Oregon militiaman arrested after stealing wildlife reserve vehicle to go shopping

One of the men occupying the Malheur wildlife preserve building in Oregon has, finally, been arrested. Why? Because he drove off in one of the feds' trucks.

The Oregonian reports: "Kenneth Medenbach, 62, of Crescent, was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison. He was to be booked into the Deschutes County Jail in Bend with bail set at $10,000, officials said."

Two trucks were impounded, and it's not clear if they know who was in the other one or what that person's fate is. Evidently, the two had decided to go shopping at Safeway, having become tired of the diet of candy cock that Americans are mailing in response to their pleas for groceries.

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  1. If he was Black or Hispanic he'd be dead.

  2. I was wondering about that. Is there some constitutional right to receive water, power and mail that somehow trumps the illegal occupation? Can't they just turn everything off and starve them out?

  3. I always love this line of thought those people always seem to follow. "This belongs to the people of the US. I'm one of those people, so that means I should be able to do whatever I want with it regardless of what the rest of those people think, right?"

    I once had this same argument with someone about a pavilion on public land that could be (and had been) reserved in advance for a fee. Even with a posted sign of "for reservations, contact..." right in front of him, he just couldn't believe that he didn't have the right to take the place over for himself whenever he wanted.

  4. I attended a wedding on one such pavilion on a public beach, most of the beach-goers were more than happy to move aside for the 30 minute ceremony, but some just plunked themselves down in the folding chairs we were setting up for the wedding. The chairs being NOT public property, there were some terse words about those butts in seats. All in all most people were lovely, but there's always one asshole isn't there?

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