America’s right-wing militias have all got ragers for revolution after an armed standoff with the feds over cattle
What started as an old fashioned land dispute in the Nevada desert over some cattle last week turned into a crazed armed standoff between the federal government and armed right wing groups from around the country. Many anti-government websites were calling the standoff the first shots in the second American Revolution and that this was the federal government finally gone too far.
Even the White House had some April 1st fun today, announcing a Presidential Council on Beards, ”“a committee of volunteer citizens and officials dedicated to honoring our nation’s history, and promoting men’s health and wellness.” Hopefully, this means Obama might consider growing out that awesome nasty beard that’s just waiting to come out.
In 1998, in an effort to integrate post Cold War into the Western world, the member nations of the G7 pact— the US, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Japan and Italy, invited Russia to their little club making it the G8. But with Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the world leaders of the G7 countries voted to kick Russia out.
Under military occupation, with Ukrainian TV stations shut down on the peninsula and no debate on the matter, Crimean voters yesterday voted nearly 97% in favor of leaving Ukraine and joining Mother Russia. Democracy in action.
For centuries, nearly anyone with any wealth or political power in the Mediterranean region has conquered the small Crimean peninsula, since its location on the Black Sea has provided someone with some sort of advantage. The Greeks, Venetians, Huns, Goths, Romans, Turks, Mongols and Tartars have all planted their flags there. So when Russia rolled in a couple weeks ago, taking over the semiautonomous region with the claim it was protecting Russian citizens, it was another event in the long history of conquering Crimea. Shortly after it had Ukranian military bases surrounded, Russia said they were going to let Crimeans vote on their future— but as it turns out, that vote doesn’t have a “Russia, nyet” option.