Oregon has some interesting events going on. The Oregon standoff is making international news. A quick recap: A father and son were accused of setting range fires and convicted of this by a jury. Dwight Hammond was sentenced to 3 months in prison (he is 79) and Steven Hammond received a sentence of a year and a day. US Attorney Amanda Marshall decided to appeal the sentence and she was granted her appeal. The Hammonds got a new sentence of five years in prison and $250,000 in fines each. Some folks calling themselves a militia and led by Ammon Bundy went and occupied a visitors center in the Malheur National Wildlife Preserve. In the end, there will be three things remembered about the Oregon Standoff: Guns, Lawyers and Money. Apologies to Warren Zevon.
The Guns: It is almost too easy to get sidetracked by the epic stupidity that is Ammon Bundy and his army of fools. Really it is easy to focus on their appalling lack of forethought, planning and misuse of federal land and running around waving guns like a bunch of kids with water pistols. Or GTA the video game. For the Bundys it is less about the actual issues of BLM overreach and an aggressive US Attorney. It seems to be all about camera ready posturing and cosplay.In reality, this illustration inspired by the 1980’s show Married With Children’s hero Al Bundy and Ammon Bundy (left and right side) says it all.