Ex-Sheriff Backtracks On Bundy Ranch Human Shields


In an interview with TPM, Mack portrayed a scene where the protesters genuinely believed they could be killed by federal agents at any moment. But he also backed off one of the more striking claims he’d made during the standoff.

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Comments Update

We'd hoped to open the beta testing phase of our new comments system to the larger community this evening. We just about got there. But there was one more performance enhancement we wanted to do before we did so. We hope to have the beta larger for the whole community tomorrow morning.

This is Going to Be Good

For those who watch these things the exquisitely fragile glass jaw of the Brian Ross investigative unit at ABC News has been an extremely open secret for roughly forever. And now it seems like ABC's (extremely ill-considered fight) to try to force its way into a Pulitzer Prize could bring it all out. Here's the story - where they're burned scorchingly by the folks they're trying to take the prize from.

For those life forms that subsist on schadenfreude, this could be the feast of all feasts.

Harder to Handle

Must read from TPM Reader SB ...

I know from my personal experience that people with strong racial and other biases are unlikely to admit those biases even to themselves. I grew up in a Republican family. My parents voted the straight Republican ticket in every election. They never espoused hatred toward blacks, hispanics, Jews, or any other group.

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Thoughts on "Hard to Handle"

I think TPM Reader RC is imputing naiveté where what I was expressing was more a matter cognitive dissonance on latter-day Ron Paul and his role as - no other way to say it - prominent figure in far-right white nationalist politics. But powerful personal account from RC ...

I must take issue with you on this comment, although I certainly understand it:

"Personally, I have to say that it's always been difficult for me to square this history with the kindly old guy many of us got to know in recent years."

This is in fact a summation of the entire conservative view that "nice" people can't be racists, or that only outwardly vicious people can be called such. It's problematic and it's more than a little naïve.

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Comments Tomorrow (Most Likely)

Just a quick update on comments. We are tentatively - I stress, tentatively - planning to roll out our new comments system to the full TPM community late in the day tomorrow. The new system will still be in beta. So we'll be looking for bug reports if you have them and tips or suggestions on functionality and so forth. In case you missed it, here's our primer on the new system from last Friday on how the new system works.