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Internet Evangelist: Glenn Beck is a ‘Wolf of Satan’

By Leah Nelson on December 13, 2011 - 2:28 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

Even stopped clocks are right two times a day, so why can’t hate group leaders be half as accurate?

Internet evangelist Bill Keller, head of the anti-Muslim, anti-gay, anti-Mormon hate group Bill Keller Ministries, spoke the truth exactly once in a press release issued yesterday. Exhorting Christians not to follow Glenn Beck, he observed that the former Fox News entertainer “views himself as a modern day Paul Revere or Moses,” and makes money – “mostly from gullible Christians” – by scaring them into “buying gold, safes, and food insurance.”

Truer words were never spoken – unfortunately, they were spoken by a lunatic. ( continue to full post… )

‘Patriot’ Paranoia in Overdrive

By Ryan Lenz on December 12, 2011 - 3:59 pm, Posted in Patriot Groups

The federal government is spying on Americans stockpiling food and asking U.S. soldiers if they will detain American citizens when the time comes. In job advertisements, the government is seeking jackbooted New World Order thugs to staff secret domestic prison camps. An  examination of archival photographs has finally solved the mysteries of the JFK assassination. And the conclusion? Lee Harvey Oswald was innocent.

It’s been an imaginative few days in the funhouse of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement. ( continue to full post… )

The Down-Low President?

By Arthur Goldwag on December 12, 2011 - 11:42 am, Posted in Conspiracies

Over the last few months, the question has been coming up again and again in the comments sections of right-wing websites: Why is the mainstream media putting Herman Cain’s and other Republicans’ sex lives under a microscope while the president gets a free pass on his gay escapades?

It’s true that the rumors about Obama’s homosexuality have set off barely a whisper in the legitimate news media. But in the anti-Obama blogosphere, the murmurs have become a veritable drumbeat, especially since Obama’s long-form birth certificate was made public, depriving the birther movement of so much of its impetus. When the White House issued a statement about longtime aide Reggie Love’s resignation on November 10, one far-right blog heralded the “historic and unprecedented press release — where a male President of the United States has announced his breakup with a male staffer and longtime lover.” ( continue to full post… )

Skin Who Punched Victim Before Reading Pleads in Assault

By Bill Morlin on December 12, 2011 - 11:27 am, Posted in Extremist Crime, Racist Skinheads

Round 2 for the racist skinhead who didn’t read the fine print before assaulting a black man went like this: A no-contest guilty plea to a felony charge of malicious harassment.

In Round 1, as you may recall, Daren Christopher Abbey was laid out flat last summer, complete with a black eye, outside a Bayview, Idaho, bar after yelling racial slurs at and then assaulting Marlon L. Baker. ( continue to full post… )

Imprisoned Cult Leader Warren Jeffs Predicts End Times

By Ryan Lenz on December 9, 2011 - 3:57 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Extremist Crime, Extremist Propaganda

Now that he has a whole lot of time on his hands, self-described prophet Warren Jeffs is claiming to be the “mouthpiece” of an angry God. And judging from the sound of things, there’s going to hell to pay for daring to lock up the racist cult leader for raping a 12-year-old “celestial” child bride and other crimes.

In a series of eight biblically themed “revelations,” written between Aug. 18 and Nov. 12, Jeffs predicts widespread catastrophe and divine vengeance for a nation “fully ripening in iniquity.” Earthquakes will rock Arizona, tidal waves will smack Seattle, “melting fire” will roll across Idaho, and devastating storms will wreak havoc everywhere else, the convicted sex criminal predicts. ( continue to full post… )

Anti-Abortion Extremist Now Attacking Gay-Friendly Churches

By Leah Nelson on December 9, 2011 - 11:45 am, Posted in Anti-Abortion, Anti-LGBT, Extremist Propaganda

The Rev. Donald Spitz has a message for gay-friendly churches, and the murder-endorsing anti-abortion crusader is not mincing words.

In E-mails sent in recent days to an unknown number of churches listed on, he wrote: “To accept sexual deviancy as normal is a sin. You put your soul in danger of eternal damnation for welcoming unrepentant homosexuals into God’s house. You blaspheme the Name of God. Homosexuality should be criminalized. Homosexuals commit crimes against God, against nature, against the Holy Bible and against the human race. ( continue to full post… )

Two Bodies Recovered From Ruins of Washington Extremist’s Home

By Bill Morlin on December 9, 2011 - 8:33 am, Posted in Extremist Crime

The bodies of two people and four dogs were recovered Thursday from the fire-scarred ruins of a house in southwestern Washington where gunfire and explosions broke out a day earlier. A third person remains missing, authorities confirmed.

The home in Washougal, Wash., near Portland, Ore., is that of Steven Douglas Stanbary, who has expressed antigovernment sentiments in the past, apparently including rage at the government’s handling of the landmark 1992 standoff at Ruby Ridge in northern Idaho. In 1994, Stanbary threatened to kill his wife and children and held sheriff’s deputies at bay before being arrested. ( continue to full post… )

An Open Letter From the World Back to David Duke

By Ryan Lenz on December 8, 2011 - 4:19 pm, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

Dear David Duke,

In light of your recent travel adventures in Europe and your subsequent Open Letter to the World to set the record straight on your “basic principles and beliefs,” we thought it might be an opportune moment to remind you what those principles actually are. In all your efforts to whitewash (a phrase you’ll enjoy, we know) the record, we fear you may have forgotten, like certain political candidates, what it is you really stand for. ( continue to full post… )

Officials Search for Body After Shots, Fire at Radical’s Washington Home

By Bill Morlin on December 8, 2011 - 7:37 am, Posted in Extremist Crime

Authorities are combing the charred ruins of a house in Washougal, Wash., today, looking for the remains of a man who appears to have past ties to illegal firearms, domestic violence and white supremacists.

Steven Douglas Stanbary, who once said his hero was white supremacist Randy Weaver of Ruby Ridge fame, is believed to have died Wednesday as his home burned to the ground. Firefighters and police were held at bay by repeated gunfire and explosions.

The whereabouts of Stanbary’s wife and her teenage daughter also weren’t known late Wednesday. Authorities weren’t commenting on how many bodies they  were searching for. ( continue to full post… )

Hutaree Militia Member is First to Plead in Cop-Killing Plot

By Bill Morlin on December 6, 2011 - 5:18 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Militias, Patriot Groups

A man whose nickname is “Mouse” is the first member of the Hutaree Militia to strike a plea deal with the Justice Department to avoid the possibility of a lengthy federal prison sentence.

Joshua John Clough, 29, of Blissfield Township, Mich., pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Detroit to use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence – a federal crime that carries a five-year minimum sentence.

Clough was one of nine members of the Hutaree Militia arrested in March 2010 and charged in a plot to make homemade bombs as part of a conspiracy to murder scores of law enforcement officers. Charging documents allege “Mouse” and his co-conspirators hoped the killing of cops would spark a large uprising against the federal government. A superseding indictment returned in June 2010 accuses the defendants of seditious conspiracy and a host of other serious federal crimes. ( continue to full post… )