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By Liz Miller
Observer Staff Writer 

Affluenza Poster Boys Ryan and Ammon Bundy Still Having Trouble with Authority

In jail and in court, the millionaire ranchers think that rules are for other people


September 14, 2016

Ryan Bundy waving a copy of the Constitution that he doesn't understand. No, Ryan, you don't get to steal land, destroy government property, intimidate government employees, and pillage historical sites just because you are a Bundy.

District Court Judge Anna Brown is probably getting a bit exasperated with bad boy Ryan Bundy.

Bundy, who is being held awaiting trial for the unlawful occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last January, has opted to defend himself rather than have an attorney.

In an order filed August 24, Judge Brown threatened to strip Bundy of his pro se status because of his unwillingness to follow court orders and his open defiance of court authority.

Brown wrote that by repeatedly raising "frivolous issues and matters'' that the court has previously ruled on or resolved, Ryan Bundy has engaged in "serious and obstructionist misconduct,'' "abused the dignity of the courtroom'' and used his pro se status as a "license not to comply with relevant rules of procedural and substantive law."

In July, Bundy filed "legal" paperwork demanding $100 million to play the "role" of "defendant" during the trail. In the same document, he declared "I, ryan c, man, am an idiot of the 'Legal Society'; and; am an idiot (layman, outsider) of the 'Bar Association'; and; i am incompetent," implying that he didn't have to follow court rules because he doesn't understand them.

Two weeks ago the judge had to quash his subpoena requesting Oregon Governor Kate Brown to appear to testify at his trial.

Bundy argued that the governor had become directly involved in the case by "actively managing" law enforcement when she called on federal law enforcement to move quickly to end the occupation.

"The Court notes Ryan Bundy has not demonstrated Governor Brown has any personal knowledge of the law enforcement response to the events at MNWR,'' Brown wrote.

Just days later, she also had to quash his subpoenas for State Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.

This waste of court time isn't too surprising to anyone who has been following the pitiful saga of the Bundy Boys.

While the derogatory tag of "affluenza" seems far removed from the wild west image that this rancher family likes to cultivate, these are men whose financial privilege within their own community has left them truly unable to understand the difference between right and wrong.

Basically, they act like spoiled brats under any circumstances.

Take their complaints about jail:

Most of us realize that jail is not meant to be a comfortable place, but apparently that memo didn't reach Ryan and his brother Ammon.

Last May, they complained because they didn't have internet access in their cells. They NEEDED to have access to Facebook and email, they said. The boys also demanded a printer, a scanner, video editing software, comfortable chairs, "real pens," unmonitored phone calls, and permission to freely socialize with one another and their co-defendents (with whom they face federal conspiracy charges).

Ryan didn't want people rifling through his stuff.

Ammon actually said he was going to sue the jail for violating his civil rights, including his second amendment rights.

Say, what?

Yes, that's right: apparently if you're a Bundy, you should be allowed to have guns in jail.

Then Ammon filed to dismiss all charges on the basis that the federal government has no authority over the refuge and, thus, no standing to prosecute him. He also filed paperwork with federal court in Oregon stating he is a sovereign citizen and not subject to U.S. law.

These men have lost touch with reality. They are living in some sort of Bundy-centered fantasy world of their own creation.

I guess all of this isn't shocking, considering they were raised by welfare rancher Cliven Bundy, who has stolen more than $1M in grazing fees from us, the American people.

Welfare ranchers are those who run their livestock on public lands at prices far below what they would have to pay to lease private lands. Less than 3% of ranchers hold all of the public lands leasing rights, and the majority of them are 1%ers, including the Koch brothers, Ted Turner, the Hilton family, Mary Hewlett-Jaffe (Hewlett-Packard), and the Robert Earl Holding family (Sinclair Oil and hotels).

A host of advantages come with these leases, including the right to demand predator and wild horse removal at the public's expense. Almost half of the welfare ranchers have taken out substantial loans using their leasing rights as collateral.

All of that is not enough for Cliven, though.

No, he thinks we should actually GIVE him the land because, well, you know: he wants it.

The affluenza runs deep in this family.

Cliven Bundy: Failed at being a father.

As for Ryan Bundy, Judge Brown has graciously agreed that he could continue to defend himself after eliciting a promise that he wouldn't raise issues in front of a jury that have already been resolved.

You have to admire the Judge for her professional patience. She has continued to treat Bundy with respect and dignity, no matter what kind of annoying adolescent shenanigans he throws her way.

The saddest part is that this delusional lad doesn't even seem to know that his behavior is inappropriate. No one has ever taught him how to act like an adult.

When it comes to being a father, Cliven Bundy truly dropped the ball.

They may look like grown men, but his boys still act like children.


Reader Comments(13)

PoliticalPony writes:

If not for the internet, 5 people would have seen this article. Liz, the author, hasn't a clue. Indoctrination was her path to education. Everyone should study the constitution, Art1. Sec8. As well, the 9th and 10th amendment. Educate yourself in the history of U.S.territories state sovereignty, land wars between sheep herders and Cattlemen. You'll be amazed asst the abuse of the all knowing all being federal government. This is shameful, ignorance following ignorance. Ironic, the image verification word to post in here is (division). How appropriate.

JohnJJSchmidt writes:

Sorry, still not -Affluenza- just because someone has money. This is closer to that sovereign citizen garbage. They don't think they're entitled because they have money, they think they're entitled because they don't understand the concept of a society. The money is secondary, plenty of people with none has this same mentality. They think that the -people's land- is for the people who drive everyone else away, usually by force. Affluenza would be a deal if they thought they could mow down a family of 5 while driving drunk and get away with it because nobody ever told them it was wrong. PS: You can't use quote marks in a post? How ridiculous of a condition is that?

elrey writes:

Are you paid for this? That's messed up. Get a job that does something meaningfull.

Pepkat writes:

These inbred whackjobs think the rest of the world owes them a living,right up to their brood of government sponsored babies

Lycanth writes:

The Bundys and their ilk have been stealing from the American public for decades.

Indio writes:

The only legal idiot here is the writer. She knows nothing about the law. The alleged crime is Mala prohibita not Mala en se. Right and wrong has nothing to do with it. The fact is there isn't a shred of evidence the Constitution and codes apply to anyone.

DerpToAmerica writes:

You can't fix stupid. The Judge is wise not to try. You can, however, put stupid in prison when it breaks the law. Y'all Qaeda is about to get a civics lesson far superior to the wackiness they pulled off the internet that convinced them they were above the law.

Anuran writes:

Mamas, don't let your cowboys grow up to be babies.

robertwinn writes:

tapirrider I guess you never have read the Bible. Luke 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out o the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (b3cause he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. See how intelligent they were back then? They knew what children were.

4Liberty writes:

This article is so obviously state controlled. You who are applauding government tyranny and over reach are part of the problem. Anybody who stands for the constitution, freedom or liberty is a nutcase? You don't deserve to live here in America as you support everything going wrong in this country.depth

DeeMean writes:

Stop calling them ranchers. Neither is a rancher. In fact, the only 'rancher' in the entire Malheur standoff lot was Robert Finicum and his government subsidized welfare operation.

tapirrider writes:

Robertwinn, your statement that federal courts and the political party controlling them are killing children is absurd. It seems the Bundys are nutcases as are many of their supporters and followers.

robertwinn writes:

I used to do all of Ammon Bundy's welding when he lived here in Arizona. One thing I always liked about the Bundys was that they did not kill any children the way these federal courts and the political party that controls them do.


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