Armed Wingnuts Read for War Based on Rumor

With nowhere near as much media attention, we have Bundy Ranch 2: Electric Boogaloo going on in Southern Oregon, where a mining company asked militia types to come and help them fight off the Bureau of Land Management in a dispute over their need to file an operations plan. And it doesn’t take much for those armed assholes to get all jumpy:

Militia groups from multiple states and members of scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy’s family have also joined the group camped near Merlin.

The gold mining claim’s owners, George Backes and Rick Barclay, said the government is violating their rights by ordering them to file a plan of operations or remove their equipment.

The Oath Keepers issued a coded call to arms Thursday after rumors circulated on Facebook that federal agents planned to raid the mining claim or the militia camp after helicopters were spotted nearby.

The group – which claims to be made up of military and law enforcement personnel who vowed not to obey laws they believe to be unconstitutional – urged members to arm themselves and come immediately to the staging area.

A local Oath Keepers leader determined that BLM “troops” were not arriving and ordered his group to “stand down,” said Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel.

These people are just aching to let the bullets fly. They have themselves so worked up into a lather over “tyranny,” with the only narrative in their head one that casts them as the brave heroes standing up to the government’s jackbooted thugs, that it would be a disappointment to them if it didn’t happen. They are identical in this regard to white supremacist groups who are constantly preaching about the imminent “race war.” They aren’t just predicting it, they’re spoiling for it. And they’re on a hair trigger.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/robin.pilger Robin Pilger

    “Armed Wingnuts Read…”

    That is a surprising comment in itself.

  • Chiroptera

    Thank god for the Second Amendment! ‘Cause nothing increases our security more than a bunch of jumpy people with guns!

  • eric

    Its just amazing the shortness of these folks’ memories. Don’t you remember the West, TX explosion? That was because of improper fertilizer storage. This is a mining operation, with actual dynamite. Do you really want mining operations not abiding by federal regulations as to equipment storage and use?

    I don’t really want anyone hurt, but there would be a certain amount of karmic payback in an outcome of the Oath Keepers being injured because of some reckless mining operation that they actively prevented the feds from regulating.

  • John Pieret

    Wolveriiinnneeessss!

    Some people never recover from bad movies.

  • sinned34

    The militias are just praying for another Ruby Ridge so they can show themselves to be the fighting patriots they imagine themselves to be. Plus, they finally might get a chance to live their lifelong dream of killing a government agent. If ISIS weren’t full of a bunch of brown skinned ragheads, I’d wager a lot of militia types would be willing to head over to Iraq and/or Syria to sign up.

  • dingojack

    Armed Wingnuts Read for War Based on Rumor

    Oh dear — who gave the milita the chick-tract versions of Lao-Tze?

    Dingo

  • Hoosier X

    It’s all about ethics in mining-equipment removal.

  • colnago80

    Another example of why appeasement Neville Obama style doesn’t pay. The pantywaists in the White House did nothing about the Bundy ranch episode and this encouraged latest band of whackjobs to move into Southern Oregon. Long past time to send in a couple of platoons of Navy Seals to clean out this nest of vipers.

  • dingojack

    SLC – what? No ‘surgical’ tactical nuclear strike?!? You must be getting soft in your old age…

    😉 Dingo

  • colnago80

    Re dingojack @ #9

    Surgical, smurgical, Tsar bombas or nothing.

  • dingojack

    I’d recommend 15 B-52s fully loaded with Bombe Alaskas, dropping from 20,000 feet.

    That’d show ’em!

    😀 Dingo

  • http://www.facebook.com/eo.raptor.3 eoraptor

    Better yet, while all the heavy artillery is in Oregon, now would be the perfect time for some federales to seize Bundy’s herd…

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    I think the title is a typo, but I really like how it came out.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    SLC, tribalist genocidaire:

    Long past time to send in a couple of platoons of Navy Seals to clean out this nest of vipers.

    Seal teams don’t come in platoon size. Nukes don’t come in 15mt. SLC1 don’t know shit about what he drones on about, but he sure drones on.

  • M’thew

    @6:

    Don’t you mean Sunzi (Sun-tzu)?

  • colnago80

    Re Marcus Ranum @ #14

    Well, apparently Ranum doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground about the F35. Apparently the IDF begs to differ with him about its effectiveness.

    http://goo.gl/dL0SbY