The man identifying as Captain Moroni said he was inspired by the call, and that the inspiration was validated by God in the form of a flock of geese he saw flying.“I just knew it was the right thing [to come to Oregon],” Captain ...

Is it coincidental that Moroni is moron plus an i, Captain ? ? 


I won the battle of the remote last night for a short while, a rare victory. Latched onto it while she had her back turned, then hid it under my Saints chair blankie where I recline when we watch television. We have different tastes in TV you see, though I normally just go with whatever she chooses so as to not be the stereotypical male remote hog. It's something I've learned over time, peace and harmony at home being highest priority. Happy wife, happy life .. all that.

Al Jazeera America, channel 210, is one of my favs for a fairly rounded world view with American slant, and so there we arrived just in time for what appeared to be a live interview with Ammon Bundy, "leader" of what has jokingly been referred to as VANILLA ISIS, the hot mess of patriots and militia men occupying the Federal bird sanctuary and public structures in Burns, Oregon. There, due to this peaceful but well-armed protest, schools are closed this week. There is snow on the ground .. appears really cold too. A highway that runs near the location is closed because it hasn't been plowed, assumption being that there is fear of gunfire towards snow removal vehicles from these anti-government types with military type (totally legal by god) weaponry.

Being under-educated as to what all this broohaha is really about, I listened closely to the interview with Ammon, son of Cliven, cowboy hat wearin' libertarian with six kids, a beautiful wife, and a business with some employees. Now Ammon's brother Ryan was apparently quoted as saying they were prepared to kill or be killed there, but Ammon states that was taken far from context. Ammon .. did not go there to die .. so he says.

Ammon is a slow talking cowpoke, and it took much patience for the AA journalist, and myself, to shut up and try to listen. I fought off my inclination to presume that he is also a slow thinker, giving benefit of doubt, though finding it difficult. 

The crux of the biscuit as I gathered is that Ammon and his wacky group believe our federal government is overstepping it's authority in holding vast swaths of 'merika under care of the Bureau of Land Management, or BLM. Fully 80% of Nevada and 50% of Oregon, for example, are BLM lands. If you've ever crossed Nevada as I have, you would assume as I did, that nobody else wanted this land because it's near to worthless for any practical purpose. I shivered at the thought of trying to live there many times as we crossed on I-80 and returned on US Highway 50. Desolate is a kind description. More like purgatory, or even hell on earth. Yech ...

Regardless, Ammon and his people would like to graze cattle on these lands, which leads me (and the interviewer) to more questions. Like (quoting loosely) "sir, help me out here---would you like to see all BLM lands abandoned by the government, for all free men with cows to run amok upon? Is it first rancher come first rancher served ... the guy with fastest cows, whoever gets there first, gets to eat the sparse vegetation? Should the land be divided equally between all ranchers, for free, or do you propose that it be auctioned parcel by parcel?"

Not many particulars forthcoming from Ammon.

Currently, the BLM leases grazing rights based loosely on how much land (a lot) it takes to support one cow and one calf for a month, the so called AUM. The price the BLM charges is approximately 93% less than what private landowners charge for the same purposes, but never we mind that. Apparently. 

In the minds of these free Mormon ranchers the Fed needs to butt out completely, and the rationale behind the WHYS can be found in THE ALMIGHTY US CONSTITUTION. Ammon challenged the reporter to read the first two paragraphs of THE CONSTITUTION aloud to the audience, but he didn't. So I did this morning and have to admit that it didn't help me to understand. 

Mind you, I am the first person that will say QUESTION AUTHORITY! Beware of THE MAN. Do not believe anyone that says HI, I'M FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND I'M HERE TO HELP! etc.. That said, it seems to me these guys have snapped their collective tethers, and I wonder why they are allowed to hang out on Fed land, rent free, menacingly. This just in ... the feds are shutting off utilities there .. haha.

I'm assuming that if these were Mooslims rather than Mormons, there'd be Fed action more harsh than that.

Your thoughts?

                                                     "Captain Moroni" 

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Comment by koshersalaami on January 5, 2016 at 12:41pm
Or if they were Black. Or, frankly, even if they were leftists.

Moroni is a Mormon angel. He plays trumpet.
Comment by nerd cred on January 5, 2016 at 12:51pm

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Article. I.

Section. 1.

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.


Tell me what I'm missing here ... That's the first 2 paragraphs up there, amirite?

Ennyhoo, it's public land - therefore my land as much as anyone's - I want those freeloaders off my land.

And I want the government to start charging market rates for its use. God knows we could use the money. (They can work out some small deduction for the share of the land that belongs to the cowbabies and their families. In Ammon's case market value - 8/330,000,000 market value counting wife and all those kids.)

But if we the people aren't going to keep it, it needs to go back to its original owners or their descendants, not a bunch of crybaby spoiled trust fund cowboys who think the world owes them a free site to conduct their business.

Meanwhile they're just like everyone else - plenty of problems, no solutions. Throw 'em in the slammer.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on January 5, 2016 at 12:52pm

they'll get a reality show... ... ...

Comment by JMac1949 Today on January 5, 2016 at 12:59pm

Six of one and a half dozen of the other...

Captain Moroni:

Captain Moronic:

Captain Crunch:

Comment by tr ig on January 5, 2016 at 1:15pm

I would truly like to hear some well thought and well supported thoughts and ideas from the conservative side.




Arthur Louis?



I want 'em out of there too. This is bullshit.

Comment by nerd cred on January 5, 2016 at 1:19pm

And I think they said they took a generator up there.

Comment by alsoknownas on January 5, 2016 at 1:25pm

Out of state, over grazed on hate and superstition, these welfare cowboys are neither wanted nor appreciated. What's particularly stupid about it is that they are taking the approach that the mom 'n' pop meat farmers are being railroaded while the reality is that most of those lands are being used by large corporations, the very entities that these rebels disdain regularly.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on January 5, 2016 at 1:27pm

"...These good ole boys are probably the biggest and baddest in town..." Actually all of these idiots are from out of town.

Comment by tr ig on January 5, 2016 at 1:43pm
Comment by older/exasperated on January 5, 2016 at 2:03pm

The one Bundy boy just got turned down for a small business loan from the government all those ranchers enjoy governemnt cattle subsidies and pay almost nothing to graze their cattle. Had the same shit in Arizona and New Mexico on our cattle ranches, we had suffcient land to graze our herds and rent to others but most opt for nearly free scrub grazing from the government and fight over the right to do so. Trig your right you can spot a rube hillbilly a mile away and now they are all thinking it's getting fucking cold out here and we're running out of beer and supplies but nobody wants to admit they are idiots so they will let it play out live on TV and then protest government brutality and overreach. Maybe they are trying to land a Bundy Family Reality show, wait that's been done with Al the shoe salesman and his redhead wife and dysfunctional family. I miss Al Bundy anyway it's a nice 80deg here in Hawaii and I'm really busy doing nothing. My best to the family, will try fishing this spring if all works well my Grandson is going to be 6 and I got him new gear for next year, plus his own set of waders he's ready to slay some bass. adios dude.........................o/e


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