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Brain Broken but Unbowed

Virtually all the major figures in the 2014 armed standoff between federal agents and supporters of welfare rancher Cliven Bundy have now escaped any punishment. US District Court Judge Gloria Navarro today dismissed all charges against Cliven Bundy, his idiot sons Ammon and Ryan, and Montana militia thug Ryan Payne, because federal prosecutors had so badly bungled their case that the defendants could not get a fair trial. The case was dismissed “with prejudice,” meaning the four can’t be tried again on the same charges, so the government will have to wait until the next time these morons decide to take up arms against the government. We’ll assume the Gang that Couldn’t Think Straight will go home and rest up a few weeks before finding some bit of federal land to take over with the help of a bunch of fellow armed loons, but who knows? They may see a rest stop along the freeway and decide to liberate it.

Navarro, who had previously declared a mistrial in December, said in today’s hearing that the federal prosecutors had willfully violated the defendants’ due process rights by failing to turn over potentially useful information to the defense. Navarro said, “The court finds that the universal sense of justice has been violated,” because even anti-government jerks with bizarre theories about the Constitution still have rights.

This is the third major self-inflicted dickstomp by feds trying to bring the Dildo Militia to justice: In October 2016, an Oregon jury found all defendants in the case of the Bundys’ occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge not guilty, and in August 2017 four accused gunmen from the Nevada standoff were also acquitted. A few minor crimers from the two standoffs did plead guilty or were found guilty on minor charges, but for the most part, the central figures have all walked, which suggests maybe the federal government isn’t the seamlessly oppressive tyranny these guys have claimed.

Following his release in Las Vegas, Cliven Bundy had a few words for reporters, as captured by the Oregonian’s Maxine Bernstein:


After some weird rambling about the wonders of beef, which is a God-Blessed natural commodity that he’ll be having for dinner tonight, Cliven Bundy suggested Judge Navarro had a secret motive for shutting the trial down when she did: If she had let it go on, his defense would have proven that the feds and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo — the highest real constitutional authority that Bundy’s weirdass belief system recognizes — were thoroughly corrupt. Bundy went on to vow that if the Bureau of Land Management tries to impound his cattle again because of the over $1 million in back grazing fees he owes, then all sorts of sovereign citizen magic words will happen, plus guns if need be:

It’ll be the very same thing as last. We’ll petition our sheriff to protect our life, liberty and property. We never had a standoff with the federal government! We had a protest with the county sheriff. We asked our county sheriff to disarm the federal government, and he did not disarm the federal bureaucrats. He let We the People go before a 150, 200 army of the federal government, puttin’ not only Bundy’s life in danger but puttin’ the American People in danger! […] When since [sic] is the federal government supposed to have an army that comes against We the People? When did that ever happen in America? It happened on Bundy Ranch — they stuck their guns down our throats. And that is not what the Founding Fathers intended, to happen in America.

Two words, Cliven: Whiskey Rebellion.

Bundy also insisted that he’d only ever grazed his cattle on land belonging to Clark County, Nevada, because in his very special copy of the Constitution, there is simply no such thing as BLM land, because the federal government isn’t allowed to own land (a position no federal court has ever agreed with, which just proves the courts are disobeying the Constitution, too). He insisted he never had a “contract” with the federal government, and therefore the court that had just released him “has no jurisdiction over this matter.”

As for what’s next for Cliven Bundy, there’s no telling, but he thinks he may have to be part of the great movement to “go after” the “aiders and abettors” who are guilty of taking freedom away from all Americans. Among those who may have to face the people’s justice are the Clark County Sheriff, county commission, and the governor of Nevada, too:

They’re the terrorists here. They’re the ones that didn’t protect my life, liberty, and property. They’re the ones who don’t recognize statehood, err, state sovereignty. They’re the ones who don’t recognize we have policing power — they want to give our policing power to the feds. Can you imagine that with the Constitution we have, and the county sheriff bowing, and aiding and abetting and trying to entrap Bundy?

Good old Sovereign Citizen flummery there. And now that the feds have fucked up the prosecution, the Bundys and their heavily armed fans certainly aren’t likely to start acting like they’re untouchable, oh heavens no.

Might be a good week for BLM employees to drive their private cars to work, or just take that leave they have built up. The loonies will be in a celebratory mood.

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  • TigerTron

    mmm wokbar

    • GuidedAccordingly

      Was wondering what time happy hour was.

    • doktorzoom

      Yeah, yeah, typo fixed, yeesh, bunch of damned perfectionists…

  • MynameisBlarney

    Fuckin bullshit!

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    completely and totally OT, but I graduate in a little over four months…WOO HOO.

    Now let’s read this article…

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      …I’ve now read the article.

      Sigh. What an ass.

      • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

        better start working on that law degree so you can be a federal prosecutor.

        • Dept. of Space Tacos

          under lil Donnie Drama, no fucking way. (fed prosecutors actually DO get some great cases)

          • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

            by the time you do have that law degree, he’ll be in a jail cell.

          • Dept. of Space Tacos

            lol, still not sure about doing it though.

            : D

          • HooverVilles

            Please please pretty please.

    • Like Really Smart Radio

      Yay tacos!

    • Bigly smart jesterpunk

      Are we all invited to the graduation?

      • Dept. of Space Tacos

        heh, I don’t even want to walk, but mom, who supported me while I did this does, so i’m walking.

        • Bigly smart jesterpunk

          Congratulations, you should go to graduation. You worked really hard for this.

          • Dept. of Space Tacos

            aw thanks you.

            (But it only SOUNDED hard cause I bitched so much to y’all. I need to think of something special I can do via Disqus to say thank yous guys for all teh support)

        • HooverVilles

          Second comment below. You earned it so go ahead. I thought I wouldn’t care but was glad I went. Enjoy it!

          • Dept. of Space Tacos

            heh, thanks.

            I didn’t wanna walk the first time either, TBH. I just don’t really *do* ceremony, for whatever reason.

    • goonemeritus

      Time for a senior road trip.

      • Dept. of Space Tacos

        at approaching 40, I’d rather have a senior sleep in day. (Thank the non-existant lord that saturday 8 am class is over).

        • goonemeritus

          You need to re-watch Animal House right now before it is too late.

          • Dept. of Space Tacos

            i’ve…i’ve never actually seen it.

            (prepares to dodge incoming gifs and youtube links)

          • goonemeritus

            And yet you blame society fornot being in the .001% percent, when you have yet to expose yourself to the rich tapestry of true American Cinéma vérité like Animal House. Shame on you.

          • Dept. of Space Tacos

            lol. the sad thing is, I studied film in college (the first time around, for my BA)

          • goonemeritus

            And I always thought a BA in film studies was a ticket to caviar wishes and champagne dreams.

    • HooverVilles

      Nice!

  • CriticalDragon1177

    This is so infuriating. This is only going to encourage other anti government loons.

    • Mentally Stable Ron

      And the next ones will shoot people, not rocks, because they think they have been given the ‘right to.’

      • don

        They aimed sniper rifles at Feds and walked. Why shouldn’t they think that?

  • Nounverb911
  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
  • Nounverb911
  • MynameisBlarney

    OT, but Duke just told Stephen Miller to go pound sand.
    But with them big ol’ college type words.

    https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210075088

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Miller can go find some sand to pound.

      • Nounverb911

        It’s between his ears….

  • Villago Delenda Est

    These Fed prosecutors should start looking for new jobs. As cleanup crew at a McDonald’s.

  • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler

    Well, this will certainly put a new wrinkle in the race for Clark County Sheriff (Lombardo already announced his intent to run again). Also it might impact both the Gubernatorial race and the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate (Laxalt is a dyed-in-the-wool wingnut, and Heller’s opponent Danny Tarkanian will certainly use this to paint Heller as a squishy RINO).

    • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

      I prefer my rhinos squishy–RINOs also too.

    • An Outhouse for the résistance

      Will that lady with the big boobs and guns run for something?

      • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler

        She’s on the Las Vegas City Council now.

  • arglebargle

    I say, put Mueller in charge of the next Bundy trial. Once he’s done cleaning up the Trump mess, of course.

    • goonemeritus

      Mueller’s dance card is full for the foreseeable future.

  • OrG

    I never had prosecutors like this.

  • Nounverb911
  • MynameisBlarney

    How could they fuck up a slam dunk like this?

    • OrG

      On purpose.

    • Bobathonic

      Nobody knew prosecuting was so hard.

  • elviouslyqueer

    STFU, you senile old fartcloud. Next time you and your bunch of sovereign idiots might not be so lucky.

    • don

      Oh, they’ll lay low until another nCLANG is in office.

  • Ellie

    And the NRA and Bundythugs everywhere rejoice. When they are through celebrating, they will go back to stealing and threatening LE and the government. Thanks, Judge. I know you just had to do it.

    • OrG

      I’d look at the prosecutors first.

      • Ellie

        Oh, I do. I do.

  • Scooby

    Incompetence is tyranny!

  • TJ Barke

    Great. Gross miscarriage of justice, just what I need on a Monday…

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The prosecutors totally fucked up. The judge really had little choice. These were not your 18 year old dealers in the ‘hood with minimal public defender counsel.

      • OrG

        Exactly what happened in Oregon. Coincidence?

    • doktorzoom

      Sadly, I think Judge Navarro got it right — the gross miscarriage (and maybe this is how you meant it too) was the feds fucking up what should have been an easy case by withholding evidence from the defense. You’d think they’d have learned from Ted Stevens’s corruption case being thrown out.

      The Bundys are scum. Which means the feds really needed to build a flawless case.

      • TJ Barke

        I’m not necessarily laying that at the Judge’s feet. It’s just, in general sense, a miscarriage of justice, overall.

      • sarafina

        This case makes the feds look really stoooopid.

  • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

    #NeverFroget the snacks!

    http://i.imgur.com/D2HkQi2.jpg

    we’ll send the lube.

    • JaveyDay

      I’ll bring the frog legs.

      • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

        those evil Feds and their denial of snack rights.

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        Grenouille!

  • TJ Barke

    Libertardian land thieves rejoice!

  • GunToting[Redacted]

    “We asked our county sheriff to disarm the federal government,”

    County Sheriff. “Dude, not my fucking job. Also, fuck off.”

    • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

      we have a sheriff here what is violating the US Consternation! UNPEACH!

  • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD
    • wait! what?

      …and this is the REAL REASON why there’s a Keebler elf as an Attorney General.

    • don

      Didn’t the guy on the left get his ass shot off?

  • Bigly smart jesterpunk
  • Martini A, very stable genius
    • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

      you cannot occupy government land with that thing for it is not 100% white.

    • wait! what?

      All flag, no balls.

    • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

      Is this one of the ones they sent him?

  • JaveyDay

    Clive Barker + Al Bundy + NRA + Cows = The Bovine Horror of Armed Insurrectionist Cliven Bundy

  • OrdinaryJoe

    The dumbfuckery is the poison that will kill this nation. I don’t usually like to say this but, in this case it was on both sides.

  • An Outhouse for the résistance

    “When did that ever happen in America?”
    Wounded Knee, 1973 for one

    • Arolpin

      They weren’t white though, so not REAL Americans. /snark

      • HooverVilles

        They weren’t white though, so not REAL Americans Muricans.
        FIFY

  • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

    “thou shalt occupy the visitors centers of this land for it is where the snack caches are. because: white penis.” ~ 4th Commandment of the US Consternation

  • Nounverb911
    • mailman27

      Worse, they were targeting unarmed civil servants.

      • don

        Yeah, real bravery there…taking over an unmanned wildlife refuge. Fucking traitor scum.

      • HooverVilles

        Even worse some manly man SovCits used women and children as human shields. That’s some mighty fine manly man bravery there.

  • goonemeritus

    I’m sure this will not embolden levelheaded people like the Bundy’s or their followers.

  • Tokays_don’t_blink

    Why does this goob keep referring to himself in the third person? Is it some kind of fringed-flag arglebargle?

    In the interest of turd-polishing, however, it does make it way tougher to sell the tyranny-‘n-persecution motif when the perps get to go home after their day in court.

    • Jennifer R

      It’s sovcit nonsense. I could explain it to you, but you would just hate me for making you less intelligent for having heard it.

      • Marion in Savannah

        Thank you for your kindness.

        • Jennifer R

          I gazed unto the void until everyone decided I was a qualified void gazer and kept asking me to gaze in to the damn things.

      • Tokays_don’t_blink

        The whole “sovcit” concept makes my brain hurt, so I trust your judgment.

  • Blackest Noobs

    if they were not-white rancher, i betcha that fucking Judge wouldve charged them with something….

    • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

      that’s because the prosecutors would have done their jobs.

    • GreenGoldSharpie

      Nah, they’d have been long since dead.

      • Blackest Noobs

        well, same thing…jail or death.

      • Marion in Savannah

        Oh, HELL yeah. Died in a hail of gummint gunfire while trying to surrender with their hands up and no weapons visible.

        • Blackest Noobs

          well they did shoot that one dumbfucking white guy, but he was pretty dumb.

          • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

            well, he did spend most of his time under a blue tarp so it’s an easy mistake to make.

          • doktorzoom
          • Dept. of Space Tacos

            Dok, can I pitch a story for Dom to cover (or he and $5F to tag team), cause I have a feeling its hilarious and awful at the same time:

            James Damore just filed a class action lawsuit against Google, saying it discriminates against white male conservatives
            https://www.yahoo.com/news/james-damore-just-filed-class-181806730.html

          • Dept. of Space Tacos

            The lawsuit, filed by Dhillon Law Group, says it aims to represent all employees of Google who’ve been discriminated against due to their “perceived conservative political views by Google,” due to “their male gender by Google” and “due to their Caucasian race by Google.”

            More specifically, it accuses Google of singling out, mistreating and systematically punishing and terminating employees who “expressed views deviating from the majority view at Google on political subjects raised in the workplace and relevant to Google’s employment policies and its business, such as ‘diversity’ hiring policies, ‘bias sensitivity’ or ‘social justice’…”

            Damore isn’t holding back any punches here. According to his filing, Google employs “illegal hiring quotas to fill its desired percentages of women and favored minority candidates, and openly shames managers of business units who fail to meet their quotas—in the process, openly denigrating male and Caucasian employees as less favored than others.”

            The suit also claims that “numerical presence of women celebrated at Google” was based “solely due to their gender” while the “presence of Caucasians and males was mocked with ‘boos’ during companywide weekly meetings.”

            Somewhat redundantly, it adds that Damore, Gudeman and “other class members” were “ostracized, belittled, and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasians and/or males.”

            The lawsuit is seeking monetary, non-monetary and punitive remedies.

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            Oh, I get it, obnoxious, pushy white christian douche-bros aren’t smart enough to do their jobs and won’t stop preaching at everyone.

          • doktorzoom

            We have already chortled over it in the Chatcave, so chances are good!

          • Dept. of Space Tacos

            yay!

          • Major^3 Andre

            Did you ever finish reviewing that masterpiece for us that will never have to read it?

          • doktorzoom

            Sure did! Link is at the end of Part 1 of the review. And right here: https://wonkette.com/598943/sundays-with-the-militias-how-one-smart-cowboy-beats-the-whole-federal-gummint

          • Major^3 Andre

            You poor soul, there isn’t enough Pratchett in the world to offset that shyte.

          • Blackest Noobs

            i like this quote of yours:”It’s a bit like somebody read a lot of Red Dawn fanfiction while visiting Alex Jones’s Infowars website.”

          • doktorzoom

            Thanks! I was rather proud of that one, too.

  • TJ Barke

    God, that moron was talking about the fucking EC AGAIN…

  • Nounverb911

    STFU Shithead, did you pay your child support yet?
    https://twitter.com/WalshFreedom/status/950480031066836992

    • Mentally Stable Ron

      Srsly, these twunts have THE weirdest idea what ‘patriotism’ means.

      • Dept. of Space Tacos

        IKR?

    • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

      Britney libelz!

    • OrG

      If he paid his fucking bills the gubmint WOULD leave him alone. But you know nothing about paying your bills.

    • Major^3 Andre

      Looks like Joe Walsh really wants to get in on the next iteration of the Bundy Dildocracy.

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        He seems to wander about, adrift, and in search for a new grift without a clue about how to really do it.

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      Joe – what part of UNPAID MONEYS OWED don’t you get.

      Oh, right.

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        SovCit magicks make yer debts go aways until they unlawfully confiscates your cars, your home, and unlawfully makes yer credit ratin shit because Tyranny !!!!

        It’s at times like this, you actually wonder if there should be exceptions to the prohibition against debtors’ prison.

    • SDGeoff3

      From one real Deadbeat to another.

    • therblig

      walshy wants tips on how to cash in on the foster kid slave labor trade.

    • Shag D

      Blech.

      Why dont these idiots know how to capitalize properly?

  • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

    I protested the sheriff,
    but I did not protest the fedral gubmint!

  • wait! what?

    Do you remember where you were hysterically laughing when the Cliven Whiskey-Dick Rebellion began?

  • goonemeritus

    So will we be seizing his property and chattel over unpaid grazing fees?

    • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

      no. we will seize his cattle because they are grazing off his property.

      • goonemeritus

        I have seen pictures of his cattle, they aren’t worth a box of number two pencils and a cup of decent coffee. The dude owes over a million to the feds, he will need to come up with a little more than a bunch of half starve steers.

  • JaveyDay

    These are the graze of our lives.

    • Mentally Stable Ron

      Feels more like the edge of night.

    • doktorzoom

      Update your browser?

  • memzilla Ω
  • Nounverb911

    So what position does trump appoint him to?

    • Bigly smart jesterpunk

      BLM?

      • Ling Ling

        Or DOJ

    • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler

      Not National Parks Service – Trump named the guy who helped Washington [Racial Slur]s owner Dan Snyder chop down public trees because they obstructed his view of the Potomac to that post.

    • Raan

      He’ll replace Zinke when corporate America gives him a reward lobbying gig/blowjob.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        SoS first

        ETA, that’s Pruitt

    • everstar

      Office of Land Management, I’m guessing.

  • Daniel

    SovCit-ness may produce nightmares, but I can’t help giggling like a child when I think of them. Because they’re dimwits.

  • Noxious Resistance

    Destruction of public property is okay then?

    • TJ Barke

      Only if you’re white and right wing.

      • Mentally Stable Ron

        It also helps if the property belongs to used to belong to the Indians.

    • Peripatetic Poltroon

      If you can get the prosecutors to act illegally as well. When the DA drops the “Cast Bolt of Stupidity” card and the intended target responds with the “I Know you are, but what am I?” card, the DA has to quaff a cup of ichor.

  • YoBunnyBunny

    Virtually all the major figures in the 2014 armed standoff between federal agents and supporters of welfare rancher Cliven Bundy

    2014!!!! This feels like it only happened yesterday. Jeez…

    More dispatches from Wingnuttia, semi-tangential:

    Anywho, believe it or not, my wingnut friend seems to think sovereign citizens are crazy (I take that with a grain of salt…). However he was ranting proudly that those Antifa anti-Trump protestors who got arrested after the inauguration are being PROSECUTED like they should! I politely informed him that they were indeed prosecuted. And acquitted. The end.

    (I can’t believe I’m not making shit up.)

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      i’m guessing as a cop, he’s had his run ins with the sovcits.

      It’s amazing how one’s attitude changes when they have first hand knowledge of what they’re talking about. (See: R’s and gay sons and daughters)

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    So the dumbfucks at BLM and the dumbfucks at DoJ managed to blow a slam dunk case against a bunch of halfwit nutters? Maybe there is something to be said to the whole shrinking government argument, starting with them. I don’t really care about government necessarily being smaller, but if you are going to collect a paycheck on my dime you should at least be competent.

    • TJ Barke

      Oh, I’m sure the Trump admin probably told them to fuck it up.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Except they have been fucking this up for three years now. All of Oregon took place under Bamz

        • Villago Delenda Est

          Exactly. Trump doesn’t have to tell them to fuck it up, they do it on their own.

  • Mentally Stable Ron

    So, boys, you gonna tell us what it costs to subvert the justice system, or are you gonna keep it to yourselves?

  • Raan

    Navarro, who had previously declared a mistrial in December, said in today’s hearing that the federal prosecutors had willfully violated the defendants’ due process rights by failing to turn over potentially useful information to the defense.

    Good going, prosecutors who have apparently never seen My Cousin Vinnie.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3a4ef7dd13aeac14a9c671f713f449e7b934ff530ed4479105158732718f1e3e.png

  • TJ Barke

    We should have charged them as enemy combatants.

    • don

      Or just treat them the way we treat BROWN terrorists…start by calling them ‘terrorists’ in the librul media, for example

  • Anna Rompage

    He insisted he never had a “contract” with the federal government, and
    therefore the court that had just released him “has no jurisdiction over
    this matter.”

    Hey, so that means I can legally go out and clear cut the forests, mine uranium and sell it to the Russians, and bottle up all the water on federal lands and sell it to Nestle, but only if I don;t have a contract for any of the above!

    • SDGeoff3

      At this point, you could get away with it.

      • Anna Rompage

        Well, as long as I donate heavily to a Ryan Zinke cause….

        • SDGeoff3

          He may have a little badge or maybe a card for you to carry.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        If you’re white and wingnutty

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      if I understand sovcits “lore” correctly – regular LEOs can’t do anything to them cause they never “contracted” with them…which would kind of defeat the whole purpose of law enforcement and create a ton of work for contract lawyers.

    • RMKH

      Must have pocket konstitooshun

  • TJ Barke

    The Bundites are the kind of assholes that tragedy up the commons…

  • Sheepshagger

    Heck of a job Feds. You could fuck up a hand job at a frottage convention.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    You know, Pat Robertson ran for President once, and the way he funded his campaign was to sell that TV network he built with those tax-deductible prayer donations, put about half in his and his brothers’ bank accounts and then use the rest to run for Presnit.

    And the Feds miraculously screwed up that prosecution which should have been a slam dunk too, and he got off with relatively minor fines. Like he always does.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Fortunately, a veteran Marine came forward and totally trashed Pat’s stolen valor narrative, and he was sunk forever in politics.

      Still, the Feds managed to fuck it up.

  • jesuswasablack
    • therblig

      yeah, but records indicate he was actually shot by a book critic.

      • WotsAllThisThen

        Making every other book critic in the world insanely jealous.

    • C4TWOMAN

      Unfortunately, like in many of these cases, he was small fry …

    • JayGoldenBeach

      One might reasonably infer that Finicum was assassinated by an FBI agent (HRT sniper?) who subsequently lied about shooting Finicum.

      http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2017/06/fbi_agent_indicted_accused_of.html

    • LiberalANDProud

      Hopefully before his demise he had his finicum.

  • mancityRed6

    does anyone else find it really strange that he refers to himself in the third person?

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      must be referring to the fictitious corporate and not the person or settler or whatever the hell distinction without a difference they use.

      (that’s not a joke)

      • mancityRed6

        sadly, it is not.

    • therblig

      therblig does.

    • It’s a real Sovereign Citizen thing.

      Those fuckers are genuinely nazi-cookoo.

  • Résistance Land Shark Ω

    Y’ALL QAEDA WINS! Suck it, libturds!

  • Red Bird

    I won’t say it. It’s too easy. Something something something tanks and armor for unarmed protesters. Something something something successful charges against marchers.

  • nightmoth

    The feds have been so incompetent with nailing Bundy’s claim that “the federal government does not own any land” that I think now is an excellent time for native Americans to go off the reservations and reclaim THEIR land.

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      I think newly appointed General Jefferson “Custer Elf” Sessions should lead the charge against the Native American peoples … on horseback. With a musket.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        And a supporting A-10, for modern genocidal effect.

    • sarafina

      Yeah, that will get them killed in no time.

  • Wookie Monster

    One has to wonder how badly the feds could screw up a case like this without trying.

    • Peripatetic Poltroon

      Withholding exculpatory evidence is a really easy way to blow a case if the defense finds out about it.

      • sarafina

        IANAL and I know that. Either the prosecution did not consider it exculpatory or the prosecution is severely brain-damaged.

    • don

      The ‘not trying’ comes to mind…Bundy IS white, after all. And of the ‘right’ political persuasion, i.e. KKK

  • IdiotsforPalin

    Fucking die soon…….

    • Carla Vandermeer

      Can they take twittler and the Kochs with them?

  • C4TWOMAN

    Ugh….. I couldn’t finish reading after learning they got off scot free .
    Excuse me, I need to go throw up….

  • C4TWOMAN

    So the next time these wankers try to steal public land, no more holding back. Glitter bombs, silly string, and, of course, mail them a ton of bags of dicks.

  • Peripatetic Poltroon

    “…federal prosecutors had willfully violated the defendants’ due process rights by failing to turn over potentially useful information to the defense.”

    Why the HELL are prosecutors still doing this??? Various dick prosecutors in various dick locations have been dick-slapped so many times, that it should have sunk in to all prosecutordom that *this shit does not fly*.

    I’m disgusted that these turdblossoms get off because of gummint malfeasance. Ugh.

    • sarafina

      Yeah, well, any man in politics after Bill Clinton should have known better than let his penis run free, but we all know how that went. (I do NOT include Al Franken this group.)

  • JayGoldenBeach

    The feds made the Bundy clan’s fevered dreams of govt. overreach and tyranny come true:

    Dishonourable prosecutors botched the trials.
    Dishonest FBI sniper lied about shooting Lavoy Finicum at the roadblock.

    “…liberty and justice for all” is just a cynical sound bite.

  • tehbaddr

    Really? And people get thrown in jail for having some weed? WTF !!!!

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Or even not having some weed.

  • RMKH

    So disappointing. These people committed an armed insurrection and got away with it. Except for the unfortunate one who got himself killed near Malheur.

    Do not recommend any people of color try that.

    Y’all Qaida lives. And that is most unfortunate.

  • BrendaKay

    “with prejudice” Grrr. While I am fairly certain the prosecutors will get another chance… what are the odds we get away with no shots fired next time?

  • Me not sure

    Eventually these morons will take action that results in the death of someone just doing their jobs.

  • Anne Of Green Bagels

    gee, totally no incentive to escalate this bullshit the next time around. not convinced that there won’t be blood on the feds’ side that time.

    • don

      these ‘sovereign citizen’ types usually aren’t so active in R-White administrations

    • Thomas Dylan

      Well the feds did play “WACO” maybe they could use that script again

      • sarafina

        Probably not.

  • Jgb979

    As a liberal, it’s against my nature to be against colonization.

    But damn if there aren’t some completely uncivilized backwards parts of this country I struggle to recognize as my own.

    All of this to get out of paying his taxes

    • Carla Vandermeer

      Guys like Bundy are the ultimate special snowflakes.

    • amrak63

      Uh, don’t you mean it’s against your nature to support colonization?

      • Jgb979

        Ha yeah……posts towards the end of the day doubled the quotient of nonsense and bigly grammatical mistakes

    • sarafina

      Not taxes, RENT for grazing on federal land.

  • rocktonsam

    “I’ve said it before, democracy doesn’t work.”

    Kent Brockman

    • Katamount

      “All in favour of the Springfield-Slash-Pervert Bill?”

      “NO!”

      “Bill defeated.”

  • Thomas Dylan

    I guess all those dildos will be going back “Return to sender….”

  • Lefty Wright

    Yeah, it’s almost like the prosecutors wanted to lose, huh? Reminds me of the cops accused of killing unarmed black men.

  • Carla Vandermeer

    Another fuckwit who refers to himself in the third person. Do they do this to be annoying? I can’t understand how these people think they have the right to make up their own rules like they do.

    • JustDon’tSayLikeSmart

      Gotta be a SovCit thing, right?

      • HooverVilles

        Ding!

    • Even Bob Dole probably finds this annoying.

  • Carla Vandermeer

    This is the ultimate in white privilege.

  • If we had a competent government in power at the moment, they should be there impounding the cattle tomorrow. Sadly, we have the understudies to the understudies of the understudies of The Three Stooges running things now.

  • Grokenstein

    So they have another chance to someday open fire on federal officers from the cover of their wives and children. This is going to end well.

    • HooverVilles

      Using women and children as human shields – The very definition of Sov. Cit. manly men.

  • fawkedifiknow

    Coming soon to a theatre near you, a biopic: “Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy: Three Dildos Outside Clark County”.

  • chascates

    We the People are tired of your inability to tell the difference between public land and thievery.

    • sarafina

      But are not smart enough to successfully prosecute.

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    Can I claim Trump is not my president, and ignore all laws passed by his fake federal, ghost busting judges?

    • Paperless Tiger

      Too bad we don’t have a system to vote against loony tyrants. Oh, wait!

      • HooverVilles

        Well we do have a system but we have large number if apathetic non-voters, they are both equal protest voters, and purity pony voters.

        • How come purity tests rarely hurt the GOP?

          • HooverVilles

            That’s a good question.

          • I suspect that the lack of basic purity tests hurt Democrats dearly given that no one actively stands for anything. “We are not Republicans” is about all they do. Except in the South, where, with few exceptions it is “We are not Republicans, we are Republican-lite”

            How about some small set? A Democrat must be a member of the Democratic party, pro-choice, pro-ACA or pro-Medicare-for-all, pro-gay-marriage, and pro-science.

            Can’t have that purity test? Why bother researching candidates, do what the Republicans do. Vote for anyone with the (D) tag

          • HogeyeGrex

            They have no aspirations to decency, much less purity.

          • They win elections. And without winning elections you cannot stop indecency

  • HooverVilles

    Dang it.
    I. Can’t. Even!

  • Poly_Ester

    George Washington was the only CIC to lead the US Army against a domestic rebellion, thump won’t be the second.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Only if you don’t count him rounding up Dems and browns.

  • I predicted this when the Malheur terrorism produced nothing. The racist DoJ threw the case, and if that had not happened jury nullification would have taken care of this.

    • sarafina

      I worried about that, but thought with the extra time and egregious photos (guy on belly with rifle) the feds would be competent. Guess I’m wrong again.

      • The feds are competent, they adroitly threw the two cases by picking the right jury and providing shoddy prosecution.

  • HogeyeGrex

    OH, FOR FUCK’S SAKE!

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

    • LiberalANDProud

      The clear answer to this federal incompetence is simple. More tax cuts.

  • GarColga

    Jeez these guys. Don’t they have lives they want to live? Instead they give themselves over to this all-consuming weird hobby of hatin’ on the government.

    • They’re Polygamists with inheritances, so they don’t have to work for a living.

      Betcha all their Sister Wives are collecting welfare checks.

    • sarafina

      They do want to live their lives, not paying rent for the land the cattle are on.

  • Wes

    Will this embolden them to do more fuckery and does it end with a dead federal worker? Because I bet it ends with a dead federal worker.

    • Rickyphoo

      And the federal prosecutors will probably fuck up that trial, too.

    • Fusilier 0770

      If anything, we can see an uptick in violence. Emboldened in the belief that their cause is just and not because the prosecution epically shit the bed, they will ratchet up the pressure until yes, some federal officer is going to get killed. The Bundys want this, they have been begging for this, and by God, they are going to get this rebellion party started one way or another.

  • akryan

    he’s bitching about the feds showing up with an army? what a wuss. has he seen the shit they show up with to Black Lives Matter marches? Those cops look like fucking storm troopers. Let’s see that idiot stand up to an MRAP.

  • SeeTrainWrecked

    Seriously, if you can’t get your prosecutorial shit together against these clowns, you shouldn’t be a prosecutor, you should be dealing three-card monte on a sidewalk in Reno.

  • The Very Stable Librarian

    So disappointed that these loons won’t rot a little longer in jail.

  • KarenJ

    Lyin’ Cliven: “We never had a standoff with the federal government! We had a protest with the county sheriff. We asked our county sheriff to disarm the federal government, and he did not disarm the federal bureaucrats. He let We the People go before a 150, 200 army of the federal government, puttin’ not only Bundy’s life in danger but puttin’ the American People in danger!” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/187ce128fef6dc30bb7e3da89da8f62e2cb1bc6d5f952e6e89e903b40086e2f4.jpg

    • pstokk

      Fake news!

      Hands are too big.

  • Rickyphoo

    My only hope is the court cases has bankrupted these fucking assholes.

    Also too, that the federal prosecutors all get fired.

  • Mike

    Just how incompetent is the DOJ…? Holy fuck…!!!!
    Talk about a shot in the arm for the Sovereign Citizen movement. Especially in the age of Trump and Zinke…
    Sorry, but all the attorneys involved in these suits need to be fired.

    • Lily412

      This case should have been a slam dunk. They screwed this up royale.

      • H0mer0

        does that mean “with cheese”?

        • sarafina

          and a cherry on top

        • Lily412

          In my world, everything comes with cheese. <3

  • UnsaltedSinner

    It’s never a good sign when someone refers to themselves in the third person. Or when their last name is Bundy.

  • Katamount

    Oh you have GOTTA be kidding me. There is no starker dichotomy to illustrate the racial double standard in America between the treatment of the Bundys and the treatment of BLM (and those they rally for). White privilege fucking incarnate.

    I don’t know whether this was sheer incompetence or if there was some kind of willful deception on the part of prosecutors… either way, it fits seamlessly into that double standard where white people can get away with literal murder and black people see no justice for their own unlawful killings.

  • motmelere

    Pay your rent, you fucking deadbeat piece of shit.

    • sarafina

      Exactly. Can’t the feds garnish bank accounts or something?

  • “The court finds that the universal sense of justice has been violated,”

    Bwahahahhaaaaa!!!! Wait… huh? O_o

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