The headline is better as it reads. The emphasis is on "What," rather than "Is."
 January 28, 2016 at 8:51am
Why do you have to say, “so called?” He has a massive resume of credentials that testify that he *is* a constitutional lawyer. I would bet his resume looks way better than yours in that category. If you’re going to attack him, at least have the courtesy of using verifiable facts. (Calling him a do-do head won’t work either.)
The operative word here is "LAWYER". His resume looks like a lawyers. He has sued and been sued. He is a legal beagle just like the guy we have now. The only difference is he has worked for China as a lawyer. Do you know his resume?
 January 27, 2016 at 8:44am
So Trump is going to duck out of the debate because he doesn’t like one of the moderators? That’s just what we need in the White House; Donald Duck! [/sarcasm]
This has nothing to do with Megyn K. Just a fake narrative Fox is attempting to promote, creating the narrative. FN attacked him using some idiotic, cocky “spokesman” BEFORE he decided to not go. In addition to that, FN was intending on sandbagging DT once AGAIN.
“Google and Fox TV Invite Anti-Trump, Hitler-Citing, Muslim Advocate to Join Next GOP TV-Debate”
“Google is teaming up with the Fox News Channel for the final Republican debate in Iowa on Thursday, January 28, 2016, and integrating three new components into the debate to help people get informed before they head to the polls, including a way to hear directly from candidates on Google; real-time Google Trends data; and questions from three of YouTube’s most prominent voices—Nabela Noor, Mark Watson, and Dulce Candy — who will join the moderators in the debate to ask the candidates a question on an issue that matters to them and their communities. ”
“We have a presidential candidate whose loudest message reeks of hatred and Islamophobia… turning on the news now is scary, and oftentimes, humiliating,” the Muslim woman, Nabela Noor, says in a December YouTube video.
"The Anti-Trump Network: Fox News Money Flows into Open Borders Group"
 January 8, 2016 at 8:58am
I expect the City of New York to go after these RATS with a vengence for killing rats without a license or something equally ridiculous.
 January 4, 2016 at 8:36am
From the article: “Dwight Hammond, 73, and Steven Hammond, 46, said they lit the fires on federal land in 2001 and 2006 to reduce the growth of invasive plants and protect their property from wildfires.”
What that carefully crafted sentence does not say is that the valley was filled with wildfires, and their property was in imminent danger of being burned and their winter feed destroyed. They set backfires on their property, along the border with BLM property, to create a firebreak in hopes of saving their ranch. The backfires worked better than they hoped and were even instrumental in bringing the larger fires under control. However, the fires burned across the fence line and onto BLM land, and the BLM is calling those fires “arson” in an attempt to garner public support and win a decades-old battle to drive the Hammonds off of their ranch.
Successfully battling a wildfire by the use of a back fire is not arson; it is intelligent land management. The Hammond family should have been praised for their quick action, not given excessive prison sentences over it. This whole story is BLM abuse and government media propaganda. This family is being persecuted and prosecuted off of their land.
I don’t support taking over the building the way they have done, but I agree that something needs to be done to draw attention to this story. I’m not sure how successful they can be with the media not telling their side of the story, as in this article.
Outstanding you have it, what you are saying is right....
thanks for the back story.
I see the reasoning in what the ranchers did. Too bad that common sense is not common in gubmint.
You neglected to mention that they were sentenced to and served a year in prison already, which is the maximum term for arson. The additional 4 year terms were argued for under a 1996 law that applies to terrorism.
There is much more to this story. How did a back burn for fire management turn into arson and then terrorism? Quite a bit of overreach by the government prosecutors there.
Excellent review SingerGuy. Too bad that the feds are as stupid as they are.
When I read this I originally translated the BLM to BlackLivesMatter. I guess the feds are redefining this to BurntLandMatters. We lives in a world with far too many acronyms.
BLM?...Pretty ironic. Whether it's blacklivesmatter or bureau of land management, they are both ruthless mobs with no accountability, receive a free pass to take or destroy American citizen's property and spit on the US Constitution.
It is my understanding that the Hammonds are not part of the protest effort. I believe these are other people, angry with abusive government, who have chosen to take this action.
you are right, but the worse part of this reporting is the sheriff says it is a secrete agenda while in fact that is the main reasons for militias today. An overthrow does not have to be violent, an overthrow could come from the people who believe the Gov is out of control.
"The jury convicted both of the Hammonds of using fire to destroy federal property for a 2001 arson known as the Hardie-Hammond Fire, located in the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area. Witnesses at trial, including a relative of the Hammonds, testified the arson occurred shortly after Steven Hammond and his hunting party illegally slaughtered several deer on BLM property. Jurors were told that Steven Hammond handed out “Strike Anywhere” matches with instructions that they be lit and dropped on the ground because they were going to “light up the whole country on fire.” One witness testified that he barely escaped the eight to ten foot high flames caused by the arson. The fire consumed 139 acres of public land and destroyed all evidence of the game violations. After committing the arson, Steven Hammond called the BLM office in Burns, Oregon and claimed the fire was started on Hammond property to burn off invasive species and had inadvertently burned onto public lands. Dwight and Steven Hammond told one of their relatives to keep his mouth shut and that nobody needed to know about the fire."
Why in the blue hell should the federal government own so much land.
In the past I have said the republicans are the 21st century Whig party.
This stand-off may be the 21st century Harpers Ferry.
I speculate that contract snipers from the HRT, atf, epa stable will be used if they decided to provide another larger lesson beyond the murders in Waco last year. Look for the local law enforcement franchise to be made the patsy for whatever carnage takes place – Ward is on record that he is going along to get along with the federal police state.
If this is in fact the flash point, take note of all the politicians and law enforcement industry employees that call for/ do the killing. This will be an opening act and anyone siding with the police state can reasonably expect repercussions.
Pray for our country and pray for patriots.
Great half-story SingerGuy.
But even if the media does tell their story (which they aren't and will never do...), you have the likes of Beck calling for a 'Peaceful Revolution". I think this is the first time I've been in total disagreement with Beck, when it comes to opposing the government. If you don't start taking a stand against these corrupt bastards now, WHEN THE HELL WILL YOU TAKE A STAND?
Calling for the masses to walk the way of Ghandi and MLK jr., can only go so far. And damn it, I'm sick of turning the other cheek to these asses in power. Who's fighting for the average citizen anymore, when the government wants to physically intimidate them, via show of force?
We know the government is corrupt, we have proof they are corrupt and waving it in their faces while they laugh back at us, and there's nothing to stop them. But I'll tell you what, you can sit on your hands and continue to be abused by those in power, or you turn against them in anger with pitch forks and torches, not with candlelight vigils.
We have little to nothing else to lose at this point. We better find some damn conviction to make something happen, before it's too late and we're wiped out regardless.
Read this before you pass judgment on Dwight and Steven Hammond. http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/01/03/full-story-on-whats-going-on-in-oregon-militia-take-over-malheur-national-wildlife-refuge-in-protest-to-hammond-family-persecution/
A MUST READ! The entire back story …
"TheBlaze Contributor Susan Calloway Knowles believes that President Barack Obama and the progressive left are poised to use the Oregon standoff as another example as to why Second Amendment rights should be restricted." No Bundy and his band of armed terrorists are making a great case for why more in depth psychological and intelligence tests should be employed during universal background checks in order to legally own a gun. They are a great example of when you have low information voters who suffer from mental illness and low IQs. They are armed they took over a federal building by lethal force.... they are terrorists pure and simple and should be dealt with as such. They are by no means patriots and they have no honor.
Hey Singer...you are right that they were starting what they said were back fires BUT they failed to follow BLM protocol REPEATEDLY and endangered the lives of BLM personnel, fire teams, and another innocent man and his son on BLM land LEGALLY hunting to cover up their own ILLEGAL hunting on BLM lands.
Yep Singerguy, I've already read some detailed accounts of the history of the region that their land is on. It started with Federal land grabs since the Teddy Roosevelt days and escalated in the 70s-90s to the point that it has gotten to today. It's the typical Federal bullying techniques that eventually force people off their lands that the Feds want to get to. No one has the deep pockets to engage in extended legal disputes with the government.
"However, Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward claimed the group of armed protesters came to town under false pretenses, according to the Associated Press."“These men came to Harney County claiming to be part of militia groups supporting local ranchers, when in reality these men had alternative motives to attempt to over throw the county and federal government in hopes to spark a movement across the United States,” Ward said in a statement on Sunday afternoon."
Remember, Oregon has very liberal types that have taken over that state. Don't know anything about this Sheriff, but with how the state has gone with the bummercare issues and other hyper lib agendas, who's to say this sheriff isn't cut from the same cloth?
Except everything that you quoted is complete BS, and eye witnesses, including family members, said the fires, that consumed 139 acres, were set to destroy evidence of his large deer poaching camp before game officers could get there. He almost killed people that were present. Here is the real story, and why they are doing time.
"Witnesses at trial, including a relative of the Hammonds, testified the arson occurred shortly after Steven Hammond and his hunting party illegally slaughtered several deer on BLM property. Jurors were told that Steven Hammond handed out “Strike Anywhere” matches with instructions that they be lit and dropped on the ground because they were going to “light up the whole country on fire.” One witness testified that he barely escaped the eight to ten foot high flames caused by the arson. The fire consumed 139 acres of public land and destroyed all evidence of the game violations. After committing the arson, Steven Hammond called the BLM office in Burns, Oregon and claimed the fire was started on Hammond property to burn off invasive species and had inadvertently burned onto public lands. Dwight and Steven Hammond told one of their relatives to keep his mouth shut and that nobody needed to know about the fire."
There is a **LOT** more backstory to this. And at best this is a tremendous overreach by the Fedex.
This situation is only one of many, and sadly, it is going to get worse before it gets better...
If not for this back burning entire Forrest can be destroyed all it takes is dry land and a lightning strike. I also believe this is a states rights issue and a government land grab they also used an endangered turtle excuse. federal Government needs to "get off our state land" so to speak.
You are so right and these law enforcement guys are totally off base. They know nothing about farming and ranching. City slickers in law enforcement uniforms led by liberal government officials who cannot stand farmers and ranchers.
"An August lightning storm started numerous fires, and a burn ban was in effect while BLM firefighters fought those fires. Despite the ban, without permission or notification to BLM, Steven Hammond started several “back fires” in an attempt to save the ranch’s winter feed. The fires burned onto public land and were seen by BLM firefighters camped nearby. The firefighters took steps to ensure their safety and reported the arsons." But they did so without communicating first which endangered the firefighters between the two fires
Also not mentioned was that the family was forced out of most of that property already as well as the reports from the Wildlife Conservation study that the animals did better on private land than the did on government land. As a matter of fact, I am disappointed that the writer of this story left so much of what the Hammond family has already been though since the 70′s with BLM and Fish and Wildlife. Not to mention the land grabs of the other residents the government forced out. Disappointed at the lack of information on this report.
Not sure I agree with you on the use of a back fire not being a crime. Did they report the accidental burn of the BLM land or did someone else have to make the determination as to where it came from? That to me would indicate criminal behaviour vs. an accident. I would never assume it's just ok to burn BLM land just because I didn't intend to.
Sorry dude but the Hammonds already ADMITTED in court that they commited arson to hide there illegal deer poaching! There no longer denying it and has made it clear pibliclynthatbtheynwnat absolutely nothing to do with this Bundy Protest. So there real supporters should respect there wishes and in all honesty I am shock d that conservatives are falling for there nonsense all over again.
There is one person we should all be paying attention to and it is this guy:
David M. Ward, Sheriff Harney County Sheriff
Emergency Program Director
485 N Court Avenue #6
Burns, Oregon 97720-1524
This elected official is up for re-election this November. He is the only legitimate member of law-enforcement. What are you going to do Sheriff? Did you beg for someone else to take charge and call the FBI yourself? You need to take charge and follow your own motto.
MSM is owned by liberals and they want control of all of us and our things by the government, which will be communist. WE, THE PEOPLE OWN THE LAND and the BLM needs to be removed. Please think about this as well, Mr. Trump because as president you can do sooo much to help us get back OUR government and remove the vermin at all levels, top and bottom. We know it won't happen the first day, but hopefully within a few short months of your starting term. Thank you because this land is OUR land and not the government's who were supposed to take care of it and obviously are not! But they were willing to use supposed fed lands for Chinese building, etc. Hmmm. Wonder if they also donated to the Clinton Foundation?
That's all correct, but no one invited Ammon and his buddies to Oregon. Ammon didn't tell any of the other militias he was going to do this. He says he has supplies, but now he's asking for money. Bundy in Nevada and Oregon are two different fights. Bundy went to Oregon uninvited with his own agenda.
Here is a good link showing what should be done.
Then you should realize the Hammonds didn't take over the building.
America should expect another Waco... Except without the pictures (no sense in riling up the serfs).
OK, what I want to know from some of you constitutional geniuses, how in the heck can the judge get away w/extending their already served term to another term. Mind you, this is after they've served their sentence. I don't get it, how is that legal?
This is government over reach for sure. Granted there are two sides to every story I always say that but how can they get away w/this? Where's their attorney?
If starting a fire on federal land is terrorism then what is it called when the feds turn and irrigation system into a lake and flood several ranchers out of their homes and way of life? I guess a mistake of no consequence like the mine in Arizona.
 January 3, 2016 at 11:21pm
Here is some important back story on what led up to the current situation with the Hammond family. This is another example of BLM overreach trying to shut down all grazing rights and put ranchers out of business. https://www.superstation95.com/index.php/world/723
Please share this story with everyone you know. The lamestream media is not going to tell the Hammond’s side of the story.
December 18, 2015 at 11:24am
Because this video was produced as part of a 12 days of Christmas video series for Mormon.org. In the context of why it was released and for whom the link is entirely appropriate.
December 18, 2015 at 11:23am
Because this video was produced as part of a 12 days of Christmas video series for Mormon.org. In the context of why it was released and for whom the link is entirely appropriate.
 December 17, 2015 at 2:11pm
So many comments that get hung up on the fully produced music video. The point of the whole thing is that someone with the fame and talent to draw massive crowds played in a NY subway and people walked past her with no realization of who she really was, thus ignoring the gift of her free music. So what if in post production we had all the added instruments and vocalists? So what if the hidden camera was moved around as she played this over and over so they could get various camera angels to use for editing? The point was made beautifully, and we get the fully orchestrated music video to enjoy.
How many of us ignore the wonderful gift of the atonement because we fail to recognize a poor carpenter from an obscure village in Israel is actually the King of Kings, the creator of the world? *THAT* is the point of the video, not whether the sound was improved in post production.
It was a beautiful tune, presented well and with good expression. The soundtrack was mostly a studio production. I do believe that you are correct about the point of the video.
I would have liked the tune and the video better if I had not known the words to the song.
I consider the song to be sacrilegious and having nothing to do with the gift of Christ to mankind.
 November 3, 2015 at 10:02am
@Raven911: “Or better yet, keep your damned live stock in its pen…”
So you’re saying that you’ve never lived in cattle country? I suppose you don’t know anything about “open range,” do you? From the article, “the bull had just struck a station wagon along a highway in an open range.” When you drive through an open range you need to be constantly alert for cattle on the roadway. It is a part of normal life in the west, which you apparently know nothing about. I suspect the people in the station wagon don’t know much about it either, or that bull would not have been struck by their vehicle.
 November 3, 2015 at 9:59am
I’ve offered, and I have the credentials to be a reasonable applicant, but so far nada.
 April 27, 2015 at 1:53pm
I once had the Oompa Loompa song get stuck in my head for almost a week.
Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-do
I have a perfect puzzle for you
Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-dee
If you are wise, you’ll listen to me
What do you get when you guzzle down sweets?
Eating as much as an elephant eats
What are you at getting terribly fat?
What do you think will come of that?
I don’t like the look of it
Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-da
If you’re not greedy, you will go far
You will live in happiness too
Like the Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-do
 April 6, 2015 at 8:45am
First rain? This is the high desert. Rain isn’t expected until May or June.
 March 13, 2015 at 2:24pm
I would have wagered $1 and if I got that question my answer would have been, “Who cares? I win anyway.”
March 13, 2015 at 2:20pm
Why in the world are people going on and on about handicaps? This parking space has nothing to do with handicaps. A strapping Navy Seal in perfect condition has just as much right to this space as a vet in a wheelchair. This has nothing to do with handicaps. It has everything to do with _service_. Good golly, Miss Molly! Reading comprehension is critical before you start a discussion. (Air Force Vet)
 March 9, 2015 at 8:19pm
I know it seems like a small detail, but there is a Vancouver, WA, USA and a Vancouver, BC, Canada. You can’t just say Vancouver because one is larger than the other one. A full reference, to avoid confusion, would be preferable.
 October 15, 2014 at 11:25pm
Nothing seems to be outside the realm of possibilities these days.
February 16, 2014 at 12:06am
Why do you say that? This was real ice. They filmed on location in Midway, Utah at an ice castle. Look at the video on YouTube and read the about box.
January 3, 2014 at 11:30am
I wish this could be turned into a four page folded handout that I could keep in a glove box to refer to from time to time. This is great advice.
December 18, 2013 at 4:29pm
I was always taught to only draw my gun when I have a firing solution and have decided the other person needs to be dead right this minute in order to save my own life or the life of someone else. Never, ever draw a weapon on someone you don’t intend to be dead in the next five seconds.
spot on. its brandishing otherwise.
pull it out, use it. then reload
Very true. I have pulled one on someone (obama voter) who was hiding with his buddies in our backyard.....in the seventies. My wife people whispering in our back yard so I went out...saw their profiles and went around behind them. I said, from the dark, to put their hands up and stand up. They did and when I came up, the biggest one said..."what's it to ya?" I put the barrel even with the middle of his forehead and told him that he and his friend had until the count of two to run or I would shoot him. They understood perfectly...and yes, I would have shot him.
Today, I would have been mowed down by the group or at the very least, arrested and sued for scaring them.
It was a different era.
Well you are wrong, and whomever taught you that NRA crap was wrong too. Guns have many useful purposes, in addition to convincing the schmuck blocking your HC space to move a bit faster, why you can speed up the guy that's making you wait for that porta-potty, AND aerate and allow fresh air in there at the same time! Guns are also great for getting the last word in a road rage encounter or getting your mother-in-law to leave when you come home drunk and walk in packing.
OH PLEASE..."don't point it at anything you don't want to destroy", heck, try waving it around a bit more often and see what respect and attention you can wield! I guarantee it's the last time you'll find that brown truck blocking your spot!
Yeah...but this migrant is from NYC.........forget logical thinking