|Kirk Lyons, Southern Legal Resource Center|
This past week a group of militia members took over a federal facility in Oregon, to protest illegal federal "ownership" of state lands, and to protest the re-internment of two farmers who were sent to prison for starting a burn-off on their own land that inadvertently spread to federal lands (so-called). After serving their sentences, a federal judge decided that they had not served enough time, and ordered them returned to prison.
The Kansas City Star has an article on the latest militia-federales standoff, calling the militia members "anti-government extremists," and quoting the laughable, discredited Southern Poverty Law Center to the effect that it's all connected to white supremacists.
The Star's article mentions a FaceBook friend of mine, Kirk Lyons, lawyer, Confederate activist and head of the Southern Legal Resource Center (of which I am a member). I was chatting with Kirk just last week, about his collection of 19th century photographs -- tintypes, ambrotypes, daguerrotypes, etc. Liberals hate Lyons with extreme ferocity, as he sues people and institutions that discriminate against people flying the Confederate flag. However, some years back, Kirk Lyons defused a similar militia-federal standoff by negotiating the surrender of the militia members, the Montana Freemen. There is talk that he may be used again to negotiate with the Oregon militia members.
Maybe it's just me, but the militia members don't seem like "extremists" to me. The federal government does, however.