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tacocat  ·  870 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: John Paul Stevens: Repeal the Second Amendment

To be fair BLM was busy protesting the death of a black guy that week

goobster  ·  869 days ago  ·  link  ·  

"BLM" in this instance is Bureau of Land Management... the people upon whose land the Bundy's decided to graze their cattle for free.

The BLM is tasked with protecting the commonly-held lands in America (national parks, open spaces, unclaimed spaces, etc). So they ask for cattle ranchers to pay a fee to graze their cattle on public lands.

The Bundys didn't pay, so the BLM went in to collect.

Could have gone all Waco, and didn't, because everyone was standing around thinking, "Shit. This could go all Waco, and shit." And nobody pulled the first trigger.

Black Lives Matter has no role in this, other than choosing a three-letter descriptor that had already been in use for decades. (See also the WWF and the WWF.)

tacocat  ·  869 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I was being a ridiculous smartass. And I assumed klienbl00 was being similarly hyperbolic. But thanks for correcting me. I actually think my joke is funnier with the error

kleinbl00  ·  869 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Naw, dawg I'm stone-cold serious. The BLM was staring down an armed uprising and decided that they didn't wanna toe-to-toe it. It was an example of a well-armed citizenry withstanding and repelling government "repression" or "overreach".

Under an uglier era, they would have gone in regardless.

goobster  ·  869 days ago  ·  link  ·  

WHHHAT?!? You?!? A smartass?!?

Psh. I shoulda known.

tacocat  ·  869 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Honest thanks though.

Also my reputation has spread wider than I thought it could