"Now if you begin to feel an intense and crushing feeling of religious terror at the concept, don't be alarmed. That indicates only that you are still sane."In a year filled with personal and political dick punches too numerous to count, it seemed inconceivable that anything could further shock the nation's collective consciousness out of near brain-death. And then:
Wally Weaver, "Watchmen"
"Jury finds all Oregon standoff defendants not guilty of federal conspiracy, gun charges"That's right: Y'all-Qaeda stormed
October 27th, 2016
A federal jury on Thursday found Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan Bundy and five co-defendants not guilty of conspiring to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs through intimidation, threat or force during the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The Bundy brothers and occupiers Jeff Banta and David Fry also were found not guilty of having guns in a federal facility. Kenneth Medenbach was found not guilty of stealing government property, and a hung jury was declared on Ryan Bundy's charge of theft of FBI surveillance cameras.
"More than we could have hoped for,'' said one of Ammon Bundy's lawyers, J. Morgan Philpot.
"Stunning," said defense lawyer Lisa Ludwig, who was standby counsel for Ryan Bundy.
"I'm just thrilled," said Neil Wampler's attorney Lisa Maxfield.
What Bundy and his fellow teabagger morons engaged in is the literal definition of treason, yet despite overwhelming evidence of their guilt, they will receive zero punishment for it. I don't know how many dead hookers the judge, jury, and legal teams in the Bundy case have stashed in their collective basements, but somebody must have found them. All of them. How else does this happen?
Meanwhile, some seriously grandiloquent fuckery is happening in the Dakotas:
"Law Enforcement Arrest 141 #NoDAPL Water Protectors, Shoot Beanbag Rounds and Pepper Spray"As far as studies in opposites go, it doesn't get much starker than this. Given the current political/electoral climate, where guys like Republican has-been Joe Walsh are saying batshit crazy things like:
October 28th, 2016
Yesterday (October 27), officers from at least five states—North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming and Nebraska—seized the latest camp built by opponents to the Dakota Access Pipeline. There were numerous arrests, as well as reported violence by officers against animals. The 1851 Treaty Camp was created Sunday, October 23, near the Cannonball River in North Dakota.
Between 200 to 300 militarized police officers, eight all-terrain vehicles, five armored vehicles and two helicopters were on scene, according to the Sacred Stone Camp website. Police wearing riot gear arrested 141 people, the Guardian reports, as well as pepper sprayed, shot beanbag pellets and beat occupiers with batons, as seen in several videos posted to Facebook. The confrontation occurred after officers asked that water protectors retreat south and leave behind the camp, and they refused...
This event happened on the same day a federal court jury acquitted seven White Oregon men of all charges for leading an armed militia in a 41-day standoff with law enforcement in January—a parallel Indigenous Environmental Network campaign organizer Dallas Goldtooth highlighted in a post on his Facebook page. “The racial undertones of yesterday's actions cannot be ignored,” he wrote. “Armed white men stand off against police in Oregon: Acquitted. Unarmed water protectors in North Dakota: Concussion grenades, rubber bullets and batons.”
On November 8th, I'm voting for Trump.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 26, 2016
On November 9th, if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket.
@jaketapper It means protesting. Participating in acts of civil disobedience. Doing what it takes to get our country back.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 26, 2016
All I can keep thinking to myself is: