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In a one-sided standoff, a fugitive in Texas has holed up on his land for 11 years — Is this the real wild west

 
Minnie Kitty

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In a one-sided standoff, a fugitive in Texas has holed up on his land for 11 years — Is this the real wild west
TRINIDAD,TX — On the other side of the barbed-wire fence, John Joe Gray, a "free-standing man" and fugitive from the law, is locked and loaded for the coming apocalypse or authorities - whichever shows up first.

"It's coming," he says. "It's time this country knows God is coming."

A rifle is slung across his back and a gun belt around his waist holds a revolver and extra cartridges. A knife is strapped to the other side of his lean torso. A battered felt hat frames a deeply lined face and bushy beard.

Dangling from a nearby tree, a hangman's noose strangles a weathered sign that sums up his stance: "Solution to tyranny."

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[link to www.chron.com]

Who is free? Is he more free than most?

Should we feel sorry for the children, not being able to participate in "the rites of passage" Or are they better off?










[link to www.chron.com]
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05/23/2011 05:31 PM
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Re: In a one-sided standoff, a fugitive in Texas has holed up on his land for 11 years — Is this the real wild west
I don't think we should feel sorry for him or his kids. What is he doing wrong? Have there been ANY incidents involving this man or his family since 1999?

If his kids want to leave, I'm sure he wouldn't do any more than encourage them not to, but I highly doubt he would go so far as to kill one of em for wanting to leave.

I say let him live. To pity him is to view yourself as better than him, which you aren't. This is still kinda America, so I feel that he should be allowed to live like we all did 150 years ago. Hell, I wish *I* could be that self-sufficient.

You could make the argument that he did something to make the authorities want to arrest him back in 1999...but if they were really THAT concerned about it, he would've been hauled off or killed years ago and we wouldn't be able to read this article today.
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05/23/2011 09:08 PM

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Re: In a one-sided standoff, a fugitive in Texas has holed up on his land for 11 years — Is this the real wild west
you hit the nail on the head on every point
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05/23/2011 09:13 PM
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Re: In a one-sided standoff, a fugitive in Texas has holed up on his land for 11 years — Is this the real wild west
Im really sick and tired of "kids" being the fucking trigger point for everything.
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05/23/2011 09:17 PM
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Re: In a one-sided standoff, a fugitive in Texas has holed up on his land for 11 years — Is this the real wild west
if it was just himself OK Fine
But hmmmm .....
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05/23/2011 09:49 PM
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Re: In a one-sided standoff, a fugitive in Texas has holed up on his land for 11 years — Is this the real wild west
A person willing to go to that extreme must believe he is in the right. Which would mean the cops lied in their report. And with the advent of celular phones being able to record video, dash cams for the police and other methods of recording we have witness countless times where the police lied about what occurred.
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Re: In a one-sided standoff, a fugitive in Texas has holed up on his land for 11 years — Is this the real wild west
Ah, notice his house is called a "compound" by the media.

Anytime there is anyone like this out there, they always live in a "compound".