Militia groups have been active in the Northwest for decades. What they want is an overthrow of federal authority and a return to old-school traditional family values.
To understand the source of the Bundy's self-righteous anger, it's helpful to examine their religious views, which are rooted in a maverick strain of fundamentalism found throughout rural Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Nevada.
Federal land is currently being occupied by protestors. Or, according to some, by domestic terrorists. But pigeonholing these guys with either label isn't quite as easy as it might first seem.
It becomes clearer perhaps why those waging the armed siege taking place in Oregon right now don't view themselves as terrorists. Rather, above-the-law is simply the way the meat industry is accustomed to operating in our country.
Auntie Rosa wanted to ensure the constitutional rights of all Americans. These men want public land turned over for private uses. Auntie Rosa was willing to go to jail for her beliefs. These men hide behind guns.
As a Muslim American who has repeatedly been called a terrorist and told "to go back home" as a result of the media's overdramatic coverage on the crimes carried out by "Muslims" that don't represent the teachings of my faith, my mind is filled with questions.
The only reason why white ranchers have any land to run their cattle on today -- whether it is land that they hold a deed to, that they now defend against federal seizure, or public land that they currently use to feed their livestock -- was stolen from the American Indians.
It appears we stopped being sensible some time ago, and 2016 doesn't appear to be the year we regain our senses. At least not if the news now is an indicator.
In a TMFS sketch, Shemp Bundy nephew of Clive Bundy and cousin to Ammon Bundy explains why the armed group seized the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oreg...
What's happening in Oregon right now isn't a show of protest. This is a show of utter white privilege.
The re-imprisonment scheduled for Monday of two rural Oregon ranchers on arson charges was the catalyst, but not the cause of the armed takeover of federal property by anti-government protestors that began on Saturday.
When we're quick to label black and brown bodies as thugs and terrorists, but fail to call out this situation for what it is -- white, domestic terrorism -- there is no denying justice is selective in America.
We haven't had a lot of dogs over the years. Never more than two at a time. Our last Christmas dog was Rinaldo. It is our wont to go Christmas week ...
In 2015, state legislators considered bills to legalize marijuana in 21 states, decriminalize marijuana possession in 17 states, and legalize medical marijuana in 19 states. The table was set in other ways that will lead to a healthy serving of marijuana policy reform in 2016.
This is the last blog in our series as we count down to the winter solstice -- the darkest day of the year. These past few weeks, we've featured some ...
States should follow Oregon and California's lead here and do more to ensure that their citizens are able to be heard, and my home state of Kansas is no exception - though they may need to recall Kris Kobach first.