The thinly-veiled militia marketing tool that is the Bundy family is back in the news. You probably remember the whole flap with rancher Cliven Bundy a few years back- he’s the guy who decided that he didn’t have to pay grazing fees for the federal land he was using, and the whole thing ended up in a mess, with gun-toting idiots from all over the country converging on rural Nevada to dispense frontier justice. And some elements of the media were all over the story, turning Bundy into a folk hero until he revealed himself to be an insane racist rabble rouser. Well, I guess the family needed more attention, because a couple of his sons are now leading yet another pack of wackos in a siege of a wildlife refuge in Oregon. They say they want to take the land from the government and give it back to the people, and that they’ll stay until Uncle Sam relents. Good luck with that one, guys. Obviously this is just a custom-made opportunity for the militia movement to flex some muscle. So a town is freaked out and schools are closed down until these loonies get the media coverage they feel they deserve. But so far, they’re being largely ignored, which any parent knows is the best way to deal with a 3 year old who’s throwing a tantrum.