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  • As trial ends, surreal scene leaves defense lawyer stunned with Taser, tackled by U.S. Marshals

    10/28/2016 4:56:06 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 55 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/27/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Moments after the Oregon standoff defendants' acquittals were announced in court Thursday, Ammon Bundy's lawyer stood before the judge, and argued that his client should be released... U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown told him that there was a U.S. Marshal's hold on him from a pending federal indictment in Nevada. "No, he's released on these charges. He's acquitted. Nevada doesn't have jurisdiction," Mumford yelled, standing before the judge. "If there's a detainer, show me."....... Suddenly a group of about six to seven U.S. Marshals, who had been either standing or seated around the perimeter of the courtroom, slowly moved...
  • Jury finds all Oregon standoff defendants not guilty of federal conspiracy, gun charges

    A federal jury on Thursday found Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan Bundy and five co-defendants not guilty....... "More than we could have hoped for," said one of Ammon Bundy's lawyers, J. Morgan Philpot...... Ammon Bundy, his hands clasped behind his back, nodded as the "not guilty" verdicts were read for him first. As he sat, he smiled and rubbed the shoulder of his lawyer, Marcus Mumford. His older brother Ryan Bundy stood. As the "not guilty" verdicts were read, he nodded, and mouthed to the jury, "Thank you." Defendant Neil Wampler hugged and kissed his defense lawyer, Maxfield. The coda...
  • Jury acquits leaders of Oregon standoff of federal charges

    10/27/2016 7:24:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 27, 2016 8:36 PM EDT | Steven DuBois and Gillian Flaccus
    The leaders of an armed group who seized a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon were acquitted Thursday in the 41-day standoff that brought new attention to a long-running dispute over control of federal lands in the U.S. West. Tumult erupted in the courtroom after the verdicts were read when an attorney for group leader Ammon Bundy demanded his client be immediately released, repeatedly yelling at the judge. U.S. marshals tackled attorney Marcus Mumford to the ground, used a stun gun on him several times and arrested him. U.S. District Judge Anna Brown said she could not release Bundy because...
  • BREAKING: Jury finds #OregonStandOff seven (including Bundy brothers) not guilty on all counts

    10/27/2016 5:37:18 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 38 replies
    Amanda Peacher Twitter account, KOIN Twitter account via Twitchy ^ | 10-27-2016 | Amanda Peacher Twitter account, KOIN Twitter account via Sam J
    At the beginning of 2016, protesters went to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to in what would result in a 41-day occupation of the Federal property. Ten months later, a jury found seven of these protesters not guilty.
  • Bundy brothers, 5 other Malheur wildlife refuge occupiers not guilty

    10/27/2016 4:31:45 PM PDT · by AC Beach Patrol · 62 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 10/27/2016 | Russia Today
    Seven people involved in the anti-federal government occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have been found not guilty of conspiring to impede federal workers from doing their jobs, including Ammon and Ryan Bundy. A jury found all seven remaining occupiers not-guilty of all charges except for one charge that has yet to be disclosed, KBOI reported.
  • Oregon standoff: All defendants found not guilty

    10/27/2016 4:33:58 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 139 replies
    Oregon Live (The Portland Oregonian) ^ | 10/27/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Update at 4:10 p.m.: All defendants found not guilty.
  • Benton’s ballot experiment (Oregon)

    10/27/2016 10:47:22 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 14 replies
    The Register Guard ^ | 10/27/2016 | The Register Guard
    In a ranked-choice election, voters rank all candidates on the ballot in order of preference. If no candidate is the first choice of a majority of voters, the candidate who receives the fewest votes is eliminated. The ballots of voters who supported the last-place candidate are then recounted, and their No. 2 preferences are tallied and awarded to the remaining candidates. The process of elimination continues until one candidate has a majority of votes.
  • [Oregon] Tualatin couple gets nasty reactions over 'TRUMP' license plates: 'It's my last name'

    10/26/2016 6:10:20 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 11 replies
    KATU [Portland, Oregon] ^ | October 25th 2016 | Chris Liedle
    TUALATIN, Ore. — A Tualatin couple has been subject to borderline harassment for displaying the last name of a presidential candidate on their cars' license plates. Nine years ago Brian Trump ordered special Oregon vanity plates. --SNIP-- The intimidating behavior by other drivers began about 18 months ago, Trump said. "It took me a minute to figure out. I didn't cut this person off, [I] used my blinker, I'm not like driving crazy," Trump laughed. "Someone goes you're not a Trump supporter are you? And I was like, it's my last name!" Trump says he made the connection, but continued...
  • Oregon Standoff Trial Update-Jury Continues Deliberations Today (Day 3)

    10/25/2016 5:28:53 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 8 replies
    10/25/2016 | Self
    The jury in the Oregon Standoff trial will be coming back for a third day of deliberations today. They began last Thursday and continued yesterday. Supporters of the defendants are on the streets of downtown Portland outside the courthouse. Yesterday defense attorney Matt Schindler, who represents defendant Kenneth Medenbach, mixed with the supporters. Brand Nu Thornton blew his shofar yesterday in the streets of Portland. He did the same thing at the wildlife refuge during the protest in January. There's a Twitter feed #oregonstandoff where you can keep up any developments that may break today. Conventional wisdom is that the...
  • Wood-Fired Electricity Sparks Ambitious Plans, Controversy in Oregon

    10/24/2016 9:32:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | October 23, 2016 | Ted Sickinger
    By year's end, Portland General Electric will fire up its 550-megawatt power plant in Boardman for a daylong test burn, feeding 8,000 tons of pulverized, roasted wood into its boilers instead of the usual diet of coal. The exercise is meant to gauge whether the aging fossil fuel plant could reliably generate electricity using renewable feedstock such as "torrefied" wood after its scheduled closure in 2020. If it works — technically, economically and environmentally — Oregon's only coal-fired power plant could one day become the country's largest biomass power plant. It's an uncertain, embryonic effort, but some believe the payoff...
  • Gross Out in Portland: New union backed tax would hammer Oregonians

    10/23/2016 9:49:08 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies
    American Spectator ^ | October 21, 2016 | JEREMY LOTT
    If you had to choose one story that shows why American workers are not wild about unions these days, public or private, look to Portland, Oregon. Voters statewide are set to decide on a ballot initiative there in November that could do more to kill jobs than most category 4 hurricanes. Targeted at big businesses, Measure 97 would impose a new 2.5 percent tax on companies that gross over $25 million a year. The trick is, the tax would not be on net profits but on gross revenues after the $25 million mark. In other words, companies are not taxed...
  • Oregon Standoff Trial Update

    10/21/2016 4:33:35 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    10/21/2016 | Self
    The word from Oregon is that the jury in the Oregon Standoff Trial of Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and five other defendants charged in connection with the protest at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year was sent home yesterday afternoon. Reporter Maxine Bernstein of the "Portland Oregonian/OregonLive" tweeted that the jury will resume its deliberations on Monday. Other tweets are out there in the Twitter universe #Oregonstandoff Ammon Bundy tweeting from jail that the longer the jury takes, the better his chances are of 'being freed from being a political prisoner'. Of course, he will be facing the...
  • Oh Good! Soros Friend Could Rig Elections in 16 States

    10/20/2016 6:01:49 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 8 replies
    Reddit and Independent Sentinel Blog ^ | October 16, 2016 | S. Noble
    Mark Malloch-Brown, a Britisher, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Smartmatic International Corporation, an  ‘elections solutions provider’ that offers its voting machines, vote counting machines, software and techies to run elections all over the world.Mark Malloch-Brown also serves as Vice Chairman at George Soros’s international Open Society Foundation.Mark Malloch-Brown is so proud of his service to George Soros that he boasts of it on the Voting Machine Company’s website. On Election Day, a private company tied to Soros will manage the voting in 16 states, including voter registration, the printing of ballots, the programming of the voting machines, the counting and tabulation of the...
  • Lawyers present starkly different portraits of....(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    10/19/2016 4:00:49 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/18/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Prosecutor Ethan Knight urged jurors to use their common sense as he framed the federal conspiracy case against Ammon Bundy and six others..."These defendants took over a wildlife refuge, and it wasn't theirs." It's not about land use, he said Tuesday. It's not about their objections to more prison time for Harney County ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond, nor is it about what happened during the 2014 standoff with federal agents in Bunkerville, Nevada.... Ammon Bundy's lawyer Marcus Mumford countered that it's the federal government that doesn't play by the rules, manufactured fear and misinformation in Harney County...and...
  • Trump down by only 7 points in Oregon

    10/18/2016 2:18:26 PM PDT · by GregBo · 51 replies
    A new poll came out today for Oregon and Clinton is only ahead of Trump by 7 points. It seems like this is a pretty reputable poll, so this is good news for Trump. If he is only down 7 in Oregon, there is no way he is down nationwide.
  • ‘To be white is to be racist, period’ - High School Teacher

    10/17/2016 4:30:47 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 71 replies
    EAGnews ^ | October 17, 2016 | Victor Skinner
    (Shortened headline) A Norman North High School teacher is instructing students that “to be white is to be racist, period.” A student at the school who did not want to be identified recently used her cell phone to record a classroom lecture at Norman North High School in which her teacher, who also is not identified, explained how to “heal the racial divide,”.
  • Utah Navajos join lawmakers to oppose Bears Ears

    10/16/2016 5:55:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    The Navajo-Hopi Observer ^ | October 14, 2016 | Adam DeRose
    Navajo Nation locals joined Utah lawmakers Sept. 21 to express opposition to any attempt to designate land around the Bears Ears site in southeastern Utah as a national monument. The Navajo residents of San Juan County, Utah, joined their elected officials who said the decision on the 1.9-million acre site, which is sacred to the Navajo people, should be left in local hands. “We have managed to protect this enchanted place, and we will continue to do so,” Susie Philemon said. ... Lewis Singer, a Navajo from San Juan County, said monument status would restrict access of Native people to...
  • Ken Medenbach testifies that the Bundys are his heroes,....(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    10/13/2016 4:31:26 AM PDT · by Nextrush
    OregonLive ^ | 10/11/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Ken Medenbach, the lone Oregon resident on trial on a federal conspiracy charge stemming from the seizure of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, told jurors Tuesday he's exactly where he wants to be..... He called the Bundys his "heroes" for the "bold move" they made in the 2014 standoff with federal officers near patriarch Cliven Bundy's ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada. Medenbach noted that he's been fighting "the same things they were fighting." "The federal government doesn't have authority to own land in the states," Medenbach said. And like Ammon Bundy, Medenbach added, "I've been called by a higher power to...
  • Defense resumes with testimony on FBI informant, David Fry's mental eval.....(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    10/12/2016 4:25:28 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 8 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/11/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    The defense case in the Oregon standoff trial continued Tuesday with testimony from a San Diego woman who was paid $3,000 by the FBI to serve as an informant. Terri Linnell said she received a call from an FBI agent in San Diego asking if she'd be willing to go to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to report her observations and keep and eye out for any illegal activity occurring there. "They asked me to just be myself," Linnell testified. She described herself as a longtime protestor who had gotten to know an FBI agent in San Diego about six...
  • (2010) Al Gore A "Crazed Sex Poodle?"

    10/11/2016 5:41:53 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 12 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | June 24, 2010 | Staff
    UNE 24--In a bizarre statement to police, the Oregon woman who claims that Al Gore fondled and groped her during a massage session described the former Vice President as a giggling "crazed sex poodle" who gave a "come hither" look before pouncing on her in a Portland hotel suite. In a taped January 2009 interview with cops, the 54-year-old woman, a licensed masseuse whose name has been redacted from police records, read from a lengthy prepared statement that detailed her alleged October 2006 encounter with Gore at the Hotel Lucia. Excerpts from the Portland Police Bureau transcript of the 2009...
  • Ammon Bundy: Guns allowed First Amendment rights (OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    10/10/2016 5:30:33 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/6/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    After Ammon Bundy spent three days testifying about why he occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, a prosecutor Thursday afternoon fired rapid questions at him during a cross-examination that lasted just under 15 minutes...... (Assistant US Attorney Ethan) Knight said guns were brought to "keep the federal government away," right? "No," Bundy responded. Yet Knight reminded him of his testimony that if the occupiers hadn't brought firearms to the refuge, they likely have hauled off in zip ties and handcuffs in a paddy wagon. "So the presence of guns prolonged your presence?" Knight asked. It protected us from being detained,"...
  • Feds Thinking About Killing 31,000 Mining Jobs To Protect A Chicken

    10/08/2016 5:26:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller News ^ | 10/08/2016 | Andrew Follett
    A new report has government officials considering setting 10 million acres of across six states in the American west off limits to mining and development to protect the chicken-like Greater Sage Grouse, which is not an endangered species. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report found that much of the Sage Grouse’s habitat sits on top of extremely valuable deposits of minerals including gold, copper, lithium, silver, uranium and many others. The USGS report means that the government’s most restrictive grouse protection plan could kill even more than 31,000 jobs and lead to more than $5.6 billion in reduced annual economic...
  • Ammon Bundy testifies how Bunkerville shaped his views...(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL-JUDGE HARRASSES)

    10/06/2016 4:32:10 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/5/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Just as the local sheriff intervened to protect his family's ranch and cattle at Bunkerville, Nevada in 2014, Ammon Bundy said he wanted Harney County's sheriff to stand with the family of two Oregon ranchers facing longer prison time for lighting federal land... Bundy described how local law enforcement's help brokering a deal in the Bunkerville standoff was "significant" for him...... That experience, as well as his faith, prompted him to do what he could to help the (Dwight and Steven) Hammonds, he said.... But when it became clear that Harney County officials the county sheriff and state leaders had...
  • Father of final holdout in Oregon standoff says son is computer whiz, not gun enthusiast

    10/04/2016 5:36:49 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/4/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    David Fry's father testified Tuesday that he tried to convince his son not to go to Oregon, but his son told him he wanted to let the world know about the injustices the ranchers faced. "He wanted to support me ranchers who'd been charged as terrorists," said William Fry Jr., referring to Harney County ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond. "He wanted to broadcast it out so people could understand the issues."...... William Fry, who retired from the Marine Corps as a gunnery sergeant in 1997, said David Fry was born in Yuma, Arizona, but his family moved to...
  • Ammon Bundy says he feels the court has left him no choice but to take the witness stand

    10/04/2016 4:26:49 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 11 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 10/3/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Ammon Bundy told the court he has no choice but to take the witness stand in his own defense because of the judge's repeated rulings limiting defense testimony about the principles he and he co-defendants stood for to strictly evidence regarding their "state of mind. "I do not feel that I have a choice to testify here or not," Bundy told U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown.... Defense lawyers called four other witnesses in the afternoon Monday... Kim Rollins, a 31-year resident of Burns, challenged Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward's "straw vote" of the community at a Jan. 7 meeting.....He...
  • 'White Privilege' survey in high school class sparks parents’ ire

    10/03/2016 1:07:34 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    'White Privilege' survey in high school class sparks parents’ ire Published October 03, 2016 A high school in Oregon is coming under fire from some angry parents after students in one class were assigned a “White Privilege Survey,” leading to accusations the school was trying to push a particular brand of politics. The assignment was for a Literature Composition class at Aloha High School, KATU reported Thursday. Students responded to statements including, “I can be in the company of people of my race most of the time,” “I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location...
  • Clean Water Act: Report details how agencies expand authority

    10/01/2016 5:27:55 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    AgAlert ^ | September 28, 2016 | Dave Kranz
    Emphasizing the need for congressional action, farm groups renewed their call for reform of Clean Water Act enforcement, following release of a report documenting how federal agencies overreach their authority to regulate farmland. The report, issued last week by the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, describes numerous incidents in which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency have tried to expand their authority to regulate what crops farmers grow and how they grow them, based on the agencies' interpretation of the act.
  • Oregon standoff trial: Thursday highlights, and what's next (TRIAL RESUMES MONDAY)

    10/01/2016 4:29:36 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 10 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/30/2016 | The Oregonian/OregonLive
    .........The Reverend Franklin Graham testified Thursday that he flew his own plane from North Carolina to Oregon in February to try to save lives, concerned about the four holdouts occupying a federal wildlife sanctuary as well as the FBI agents.... He told remaining occupiers Jeffrey Banta, David Fry and Sandra and Sean Anderson that he was going to give them a big hug when they emerged...the Andersons came out together, holding each other's hands up in the air and clinging to an American flag. Banta came out too. Graham said that he knelt with the three behind a van and...
  • Ammon Bundy's lawyers file motion seeking halt to trial...(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL..BUNDY MISTREATED)

    09/30/2016 4:32:38 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 14 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/29/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Ammon Bundy on Wednesday filed a motion to put the trial on hold, pending his appeals of several of the judge's rulings in the federal conspiracy trial. But even as the motion was filed, his lawyer Marcus Mumford told the court that he anticipated calling Bundy as a witness for the defense if time allows on Thursday. His lawyers cite U.S. District Judge Anna J. brown's order that the ownership of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is not on trial in this case, and he judicial notice to jurors that the federal government owns the bird sanctuary in eastern Oregon....
  • All guns in U.S. should be dumped in ocean, judge says

    09/29/2016 4:08:06 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 124 replies
    OregonLive ^ | September 28, 2016 | Aimee Green
    As the killer stood before him, Judge Kenneth Walker couldn't stay silent. "If I could I would take all the guns in America, put them on big barges and go dump them in the ocean," the judge told the defendant. "Nobody would have a gun. Not police, not security, not anybody. We should eliminate all of them. We could save 33,000 people a year if we didn't have guns in this country." Marcell Lee Daniel Jr. had unleashed 30 bullets during an afternoon drive-by shooting of an innocent man on a North Portland sidewalk. The man, Andrew Coggins Jr., 24,...
  • Feds present dramatic display of 22 long guns, 12 handguns recovered....(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    09/28/2016 4:30:08 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 26 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/27/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday against Ammon Bundy and six co-defendants after presenting jurors with a dramatic display of firearms, including 22 long guns and 12 handguns seized from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The presentation capped 10 days of testimony in the federal conspiracy case against Ammon Bundy, older brother Ryan Bundy and five others. Defense lawyers and the defendants representing themselves will start their case Wednesday. One by one, FBI agent Ronnie Walker handed each gun to fellow agent Nick Vanicelli on the witness stand..... While defense lawyers were quick to point out through cross-examination that none of...
  • FBI agents find more than 1,600 shell casings at boat launch, ammo...(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    09/27/2016 3:59:38 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 21 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/26/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Jurors on Monday watched a video of seven or eight men rapidly firing assault rifles from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge's boat launch. FBI agents then help up several plastic evidence bags containing the 1,627 spent shell casings recovered near the launch on the northeast side of the property. Of them, 1,050 were .223-caliber casings, testimony showed. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight argued that the video, posted on co-defendant Jason Blomgren's Facebook account, directly contradicts the argument by defense lawyers and defendants that the armed takeover of the refuge was a peaceful political protest. "It's direct evidence of force," Knight...
  • Experts suggest nine weed strains to get you through tonight's presidential debate (OR marajuana)

    09/26/2016 2:13:36 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 27 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 09/26/2016 | Lizzy Acker
    Tonight's debates have all the excitement of a national sporting event, with the added joy of extreme global consequences. For some, this may be too much to handle. So for people who don't want to drink alcohol or meditate to deal with their anxiety, Oregon's legal cannabis might be the answer. We turned to the experts to find out which strains of weed are most likely to get you through tonight without too much trauma.
  • Yellow-billed cuckoos seen two times in Delta County ( Colorado - UN Agenda 21 )

    09/26/2016 8:20:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | September 25, 2016 | Gary Harmon
    There were two sightings of Western yellow-billed cuckoos this year, both in Delta County, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. The secretive birds are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering designating parts of western Colorado as critical habitat for the migratory bird, including lands along the Colorado River through Mesa County. Sightings — which frequently involve people hearing the cuckoo’s distinctive “klak-klak” sound — have been recorded in Mesa and Delta counties in previous years. ... “We have changed the initial map due to comments from the proposed...
  • Malheur National Wildlife Refuge fish biologist finds office "completed trashed"..(Oregon Standoff)

    09/20/2016 4:34:50 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 11 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/19/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Fish biologist Linda Beck, an eight-year employee at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, said she returned to her office after the occupation of the federal wildlife sanctuary and found her office in the refuge headquarters a mess. "I would describe it as completed trashed," Beck testified Monday...... Refuge archeologist Carla Burnside found a "huge muddy footprint" on the solid wooden door to her office, and the locked door hanging off the frame. Documents were "obviously missing" from her locked file cabinet that contained archeological records, she said..... Three computers on the refuge had been logged on, using Burnside's PIN on...
  • (Oregon Episcopal) Pastor Who Will Destroy Weapon Won't Be Charged

    09/17/2016 2:33:21 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 38 replies
    Lake Oswego Patch ^ | September 16, 2016 | Colin Miner
    Father Jeremy Lucas won an AR-15 at auction so he could have it destroyed. The pastor from Lake Oswego who spent $3,000 on auction tickets in a successful attempt to win an automatic weapon so that he could have it destroyed, will be able to proceed as planned. Reverend Jeremy Lucas from the Christ Church Episcopal Church in Lake Oswego was being investigated by the Oregon State Police for allegedly giving the gun to someone for safekeeping without having conducted a background check. "The case was referred to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for review who advised OSP that...
  • Judge denies Ammon Bundy's motion for mistrial

    09/17/2016 4:25:14 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 8 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/16/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown Friday denied a motion for a mistrial in which Ammon Bundy's lawyer claimed the Harney County sheriff had offered prejudicial testimony this week that the judge failed to address. Bundy's lawyer Marcus Mumford had asked Sheriff Dave Ward during his cross-examination Wednesday if he had conducted his own investigation into the 2014 armed standoff near Bunkerville, Nevada....... Ward explained that what he learned about the Nevada standoff "scared the hell" out of him. The sheriff went on to note that he had discovered during a Google search that "some unstable people who had left...
  • Oregon registered voters surge under novel 'motor voter' law

    09/14/2016 11:51:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 2016 2:42 PM EDT
    A recent Oregon law that automatically registers residents to vote when they get or renew a driver’s license has fueled a surge in newly minted voters. In January, Oregon was the first state to put such a law into effect and since then, California, Vermont and West Virginia have adopted similar laws. So-called “motor voter” laws are also being considered in other states. Nearly 300,000 Oregonians have registered to vote in the past 12 months and more than 75 percent of them those did so under the motor voter law, the Oregon Secretary of State’s office said Tuesday. In addition,...
  • Oregon man hangs likeness of Hillary Clinton along I-5

    09/13/2016 3:17:33 PM PDT · by Coronal · 32 replies
    KGW ^ | September 13, 2016
    SUTHERLIN, Ore. — An Oregon man has made a political statement by hanging a likeness of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton from a tall crane about three miles south of Sutherlin, Oregon, according to multiple media reports. The display, located near I-5, looks like a human figure wearing a black rubber wet suit, women's clothing and a blonde wig
  • Ammon Bundy Explains Tyranny on Hammond Family (Oregon Standoff Trial Today)

    09/13/2016 5:17:59 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 30 replies
    You Tube ^ | 9/8/2016 | Dallas Ahrens III%
    Ammon Bundy (at :05) "It was the Hammond's. It was a ranching family that was being prosecuted, to put the family under duress so that federal agencies can take their ranch. And it was that simple. And its happened time and time again....... (at 1:53)...The Hammonds should not have been prosecuted period.
  • Feds dismiss conspiracy charge against Oregon standoff defendant Pete Santilli on eve of trial

    09/07/2016 4:33:30 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/6/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    On the eve of his trial, federal prosecutors in Oregon have dropped the conspiracy indictment against Pete Santilli, a self-described independent broadcaster who was present during the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County. Santilli, 51, was the lone person of eight defendants set for trial this month who never stayed overnight at the federal wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon, and his attorney argued that much of the material he broadcast on his YouTube channel was protected speech under the First Amendment. In a motion filed late Tuesday afternoon, federal proseuctors urged the court to dismiss...
  • Drone video shows vandals toppling Oregon’s iconic ‘Duckbill’ rock formation

    09/06/2016 11:47:00 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 74 replies
    FOX31 ^ | September 6, 2016 | CNN Wire
    CAPE KIWANDA, Ore. — For years and years, the sandstone pedestal on the Oregon coast was a tourist attraction, a perfect photo-op for its uncanny likeness to a duck’s bill. So when officials found the beloved 7-foot-tall formation at Cape Kiwanda broken into a million pieces, they initially thought age and gravity had done it in. But then a video emerged that pointed to the true culprit: Vandals. More specifically, a group of people who crossed into the roped-off area and pushed and shoved the rock until it toppled over. Now, the search is on for the offenders.
  • Trial Update. Taking Back the Narrative! (Oregon Standoff Jury Selection Wednesday)

    09/06/2016 4:40:51 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    You Tube ^ | 9/5/2016 | Gavin Seim
    (Gavin Seim) (at:05) ...."I just wanted to give you an update on what's going on in Oregon talk about what we're dealing with and how you guys can help this week. I actually did talk to Ammon Bundy today and he is in.. in really good spirits, he sounded really good. You know, I mean he's in a very tough situation, he's stuggling, but his mental spirits seemed good and he knows that these courts are corrupt, that they're lawless. But at the same time there's a higher King and we do the best we can. We stand up for...
  • Judge Deals Government Blow Over Facebook Evidence In Refuge Trial ( Bundy : Malheur : Oregon )

    08/23/2016 5:29:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    OPB ^ | Aug. 23, 2016 | Conrad Wilson
    It was a rough morning for U.S. attorneys arguing the federal government’s case against Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and six other defendants accused of conspiring to occupy an Oregon wildlife refuge. A visibly frustrated Judge Anna Brown struck from the record a previous ruling that effectively allowed evidence from defendants’ Facebook accounts into next month’s trial. Despite calling an assistant U.S. attorney, two legal assistants and an FBI agent as witnesses, prosecutors weren’t able to explain to the court how protected information from 11 Facebook accounts used by defendants ended up being shared as part of discovery. Judge Brown ordered...
  • Trump Cancels Major Campaign Events in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon.

    08/22/2016 8:12:24 PM PDT · by Coronal · 105 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | AP | David Rutz
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has cancelled or delayed major upcoming campaign events in Colorado, Nevada, and Oregon. His scheduled speech focusing on immigration in Denver on Thursday has been postponed, although he will still attend a fundraiser that day, according to the Denver Post. Trump also cancelled a planned rally in Las Vegas on Friday, according to campaign spokesman Michael Chamberlain. In addition, his planned rally and fundraiser in Portland, Oregon, originally scheduled for Aug. 31, is also cancelled, local CBS affiliate KOIN reported.
  • Scuffle breaks out at Multnomah County Democratic Party HQ, prompting police response

    08/14/2016 8:59:34 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 29 replies
    OregonLive ^ | August 14, 2016 | Eder Campuzano
    A scuffle broke out at a Multnomah County Democrats meeting Thursday night, prompting a police response and leaving several of the party's newest members disillusioned. It all started when one of the organization's new members asked to amend the agenda at the meeting's outset. Chairwoman Lorraine Van Hoe reportedly denied the request, which only prompted loud, angry responses from the gallery. "People felt they were not being heard," said Leigha LaFleur, who last month traveled to Philadelphia as a delegate for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention. "In order to be heard, they amplified their voices. That...
  • Law enforcement destroys cartel marijuana grow in remote corner of Curry County

    08/10/2016 12:48:22 PM PDT · by AuntB · 16 replies
    NBC 16 ^ | Aug. 9, 2016 | NBC 16
    BROOKINGS, Ore. - Law enforcement put nearly 12,000 mature marijuana plants through a wood chipper Monday while dismantling a grow operation found in a remote corner of Curry County near the California border, Sheriff John Ward said. A helicopter surveyed the area from the air, and an armed ground team entered the grow first to make sure the area was safe, Ward said. They found a camouflaged living structure and evidence of weapons and chemicals. No one was present as law enforcement moved in. "It was obvious that whoever was tending to the marijuana had left prior to the eradication...
  • The last big frontier(movement of conservatives to the inland north-west is quietly gaining steam)

    08/06/2016 8:30:46 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 69 replies
    The Economist ^ | 8-6-16 | unattributed
    ASKED by an out-of-stater where the nearest shooting range is, Patrick Leavitt, an affable gunsmith at Riverman Gun Works in Coeur d’Alene, says: “This is Idaho—you can shoot pretty much anywhere away from buildings.” That is one reason why the sparsely populated state is attracting a growing number of “political refugees” keen to slip free from bureaucrats in America’s liberal states, says James Wesley, Rawles (yes, with a comma), an author of bestselling survivalist novels. In a widely read manifesto posted in 2011 on his, Mr Rawles, a former army intelligence officer, urged libertarian-leaning Christians and Jews to move...
  • Portland ENDS its pilot program allowing homeless to sleep on streets undisturbed by police [tr]

    08/03/2016 10:40:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    AP ^ | August 3, 2016 | Staff
    Portland has announced the end of a pilot program that allowed homeless people to sleep on the streets undisturbed by law enforcement, saying it created confusion because some believed it legalized public camping. The so-called 'Safe Sleeping Guidelines' policy will end immediately, but several other pilot programs that also were rolled out in February in the famously liberal City of Roses will continue or even expand, the mayor said.
  • In twist, environmentalists fight proposed carbon tax – because it doesn't grow gov't

    08/02/2016 4:55:00 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 14 replies ^ | Dan Springer
    On paper, it looks like a big win for environmentalists: a ballot initiative in Washington state to make it the first in the nation to impose a tax on all carbon emissions. Yet green groups are united almost in lockstep against the proposal – all because it includes tax cuts, to offset the tax hike. Yoram Bauman, who authored Initiative 732 and generally sides with environmental groups that have claimed for years that greenhouse gasses are responsible for climate change, now says he’s shocked at the pushback he’s facing from these same organizations. “Putting a price on carbon is the...