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A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief



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So far 2016 has been difficult. I have not had much time for fundraising, communicating with you … not to mention sleep.

In early January I was overcome with a desire to help a rancher and his friends that the media misrepresented so badly, that you were not allowed to know them as they really were and what they were doing, and as I know the spokesman, LaVoy Finicum, to be.

We need your help now – IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. Please read on…

Family members that were able to travel the distance visited him at the refuge. They knew in their hearts they may have said their last goodbye to their father, husband and brother.

He had told them ever since the events at the Bundy Ranch in 2014 that liberty was more valuable than life, and he was willing to die for it, if necessary.

They prayed together one last time and said their goodbyes.

It was not long after that he was murdered in an ambush on a lonely highway, left alone to die in the snow.

The slow motion video shows, after several shots had been fired at him, that he had both hands up when they gunned him down.

For what?

He was standing on his belief that the U.S. Constitution, an inspired document, was in tatters, and he needed to do something to wake people up.

Throughout ancient Biblical and contemporary history, acts of civil disobedience have indeed changed the course of history. They are always controversial and met with much criticism.

We now know that those were shots heard around the world. Over two months later, we also know they have awakened many and they are changing the course of history.

Ammon Bundy

Ammon Bundy

Yes it was controversial, as those events typically are. Others were arrested and sent to jail, given sentences so cruel and unusual as to put them into solitary confinement, throw food to them on the dirty floor, and for those who belong to a religion that has defended marriage between a man and a woman, they clothed them in pink. They are charged with multiple felonies so egregious as “conspiracy” that threaten to condemn them to prison for life and beyond the years they even have remaining on this earth. They are apparently worse than a rapist.

Yes, they were exercising their First and Second Amendment rights to free speech and to carry a gun for protection. But they were not the violent ones at the refuge. In fact, they never brandished a gun at a soul. It was a non-violent protest.

They were standing in solidarity for their rancher friends, Dwight (73) and Steven Hammond (46), a father and son serving a second term in prison (double jeopardy – illegal) for “arson” and with former charges of “domestic terrorism.”

A sheriff that was criticized for speaking out too strongly about the “federal government over reach” and that is the sheriff of a county the police report called a “U.N. Free Zone” and the reason they could not stage the ambush there, is now under a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice for his views and actions to help the protestors to arrange a meeting in his county. (I have posted all the documentation on the Liberty LIneup Facebook page.)

Meanwhile, the vulnerable – their wives and children – have been left behind intentionally to break the will of the leaders of a movement that has risen out of years of unsuccessful appeals for redress. An over-reaching central government considers this a great enough threat that the this same tyrant – the federal government – is demanding these people pay the price.

While at the refuge, these good men – faithful to their wives and children – were called “domestic terrorists” – “anti-government militants” and “leaders of the militia” and under the regulations and definitions of the Department of Homeland Security and its “domestic terrorist list” they are “guilty as charged.” (Documentation on the Facebook page.)

LaVoy Finicum was never the leader of a militia, even though militias are protected under the Second Amendment. He was a rancher and a leader of ranchers who have suffered enormous regulations that make ranching a dying industry in the U.S. This is about our food supply and our liberty to access our land and own it and work it.

Their families and friends continue to mourn for the enormous losses. Children cry out for their daddies. Their wives are left behind to courageously lead. These are strong women and they are not allowing this to get them down. Their children are being taught the courage of their parents.

Some citizens are confused by the media coverage. Others are deceived. A few know the truth. Overall, many have preferred to sideline quarterback, condemn, and shun.

Regardless what you believe – whether these are saints or sinners – one man showed absolute Christlike love. He traveled to the ranch recently to return the Bible that belonged to LaVoy Finicum, who many loved and followed for the principles he lived and taught.

His name was Reverend Franklin Graham. I will share more about this amazing story later. But for now, as I said, I need your help.

ACTION NEEDED NOW
I need to get to Portland, Oregon in a couple of days to visit Ammon and Ryan Bundy in jail, deliver them some U.S. Constitutions, to meet with the media there and to get eyewitness testimony and show our love and our support at their Court hearing on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. All 22 from the Malheur Refuge will be there.

The Judge will decide whether they will stay in the Portland, Oregon jail or whether they will be transported to Las Vegas and then back to Oregon. They have appealed to stay in Oregon. I don’t have time to go into details, but please, please, please… we need your help right now.

ACTION
First, your prayers and fasting are needed.

Whatever you can contribute will be so appreciated. I estimate it will cost around $800 round trip. A $35. $50. $100, $250, $500, or full amount is greatly appreciated in the next 24 hours. Simply click on the donate tab at the top right, or click here.

Letters and notes to the prisoners are helping the prisoners through this horrible experience they are willing to endure – for our Liberty.

Do not sit by and let the sacrifice of one man and the rest in jail to be doing so in vain! Here’s the current list.

A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief
At LaVoy’s funeral, we sang one of his favorite hymns. I became so choked up I could not go on when we began to sing Verse 5.

But now it’s Verse 6 that motivates me.

The message from our Judeo-Christian heritage is clear: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matt. 25:40

I hope you have a blessed Sunday and that this beautiful arrangement of the hymn A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief will uplift and inspire you.

Complete Lyrics
1. A poor, wayfaring Man of grief
Hath often crossed me on my way,
Who sued so humbly for relief
That I could never answer nay.
I had not pow’r to ask his name,
Whereto he went, or whence he came;
Yet there was something in his eye
That won my love; I knew not why.

2. Once, when my scanty meal was spread,
He entered; not a word he spake,
Just perishing for want of bread.
I gave him all; he blessed it, brake,
And ate, but gave me part again.
Mine was an angel’s portion then,
For while I fed with eager haste,
The crust was manna to my taste.

3. I spied him where a fountain burst
Clear from the rock; his strength was gone.
The heedless water mocked his thirst;
He heard it, saw it hurrying on.
I ran and raised the suff’rer up;
Thrice from the stream he drained my cup,
Dipped and returned it running o’er;
I drank and never thirsted more.

4. ‘Twas night; the floods were out; it blew
A winter hurricane aloof.
I heard his voice abroad and flew
To bid him welcome to my roof.
I warmed and clothed and cheered my guest
And laid him on my couch to rest,
Then made the earth my bed and seemed
In Eden’s garden while I dreamed.

5. Stript, wounded, beaten nigh to death,
I found him by the highway side.
I roused his pulse, brought back his breath,
Revived his spirit, and supplied
Wine, oil, refreshment–he was healed.
I had myself a wound concealed,
But from that hour forgot the smart,
And peace bound up my broken heart.

6. In pris’n I saw him next, condemned
To meet a traitor’s doom at morn.
The tide of lying tongues I stemmed,
And honored him ‘mid shame and scorn.
My friendship’s utmost zeal to try,
He asked if I for him would die.
The flesh was weak; my blood ran chill,
But my free spirit cried, “I will!”

7. Then in a moment to my view
The stranger started from disguise.
The tokens in his hands I knew;
The Savior stood before mine eyes.
He spake, and my poor name he named,
“Of me thou hast not been ashamed.
These deeds shall thy memorial be;
Fear not, thou didst them unto me.”

Text: James Montgomery, 1771-1854
Music: George Coles, 1792-1858, alt.

Oregon Refuge Update: Law Enforcement and FBI Hold News Conference to Disclose Investigative Report

Here is the complete news conference from Tuesday, March 8, 2016. It is Oregon’s attempt to continue laying the foundation of its legal case. This is a very one-sided report. It is clear that LaVoy made every attempt to let authorities know he needed to get to the Sheriff for help. The Oregon State Police are in an ongoing investigation and have accused the FBI of misconduct.  The original facts presented have been since altered as to the number of shots fired.

This video courtesy OregonLive (The Oregonian)

Here is the OregonLive.com video that shows Shawna Cox’s video from inside LaVoy Finicum’s truck. The investigative team says they have synchronized it with the FBI’s aerial video. Shawna says they have edited it and that the narrative is a lie.

This synchronized video itself is edited and incomplete. Still missing are body cams (required by Oregon State law), along with Shawna Cox’s incomplete video.

UPDATE
We have since learned that the OSP TURNED OFF THEIR BODY CAMS! This is happening around the country. So it is required by law, but police are now deciding to turn off the cams to hide evidence.

Finally, here is Jeanette Finicum’s statement today in response to the Oregon news conference.

Stand By Me for Liberty Rallies to Honor Fallen Hero of Oregon Refuge Occupation

Thousands to gather in over 30 states on Saturday, March 5, 2016 to carry forward LaVoy Finicum’s message of original intent, to support the pardon and release of political arrests and prisoners and to call a National Day of Fasting and Prayer Sunday, March 6, 2016

On Saturday March 5, 2016 thousands of citizens will gather in more than 30 states in rallies large and small to pay tribute to Nevada rancher LaVoy Finicum, their fallen hero and spokesman for the peaceful occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The attendees will also gather in support of the pardoning and release of nearly 30 arrested and political prisoners, including Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, the “Final Four,” a radio talk show host, and Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond. To find rally locations and times, go to Facebook “National Stand By Me for Liberty” and scroll down state by state.

The Finicum family is calling for a state and federal investigation of a wrongful death. LaVoy Finicum’s widow Jeanette will be speaking for the first time in this public setting at 1 PM Mountain time from the Utah State Capitol, live streamed on the LaVoy Finicum YouTube channel http://bit.ly/1QJ0UYL #IAMLaVoy #LibertyRising. Joining Mrs. Finicum on the platform are their two daughters Thara Tenney and Brittney Beck.

LaVoy and Jeanette Finicum were one of two families in Arizona granted a high-level license to foster fifty teenage boys over 20 years. Mitch Finicum testifies to the high quality parenting the eleven children and foster children received, “Our father’s death was near and dear to many hearts,” he said. He stood for liberty and lived his life in a way that showed the essence of being a free man. He welcomed all to learn, regardless of differing opinions. He showed an outpouring of love and taught that we should exercise our rights in a civil manner. Dad lived it, even laying down of his life for it. Will a man be free or will he be a slave?”

Sunday, March 6, 2016, is a National Day of Fasting and Prayer for those arrested and incarcerated and their families. Carol Bundy, wife of Nevada rancher Cliven and mother of Ammon and Ryan, who defended their constitutional property rights at their Nevada ranch in 2014 said, “We thank everyone around the world for their continued prayers and support, for waking up and realizing America is in trouble. We ask everyone to pray for America, to get a copy of the US Constitution and read it, study it, teach it. Understand the custom and culture of the West and the control the federal government has over our lands. Where in the Constitution does it give the BLM, the Forest Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service this jurisdiction?”

Finicum’s niece Jessica Fauth Edgar of Denver, Colorado, spearheaded the rallies and spoke to the organic rise of liberty-minded people everywhere who connected in a matter of days. “It is unbelievable to see how many people are coming together in such a short time to organize these rallies. Soon every state will be holding monthly town hall meetings and educational events of all types. I want to thank my Uncle LaVoy for his ultimate sacrifice that opened my eyes to the challenge our nation faces.”

BACKGROUND
On January 2, 2016, a peaceful rally drawing over 300 ranchers, sheriffs, elected officials and citizens from around the country was held in Burns, Oregon protesting the incarceration of Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond. After the rally a group of ranchers and their supporters who follow Justice Antonin Scalia’s views on the Constitution called “originalism” or “original intent” walked into a federally managed wildlife refuge building, a legal trespass known as “hostile adverse possession,” used to “uncloud” titles. They spent their days helping citizens in the area uncover the long history of abuses and land grabs, teaching them of their Constitutional rights under original intent. They went freely to and from the refuge and the crowds increased as people came out to learn more.

On January 26, 2016 while traveling to one such event at the invitation of County Sheriff Glenn Palmer, where over 400 people waited, Mr. Finicum was assassinated with both hands up by the FBI and Oregon State Police in an illegal “deadman’s blockade” on a blind curve along a highway in eastern Oregon.

Finicum was a respected teacher of the Constitution and leader of rancher land rights in the Western states, and known as a peaceful man and beloved father of 11 children. Since that ambush, political prisoners have been held in solitary confinement for 14 days and without bail in Multnomah County Jail in Portland, Oregon. The protest began with a rally to oppose the incarceration of Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steve Hammond in Oregon’s San Pedro jail.

The constitutional question surrounding these peaceful protests is the “original intent” interpretation of the US Constitution championed by the late US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. In question is a citizen’s First Amendment free speech right to a legal trespass for the purpose of “unclouding” land title and to defend property rights from gross federal overreach.

Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond were incarcerated on “double jeopardy,” false charges of arson and domestic terrorism, for which they had already served time. From the 2014 Bundy Ranch property defense to the peaceful protest at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January 2016, citizens across the nation are rising up in support of their constitutional rights and to demand the pardoning and release of those detained and arrested here, along with an undisclosed list of many more.

Arrest List as of March 1, 2016
Dwight Hammond and Steven Hammond (Oregon ranchers); Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and Cliven Bundy (Nevada ranchers); Sean Anderson, David Lee Fry, Jeff Wayne Banta and Sandra Lynn Pfeifer Anderson (“The Final Four”), Peter Santilli (Radio Talk Show Host); Jon Ritzheimer, Joseph O’Shaughnessy, Ryan Payne, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox, Jason Patrick, Duane Leo Ehmer, Dylan Anderson, Kenneth Medenbach, Blaine Cooper, Wesley Kjar, Corey Lequieu, Neil Wampler, Jason Charles Blomgren, Darryl William Thorn, Eric Lee Flores, Geoffrey Stanek.

Click on the image to join the event.

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LaVoy Finicum’s Widow Speaks Out About Her Husband’s Assassination by FBI

Listen to this very warm and emotional interview with Jeanette Finicum, LaVoy Finicum’s widow.  This is her first radio interview since he was assassinated on an Oregon highway while on his way to an event at the invitation of Sheriff Glenn Palmer where he was educating the townspeople about the Constitution.  LaVoy shared the same views as the late Justice Scalia – “originalism.”

Special thanks to Dennis Michael Lynch and his TV team for taking great care to spread the truth.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

 

A Tribute to LaVoy – His Daughters Speak Out After the Funeral

Special thanks to Gephardt Daily for this beautiful video montage accompanying the statement from two of LaVoy Finicum’s daughters, Thara Tenney and Belle Collier.

They Won the West

Freedom’s Cry – Lyrics and Music Finicum Sisters

Freedom’s Cry
Written and Performed by The LaVoy Finicum daughters
A Tribute to LaVoy Finicum, the Arizona rancher and father of 11 who was killed in an apparent FBI-OPS operation ambush near Burns, Oregon, Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Please help the family by contributing to their official memorial fund.

FBI Releases Video of LaVoy Finicum’s Murder

They Won the West

VIDEO COMMENTARY – UPDATE, Friday, January 29, 2016
After the FBI news conference on Thursday.
This video was released Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 by the FBI.

WARNING: This is difficult to watch, but it is not a close up – it’s an aerial view. Combined with the testimonies of the audio interchange between LaVoy and the troopers, it is proof that LaVoy Finicum was murdered.

God bless LaVoy Finicum and his wife Jeanette, eleven children and all the grandchildren. LaVoy said from the moment he arrived in the Malheur Refuge that he was prepared to die in defending freedom but that he would not be the aggressor. He emphasized that he would rather die than spend time in jail.

What has this country become that it would unleash military style reinforcements on the people we knew wanted a peaceful resolution?

There are no words.

Here is the complete video. Start at about 9:20.

We want to thank our friend Sean Hannity for pressuring the FBI to release this video. I hope to get more evidence soon. We will keep you updated.

I posted the embed code in my last email communication instead of the link. Here it is. It has been corrected here.

Liberty Lineup Radio Spreads Truth – Eye Witnesses to Oregon Land Protest

Here’s the audio of our radio show from Thursday, January 14, 2016 with our great hosts Ben McClintock and Enoch Moore of DefendingUtah.org.

The interview was with Guy Finicum and Sharla Christie, eye witnesses of what is happening with the ranchers of Harney Co. Oregon and the Bundy Brothers. The media are LYING. Here’s the truth.

Sign the petition to commute the sentences of the Hammond’s – Click Here.