Thursday, July 20, 2017

LaVoy Finicum

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Following the most tumultuous presidential election in history, it is easy to forget what happened in January of 2016.

On January 2, 2016 around two dozen Americans chose to challenge the authority of the federal government and did so by entering and occupying the structures within the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

The group was led by Ammon Bundy, the son of Cliven Bundy who had become nationally known for a 2014 standoff with the feds at his ranch in Nevada.

The group of men were peacefully armed for defensive purposes and communicating regularly with the press, however, state and local law enforcement officials, and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations became increasingly hostile as the group grew to as many as forty men.

On January 21, 2016, Ammon Bundy met with FBI investigators about the federal government relinquishing control of the refuge. Ammon and the FBI agreed to meet again the next day to continue negotiations, but the government agents declined to speak at the second meeting as media cameras were present.

Days later on January 26, state, and federal law enforcement officers created a “traffic stop” to apprehend the leaders of the occupation.

LaVoy Finicum, a cattle rancher from Arizona was the driver of one of the vehicles stopped by law enforcement.

Finicum, with his passengers, drove away from the first stop and as they approached another roadblock one mile down the road, they were fired upon by Oregon State Police.

Finicum veered his truck into a snow bank to avoid incoming gun fire then quickly exited the vehicle with his arms in the air.

As LaVoy left his truck, he was fired upon by two FBI agents . . . who missed. One round bounced off of the roof of the truck while another injured one of Finicum’s passengers.

The FBI agents failed to report the first rounds that were fired and even went so far as to pick up their rifle casings and dispose of them.

A later investigation found the FBI agents were responsible the instigating rounds but no punitive action is known to have been taking against the federal agents.

Moments after the missed shots from the FBI agents, Finicum was shot dead by Oregon State Troopers.

They state he was reaching for a 9mm Ruger in his coat pocket although the accusation is disputed by Finicum’s family.

The stand off ended on February 11th of that year and over two dozen Americans have been charged with numerous federal offenses.

On May 12, several Arizona politicians wrote to Oregon’s governor, Kate Brown, requesting that the investigation into LaVoy Finicum’s death be reopened.

Finicum’s widow plans a lawsuit against the Oregon State Police and the FBI for civil rights violations.

The narrative of the occupation of the wildlife refuge and the death of LaVoy Finicum has also changed over the past year.

Ammon Bundy, Finicum and others are being described as “militants” for historic purposes and reports of vandalism and other acts take precedence over the conduct of the federal government during the stand off.

While law enforcement officials have concluded that the shooting was “justified,” critics note that Finicum had been fired upon several times by both the Oregon State Police and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

As what point is it justified to defend yourself if being shot at by government officials?

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Paul Ryan

With Congressional approval ratings at a mere 17%, House Speaker Paul Ryan took to the podium yesterday to deliver a speech to boost the spirits of American voters who are “disheartened” by the campaigns for president.

Ryan, delivering his speech to a gaggle of Congressional interns stated, “How many of you find yourself just shaking your head at what you see from both sides? When people distrust politics, they come to distrust institutions. They lose faith in government, and the future, too. We can acknowledge this. But we can’t accept it. And we can’t enable it either.”

There was no indication that Ryan had suffered a brain contusion before his speech, although he may have ridden to work on a short bus.

If delivered in a clear state of mind, there’s only one logical response to the Speaker’s words: “What the f__k?!?”

When was the last time Americans had respect for government institutions? January of 1989?

As far as Congress, it’s arguable that the men and women of this nation have not respected that government institution since 1789 when the Continental Congress held its final session.

If Ryan is referring to any agency of the government . . .

Ask the family of LaVoy Finicum, the protester shot in cold blood by the FBI.

Ask small business owners who struggle for their prosperity due to high taxes and regulation.

Ask wounded veterans who wait for a year or more for life saving treatment.

Ask the agents who used to patrol the border but are now relegated to taking part in the “welcome wagon.”

Ask the millions of Americans trying to figure out how they’ll pay their next outrageous insurance premium.

Do Americans really have faith and trust in the IRS, EPA, BLM, FBI, FCC, DOE, and any scrambling of letters under the government umbrella?

Ryan blindly chalks up the current mood of the nation to the bickering between the presidential candidates, proving he’s been living in a government-funded bubble for far too long.

But we’re talking Paul Ryan. This kid literally grew up in government. He was nearly born into the Establishment.

Taking a Congressional seat at the ripe old age of 29, Ryan only knows government and the halls of Congress.

Ryan’s only job outside of government was selling hot dogs for Oscar Mayer. Little Paulie even got to drive the Wienermobile once.

Although the Speaker studied the solid works of Hayek, Mises and Milton Friedman, those lessons have clearly faded judging by his actions as a leader within government.

Paul Ryan is a man who needs to take a long walk outside of Washington and wake up from his government-induced stupor to realize that our Institutions have jumped the shark and Americans are standing by with hair-triggers looking for a reason to pursue the words of our founders:

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

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LaVoy Finicum

Two weeks ago, LaVoy Finicum was part of a protest group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The spokesman for the group at the time, LaVoy was headed to meet with the local sheriff when he and the occupants of his truck were ambushed during an elaborate roadblock.

LaVoy, who quickly exited the vehicle after it plowed into a snow bank, was gunned down by police as his hands were in the air.

Authorities say he reached for a 9mm handgun that was in his coat pocket . . . although the gun was only found after the man was gunned down and dead.

The dedicated family man, Robert “LaVoy” Finicum and his wife, Jeanette were foster parents to over 50 boys at their ranch in Arizona.

During the standoff, four of the family’s foster children were removed from their home. The boys historically came from mental hospitals, drug rehabs and other group homes to establish stability and find love with the Finicum family.

Now with LaVoy dead, local police from Oregon’s Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation of Finicum’s death at the hands of the Oregon State Police, with FBI assistance.

It is exceedingly rare for investigations funded with government money to find wrongdoing of law enforcement officers.

A Cleveland cop who shot and killed an unarmed couple, Michael Brelo, was recently acquitted of murder.

Brelo stood on the hood of the victim’s vehicle and unloaded fifteen rounds through the windshield after the car backfired. The rounds shot “Rambo” style on the hood of the vehicle were part of the overall 49 rounds fired by Brelo.

After an investigation and trial, Brelo was found not guilty of manslaughter but he was eventually fired months later by the Cleveland Police Department.

The FBI has released their drone footage of the murder of LaVoy Finicum but the long-distance video, for the most part, does not show a threat existed before the man was shot in the face.

Investigators may release video from the dashboard cameras from the police vehicles at the scene.

Eyewitnesses of the shooting say that Finicum had his hands in the air and told police sarcastically to “Just shoot me.”

Law enforcement obliged.

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LaVoy Finicum

The FBI has released drone footage of the shooting of LaVoy Finicum.

The footage largely supports the accounts told by eyewitnesses at the scene and not the version told by Ammon Bundy’s “bodyguard” who was detained and released.

The bodyguard, Mark McConnell told the public via YouTube that LaVoy had “rushed” the police.

The account was completely false after reviewing the footage. Supporters of the Oregon protesters are now claiming that McConnell was an FBI plant.

In reviewing the video, at the 8:11 mark, you’ll find two flashes just before the white pickup drove away.

This supports an eyewitness who was in the truck that they were fired on before driving away.

At the 9:20 mark, you’ll see the white pickup plow into a snow banks and Finicum quickly exit with his arms spread wide in surrender.

Finicum stumbles in the snow, his hands fall, and he is surprised by an agent rushing toward him through the woods.

The agent, with his arm extended, shoots LaVoy Finicum and he falls dead. His arms moves for a moment and it’s unclear if additional shots were fired.

If you continue watching, you’ll see several balls of fire that appear to be flash bangs near the pickup.

Even at the 13:37 mark, you’ll see red lasers pointed at the head of Finicum by SWAT snipers.

The footage, while not definitive, largely supports the account reported by the eyewitness and Finicum’s daughter.

LaVoy Finicum appeared to be gunned down in cold blood in an ambush by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Watch and comment below:

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Oregon Shooting

A protester occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, Mark McConnell has gone to YouTube to defend the government in their shooting of LaVoy Finicum.

Finicum and several others were on their way to a town meeting on Tuesday night when they came upon a government roadblock intended to stop and arrest them.

LaVoy Finicum, who eyewitnesses say was shot in the face by law enforcement while his hands were in the air, was killed in the incident.

Finicum’s daughter, who was not present, says LaVoy, who was the spokesman for the group, claims her father was initially shot in the face and then shot another three times when his body hit the ground.

That account is challenged by Mark McConnell, who showed up at the refuge to serve as Ammon Bundy’s bodyguard.

Although McConnell was not a witness to the shooting, his car was stopped and he was detained at the start of the incident.

Mark published a video on YouTube saying that Finicum sped away from the roadblock and charged law enforcement, leading to his death.

While McConnell was one of the protesters occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, he was released from custody and remains uncharged.

The release gave McConnell to go to social media with his version of the events.

Weeks ago, a local government official resigned in protest after he caught government agents posing as members of a militia.

McConnell somehow managed to keep his name out of media reports throughout his time in the refuge.

While there is no evidence to suggest that McConnell is a government employee, the strong claims made by other eyewitnesses give reason to doubt the motivations of Mark McConnell in his defense of the government.

Watch the video here and comment below:


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