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  • Oregon militia movement growing steadily, report says

    10/23/2016 12:02:37 PM PDT · by PROCON · 58 replies ^ | Oct. 21, 2016 | Brian Seay
    Right-wing militia groups have grown steadily since the 2008 election of President Barack Obama and they continue to grow, according to a new report released this week. The left-leaning Political Research Associates published “Up in Arms: A Guide to Oregon’s Patriot Movement” during a presidential election season that’s seen Republican nominee Donald Trump appeal to such right-wing groups while Democrat Hillary Clinton has been the subject of ire for those same groups. The report says Oregon has one of the most developed militia movements in the country and it details the rise of the movement, including events and groups...
  • Oregon Standoff Trial Update

    10/21/2016 4:33:35 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    10/21/2016 | Self
    The word from Oregon is that the jury in the Oregon Standoff Trial of Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and five other defendants charged in connection with the protest at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year was sent home yesterday afternoon. Reporter Maxine Bernstein of the "Portland Oregonian/OregonLive" tweeted that the jury will resume its deliberations on Monday. Other tweets are out there in the Twitter universe #Oregonstandoff Ammon Bundy tweeting from jail that the longer the jury takes, the better his chances are of 'being freed from being a political prisoner'. Of course, he will be facing the...
  • Conspiracy charge 'stretches reality.' (JURY STARTS DELIBERATIONS TODAY-OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    10/20/2016 4:01:27 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 12 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/19/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    How the Oregon standoff ended--with a Japanese American man from Ohio holed up in a shelter at the edge of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge with a gun to his head in the midst of a mental health crisis--was almost as improbable as the charge leveled against that man, David Fry, his lawyer told jurors.... "To call it a conspiracy is simply a very poor and inaccurate way of describing what went on here," defense lawyer Per C. Olson said...... he considered the occupation an "MLK-type-sit-in" and wasn't interested in any violence, the lawyer said... After Finicum's shooting, Fry was filled...
  • Lawyers present starkly different portraits of....(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    10/19/2016 4:00:49 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/18/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Prosecutor Ethan Knight urged jurors to use their common sense as he framed the federal conspiracy case against Ammon Bundy and six others..."These defendants took over a wildlife refuge, and it wasn't theirs." It's not about land use, he said Tuesday. It's not about their objections to more prison time for Harney County ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond, nor is it about what happened during the 2014 standoff with federal agents in Bunkerville, Nevada.... Ammon Bundy's lawyer Marcus Mumford countered that it's the federal government that doesn't play by the rules, manufactured fear and misinformation in Harney County...and...
  • Trump down by only 7 points in Oregon

    10/18/2016 2:18:26 PM PDT · by GregBo · 51 replies
    A new poll came out today for Oregon and Clinton is only ahead of Trump by 7 points. It seems like this is a pretty reputable poll, so this is good news for Trump. If he is only down 7 in Oregon, there is no way he is down nationwide.
  • Defense rests with witness ("John Killman") confirming he was FBI informant (OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    10/18/2016 4:01:44 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 24 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/17/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Defense lawyers rested in the Oregon standoff case Monday after they called a witness who confirmed he was an informant for the FBI who infiltrated the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in late January and supervised the shooting range for several days. The man who occupiers initially knew only by his alias "John Killman" was revealed as Fabio Minoggio, a Las Vegas resident who was subpoenaed by the defense to testify after prosecutors declined to confirm whether or not he was a government informant...... Minoggio....wore black-rimmed glasses resting on the bridge of his nose and was dressed in...
  • Oregon hospital ER quarantined after people start hallucinating

    10/17/2016 7:11:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    KIMA ^ | Thursday, October 13th 2016 | KVAL-TV News & Associated Press
    The bizarre incident began around 3 a.m. Wednesday when the elderly woman's caregiver, a 52-year-old woman, called authorities to say people were vandalizing her car. A deputy responded to the home, on East Bay Road in North Bend, but found nothing. The caregiver called back at 5:30 a.m. and was then taken to Bay Area Hospital after deputies suspected the woman might be having a medical issues causing hallucinations. Medical personnel checked her, she appeared fine and returned home. Then the two deputies who worked with the caregiver began having hallucinations and had to be hospitalized. After that, the 78-year-old...
  • Oregon standoff holdout David Fry: "I really thought I was going to die' (OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    10/15/2016 4:33:17 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/14/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    If he had checked his text messages sooner, David Fry would have left the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and joined occupation spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum on a trip...that ended when Finicum was fatally shot..... Fry said Finicum was the only person he had known at the eastern Oregon bird sanctuary when he arrived Jan. 8. He drove four days from Ohio to the refuge partly because he was interested in meeting Finicum..... He described the occupation as a Martin Luther King Jr.-type sit-in...... "I did not think it was illegal," Fry testified. "I thought it was an abandoned federal facility......
  • Oregon standoff defendant Shawna Cox takes stand...(THE STORY OF THE AMBUSH-OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    10/14/2016 4:42:34 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/13/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Oregon standoff defendant Shawna Cox testified Thursday that she didn't emerge immediately from Robert "LaVoy" Finicum's truck when police stopped them Jan. 26...because she was afraid of getting shot. Cox, the fourth of seven defendants to take the stand...became emotional as her standby lawyer Tiffany Harris played the video that Cox took... Harris showed the footage after the judge cautioned that it could be "quite prejudicial" to both Cox and Ryan Bundy.... Cox said she noticed a line of unmarked cars to the right as they were driving north on the highway and then saw flashing lights. She said she...
  • Ken Medenbach testifies that the Bundys are his heroes,....(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    10/13/2016 4:31:26 AM PDT · by Nextrush
    OregonLive ^ | 10/11/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Ken Medenbach, the lone Oregon resident on trial on a federal conspiracy charge stemming from the seizure of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, told jurors Tuesday he's exactly where he wants to be..... He called the Bundys his "heroes" for the "bold move" they made in the 2014 standoff with federal officers near patriarch Cliven Bundy's ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada. Medenbach noted that he's been fighting "the same things they were fighting." "The federal government doesn't have authority to own land in the states," Medenbach said. And like Ammon Bundy, Medenbach added, "I've been called by a higher power to...
  • Defense resumes with testimony on FBI informant, David Fry's mental eval.....(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    10/12/2016 4:25:28 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 8 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/11/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    The defense case in the Oregon standoff trial continued Tuesday with testimony from a San Diego woman who was paid $3,000 by the FBI to serve as an informant. Terri Linnell said she received a call from an FBI agent in San Diego asking if she'd be willing to go to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to report her observations and keep and eye out for any illegal activity occurring there. "They asked me to just be myself," Linnell testified. She described herself as a longtime protestor who had gotten to know an FBI agent in San Diego about six...
  • 'Mr. Bundy, how ya doing?' begins rare exchange between Bundy brothers..(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    10/11/2016 4:32:17 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/9/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Ryan Bundy directed his first question to the man on the witness stand: "Mr. Bundy, how ya doing?" "Good," younger brother Ammon Bundy responded. "How ya doing brother?" The greeting began what legal experts say was an extremely rare direct examination between two defendants who are brothers: one serving as his own lawyer and the other testifying in his own defense. "I can't remember another case like this," said Margaret L. "Margie" Paris, a University of Oregon law professor and the UO Law School's former dean..... "How long have you known me?" Ryan Bundy asked. "For my whole life," Ammon...
  • Ammon Bundy: Guns allowed First Amendment rights (OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    10/10/2016 5:30:33 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/6/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    After Ammon Bundy spent three days testifying about why he occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, a prosecutor Thursday afternoon fired rapid questions at him during a cross-examination that lasted just under 15 minutes...... (Assistant US Attorney Ethan) Knight said guns were brought to "keep the federal government away," right? "No," Bundy responded. Yet Knight reminded him of his testimony that if the occupiers hadn't brought firearms to the refuge, they likely have hauled off in zip ties and handcuffs in a paddy wagon. "So the presence of guns prolonged your presence?" Knight asked. It protected us from being detained,"...
  • U.S. marshals end Ammon Bundy's contact...with lawyers...over 'disrespect' (OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    10/08/2016 4:27:35 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 22 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/7/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    A dust-up between Ammon Bundy and a deputy U.S. marshal late Thursday while defendants and their lawyers were allowed to remain in a federal courtroom to confer after the conspiracy trial had adjourned for the day has resulted in reduced privileges for Bundy. Bundy got onto an online chat room using his defense lawyer's computer in Courtroom 9A to send a message to his wife, and the deputy told him to stop and get off the computer, according to the U.S. Marhsals Service. Bundy was "very disrespectful" and declared he wasn't going to follow the deputy's directions, saying: "i'm not...
  • Ammon Bundy describes arrest: 'Men in the trees and everywhere.....(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    10/07/2016 4:27:27 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/6/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Ammon Bundy testified that were "men in the trees and everywhere else" when police surrounded the Jeep he was riding in to a community meeting in John Day on Jan. 26. "I believed my life was in extreme danger if I moved in any way," Bundy said Thursday, his third day on the witness stand in his federal conspiracy. "I didn't even reach to pick up my hat in the seat next to me because I was afraid I'd get shot".... They had him lying handcuffed on his back on the ground before he was taken about nightfall into a...
  • Ammon Bundy testifies how Bunkerville shaped his views...(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL-JUDGE HARRASSES)

    10/06/2016 4:32:10 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/5/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Just as the local sheriff intervened to protect his family's ranch and cattle at Bunkerville, Nevada in 2014, Ammon Bundy said he wanted Harney County's sheriff to stand with the family of two Oregon ranchers facing longer prison time for lighting federal land... Bundy described how local law enforcement's help brokering a deal in the Bunkerville standoff was "significant" for him...... That experience, as well as his faith, prompted him to do what he could to help the (Dwight and Steven) Hammonds, he said.... But when it became clear that Harney County officials the county sheriff and state leaders had...
  • Ammon Bundy says he tried to resist......(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL: FEDS VERSUS DECENT PEOPLE)

    10/05/2016 4:38:18 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 72 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/4/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Ammon Bundy carried a worn Bible to the witness stand Tuesday and portrayed himself as a weak underdog pitted against a powerful federal government that has tied to crush his family..... Bundy told jurors that his family has grazed cattle at their ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada since they homesteaded in the 1870's.... his family faced a "tremendous amount of abuse" for trying "to protect these grazing rights.... "We can't do it against these people. They're too smart. They're too strong. We can't fight them. Now they're prosecuting us...My dad and brothers are in jail now, every single one of them....
  • Father of final holdout in Oregon standoff says son is computer whiz, not gun enthusiast

    10/04/2016 5:36:49 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/4/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    David Fry's father testified Tuesday that he tried to convince his son not to go to Oregon, but his son told him he wanted to let the world know about the injustices the ranchers faced. "He wanted to support me ranchers who'd been charged as terrorists," said William Fry Jr., referring to Harney County ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond. "He wanted to broadcast it out so people could understand the issues."...... William Fry, who retired from the Marine Corps as a gunnery sergeant in 1997, said David Fry was born in Yuma, Arizona, but his family moved to...
  • Ammon Bundy says he feels the court has left him no choice but to take the witness stand

    10/04/2016 4:26:49 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 11 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/3/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Ammon Bundy told the court he has no choice but to take the witness stand in his own defense because of the judge's repeated rulings limiting defense testimony about the principles he and he co-defendants stood for to strictly evidence regarding their "state of mind. "I do not feel that I have a choice to testify here or not," Bundy told U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown.... Defense lawyers called four other witnesses in the afternoon Monday... Kim Rollins, a 31-year resident of Burns, challenged Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward's "straw vote" of the community at a Jan. 7 meeting.....He...
  • Lawyer says FBI agents posed as film crew in Bunkerville standoff investigation (OREGON STANDOFF)

    10/03/2016 4:54:47 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 10 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 9/30/2016 | Jeff German
    FBI agents posed as a documentary film crew to gather evidence during their investigation into the April 2014 standoff near the Bundy family ranch in Bunkerville, a defense lawyer disclosed in court papers Friday. Attorney Chris Rasmussen said undercover agents conducted video interviews of several defendants to "extract admissions" from them before they were charged. He identified the company as Longbow Productions which does appear in online Nevada licensing records. Attorney Dan Hill, who is defending Ammon Bundy, said his client was interviewed for several hours in Phoenix by Longbow Productions before he was charged in the Bunkerville standoff with...
  • Oregon standoff trial: Thursday highlights, and what's next (TRIAL RESUMES MONDAY)

    10/01/2016 4:29:36 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 10 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/30/2016 | The Oregonian/OregonLive
    .........The Reverend Franklin Graham testified Thursday that he flew his own plane from North Carolina to Oregon in February to try to save lives, concerned about the four holdouts occupying a federal wildlife sanctuary as well as the FBI agents.... He told remaining occupiers Jeffrey Banta, David Fry and Sandra and Sean Anderson that he was going to give them a big hug when they emerged...the Andersons came out together, holding each other's hands up in the air and clinging to an American flag. Banta came out too. Graham said that he knelt with the three behind a van and...
  • Feminist Bookstore Slams 'Portlandia' And Says Show Can No Longer Film There

    09/30/2016 11:54:10 AM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | 30 September 2016 | Bill Chappell
    In the TV comedy version of Portland, Ore., the bookstore is called Women and Women First. In real life, it's In Other Words — and the shop is using frank terms to say the Portlandia show is no longer welcome to film there. The feminist store and community center faults the show's depiction of men dressing as women, its treatment of store staff, and its role in gentrification and race relations. The staff of In Other Words made those claims in a blog post that shares its title with a sign that was placed in its window when the store's...
  • Franklin Graham answered FBI's call to save lives, he testifies during Oregon standoff trial

    09/30/2016 4:54:57 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    The Orgonian (Oregon Live) ^ | September 29, 2016 at 7:28 PM | Maxine Bernstein
    Franklin Graham answered FBI's call to save lives, he testifies during Oregon standoff trial Maxine Bernstein | The Oregonian/OregonLive By Maxine Bernstein | The Oregonian/OregonLive Email the author | Follow on Twitter on September 29, 2016 at 12:48 PM, updated September 29, 2016 at 7:28 PM The Rev. Franklin Graham testified Thursday that he flew his own plane from North Carolina to Oregon in February to try to save lives, concerned about the four holdouts occupying a federal wildlife sanctuary as well as the FBI agents trying to get them to surrender. With no formal training, Graham said he relied...
  • Ammon Bundy's lawyers file motion seeking halt to trial...(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL..BUNDY MISTREATED)

    09/30/2016 4:32:38 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 14 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/29/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Ammon Bundy on Wednesday filed a motion to put the trial on hold, pending his appeals of several of the judge's rulings in the federal conspiracy trial. But even as the motion was filed, his lawyer Marcus Mumford told the court that he anticipated calling Bundy as a witness for the defense if time allows on Thursday. His lawyers cite U.S. District Judge Anna J. brown's order that the ownership of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is not on trial in this case, and he judicial notice to jurors that the federal government owns the bird sanctuary in eastern Oregon....
  • FBI sent two agents into Mormon church in Burns as part of refuge takeover...(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    09/29/2016 4:42:11 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 24 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/28/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    The FBI sent two agents to attend religious services at a Mormon church in Burns on Jan. 10 as part of its investigation into the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.... "Was I there to investigate you? Partly yes," (Ben) Jones said under questioning by defendant Ryan Bundy, who was at the church that day. "I was there to see if you were recruiting people."...... On Jan. 1 FBI agents learned of a plan "to take the refuge," FBI agent Chadd Lapp testified. Lapp said he heard information from another agent. Ammon Bundy's lawyer Marcus Mumford referred to an...
  • Feds present dramatic display of 22 long guns, 12 handguns recovered....(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    09/28/2016 4:30:08 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 26 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/27/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday against Ammon Bundy and six co-defendants after presenting jurors with a dramatic display of firearms, including 22 long guns and 12 handguns seized from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The presentation capped 10 days of testimony in the federal conspiracy case against Ammon Bundy, older brother Ryan Bundy and five others. Defense lawyers and the defendants representing themselves will start their case Wednesday. One by one, FBI agent Ronnie Walker handed each gun to fellow agent Nick Vanicelli on the witness stand..... While defense lawyers were quick to point out through cross-examination that none of...
  • FBI agents find more than 1,600 shell casings at boat launch, ammo...(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    09/27/2016 3:59:38 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 21 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/26/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Jurors on Monday watched a video of seven or eight men rapidly firing assault rifles from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge's boat launch. FBI agents then help up several plastic evidence bags containing the 1,627 spent shell casings recovered near the launch on the northeast side of the property. Of them, 1,050 were .223-caliber casings, testimony showed. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight argued that the video, posted on co-defendant Jason Blomgren's Facebook account, directly contradicts the argument by defense lawyers and defendants that the armed takeover of the refuge was a peaceful political protest. "It's direct evidence of force," Knight...
  • Officer? What Officer?

    09/26/2016 9:13:41 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/26/16 | Gary Hunt
    Burns Chronicles #30 In the Indictments, both in Oregon and Nevada, there is one Count that raises some serious questions. The exact wording, to the extent of understanding the charges being made, is as follows: For Oregon: COUNT 1: (Conspiracy to Impede Officers of the United States) (18 u.s.c. § 372) On or about November 5, 2015, and continuing through February 12, 2016, in the District of Oregon, defendants…
  • Inviting wrath of judge may be part of a calculated approach....(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    09/24/2016 3:57:26 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 14 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/23/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    It would be nearly impossible for jurors not to notice U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown's growing exasperation with Ammon Bundy's lawyer Marcus Mumford. Since the Bundy trial began two weeks ago, the judge has repeatedly told Mumford to follow her rulings, reword his questions to government witnesses and occasionally to either stand up when he addresses her or sit down and stop challenging her directives. Despite her earlier orders that defense lawyers weren't to raise questions at trial about who owns the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Mumford tried to solicit responses.... Despite the judge's warnings that she didn't want...
  • Judge to Ammon Bundy's lawyer: If he continues to defy...(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    09/23/2016 4:35:59 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 46 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/22/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown on Thursday threatened to hold Ammon Bundy's lawyer in contempt of court each time he defies her order and tries to delve into the circumstances surrounding the officer-involved shooting of refuge occupation spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum during trial. The judge told attorney Marcus Mumford that she'd fined him $1,000 each time he raised the issue in front of jurors..... "I have ruled on this issue and it appears to me you disregard it," Brown told Mumford after excusing the jury for a morning restroom break. "Do you understand what I'm saying...yes or no?" the...
  • Mark McConnell, man driving Jeep before Ammon Bundy's arrest, was informant.....(OR STANDOFF TRIAL)

    09/22/2016 4:41:23 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 58 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 9/21/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Mark McConnell, the driver of the Jeep that Ammon Bundy was riding in before this arrest on Jan. 26, was a government informant who had tipped off law enforcement about the occupation leaders' trip out of the wildlife refuge, according to court testimony Wednesday..... Oregon State Trooper Jeremiah Beckert said that McConnell provided information about the occupiers vehicles, their location and a basic threat assessment, leading to the high-risk traffic stop on U.S. 395 about 4 p.m. that same day..... The government limited Beckert's testimony to the arrests, with little discussion of Finicum's fatal shooting..... Before the trooper took the...
  • Vendor selling Confederate, political flags on Main Street

    09/21/2016 2:00:34 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 25 replies
    The East Oregonian ^ | September 14, 2016 | Phil Wright
    High-flying free speech in downtown Pendleton drew critical eyes this week. Viola and Sam Moody’s Liberty Flags & Gifts from Sutherlin is near the intersection of South Main Street and Emigrant Avenue. The business is one of many operating under the umbrella of the local nonprofit Main Street Cowboys during Round-Up. But it was the only booth displaying versions of the Confederate flag. “We’ve been selling them like crazy,” Viola Moody said. They take the business to about 30 events a year, she said, and the flags are popular wherever they go. Young people seeking to show their rebellious side...
  • Ammon Bundy had $8,031 in cash on him upon arrest and talked...(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    09/21/2016 4:41:09 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 25 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/20/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Following his arrest on Jan. 26, Ammon Bundy was found with $8,031 in cash in his jacket, a receipt from a Jan. 1 purchase of nearly $200 in ammunition from a BiMart in Idaho and a withdrawl slip in his wallet from a Chase Bank Fred Meyer in Idaho visited the day before, according to a prosecutor..... During his transport to jail by van following a cursory search of him, Harney County Sheriff's Sgt. Lucas McLain heard Bundy talking on a cell phone. Lt. Brian Needham flipped on the overhead light in the van, and they could see Bundy balancing...
  • Malheur National Wildlife Refuge fish biologist finds office "completed trashed"..(Oregon Standoff)

    09/20/2016 4:34:50 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 11 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/19/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Fish biologist Linda Beck, an eight-year employee at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, said she returned to her office after the occupation of the federal wildlife sanctuary and found her office in the refuge headquarters a mess. "I would describe it as completed trashed," Beck testified Monday...... Refuge archeologist Carla Burnside found a "huge muddy footprint" on the solid wooden door to her office, and the locked door hanging off the frame. Documents were "obviously missing" from her locked file cabinet that contained archeological records, she said..... Three computers on the refuge had been logged on, using Burnside's PIN on...
  • Death of a Society

    09/19/2016 8:39:48 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Sensus Fidelium youtube ^ | Published on Aug 30, 2015 | Sensus Fidelium
    Death of a Society Destroying Marriage & the Family: An Essential Principle in the Culture of Death. Homily from 2008 before the election on the culture of death in our land. Father speaks of a story of an assisted suicide vote then brings in how the culture of death has attacked marriage & sex. For more please go to & please say 3 Hail Marys for the priest Marriage provides a proper structure for family, and family is the unit cell of society. Society is made of families. Family is the building block of society. Changing the nature of...
  • Judge denies Ammon Bundy's motion for mistrial

    09/17/2016 4:25:14 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 8 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/16/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown Friday denied a motion for a mistrial in which Ammon Bundy's lawyer claimed the Harney County sheriff had offered prejudicial testimony this week that the judge failed to address. Bundy's lawyer Marcus Mumford had asked Sheriff Dave Ward during his cross-examination Wednesday if he had conducted his own investigation into the 2014 armed standoff near Bunkerville, Nevada....... Ward explained that what he learned about the Nevada standoff "scared the hell" out of him. The sheriff went on to note that he had discovered during a Google search that "some unstable people who had left...
  • Oregon standoff: Ammon Bundy chooses to wear jail scrubs in trial

    09/16/2016 4:43:40 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 14 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/15/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Ammon Bundy surprised the court Thursday when he showed up for trial wearing blue jail scrubs, with a pocket Constitution in left shirt pocket. "Mr. Bundy desires to appear as he is, a political prisoner not free to dress as if presumed innocent," attorney J. Morgan Philpot said, reading his client's statement. "He would prefer to drop the façade and appear as the political prisoner he has been made"....shuffled around in chains, molested like an animal," and not given the "utensils" he needs to prepare for trial. U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown asked Bundy to stand. She inquired whether...
  • Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward testifies: 'I didn't pick a fight....(Oregon Standoff Trial)

    09/15/2016 4:32:57 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 8 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/14/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward was seated in a patrol car watching a video feed Jan. 2 as protestors marched through Burns to condemn the impending return to federal prison of two Harney County ranchers (the Hammonds). He was optimistic, given the relative calm of the event, when he received a call from a deputy. The deputy alerted him that he has just seen Ammon Bundy and Ryan Payne driving south on Highway 205, about 10 miles south of Burns...... That's when Ward first learned Bundy and his supporters were headed to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in what would...
  • Two contrasting portraits of refuge occupation emerge during opening statements (Oregon Standoff)

    09/14/2016 4:37:43 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/13/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Sixteen federal employees of the peaceful Malheur National Wildlife Refuge were preparing last year how to deal with invasive fish...... What they never expected Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Barrow told jurors Tuesday, was "an invasion far more serious than the common carp."...... He played a video of (Ammon) Bundy standing atop a snowbank in the Safeway parking lot in Burns in his blue plaid flannel jacket and cowboy hat, declaring, "Those who understand what has happened here....I'm asking you to follow me to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. We're going to make a hard stand.....We're going to insist the Constitution...
  • Oregon man hangs likeness of Hillary Clinton along I-5

    09/13/2016 3:17:33 PM PDT · by Coronal · 32 replies
    KGW ^ | September 13, 2016
    SUTHERLIN, Ore. — An Oregon man has made a political statement by hanging a likeness of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton from a tall crane about three miles south of Sutherlin, Oregon, according to multiple media reports. The display, located near I-5, looks like a human figure wearing a black rubber wet suit, women's clothing and a blonde wig
  • Ammon Bundy Explains Tyranny on Hammond Family (Oregon Standoff Trial Today)

    09/13/2016 5:17:59 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 30 replies
    You Tube ^ | 9/8/2016 | Dallas Ahrens III%
    Ammon Bundy (at :05) "It was the Hammond's. It was a ranching family that was being prosecuted, to put the family under duress so that federal agencies can take their ranch. And it was that simple. And its happened time and time again....... (at 1:53)...The Hammonds should not have been prosecuted period.
  • Oregon standoff defendant Jeff Banta had to remind judge he also faces firearms charge (Trial Today)

    09/13/2016 4:36:45 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/12/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Jeff Banta, who was one of the last four holdouts at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation and is now one of seven defendants on trial in the federal conspiracy case, sat quietly beside his lawyer, taking notes during three days of jury selection last week. With each of four panels of jurors questioned, the judge recited the charges against each defendant. But US District Judge Anna Brown each time left out Banta as one of the five defendants charged with Count 2, possession of a firearms in a federal facility. No one in the courtroom corrected the judge in...
  • Jury selected for Oregon standoff trial; opening statements begin Tuesday

    09/10/2016 4:28:08 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/9/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Lawyers in the Oregon standoff trial Friday seated a jury of 12 people, plus eight alternates, allowing opening statements in the much-anticipated, high-profile case to proceed as scheduled Tuesday morning. The panel includes eight women and four men who come froma wide cross-section of the state. Most of them had little prior knowledge about the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon, according to statements they made during jury selection.... Ammon Bundy and his six co-defendants have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to impede federal employees from carrying out their work at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge...
  • 40 qualified jurors identified so far in Oregon standoff trial

    09/09/2016 4:34:34 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/8/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Day 2 of jury selection Thursday helped the court identify a total of 40 qualified jurors for the Oregon standoff trial, with the judge and lawyers on each side of the case set to meet up again Friday morning to continue the painstaking process. US District Judge Anna J. Brown questioned 25 potential jurors in the morning. By the time court broke for lunch, 20 remained.... Those released for cause, meaning potential bias, included a man whose cousin's husband worked as a federal law enforcement officer for the Bureau of Land Management and called the occupation of the Malheur National...
  • Judge excludes 11 of 31 potential jurors for Oregon standoff trial in first day of questioning

    09/08/2016 4:39:42 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 16 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/7/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    A Madras bison rancher who has had disputes with the Bureau of Land Management was seated in the jury box Wednesday besides an outdoor enthusiast and birdwatcher who called Malheur National Wildlife Refuge "a very special place" and couldn't understand why anyone would trespass there. Thus began jury selection in the federal conspiracy prosecution stemming from the 41-day occupation of the federal wildlife sanctuary in Harney County. Ammon Bundy and six other defendants have pleaded not guilty..... On Wednesday, three people were excused for cause: the man who said he'd be hesitant to follow the law if he disagreed with...
  • Federal judge denies Oregon standoff defendant Ryan Bundy's motion to ditch his standby counsel

    09/07/2016 12:13:20 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 19 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | Sep 06, 2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown on Tuesday denied Oregon standoff defendant Ryan Bundy's last-minute attempt to ditch his standby counsel. "I do not want her to represent me. I do not want her assistance" Bundy said, standing before the court during its last pretrial conference hearing, a day before jury selection is set to begin. Bundy, who chose to represent himself in the federal conspiracy case stemming from the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, said he does not trust standby counsel Lisa Ludwig in front of a jury. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Wednesday, and...
  • Drone video shows vandals toppling Oregon’s iconic ‘Duckbill’ rock formation

    09/06/2016 11:47:00 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 74 replies
    FOX31 ^ | September 6, 2016 | CNN Wire
    CAPE KIWANDA, Ore. — For years and years, the sandstone pedestal on the Oregon coast was a tourist attraction, a perfect photo-op for its uncanny likeness to a duck’s bill. So when officials found the beloved 7-foot-tall formation at Cape Kiwanda broken into a million pieces, they initially thought age and gravity had done it in. But then a video emerged that pointed to the true culprit: Vandals. More specifically, a group of people who crossed into the roped-off area and pushed and shoved the rock until it toppled over. Now, the search is on for the offenders.
  • Video Appears To Show Tourists Destroying Popular Oregon Rock Formation

    09/06/2016 10:54:49 AM PDT · by Theoria · 31 replies
    NPR ^ | 06 September 2016 | Camila Domonoske
    When the iconic sandstone formation known as "the duckbill" collapsed, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department wasn't suspicious. Erosion happens. Rocks fall. The stretch of cliff where the formation was located, in Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, was so unstable it was fenced off to keep visitors away. There seemed to be no mystery: The 7- by 10-foot pedestal on the coast probably collapsed on its own. Then a man named David Kalas said it wasn't time and weather that brought down the rock. It was vandals. And he had video. Kalas told The Oregonian that when he saw a...
  • White Supremacist Who Ran Over Black Teen Charged With Hate Crime

    09/05/2016 2:26:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    The Grio ^ | 09/03/2016
    Russell Courtier, an ex-con with a long rap sheet and his girlfriend, Colleen Hunt, have been charged with murder for the hit-and-run that occurred in August. Larnell Malik Bruce Jr., 19, was hit and killed in the incident. Speaking to reporters Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Don Rees said that Courtier is linked to the white supremacist group European Kindred, which has been described by Southern Poverty Law Center as “one of the most feared white supremacist gangs in the Pacific Northwest.” The victim, Larnell Malik Bruce Jr., was charging his cellphone at a Gresham 7-Eleven on August 10, just...
  • Portland Public Schools 'rap music' ban sparks allegations of racism

    08/26/2016 6:23:23 AM PDT · by suthener · 28 replies
    The Oregonian/OregonLive ^ | August 24, 2016 | Bethany Barnes
    Portland Public Schools officials are rethinking a district ban on rap music on buses after allegations of racism. The district had banished hip-hop from its buses, deeming the genre "inappropriate." Teri Brady, senior director of transportation at Portland Public Schools, sent a directive to bus drivers in March forbidding "religious, rap music, or talk show programs." The memo included a list of acceptable stations, broken down into three genres: pop, country and jazz. Parent Colleen Ryan-Onken obtained a copy and it circulated in August among outraged parents, prompting the district to walk back the directive in statements released Wednesday.