To quote Chris Hayes, Bundy is a "scofflaw, deadbeat crank." Honest to God. He has been letting his cattle tear up public land and then complaining that he's being persecuted. If it weren't for whatever public land and parks and monuments the government has been able to hold onto, the West would be a total wasteland. Too bad a lot of it got into the hands of the cattlemen.
Creep. He saw some black people one time and they were not doing stuff, or doing stuff or something or what he saw on Fox News about aborting their babies. Holy cow. Some mothers sure do make them.
A family turned a ranch over to Volcanoes National Park a while ago,and the Park Service is working on renovating the area. The contrast between the way the ranch looks after years of misuse and the lovely appearance of the park areas is stark. The ranch looks like a mangy shaved square on a dog as you drive south along the mountain flank.
Bundy and his kind are just ugly and create ugliness wherever and whenever they get their way. They have been the ruination of much of the Western United States.
More: I stopped laughing about all this when I realized who Bundy and friends actually were. Richard Cohen of the Southern Poverty Law Center is very worried about these people. You are not going to get him to guffaw about the lighter side of racism and terroristic threatening.
Maddow does a brilliant job of providing the history and ideology behind Bundy's philosophy of sovereign rights. This is very valuable background information. Men like Bundy, dope and tool though he is, are very dangerous.
More information: I think it is important to highlight the fact that Clark County, Nevada, is in a congressional district that encompasses Las Vegas and has almost 2,000,000 people. And yet this moocher on ruined public lands gets all the attention. Most interestingly, and not something Fox and all those conservative outlets mentioned, is that the Congressman from that district is an African American, Steven Horsford. That surely must infuriate those racists. Horsford is angry at the way Bundy and his gun-toting friends and the media circus are making life impossible for local people. Well educated and articulate black people infuriate tongue-tied fools like Bundy. Of course he is old and sick and his brain doesn't work right any more, and that's too bad, but does he deserve a platform for his beliefs? And should he be allowed to use land that belongs to all of us without paying his taxes?
Here is Horsford talking to Maddow.
Bundy could embody the biggest problem we have in this country, which how so many have embraced the destruction of lives and land in the name of the "rights of the individual." Yes, we are still fighting the Civil War. Run of the mill grifters like Chris Christie may not be as dangerous as Bundy and his kind.
Related to this, we have a situation in Hilo that I've reported on a couple of times. A racist anti-Muslim, anti Obama nut and a few hangers on have taken over a playground. Some people have had enough and are staging demonstrations that could become larger. I don't know how I feel about this. I admire the courage of people who are willing to confront possibly violent people, but I think it's up to the police to deal with this man and his followers.