Sunday, January 31, 2016


The imprisonment of the Hammond’s, the arrest of peaceful patriots, of Pete Santilli for reporting, the attack on liberty; it is unacceptable. 

Today is the Edge of Revolution!

                                     Sheriff David Ward With                                      "Judge"/Commissioner Steven Grasty
Published on Jan 22, 2016
01/22/16 - Just in from Oregon. County officials have DECREED that the public meetings will now be restricted to SELECT people. No guns, security checkpoints, no outsiders, NO CONSTIUTION!

Freemason ‘Judge’ Steve Grasty Changes All 

Public Town Hall Meetings To ‘Invitation Only,’ 

Bans Guns:

republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes

Liberty Fight by Martin Hill
“The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings.” John F. Kennedy, shortly before his assassination. broke the story last week, that Harney County, Oregon Commissioner Steve Grasty, who claims he is charging the militia $75,000 per day while they occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, is an admitted Freemason.  
Local TV news pointed out the fact that Grasty is not even a real ‘judge;’ the title of ‘judge’ is merely the term that some rural areas use for county commissioner.
Earlier this month Nasty Grasty ‘admonished’ Oregon State Representative Dallas Heard for daring to visit and speak with the folks at the refuge. Rep. Heard also brought several other unnamed elected officials from other states with him. (As if Grasty, a disgusting low-level county hack, has any authority to dictate what an elected representative can do. This simply further reveals the twisted mindset of Nasty Grasty, the freemason occultist.)
Grasty made an absurd and desperate proclamation on Jan. 22nd declaring that only those people he approves of will be allowed at public town hall meetings. He will also check ID and do a background check on each ticket holder, ‘verifying their residency.’ Ironically, he added that he “respects the rule of law.” He also gave a second emotional rant, pleading “those of us who live and work here, are not the unsophisticated rubes that are being portrayed in national media reports.” Here is the text of both those announcements:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steve Grasty January 22, 2016 541-573-3071 Harney County Community Meeting Change in Venue and Format for January 25 Burns 
 Harney County Judge Steve Grasty announced a change in venue and format for the weekly Harney County community meeting scheduled for Monday, January 25. ‘We started the weekly community meeting so that Harney County residents would have an opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns in a safe and civil manner,’ said Judge Grasty. ‘The meeting last week did not fulfill that purpose.’ Harney County has been notified by the school district that school facilities will no longer be available for these community meetings due to the number of firearms that were present, in violation of school district policy. The meeting on January 25 will be held at the Harney County Senior Center at 5:00 p.m. Doors will open at 4:30. The Senior Center also has a ‘no firearm’ policy that will be strictly enforced. Please arrive early in order to get through security in a timely manner. The format for this meeting will also be special. ‘Residents of Harney County have been given a unique opportunity to be heard statewide,’ said Judge Grasty, explaining that Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud public affairs program will moderate and record the meeting on Monday. The host of Think Out Loud, Dave Miller, will ask questions of those in attendance. This episode of Think Out Loud will air on Tuesday, January 26. ‘I can’t think of a better way to give Oregon a taste of the real Harney County,’ continued Grasty. Due to space limitations at the Senior Center and the unique format, entrance to this meeting will be limited only to those Harney County residents who have a ticket. Tickets will be available starting at 10 a.m. Monday morning. Here is what you need to know:
  • Pick up tickets at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk’s Office, on Monday starting at 10 a.m. or by calling 541-573-6641 starting at 10 a.m.
  • Tickets will be released on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Everyone who gets a ticket will need to show picture I.D. and residency will be verified.
  • Picture I.D. will also be required to enter the Senior Center with your ticket.
  • Each person may pick up only two tickets.
  • There will be 150 tickets available. Thirty tickets have been set aside for invited guests. Any of those tickets that are unused will be available for others to use.
  • Anyone who is not able to get a ticket for this meeting, will be wait-listed for this meeting and put at the front of the list for future meetings, should it be necessary to continue with this ticketing format. Any questions related to ticket distribution should be directed to 541-573-6641.
Grasty also incuded a youtube video, ‘Video Trailer-Community Support Foundation of Harney County’ The video currently has 2,345 views, no likes, and not surprisingly, comments are disabled. In the video description, they beg for money.
Here is Grasty’s second press release:
January 22, 2016
Statement by Harney County Judge Steve Grasty 
 Oregon’s governor said it best when she said this spectacle is ripping out the heart of our community. And to that I will add this: the real Harney County community respects the rule of law. Many of us are frustrated by state and federal regulation of land use. Some here are mightily angry about our economy which we cannot control. Most of all, many of us are appalled by those who were neither invited nor welcomed, but who purport to speak for our county’s residents.There are many of us in Harney County who are incredulous about the federal government’s fear of taking action against the lawlessness that we are witnessing on a daily basis. It is time to stop the madness. We want our county back. Citizens of Harney County, those of us who live and work here, are not the unsophisticated rubes that are being portrayed in national media reports. We are hard working. We are proud and strong. We support our schools. We are patriotic. We take care of our neighbors. And we want our county back! As County Judge, I have never before experienced a situation like what we face now. I am proud that our Sheriff, Dave Ward, has been a voice of reason under the most trying of circumstances. I am proud that our fellow county residents have resisted any temptation to ‘engage’ those who attempt to exploit us. Never before have I been more proud of Harney County and its citizens. I continue to ask those who occupy our public lands in Harney County to leave, to leave peacefully, and to leave now.
A full list of Steve ‘Nasty’ Grasty’s press releases can be found HERE.

Heated Exchange Over Freeing the Hammonds / Ammon Bundy Oregon Standoff
Published on Jan 21, 2016
Harney County Oregon's "Judge" Steve Grasty strutted like a peacock in front of constituents, but not all of them were impressed. Nasty Grasty is a Henchman for the BLM and a Tool of the Empire. YouTube: Facebook: Twitter:

Hear Ye Hear Ye Harney County "Judge" Grasty has called a Meeting in Burns Oregon
Published on Jan 24, 2016
Hear ye, Hear ye, Hear ye to all subjects of Harney County who serve at the will of the Glorious Judge Steve Grasty, a Meeting has been called and Notice has been given, let it be written, let it be passed down to all subjects, a first born Child will be required to keep this Land that you now bow down upon. Here ye, here ye, here ye !

Burns Oregon--Attorney KrisAnne Hall Discusses Killing of LaVoy Finicum & On Site Report

Saturday, January 30, 2016



Shannon Morris
Douglass Dolan
6035 Radio Station Road
La Plata, MD 20646
Main phone: (301) 934-1100
Alternate phone: (301) 753-1754
Fax number: (301) 934-5657


Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building
5980 Radio Station Road
La Plata, MD 20646



Maryland School District Sued Over Alleged 

‘Islamic Indoctrination’

SEE: below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:

LA PLATA, Md. — A school district in Maryland has been sued by a former Marine and his wife for allegedly promoting Islam in student assignments.
In 2014, John Kevin Wood expressed objections to the assignments given to his daughter in her 11th grade world history class at La Plata High School, which included writing out the Islamic Shahada and memorizing the five pillars of Islam.
“There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah,” the Shahada reads.
The Woods state that the study materials told students that “[m]ost Muslim’s faith is stronger than the average Christian,” that Islam is “peaceful” and that “[t]o Muslims, Allah is the same God that is worshiped in Christianity and Judaism.”
The lawsuit filed this week in federal court further alleged that the Woods’ daughter and her classmates were “instructed that the Islamic religion is a fact while Christianity and Judaism are just beliefs.”
“Qur’an is the word of Allah as revealed to Muhammad in the same way that Jews and Christians believe the Torah and the Gospels were revealed to Moses and the New Testament writers,” one reading stated.
The couple says that while Islam was studied for two weeks, the class only spent one day studying Christianity.
Kevin Wood called the school to object to the assignments, and requested that his daughter be provided with an alternative. According to the Woods, Vice Principal Shannon Morris denied the request and stated that if their daughter did not complete the assignments, she would receive zeros.
“Wood informed Defendant Morris that [his daughter] would not be completing the assignments that promoted Islam and that he was dissatisfied with Defendants’ treatment of [his daughter] and refusal to provide [his daughter] with an alternative assignment,” the lawsuit states.
Wood also told Morris that if she “wished to retaliate” against his daughter for her objection to Islam, that he would pursue recourse through an attorney and the media. As a result, the following day, the high school resource officer called Wood to advise that Morris had filed a complaint against him and that a “no trespass” order was in place, meaning that he was prohibited from setting foot on school property.
Wood says that that the order kept him from attending any school events or appearing at any parent/teacher conferences. He also states that his daughter was indeed given zeros for the incomplete assignments and sent to the school library following his complaint.
The Wood’s lawsuit seeks an injunction against any further promotion of Islam over other religions and seeks to lift the trespassing ban issued by Morris.
“Parents must be ever vigilant to the Islamic indoctrination of their children under the guise of teaching history and multiculturalism,” said Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center, in a statement. “This is happening in public schools across the country. And they must take action to stop it.”
A response has not yet been provided to the lawsuit by Charles County Public Schools.

Marine Dad Takes Stand After Daughter Gets 'F' for Refusing Islamic Indoctrination

John Wood is taking on the administrators of his daughter's school because they refused to let her opt out of Islamic indoctrination. (Thomas More Law Center)
The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) today announced its representation of John Kevin Wood, and his wife, Melissa, in their battle with La Plata High School in Maryland over the Islamic indoctrination of their 11th-grade daughter in her World History class. Their daughter was required to complete assignments where she had to affirm that "There is no god but Allah" and the other Five Pillars of Islam. 
The case gained national attention when the school banned John Wood from entering school property after he objected to the religion of Islam being taught in his daughter's history class and demanded that she be given an alternative assignment. The school refused.
Wood, a former Marine who served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and lost friends in that action, saw firsthand the destruction caused in the name of Allah and that Islam is not "a religion of peace;" and he would not budge from his position. 
The Thomas More Law Center is a national public-interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. TMLC Senior Trial Counsel, Erin Mersino, and Maryland attorney, Michael F. Smith of The Smith Appellate Law Firm, represent the Wood family. Yesterday they filed a request for records relating to the case under Maryland's Public Information Act.
On Oct. 22, 2014, John Wood discovered that his daughter was being forced to repeat religious tenets of Islam as a part of her World History class assignment. She was required to write how the prophet Muhammad was visited by the angel Gabriel and preached that there is only one true god, who is Allah. The assignment made her write that Mohammad is the messenger of Allah and that the Quran is holy text.
The assignment required her to affirm that "Allah is the same god that is worshipped in Christianity and Judaism" and that the "Quran is the word of Allah revealed to Mohammad in the same way that Jews and Christians believe the Torah and the Gospels were revealed to Moses and the New Testament writers." The assignment also forced young women such as the Woods' daughter, to fill in the following sentences: "Men are the managers of the affairs of women" and "Righteous women are therefore obedient."
When John Wood discovered the Islamic propaganda and indoctrination, he was rightfully outraged, and that evening unsuccessfully tried to contact the school by phone to voice his objections. Wood witnessed firsthand the destruction caused in the name of Allah and knows Islam is not "a religion of peace." He served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and lost friends in that action. On 9-11, Wood responded as a firefighter to the smoldering Pentagon. He refused to allow La Plata High School to subject his daughter to Islamic indoctrination despite the threatened academic consequences. 
The next day, Oct. 23, Wood had a phone conversation with a La Plata vice principal where he again reiterated his objections to his daughter being indoctrinated into the religion of Islam. The vice principal indicated that his daughter, a high school junior with college hopes, would receive zeros on her assignments on Islam if she did not complete them. He asked how the religion of Islam could be taught when schools are prohibited from teaching the religion of Christianity. 
The following day, Oct. 24, John Wood again spoke with the vice principal. She again refused to allow an alternative assignment.
Commenting on the case, Richard Thompson, TMLC's President and Chief Counsel stated: "Adding insult to injury, in an arrogant and unnecessary display of power, La Plata's principal issued a written "No Trespass" notice, which denied this former Marine who stood in harm's way defending our country—which included the principal and her staff—any access to school grounds. The school's actions not only dishonored John Wood's service, but the service of all men and women in our Armed Forces who defended our nation from Islamic violence. True to his Marine training, John Wood stood his ground. He did not retreat. Yes, his daughter has received a failing grade in her World History Class. But the story is not yet over."


Should Hillary be in Prison? Don Boys, Ph.D.

SEE: below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:

Hillary Rodham Clinton
 Yes, Hillary Clinton should be in prison. And when she is there, she will probably run for the presidency from her prison cell! Another question is: will her retirement checks be sent to Sing Sing or Leavenworth Prison? I don’t care.
 With Hillary’s unsavory, unlawful, and unethical history she shows incredible gall to put herself up as a candidate for the President of the United States of America! In light of her past, I should think she would skulk back to her cabin on White River, assuming they did what they wanted others to do: purchase land on the river and build a vacation home. Clinton’s shady business partners, James and Susan McDougal, were jailed for fraud and Bill Clinton’s successor, Governor Jim Tucker, was jailed for fraud along with municipal judges David Hale and Eugene Fitzhugh who worked with James McDougal. The Clintons walked away from that scandal battered, bruised, and bloodied but not bowed. They survived the scheme again.
 Hillary decided to try her hand at cattle futures and turned $1,000 into $6,300 overnight and within ten months she had $100,000! The financial service that handled her trade paid the largest fine in exchange history and was suspended for three years. She had some help from a lawyer who was outside counsel to Tyson Foods, the largest employer in Arkansas at the time, but he advised her because of “friendship” rather than to secure political favors from Governor Clinton. Hillary said that she was able to negotiate the complex futures trading by reading the Wall Street Journal! Hey, I was trained and licensed to sell stock along with insurance policies in the 1960s but I wouldn’t know where to start with futures trading. Hillary learned from reading a newspaper! Again, she walked away unscathed, unashamed, and unshackled.
 She failed in her effort to establish a new health care system but then her training was not in the health field. Her specialty was law. So Bill asked her to find a female attorney general. Her first two recommendations had been indiscreet so they withdrew their names. Hillary then went to Florida and came back with Janet Reno. Janet led the charge at Waco against the Branch Davidian sect (weird, cultic followers of David Koresh) resulting in the battering, blasting, and burning of 82 innocent people (including 22 children!) accused of gun violations which turned out to be false. Bill later opined that Reno was his “worst mistake.” One of many, it turned out.
When the Clintons left the White House in 2000 she was required to return about $200,000 in items she and her lowlife comrades had stolen.
Hillary was dragged, kicking and screaming, before the Starr investigation and repeated, “I do not recall” or its equivalent 56 times. Her loss of memory kept her out of prison.
On September 11, 2012, about 150 terrorists whose trucks bore the Al Qaeda logo attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. It was widely reported that the U.S. Ambassador was tortured, sodomized, and dragged through the streets followed by the deaths of three other Americans; however, those reports have been angrily denied. Whatever the case, the harried, hapless, and helpless Americans repeatedly requested military help but help was denied from Washington. Hillary lied about many requests that had come to her to reinforce security at the consulate and lied about the attack being prompted by a video ridiculing Mohammed. Four Americans died and Hillary lied. The subsequent cover-up has caused a stench that has gagged decent people around the globe.
 It is a fact that during the attack Hillary told the President of Libya and the Egyptian Prime Minister that there was a terrorist attack, not a reaction to a third-class video telling the truth about Mohammed. She also told members of her family that fact. But it gets worse: two days later she was at Andrews Air Force Base when the coffin of Tyrone Woods arrived and she lied to his family telling them America would get the person who made the video and prosecute him to the fullest.
 Then it was discovered that Hillary used her personal email account to conduct government business, contrary to federal law. A former federal prosecutor declared on the “Laura Ingraham Show” on Jan. 5 that “she’s going to have to be charged with a crime.” Joseph DiGenova said that the FBI has found 1,200 classified emails from her private account and expect to find more. While Hillary is a high exposure person that the judicial system doesn’t like dealing with, her crimes are so egregious they must do so or there will be a revolt among the FBI.
 Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City (and former prosecutor) told Fox News, “[There are] 13 violations of federal law that she arguably committed. It is about as clear as it gets. It is a crime to negligently handle top secret material.” Count on Hillary being arrested–finally.
 The Clinton Foundation is hip deep into scandal that would have already put others in prison. It seems their “non-profit” company has accepted millions of dollars from nations and people who had business before the Secretary of State’s office. That’s conflict of interest.
If there is any justice in this nation, maybe she will finally discover “what difference it makes?” And as for sending her retirement checks, I would revoke them and pay her .25 an hour to work in the prison laundry. After all, she’s spent her life washing Bill’s dirty laundry.
 No, since she’s a former first lady, I would pay her .50 an hour but that’s more than she is worth.
 Hillary said in the Democrat debate that no bank was “too big to fail,” but would she agree that no Clinton is too big for jail?
 Boys’ new book, The God Haters was published by Barbwire Books; to get your copy of The God Haters click here . An eBook edition is also available.)
(Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives; ran a large Christian school in Indianapolis, wrote columns for USA Today for eight years; authored 15 books and hundreds of columns and articles for Internet and print media publications; defended his beliefs on hundreds of talk shows. These columns go to newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations and may be used without change from title through the end tag. His web sites are and and Contact Don for an interview or talk show.)
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Trump supports legalized baby murder-when the child’s father is a rapist

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As have the last several Republicans to hold the office of the president, Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump has announced that he supports the murder of children through abortion in cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother.
“Let me be clear — I am pro-life,” Trump wrote in an op-ed published in the Washington Examiner on Saturday. “I support that position with exceptions allowed for rape, incest or the life of the mother being at risk.”
During a press conference on Tuesday, he further told reporters that his views on abortion have changed, remarking that he “never gave it much thought” in the past.
“When it comes to pro-life I’ve evolved,” he said.
However, Trump did not wish to discuss the matter further when asked how he would criminalize abortion or if he believes the morning-after pill is an abortifacient.
“All I can tell you is this I’m pro-life and I’ve been pro-life a long time,” he stated.
As previously reported, in 1999, during an interview with the late Tim Russert on “Meet the Press,” Trump stated that he “hated” abortion but that he would not ban the procedure as president, including partial birth abortion.
“I’m very pro-choice,” Trump said. “And again, it may be a little bit of a New York background because there is some different attitude in different parts of the country, and you know, I was raised in New York—grew up and worked and everything else in New York City.”
“But you would not ban it (partial birth abortion)?” Russert asked.
“No,” Trump replied. “I am pro-choice in every respect and as far as it goes, but I just hate it (abortion).”
In his op-ed on Saturday, Trump said that he “did not always hold [his current] position,” but, without explanation conveyed that he “had a significant personal experience that brought the precious gift of life into perspective for me.” Trump stated that he now sees that Roe v. Wade has resulted in the deaths of millions of Americans.
“Over time, our culture of life in this country has started sliding toward a culture of death,” he wrote. “Perhaps the most significant piece of evidence to support this assertion is that since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Count 43 years ago, over 50 million Americans never had the chance to enjoy the opportunities offered by this country.”
Roe v. Wade, however, centered on a Texas woman named Norma McCorvey who sought an abortion over an alleged rape, which Trump states that he would allow for an exception. McCorvey later admitted that she had lied, as she was never raped. She also never obtained an abortion, but placed her child up for adoption and became a vocal pro-life advocate.
Trump’s statements allowing for exceptions are similar to those made by other recent Republican presidents, including George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
“My own position on abortion is well-known and remains unchanged. I oppose abortion in all cases except rape or incest, or where the life of the mother is at stake,” George H.W. Bush said in 1992.
”My position has always been three exceptions: rape, incest and the life of the mother,” George W. Bush likewise outlined in 2006.
The current Hyde Amendment also bans the funding of abortion with the exceptions of rape, incest and the life of the mother.
Last August, Trump said that while he opposes the abortions committed by Planned Parenthood, he believes “[t]hey do good things.”
“There’s two Planned Parenthoods, in a way. You have it as an abortion clinic. Now that’s actually a fairly small part of what they do, but it’s a brutal part and I’m totally against it,” Trump said. “They also, however, service women. … A lot of women are helped. So we have to look at the positives for Planned Parenthood.”
Planned Parenthood applauded his remarks, stating “Donald Trump seems to have realized that banning all abortions, shutting down the government, and defunding Planned Parenthood are extreme positions that are way too far outside the mainstream for even him to take.”

Friday, January 29, 2016




republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes

LaVoy Finicum (shown) was shot to death by law enforcement officers Tuesday, January 26 at around 4:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). Was he “murdered” while his hands were extended in the air, as one eyewitness has claimed? Or was he “charging” the police, as another witness claims. There are still many unanswered questions and conflicting stories concerning many details of the shooting. The New American has been interviewing people who have been involved in various capacities in the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which began on January 2nd, in protest over the sentencing of Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond to five years in prison. The Hammonds were prosecuted as “terrorists” for starting controlled burns that spread to a small area of federal Bureau of Land Management land.
We have not, at this point, interviewed any eyewitnesses to the shooting, but have talked with people who were standing vigil on the perimeter near the roadblock where the shooting occurred. According to the information available at this time, Lavoy Finicum, an Arizona rancher who had served as a spokesman for the protesters that are occupying the Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon, was driving his pickup truck with four passengers, including two women, to the town of John Day, Oregon, for a meeting there with the sheriff and area ranchers. Another vehicle driven by Mark McConnell included Ammon Bundy (son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy) and Brian Cavalier, both considered leaders of the occupation.
Although various news accounts have referred to the shooting as a “gunfight,” according to the eyewitness testimony of Victoria Sharp, an 18-year-old woman who was in the back seat of Finicum’s truck when the shooting occurred, no occupants of the vehicles fired any weapons; the only shooting that occurred was on the part of the police and FBI. Miss Sharp’s audio account of the shooting has been posted on a number of websites and social media. After being arrested with the other survivors of the shooting and taken to Burns, Oregon, for questioning, she was released.
The two vehicles were stopped at a police/FBI roadblock on U.S. 395 outside of Burns. They were ordered to put their hands out of the windows, Sharp says, and also claims that Finicum put his hands out of the car window and asked the police to allow the women to leave the car. (Another woman, Shawna Cox, was in the vehicle, along with Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne.)
“They shot at him, but they missed him,” said Sharp, adding that Finicum then said, “They mean business; they’re going to shoot us.” He then attempted to drive away in the truck, while taking fire from the police, but crashed into a snowbank. According to Sharp, the police “were riddling the car with bullets.”
“When we crashed and stopped for a second, he got out of the car, he had his hands in the air, he’s like ‘just shoot me then’ ... and they did, they shot him dead,” said Sharp.
“He was just walking, with his hands in the air,” said Sharp. “I saw it, I swear to God, he was just walking with his hands in the air. And they shot him dead and after he was down on the ground, shot him three more times.”  Then, she says, they “bombarded the vehicle with bullets” and tear gas, as she and the other passengers laid on the floorboards praying and screaming for them to stop.
She says they tried to “find something white” so they could hold up a white flag to show they were trying to surrender.
Ryan Bundy (another son of Cliven Bundy) was, apparently, the only passenger to be wounded in the barrage.
Miss Sharp, along with her mother and seven siblings comprise the Sharp Family Singers, a family choir from Kansas that is becoming well-known in patriot circles for singing Gospel, patriotic and country songs at various events. A video of the family singing at the Bundy ranch in Nevada during the 2014 standoff with federal authorities can be seen below.
According to people who know the family, the Sharps were in Oregon to support the embattled ranchers. However, Victoria was the only one to be included in the trip for the meeting in John Day.
Dueling Witnesses
A different “eyewitness” account of the shooting conflicts sharply with that of Miss Sharp. We put eyewitness in quotes because even though he has been referred to as an eyewitness in media and social media accounts, he was about a mile away when the shooting occurred, having already been stopped by the police roadblock. In his video posted on Facebook, McConnell disputes Victoria Sharp’s testimony, claiming Finicum was “charging” police when he was shot down. This is based, he says, on accounts he got from Ryan Payne and Shawna Cox, apparently either in jail or on the way to jail. However, McConnell’s testimony is merely third-party hearsay, and as some critics point out, from a suspect source at that. Individuals who have been close to the occupation – but who asked not to be identified at this time — note that:
1) McConnell was the only participant (other than Miss Sharp) to be released, and, unlike Sharp, he has been an active, armed participant in the occupation, and was the driver of the vehicle carrying Ammon Bundy;
2) McConnell was very hasty, after his release, to put up a video on his Facebook page backing up the story being given to the media by the federal authorities who had just carried out the “murder” of a suspect who is alleged to have had his hands in the air.
Both of these facts, say the McConnell critics, point to one of two probable explanations: Either he is a police informant/agent provocateur who was assigned to infiltrate the occupation, or; he was sufficiently leaned on by prosecutors and FBI, with threats of life imprisonment, if he didn’t “cooperate” — with one of his first tasks being to come out with a statement that would support the official FBI narrative and neutralize the eyewitness testimony of Victoria Sharp.
Who Was Lavoy Finicum?
Much will be written about Lavoy Finicum in the days and months ahead. The 54-year-old Arizona rancher and his wife of 23 years, Jeanette, have 11 children and 19 grandchildren. Like his friend, Cliven Bundy, he has had his share of troubles with the Bureau of Land Management.
Over the past couple of years, Finicum has posted a number of videos on YouTube explaining the illegal actions and harassment by the BLM, aimed, he says, at driving him off his ranch. He was a plainspoken but articulate and intelligent spokesman for many of the farmers and ranchers that are engaged in constant fights with federal agencies.
In the video below, Finicum recounts how BLM employees “stole” his water, leaving his 100,000 gallon tank — which he needs for cattle to survive — empty. Other water tanks and water lines were sabotaged.
In the same video, he insists that he is not “anti-government” or even “anti-federal government.” We need the federal government, he says, for national defense, trade relations between the states and foreign countries, border control, and other limited functions delineated in the Constitution. However, he charges, the federal government is now out of control and regularly violates the law.
In another video (above) posted on September 23, 2015, Lavoy Finicum again insists he wants to avoid any kind of violence, saying, “I’ve never pointed guns at anyone, and don’t intend to. But let’s get some of the history straight. Because they (the feds) have pointed guns at me — and have promised to shoot me, so let’s get the history straight.... There’s only one side that has pointed guns when it comes to me, and it hasn’t been me.” He also tells of his meeting with the Mojave County Sheriff Jim McCabe, whom he describes as a man of integrity. In other videos he details his meetings, which he says were very cordial, with state, county, and federal elected and appointed officials. Over and over again, he presents the picture of a reasonable, law-abiding citizen who is trying to work through the legal system to obtain redress of grievances against an increasingly hostile federal leviathan.
What pushed Lavoy Finicum to take the desperate and misguided course that has now ended in his death? Many of the people we have interviewed who are friends and admirers of Finicum say they tried to convince him and Ammon Bundy that the occupation of the wildlife refuge — or any other similar confrontational action — would end up badly (in either death or prison) and would, ultimately, be counterproductive.
There are still many questions to be answered in the case of Lavoy Finicum’s death. And there is still the larger issue of the federal government’s strangling grasp on so much of the land and lifeblood of the western states, that is driving hardworking — and otherwise law-abiding — citizens to ruin and desperation.
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War Veterans Take On Oregon Standoff
Published on Jan 27, 2016
Former Army Staff Sergeant and Infowars reporter Joe Biggs gives us his take on the Oregon standoff that turned deadly.