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Calling All Racists: It’s Poetry Contest Time!

By Hatewatch Staff on June 30, 2010 - 4:48 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Patriot

Sharpen your pencil and summon your muse, it’s time for the annual “Redneck Poetry Contest.”

Redneck poetry entry formThat’s right. The call has gone out for the best redneck rhymin’ around. And according to the entry form received by the Hatewatch staff, the winning poet will take home a “brand new wood-fired deep-fry cooker suitable for everything from turkeys to [T]winkies.”

But before you start, a word of warning: If last year’s winner is any indication, the competition will be stiff. That charming entry pulled off the hat trick by smearing blacks and Latinos and threatening castration — an incredible feat achieved in only 28 words. Here’s the winning entry:

“In Texas we’re flooded with Beaners

“That’re no good even for cleaners

“They’re nothin’ but lackies

“And worse than the blackies

“So now we cut off their wieners!”

The entry form offers little information about the organizer. But it asks would-be poets to send their entries to one Bob Livingston at P.O. Box 3623, Hueytown, Ala., 35023. That address provides an interesting glimpse of the possible organizer and some of the favorite conspiracy theories and topics of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement. The listed post office box is also offered as a means to contact Personal Liberty Digest, a website where someone identified as Bob Livingston has warned that vaccines are useless and dangerous and has written about the Bilderberg Group, a favorite target for the Patriot movement and other far-right conspiracy theorists.

“These are the New World Order folks,” Liberty Digest’s Livingston writes. ( continue to full post… )

Expanding A3P Absorbs Another Hate Group

By Larry Keller on June 29, 2010 - 4:42 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, White Supremacist

The American Third Position (A3P), a fledgling but important Southern California-based white supremacist political party, has expanded its base by merging with another relatively new racist and anti-Semitic organization.

The latter group, the New Jersey-based League of American Patriots (LOAP), was absorbed into the A3P a few days ago and became the Metro New York area chapter of the A3P. LOAP was founded in March 2008 and is headed by a New Jersey attorney, Alexander Carmichael. It is based in Butler, N.J. Members must be heterosexuals “of complete European Christian ancestry.”

The A3P, which has attracted several leading American white supremacists and seems to have been growing steadily, was launched in January of this year “to represent the political interests of White Americans.” Its roots are in Orange and Los Angeles counties. The group’s goal is to eventually garner enough support to run white nationalist candidates for political offices in every state. ( continue to full post… )

Neo-Nazi Bill White Facing Jury Intimidation Trial

By Larry Keller on June 28, 2010 - 4:34 pm, Posted in Neo-Nazi

Former neo-Nazi leader Bill White, already doing time in a federal prison, may face trial in a separate case of allegedly encouraging violence against a jury foreman.

A federal judge in Chicago ruled 11 months ago that when White posted personal information, including the home address and phone numbers of the jury foreman in the trial of another neo-Nazi, Matt Hale, the First Amendment allowed White to legally do so. The judge dismissed the indictment charging White with soliciting harm against the juror. The government had maintained that White knew his now-defunct website was viewed by white supremacists who sometimes harm people they view as traitors to the white race.

The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court judge today, ruling that a jury must be allowed to decide whether White’s actions were protected under the First Amendment. The appeals court sent the case back to the district court judge for further proceedings “consistent with this opinion.” ( continue to full post… )

Racists See ‘Set-Up’ in Arrest of Idaho Lawyer

By Larry Keller on June 22, 2010 - 4:37 pm, Posted in Conspiracies, Extremist Crime

Onetime Aryan Nations attorney Edgar J. Steele was denied bail today in a case that has many of his fellow bigots suggesting in postings to white nationalist websites that the Idaho attorney must be an innocent victim of a conspiracy because of his racist views — not a man who plotted to have his wife and mother-in-law killed.

Steele was arrested June 11 and charged with use of interstate commerce in the commission of murder for hire. Federal authorities contend that Steele, 64, paid a man he knew to make it appear that his wife, Cyndi, and her mother died in a car accident. Steele hoped to collect on an insurance policy, an FBI informant said.

Four days after Steele’s arrest, auto shop workers discovered a pipe bomb attached to the underside of a sport utility vehicle driven by Cyndi Steele. Larry A. Fairfax, who like Steele lives in Slagle, Idaho, was charged with two felonies in connection with the pipe bomb and also is being held without bond. Fairfax — who was the FBI’s informant — says he rigged the device so that it wouldn’t explode. Prosecutors maintain that Fairfax didn’t disclose everything he knew about the alleged plot.

To many in the white supremacist world, the only plot is one they imagine is being perpetrated against Steele.

“I agree with the general sentiment that something is fishy,” wrote Disappointed American on Stormfront.org, the leading white supremacist forum in the world.  “Steele isn’t a dumba$$ redneck. He can hold his own in an interview with the MSM [mainstream media].”

“He was waking people up and had to be stopped is my guess,” opined Sivaro.

“It’s a setup; ZOG [Zionist Occupied Government] knows we get discouraged easily. Don’t believe it,” advised Aufreizen.

Over at the website of the neo-Nazi Vanguard News Network (VNN), there were equally dark ruminations and, in some cases, somewhat more detailed conspiracy theories than those espoused at Stormfront. ( continue to full post… )

Strange Twists Reported in Idaho Murder-for-Hire Case

By Larry Keller on June 16, 2010 - 3:27 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-Semitic, Extremist Crime

The twists and turns in the murder-for-hire case of one-time Aryan Nations attorney Edgar J. Steele could come right out of a novel by Danielle Steel.

Since his arrest last Friday, when he was charged with soliciting the murder of his wife and her mother, there have been the following developments in the saga of the anti-Semitic and racist Idaho attorney:

• Steele’s initial federal court appearance in Coeur d’Alene was postponed on Monday after the U.S. attorney’s office in the courthouse received a letter containing a suspicious white powder and was evacuated. Federal offices in Spokane and Bellevue, Wash., got similar missives. In each instance, the powder was harmless, and there was nothing linking the mailings to Steele.

• Early Tuesday afternoon, Coeur d’Alene auto shop workers discovered a pipe bomb attached to the underside of a sport utility vehicle registered to Steele and driven by his wife. The 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor Limited was driven to the shop by a woman described as in her 50s. Steele’s wife, Cyndi, is 54. Nearby businesses were evacuated and a Spokane bomb squad unit detonated the one-foot piece of galvanized pipe with cap screws and two fuses attached to the exhaust system. The same vehicle was targeted in the alleged murder plot, in which Steele is charged with offering to pay an occasional employee up to $25,000 to kill his wife and her mother while making the deaths appear to be the result of a car accident. The scheme was to be carried out last Friday while Steele’s wife was visiting her mother in Oregon, authorities contend. Steele offered to pay an additional $100,000 if an insurance policy on his wife paid out, a confidential witness who allegedly was offered the hit job told federal agents.

• A few hours later on Tuesday afternoon, Steele — acting as his own attorney — pleaded not guilty to the use of interstate commerce in the commission of murder for hire. His wife and son attended the hearing. U.S. District Court Judge Candy Dale denied Steele’s request to release him from jail pending a bail hearing scheduled for next week. “I’m certainly no threat to witnesses or jurors and there’s no evidence — absolutely no evidence — to support that,” Steele said at the hearing, according to the Spokane Spokesman-Review. Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci Whelan disagreed, saying that Steele, 64, is “a substantial risk to the public.” ( continue to full post… )

MCDC Founder Simcox Reported on the Run

By Mark Potok on June 14, 2010 - 11:49 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

Chris Simcox always wanted to be famous. Now, in a manner of speaking, he is.

Late last week, Fugitive Recovery Services of Arizona (FRS) released a “Wanted” poster asking for information about the location of Simcox, who it says readers should consider “ARMED & DANGEROUS.” The bounty hunters are seeking Simcox, co-founder of the anti-immigration Minuteman movement, so that an order of protection obtained by his estranged wife in April can be served. There is no warrant for his arrest and he is facing no criminal charges.

Chris Simcox wanted poster

Alena Simcox was granted a protective order after telling a court that her husband had threatened her and her three children, aged 2, 3 and 8, with a loaded gun, and suggested that he would kill police officers if they interfered. The document orders Simcox to vacate the house in Scottsdale, Ariz., the couple shared, stay 200 yards away from his wife and children, and turn in any weapons to police.

“Simcox is known to be hiding, possibly staying in hotels, or with known associate Carmen Mercer in Tombstone AZ,” the poster says. Mercer long worked with Simcox in his Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, and took it over when he left to run for an Arizona Senate seat long held by John McCain (he dropped out of the race earlier this year). She folded the organization in March. (Mercer is also a defendant in a recent Arizona attorney general’s lawsuit alleging a property tax scam.)

FRS is offering $500 for information about Simcox’s whereabouts.

Idaho ‘Attorney for the Damned’ Arrested in Plot to Murder Wife

By Mark Potok on June 14, 2010 - 9:56 am, Posted in Anti-Semitic, Extremist Crime

Many people thought Edgar Steele went off the deep end in 2002, when, after unsuccessfully defending the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations and its late leader in a lawsuit, he wrote the coming-out essay, “It’s the Jews, Stupid!” After all, the man had spent most of his life up to that point as an obscure corporate accountant and, later, a small-time lawyer in California and then Idaho. Now, he began to describe himself as the “attorney for the damned,” rail on about “predatory” Jews, accuse the government of a 9/11 conspiracy, and predict a bloody race war.

But that may not have been the half of it. Today, Steele is expected to appear at a preliminary hearing in Idaho after being arrested Friday and charged with trying to pay a confidential witness to murder his wife of a quarter century — the mother of his three children — and her mother. Steele, 64, tried to pay the witness to carry out the killings on Friday, when he had an alibi, according to a probable cause affidavit. The Idaho Statesman also reports that Steele had allegedly been talking to the witness — and paid $500 travel money in advance — about the murders for six months. He also allegedly mentioned other people he wanted dead.

The witness told the FBI that Steele had promised up to $25,000 to carry out the murders, adding that the attorney said he would furnish another $100,000 if an insurance policy on his wife paid out. Steele also allegedly said that if the witness were caught, Steele would take care of the witness’ family in return for silence.

No motive for the plot was revealed. A prosecutor said she believed the couple were still married and not separated. There seems to have been no public indication of anger on Steele’s part toward his wife. “My wife and my kids — they are my rock,” he wrote in an otherwise bloody-minded, July 29, 2006, essay. (In the same essay, he bemoans the fact that his own father “believ[es] that I am a nut case.”) ( continue to full post… )

As Gulf Oil Spreads, So Do Slippery Conspiracy Theories

By Larry Keller on June 11, 2010 - 7:28 am, Posted in Conspiracies, Patriot Groups

Pelicans and dolphins in the oil-polluted waters of the Gulf of Mexico: Dead. Conspiracy theories about the disastrous BP oil rig explosion: Very much alive.

As BP and federal officials struggle to deal with the eruption of millions of gallons of oil from the ocean floor following an April 20 explosion at BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig, conspiracy buffs in the antigovernment “Patriot” world are hard at work coming up with unusual explanations for the disaster.

Conspiracy-mongering radio host Alex Jones and two others wrote an article on one of Jones’ websites this week claiming that evidence “suggests … that the incident could have been manufactured.” They say that Halliburton, the huge oilfield services corporation, acquired a company that contains fires and blowouts on oil rigs and oil wells little more than a week before the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 workers and causing a colossal eco-catastrophe. Plus, they claim, there was huge dumping of BP shares of stock in the days and weeks before the explosion, perhaps showing that some people had prior knowledge the disaster would occur.

Then there’s Greg Evensen, a militia sympathizer and former Kansas state trooper whose essays and radio broadcasts are featured on apocalyptic Christian and militia websites. Evensen described Barack Obama as a “socialist, Muslim sympathizing, gun rights hating, Mexican illegals embracing, abortion loving charmer” five days before the presidential election. With respect to the gulf oil spill, Evensen predicts that the government will begin evacuating 40 million people around mid-June from areas that will become unlivable because of a toxic chemical in the dispersants BP is using to try to clean up the sticky mess. In case that’s not scary enough for you, Evensen also suggests that possible “alien hybrids” pretending to be U.S. troops could be among those enforcing the evacuation.

Meanwhile, over at the website of Well Regulated American Militias, a slightly hysterical-sounding blogger named Steve wrote on Sunday that possible “battle hardened troops” were in Grand Isle, La. “in full battle gear and body armor.” Humvees with gun turrets also were on the scene. Steve said he knew this because of reports from “on scene guerilla reporter Robert Rutherford.” ( continue to full post… )

The FAIR Files: Founder Proposed ‘European-American Defense’ Group

By Heidi Beirich on June 10, 2010 - 4:43 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino

Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), has fiercely defended the group’s founder and current board member, John Tanton, despite his long history of racism. Just this past September, Stein told The Washington Post that Tanton is a “Renaissance man” of wide-ranging “intellect.” Stein’s comments were part of a general defense of FAIR, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated a hate group (for a summary of the reasons, see here).

Stein’s comments came despite the fact that Tanton has questioned the “educability” of Latinos, written that “for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that,” and wondered “whether the minorities who are going to inherit California … can run an advanced society?” No matter to Stein, who told the Post that attacks on Tanton for these and similar comments “are out of context and “simply do not reflect the true character of the man.’”

But documents stored in George Washington University’s Gelman Library by Otis Graham, a close friend of Tanton who helped him launch and run FAIR in the 1980s and who currently serves as a board member at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), make the point about Tanton’s interest in race one more time. Most instructive is a Tanton plan in the files to create what he called a “League for European-American Defense, Education and Research” or, to use Tanton’s acronym, LEADERs. In a 1993 cover memo attached to his LEADERs plan, Tanton, who is white, wrote to Graham: “For a decade or more, I have been musing about the drift in our society back toward organization along group lines, all the while realizing that there was no group for me – no legitimate group that I could join to further or defend my own particular social, cultural or linguistic interests.”

A serial creator of organizations, Tanton, who by then had already funded and founded an array of anti-immigration groups that included FAIR and CIS, added that “with the establishment of several national organizations behind me, I need to pick my targets carefully and in a way that reinforces what has gone before.” The plan makes clear that Tanton saw LEADERs as bolstering his anti-immigration work.

The document offers an argument as to why LEADERs, which is clearly a “European-American” (read: white) version of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, is needed: “[T[here is currently no socially acceptable umbrella organization to which persons of European ancestry can belong to defend and promote their common interests. Absent such an organization in a highly organized society, European-Americans will continue to see their history rewritten, their character and accomplishments denigrated, and their faults magnified. They will steadily lose ground and position to other groups… . For those not resigned to this gradual or not so gradual decline, a new organization tailored to the needs and interests of European-Americans as a group is essential.” ( continue to full post… )

Man With Napalm Bomb is Latest Oath Keeper to Face Trial

By Larry Keller on June 9, 2010 - 3:07 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Patriot Groups

This is getting embarrassing. Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes keeps insisting his year-old organization is composed of nothing more than patriotic, Constitution-loving Americans who aren’t a threat to anybody.

Then his members prove otherwise.

The latest is Matthew Fairfield, a suburban Cleveland man who has been sitting in jail since April in lieu of $1 million bail as he awaits trial on 54 criminal counts related to his alleged storing of a live napalm bomb at his suburban Cleveland, Ohio, home, as well as keeping explosives at a friend’s home in Cleveland. A judge this week ruled that Fairfield, 30, is competent to stand trial. He is the president of a local Oath Keepers chapter, according to a prosecutor.

Fairfield was arrested after police found a napalm bomb and another explosive device above the garage at his house in the city of North Olmsted. They also confiscated two assault rifles and several other firearms from the Cleveland home. Fairfield was convicted and sentenced to two years of probation in February for carrying concealed weapons, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

He is but the latest Oath Keeper to run afoul of the law. Early last month, a Georgia Oath Keeper was busted for allegedly plotting to take control of a Madisonville, Tenn., courthouse and place two dozen federal, state and local officials under citizen’s arrest. Police nabbed Darren Huff in his pickup truck, which was adorned with the Oath Keepers logo, before that could happen. He was armed with a pistol and an assault rifle. ( continue to full post… )