ‘stupid happening’ all he has to do is use the bathroom mirror.

  2. CSK says:

    You know this clown posse is just dying for a shoot-out in order to prove how manly and patriotic they are.

  3. Ron Beasley says:

    The best way to end this is for the FEDs to shut off the electricity and phone lines and not let them out to go buy food – which they probably can’t do anyway since one of their members apparently took all the money and went on a drunken binge in Burns. This time of year you can both freeze them out and starve them out.

  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Ron Beasley: If I were in charge chances are this would already be all but over. With out fatalities. This is really stupid.

  5. Gustopher says:

    I hope they brought snacks.

  6. Ron Beasley says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:I agree, they should have done it a week ago.

  7. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @CSK: Then why are we wasting time instead of granting Bundy’s wish to “die free?”

  8. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    Hey hey hey, now, no need to suggest an Air National Guard training mission over the compound with napalm… we might scare an antelope or three. Instead, just let them order their snacks from Amazon. And schedule delivery in about 3 weeks. They’ll be ready to leave by then.

  9. gVOR08 says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite: I’ve been thinking about the scene in Silverado where Danny Glover halts the posse by shooting off sheriff John Cleese’s hat and then a tree branch next to him and so on, bringing Cleese to declare that his jurisdiction ends short of Glover’s rock. Bring in some US Army snipers and occasionally shoot a coffee mug or maybe a window some cold night. Or bring in a National Guard ASpache and put a second’s worth of 30 mm through a pickup truck. A fantasy, not a good way to deal with the situation. But it would be fun to show them what a shootout with the REAL militia would look like.

  10. bill says:

    yawn, no violence- just some armed white guys “occupying” a cabin in the woods.

  11. motopilot says:

    At least fine them for damages after they leave (building issues, wages lost or spent for employees, teachers, the sheriff, etc) and then revoke their right to possess firearms. The gun restriction alone would be seen as severely punitive, but entirely appropriate.