” A FABULOUSLY INTERESTING day here in Sandpoint. Tim Farmin and I got into my rented silver-gray Chrysler and drove to Priest River, roughly 25 miles away. It is a logging town where I know some pleasant people. We were headed for the Priest River Gun Show. The drive along the Pendoreille River was inspiring, as always: immense water views, forests, sheer cliffs, meadowlands. Just a few cars on Route 200. It endlessly amazes me that there are not more sightseers along that magnificent highway.
We raced to the East, to Clark Fork, Idaho , to the Calvary Chapel. Sara Weaver, daughter of Randy Weaver and his martyred wife, Vicki, sister of her martyred brother, Sam, and mistress of the innocent dog, Striker, a woman who saw her mother’s head blown apart by an FBI sniper FOR NO REASON, 21 years ago in the nearby glade of Ruby Ridge, was giving a speech. It was very well attended in a modern Christian chapel with many crosses all around. They were spare wooden crosses in a spare dry-walled but immensely soul-supporting room.
The speech was preceded by a lengthy video narrated by William Shatner, which told the story of how the feds had entrapped an innocent man in a long siege, beginning with the killing of Vicki and Sam and Striker and the very sad death of a federal marshal named Mr. Deegan, and ending with the surrender to 400 heavily armed feds of one wounded man, Randy, one almost terminally wounded man, Kevin Harris, who had been the shooter of Mike Deegan, and two children.”