FBI releases video of militiaman shooting

Aerial video released by the FBI January 28, 2016 shows a law enforcement officer (C) pointing a weapon at a man (L) who had just stepped out of the white pickup truck at a police roadblock January 26 near Burns, Oregon.  The FBI released video showing one of the men occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge reach for his jacket pocket before he was shot dead by law enforcement after speeding away from a traffic stop where the group's leader was arrested.  Authorities said 54-year-old Robert LaVoy Finicum, a rancher from Arizona who acted as a spokesman for the occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, was armed when he was stopped by police and killed on Tuesday afternoon.  REUTERS/FBI/Handout via Reuters   FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTX24HO9

The FBI has released footage that shows militiaman LaVoy Finicum's death at the hands of law enforcement officers manning a roadblock.

In the video, Finicum's vehicle tries to evade the block only to plunge into a roadside snowbank after narrowly missing one of the officers manning it. He jumps out the car with his hands up, but keeps moving and reaches into his pocket. Someone shoots him and he falls to the snow.

The 8-minute version is above. The confrontation begins at about 5:30m. They also published a longer tape of the event. The moment when Finicum is shot is embedded below.

One one hand, his movements seem more confused than aggressive. On the other hand, he's an armed man, running around and reaching for his pockets after almost mowing a guy down at a roadblock. He did not have his hands in the air when he was shot (as at least one witness claimed) but he didn't have his piece out, either.

What are the key facts, legally speaking? Read the rest

Shootout in Oregon: one terrorist killed, eight arrested

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Oregon law enforcement ended its longstanding policy of allowing the domestic terrorists who seized the Malheur national wildlife refuge to come and go as they please, pulling over a convoy of the extremists as they traveled to a community meeting. Read the rest

Dildo throwing rebels hold Paiute artifacts hostage, refer to native peoples as "savages"

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Unsurprisingly, the occupied Malheur Wildlife Refuge buildings contain over 4000 native artifacts, belonging to the Burns Paiute tribe. The militant rebels are not making the native Americans feel good about their occupation, and apparently call the natives "savages."

The Burns Paiute Tribe is rightly demanding the United States live up to treaty obligations, and prosecute any damages to their artifacts and archaeological resources.

Via ICMNT:

Occupation leader Ammon Bundy, from Arizona and son of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher involved in a standoff with the federal government over copy million in unpaid grazing fees on public land, has offered to meet with the tribe but the tribe says he has no right to hold their history hostage and have refused to grant him even the appearance of such authority by meeting with him.

“Some of the members of the community were open to them,” Roderique says, “when they first came but now the county chained and locked everything up and said no you can’t have your meeting in town.”

Harney County officials have stated they will not allow the militants to use any county-owned building for fear of more takeovers of public property.

“They tried to ask us for our gathering center and our facility was booked up. We just kind of laughed and said they want to use our 'savage' facilities?”

Roderique was referencing a “Harney County Committee of Safety” website made by supporters of the takeover who profess to exist “to secure the property and lives of the association members from threats from the savages.”

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De-bullshitifying the libertopian Legend of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

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The domestic terrorists occupying the Malheur National Widlife Refuge Building near Burns, Oregon justify their actions with a highly selective -- and largely fabricated -- history of the federal lands they've seized. The truth is a lot sleazier. Read the rest

Osama Been Loanin': head of Oregon terror-cell borrowed $530,000 from fed-backed loan program

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Ammon Bundy is the leader of the domestic terror group that has occupied the Malheur National Widlife Refuge Building near Burns, Oregon because they believe the US federal government is an illegitimate, oppressive entity that must be stopped. Read the rest

Understand: The esoteric criminal sentencing that mobilized Oregon's Cowliphate

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The domestic terrorists who occupied the Malheur National Widlife Refuge Building in Burns, Oregon were mobilized over the plight of ranchers Dwight and Steve Hammond who were convicted of arson, sentenced to a year in prison, released after time-served, and then re-sentenced after the fed prosecutors appealed the judge's sentence. Read the rest

Vanilla ISIS needs snacks

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The domestic terrorists who seized the Malheur National Widlife Refuge Building in Burns, Oregon and vowed to stay there "for as long as it takes" have put out a plea to their supporters asking them to send "supplies or snacks" to help the nosh through the long, anticipated siege. Read the rest

Armed domestic terrorists take over federal building, but it's OK, they're white

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A group of white separatist domestic terrorists have occupied the Malheur National Widlife Refuge Building in Burns, Oregon, fronted by the racist terrorist leader Cliven Bundy, who organized supporters to point sniper rifles at federal officers without any consequence in Nevada last year. Read the rest

Hungry deer caught munching marijuana plants at Oregon farm

Oh, deer.
Oh, deer. Someone has a bad case of the munchies.

XOXO opens a community space for events, indie art and tech

The brilliant, Portland-based festival is now a year-round phenomenon, housed in a 13,000 sqft refurbed WWII ship-building factory that will incubate and nurture independent art and technology and house events year round. Read the rest

Ron Wyden and Rand Paul kill the Patriot Act (ish)

After an all-night session, Rand Paul [R-KY] and Ron Wyden [D-OR] tag-teamed majority leader Mitch McConnell [R-KY] and beat him to the mat -- he has abandoned the current legislative effort to extend section 215 of the Patriot Act, which authorizes mass surveillance and is set to expire on June 1. Read the rest

Portland cops charge homeless woman with theft for charging her phone

In Portland, OR, "Jackie," a homeless former social worker with muscular dystrophy, was hit with a misdemeanor theft charge for charging her phone from a plug on a planter-base on a sidewalk; she spent a day in jail when she missed her arraignment. Read the rest

Senator Ron Wyden introduces a bill banning FBI backdoors

It's a legislative shot across the bow of the FBI, who are demanding back-doors in phones and other devices, claiming "children will die" unless our pocket supercomputers are designed to allow untrusted parties to secretly take them over. Read the rest

Oregon's Davis Graveyard: local haunters who go all out

Dan from the Journal of Ride Theory writes, "The semi-pro Hallowe'en display in my neighborhood just gets better every year. I'm sure you'll spot the Haunted Mansion references." Read the rest

UOregon police kept a "Eat a Bowl of Dicks List" for their enemies

The list included a lot of humorous entries ("Adobe Acrobat"), but also allegedly included the names of university staffers. Read the rest

Cory coming to SLC and PDX

I'm heading to Salt Lake City this week for Westercon, followed by an appearance at the SLC Library on Monday. Next week, I'll be in PDX for three library gigs: Beaverton, Tigard, and Hillsboro. See you there! Read the rest

Treehouse B&B proprietor tells all

This 17-minute mini-documentary introduces Michael Garnier, proprietor of the Out'n'About Treehouse Resort in Oregon. Garnier is a thoughtful and salty woodcrafter who's put a lot of thought into the right way to build a treetop B&B, and his guided tour of his little hotel with its Ewok-style treehouses is a delight.

Over the years, Garnier has become legend in his industry and helped invent a better way to build a treehouse. Instead of bolting wood to wood (i.e. beams to the tree), Garnier and his colleagues at the World Treehouse Conference (an event he used to host) developed a way to attach steel bolts and cuffs to the tree.

Dubbed the Garnier Limb (or G.L.), this open source design can support 8,000 pounds. Garnier sells GLs of all different types as well as plans to build your own treehouse. His DIY treehouses are for 12 foot trees ($150) and he sells about 30 or 40 plans per year.

Out'n'About Treehouse Treesort LLC (via Neatorama) Read the rest