wisecomp

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About wisecomp

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  • Birthday 02/22/1960

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    Eastern Oregon
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    Horses, genealogy
  1. Here's a few links of the situation here ... it's dividing the county even more than it ever was. Pretty sad. http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2016/01/oregon_standoff_anger_frustrat.html http://www.flashalert.net/news.html?id=5384 And other stuff for your reading entertainment ... http://news.yahoo.com/4-000-artifacts-stored-oregon-refuge-held-armed-061523370.html http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4710736281001/susan-hammond-on-the-oregon-rancher-case/ http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2016/01/oregon_standoff_occupiers_remo.html This guy is scary. Everything he posts is "BREAKING NEWS" ... http://endtheblm.blogspot.com/2016/01/breaking-harney-county-judge-grastys.html Yeah, it just gets more and more fun ... Gotta love my friend Georgia Marshall though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1t2oV2QAr4
  2. When ignored, they pull stunts to gain media attention. Like driving the stolen Fish & Wildlife rigs to town last Friday with their "logo" over the doors. One was arrested and whisked away and the vehicles were impounded. Ignoring them causes them to escalate. Reminds me of Glen Close in that movie ... "I will not be ignored!" All I know is we have more than our fair share of black SUV's with tinted windows. And here I thought they only had those in the movies!
  3. I wish I had time to tell more ... it just gets crazier by the day! Sometimes, it's not the initial "crazies" that cause the problems as much as it is the ones they attract, who are truly unstable, and unsavory, characters. I am truly concerned for what the future will bring. I do not see this ending well, or peacefully. And I seriously doubt the government is going to turn the wildlife refuge over to some ranchers. *sigh*
  4. Oh, there is so much floating around! Too much, really. #1. The Hammonds broke the law, had years to make a deal or roll the dice in court. They chose to roll the dice and they lost. They were sentenced, the Judge didn't feel the charges they plea bargained to warranted the minimum mandatory sentence and gave them what he felt was an appropriate sentence. He didn't have that authority, the feds appealed, the process took awhile. Meanwhile, the Hammonds served the original sentence imposed while waiting the outcome of the appeal. The feds won the appeal and the Hammonds were re-sentenced last fall to the mandatory time, which is 5 years, with credit for time served. That's what ticked everyone off -- the re-sentencing, which has been blown way out of proportion. #2. In comes the "militia", aka Bundy's gang. They won in Nevada so they are emboldened and come here with their "muscle". The community has been split over the whole thing. Some want them to stay and continue to occupy the refuge; most want them to go home. Most also appreciate they brought to national attention the situation with the Hammonds but feel committing more illegal acts is not warranted. #3. Rumors: The BLM did not intentionally burn up a ranchers cows that were penned up. The BLM hasn't "stolen" land from ranchers -- they have bought land or traded land though, on the refuge. #4. We have a group that works with the BLM, the refuge and the forest service on grazing permits. We've gained a lot of ground there and people have a decent rapport with the range techs and range cons here. Oregon is different than other states and we have worked hard to be different and to be good stewards of the land and work with the gov't. Now, some links that make for good reading, for anyone who wishes to know more: http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4685445545001/armed-protesters-occupy-federal-building-in-oregon/ This was last night: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2016/01/residents_near_oregon_standoff.html http://www.ktvb.com/videos/news/2016/01/06/longform_harneysherifftownhall01062016/78387754/ And at the tribe I work for yesterday morning: (if the link works, since it's Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/667120473429463/?pnref=story I'll find more and post later, if you are still interested. My thoughts? I think the Hammonds committed a crime and were punished. Do I think they should go back to prison and serve more time? No. Do I think they were treated unfairly by the BLM? Some, yes, but some of it they brought on themselves by constantly bucking the system and breaking the rules. Lots of people do it; the Hammonds got caught and are being punished for it. I know the Hammonds and like Dwight and Susie. I don't know Steve well but know his wife some. I think overall they are decent people, have done good things for many in the community and don't deserve this. The BLM is fully within the law and their rights but it doesn't mean it's morally right.
  5. I'll weigh in on this topic in a bit, after dinner and such. See, it's in Harney, not Malheur county (but the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is where they are "occupying") and it's where I live. Oh, and I know Dwight and Susie, and Steve and Earlyna Hammond. I'll be back later!
  6. Some of my all time favorite things will always be kids and horses though ...
  7. Sweet story behind this photo: The little boys were both in the "mutton busting" competition at the rodeo: The little boy in the buckskin chinks got trampled by his sheep, got bandaged up by the EMT's and tears wiped away. The little boy in the black shirt won the mutton busting. It seems that Colton, the little boy in black, won a buckle last year mutton busting so he asked the rodeo people if he could give his buckle to Levi, the little boy who got hurt. The rodeo folks were surprised, and tickled, at such a touching gesture. And, of course, told him yes. You can see Levi is about to cry ... so were a lot of us!
  8. OK, some more of my "other" types of photos ... One of the tribal elders, smudging all players and viewers of a La Crosse game before it starts: Smoke jumpers, pre-flight:
  9. Thanks all! nick -- those were smoke jumpers; I was asked by the airport to come photograph them. From the ground. Not gonna catch ME jumping out of a plane! I really didn't think I would like doing posed shoots but I've found they are really a lot of fun! Senior pictures last year were fun and doing some family photos here and there has been entertaining!
  10. It was a pretty cool wedding and the grandpa's were a riot! I've had people question me on posting the photo because it's not "PC". I figure if a true "Cowboy" and a true "Indian" aren't offended, no one else has any business being upset. We all chuckled about it and I've even sold that photo to a couple from Nebraska that was travelling through town.
  11. OH! I have to share one more! Ron's grandson got married last spring. His wife is 1/2 Indian. So, instead of bride's side/groom's side, they had a sign reading "Cowboys/Indians". Ron met the "other" grandpa at the wedding and they drug me over to take this photo: Aren't they cute? LOL
  12. Aw, thanks Oz! I did have a few photos framed and in an art gallery in Eugene last spring. That was kind of cool. Now, I just have photos all over the walls in the shop, framed and unframed. People love to come in and look on the big wall where most of my photos are in a huge, 30' long collage basically. Locals look for people they know in the photos and I get a lot of photo sessions that way. More pictures before I quit for the night? The view from 10,000'
  13. Thanks! I wonder how I get some of the shots too ...
  14. A couple more ...
  15. LOL! I'm not *that* good but thanks for the vote of confidence!