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In other news, one of the Bundy militiamen who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon has plead guilty, apparently to avoid more charges related to the Bundy standoff in Nevada.

Corey Lequieu, 46, of Fallon, Nev., and his court-appointed attorney said his guilty plea came because he faced the prospect of being charged with other crimes, including for his alleged role in the Bundy family’s 2014 standoff with the Bureau of Land Management at Bunkerville, Nev. Lequieu won’t have to cooperate with federal investigators or testify against co-defendants as part of the plea agreement.

Lequieu plead guilty to impeding federal officers. This happened in the exact same courtroom where the other Bundy militiamen are claiming the federal statute against impeding federal officers is somehow unconstitutional. Is Lequieu the only one with a lawyer who knows what they're doing?

Meanwhile, the Texas board of education candidate who said President Obama is a gay prostitute and secret Muslim, among other things, was defeated at the 11th hour by someone who is not quite as loony.

And finally, Exxon and Chevron shareholders have voted to reject a proposal that the companies issue an annual assessment of how climate change will impact their own business. That seems a little short-sighted to me.

  • Aynwrong

    What ExxonMobil is doing is not surprising at all. The other day MEDIAITE posted an opinion piece about how climate change deniers are being persecuted by the big bad government and people who believe scientists aren’t part of a socialist conspiracy. It was raw propaganda. The likes of which right think tanks have been pumping out for years. Maybe I’m being paranoid but if the writer of this “think piece” ends up working for an oil company, I won’t exactly be shocked.

    • JMAshby

      They’re cutting their own heads off. It’s coming and it will hurt them too. If they had a lick of sense they’d start producing solar cells and turbines.

      There will come a day when these same shareholders start asking why the company didn’t get out ahead of the clean energy business.

      • Badgerite

        Even Saudi Arabia is investing in solar energy plants. There are many ways to spin a turbine which is what actually produces the energy, so this almost religious attachment to fossil fuels is ridiculous. There are simply better technologies to produce energy and they are here right now. When the industry built around fossil fuels goes down I think it will go down with a big crash.

        • Aynwrong

          Remember though, America still has contend with the bizarre creature known as The Conservative. These are people who are still proud of the fact that Ronald Reagan took down the solar panels that Jimmy Carter placed on the White House. If America begins to invest in solar energy they would have to utter those four most horrifying of words, “the liberals were right.”

          They would drink a glass of water from Flint, Michigan first.

          • Badgerite

            You’re right, of course.

  • Groundloop

    “Is Lequieu the only one with a lawyer who knows what they’re doing?”

    Given that all the rest of the defendants seem to have retained the services of fellow travellers in the sovereign citizen ‘movement’, or are acting as their own counsel, that seems like a safe bet.

    • swift_4

      Yeah, probably. I can see the deal being made. “Look you need someone in the movement to admit impeding federal officers is a crime. How about you charge him for that and let him off on everything else? Then you nail the big boys.”

  • Christopher Foxx

    Meanwhile, the Texas board of education candidate who said President Obama is a gay prostitute and secret Muslim, among other things, was defeated at the 11th hour by someone who is not quite as loony.

    “Superintendents and teachers (and their friends and families) across the district rallied against her due to disagreement with her positions on education policy, the belief she would not be a good representative of the district’s interests, and the embarrassment they felt her election would bring to the region.”

    Goodness. Did a conservative populace finally develop a sense of shame?

    • Aynwrong

      Even money says that same populace goes for Drumph.

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        No bet.