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KDRV-TV (Medford, OR): Oath Keepers set up camp in rural Oregon at site of dispute between BLM and mining operation.
Talking Points Memo: Bill O’Reilly worries that it’s now ‘open season’ on Christians and white men.
Associated Press: Fatal shooting of community-college supervisor investigated as possible anti-gay hate crime.
Right Wing Watch: After Marco Rubio announces his candidacy, the birth-certificate conspiracy theorists come out of the woodwork.
Towleroad: Oklahoma legislator wants to require businesses that discriminate against LGBT customers to put up signs.
AlterNet: Texas legislator Molly White won’t meet with LGBT constituents because they won’t change her mind.
Think Progress: NRA seminar warns that Islamic extremists have seized control of American cities.
The shotgun killing of a print shop supervisor at Wayne Community College yesterday in Goldsboro, N.C., is now being investigated as a hate crime, with a 20-year-old neo-Nazi in custody in Florida.
Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, of Goldsboro, was arrested early Tuesday while sleeping on the ocean beach in Daytona, Fla. – 540 miles from the community college print shop where Ron Lane was fatally shot as he arrived for work, authorities said.
Goldsboro police said today they are investigating the homicide as a hate crime, but are not publicly discussing a specific motive.
Police Sgt. Jeremy Sutton told reporters that the suspect had a calculated plan that he carried out with one blast from a 12-gauge pistol-grip shotgun before fleeing the Wayne County college campus on a motorcycle. The motorcycle was later found abandoned on Interstate 95 near Lumberton, N.C.
Brent Hood, who was the supervisor of the shooting victim, said Lane was gay, Greensboro, N.C., television station WITN reported.
The suspect has the number “88” — signifying “Heil Hitler” because the eighth letter of the alphabet is H — tattooed on his cheek. He also has a German Iron Cross tattoo on his neck, which can be a neo-Nazi signifier as well.
Police say they believe Stancil’s “88” facial tattoo was done as recently as last weekend — perhaps a symbolic act as he contemplated taking the life of another person in furtherance of his white supremacist beliefs.
Sutton, of the Goldsboro police department, said investigators are aware of the tattoo and its connection to white supremacy.
Lane had been employed in the college print shop for more than 16 years, and the suspect previously was a work-study student there.
Dr. Kay Albertson, the president of Wayne Community College, told media outlets that Stancil was fired from his work-study job on March 3 for “poor attendance.”
It’s not clear at this point how the suspect got from Lumberton, where he abandoned his motorcycle, to Daytona Beach, where Volusia County Beach Patrol found him sleeping on a beach around 1:20 a.m. this morning with a knife in his possession. They took him into custody for further investigation.
Associated Press: Fears of ‘Sharia law’ drive Idaho legislators to kill funding for child-support cases.
Raw Story: Prosecutors drop dozens of cases linked to Florida cops who fantasized about executing black suspects.
WOWT-TV (Omaha, NE): Video captures arrest of antigovernment ‘sovereign citizens’ who refused to cooperate at traffic stop.
Right Wing Watch: Michelle Bachmann warns that God is punishing America with disasters because of the Obama presidency.
USA Today: Two Mississippi women who were in truck that ran down black man get maximum prison terms.
NPR: Twenty years later, mystery of Amtrak derailment in Arizona desert resurfaces with FBI reward.
Think Progress: Public school teacher in Texas instructs students to fear Muslims, says Islam is an ‘ideology of war.’
They gathered on a sandy wash not far from the site of where an angry standoff took place one year ago when the radical right came to the aid of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy in his fight with the federal government. Bundy’s supporters, militiamen and antigovernment “Patriots,” spent this past weekend near his ranch celebrating, as their T-shirts printed for the occasion proclaimed, “Victory Over Oppression.”
Designed to be a “Liberty Celebration,” cowboy poets, musicians and speakers from as far away as Florida spent the weekend playing in the Virgin River, eating hamburgers made with Bundy beef and camping on public lands once heavily patrolled by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents.
But not anymore.
Media Matters: Confronted about his alliance with Alex Jones, Rand Paul tries to downplay their past.
Right Wing Watch: NRA’s Wayne LaPierre warns against election of Hillary Clinton, who ‘will bring a permanent darkness of deceit and despair.’
AlterNet: Fearmongering dominates NRA convention, where the talk is about ‘eliminating the threat.’
JoeMyGod: AFA caller describes economic boycotts as ‘economic terrorism,’ and Sandy Rios agrees.
Des Moines (IA) Register: Man charged with sending threatening letter with fake anthrax, ant-LGBT slurs to gay bar.
Salon: Recollections of a childhood racist, from 1966, when his hometown school first integrated, and he said something awful.
Raw Story: Evangelical Republicans lash out at LGBT and abortion rights in new chapter of culture wars.
Think Progress: One year later, Cliven Bundy and his right-wing militia are still trying to seize public lands.
A man sentenced to federal prison for threatening to blow up a U.S. Air Force base in Nevada in 2010 didn’t learn his lesson.
Charles James Schuett was out of prison for only short time last June when, in the heart of Las Vegas, he claimed he had planted explosives in the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse, and would kill two federal judges. Schuett confessed to that crime and was sentenced earlier this week to serve another 75 months in federal prison.
His threat to kill the federal judges emptied the courthouse for a security sweep. Even though no bombs or explosives were found, Schuett’s antigovernment threats got him charged again.
The anti-Muslim movement is full of publicity hounds and self-described experts on Islam, many of whom try to conceal their bigotry behind a veneer of measured thought.
And then there is Pamela Geller, the Manhattan socialite turned indignant expert on the subject of Islam and jihad. From sponsoring billboards on the side of New York City buses that bordered on called Muslims savages, to her catastrophic warnings regarding the proposed building of a mosque near the site of the World Trade Center towers, Geller has historically been in a league of her own.
And now she’s just outdone herself.
Geller, who runs the website Atlas Shruggs, plans to hold a contest for the best cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. The purpose of the contest is to “defend free speech and not give in to violent [Muslim] intimidation,” Geller said in an article posted on Breitbart. According to Jihad Watch, which is run by Geller’s fellow Islamophobe Robert Spencer, the contest has received over 350 submissions.
Under Islamic law, it is expressly forbidden to depict the prophet visually, and Muslims have historically reacted with violence when newspapers or magazines have done so.
Justifying her event, Geller said, “After the Charlie Hebdo massacre — and after the violent Muhammad cartoon riots a few years ago — there should have been cartoon exhibits all over the free world, to show jihadists and their stealth groups … that we will not kowtow to violent intimidation.”
The “winning” submission will be revealed on May 3 and the artist will win $10,000. Geller will also give a$2,500 “People’s Choice Award” during an event at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, where Dutch politician Geert Wilders, best know for his criticism of Islam, will deliver the keynote address.
This past Thursday, both “Stormfront Radio” and neo-Nazi David Duke’s radio program were dropped by their satellite provider. On his radio broadcast yesterday, former Klan leader Don Black, the host of “Stormfront Radio,” confirmed that his satellite access had been cancelled and blamed that cancellation on “Jewish supremacists.”
The cancellation comes in the wake of a major Southern Poverty Law Center exposé of “Stormfront Radio,” which documented the program’s extensive anti-Semitism and racism. The SPLC’s report also revealed that the show was being streamed into Europe via a French-owned satellite, Hot Bird 13A. That satellite is owned by Eutelsat, a Paris-based corporation.
The SPLC contacted Eutelsat to ask them whether their broadcast of hate radio into Europe might not violate various European countries’ hate speech laws. The company told SPLC that it was investigating and, soon after, the satellite contract was apparently dropped.
The American company that worked as the middleman (or reseller) with Eutelsat to put Don Black’s material onto the Hot Bird is Global Star Radio Network (GSR), based in Orrtanna, Pa., and owned by Todd Waite. As of today, GSR’s website is no longer showing Stormfront Radio or David Duke’s show as part of its programming, though both shows were listed yesterday. In addition, Hot Bird 13A is no longer advertised as one of GSR’s satellites. When called, Todd Waite refused to comment on the record about what exactly had happened.
Though Waite has apparently let Black and Duke go, he has not dropped Jeff Rense’s program. Both Black and Duke’s shows are part of the Rense Radio Network and their archives are stored there as of today (formerly they were on GSR). Rense has frequently interviewed anti-Semites on his program including both Black and Duke and Holocaust deniers Ernst Zundel and Texe Marrs. On air yesterday, Black said he had the “complete support of Jeff Rense.”
GSR continues to run radical right programming, but apparently no longer in Europe because it lost the Hot Bird and now only has Galaxy 19, which is owned by Intelsat, a company based in Luxembourg. Besides Rense, other GSR programming includes Scriptures for America, the racist ministry of now deceased Christian Identity preacher Pete Peters, and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ program. Luxembourg has laws against Holocaust denial, but is unclear if they apply to materials broadcast on Galaxy 19 into North America.
Politico: The Confederacy lives on, 150 years after Appomatox, in the hearts and minds of many Southerners.
Tallahassee Democrat: Rally to protest Ku Klux Klan presence in northern Florida draws crowd, turns fiery.
Right Wing Watch: AFA’s Bryan Fischer warns that President Obama is animated by the same ‘spirit and energy’ as the Antichrist.
Reno (NV) News-Review: State efforts to grab federal lands keep failing, because history is not on their side.
The Knox Student (Galesville, IL): ‘Constitutional’ militias train in rural Galesville area, learning survival skills.
Quartz: For the last time, the American Civil War was not about so-called states’ rights.
Think Progress: Florida House overwhelmingly votes to approve religious ‘license to discriminate’ adoption bill.
Media Matters: Columnist for Washington Times claims Common Core amounts to an ‘Islamic infiltration of America.’
The Arizona Supreme Court intervened in the child-molestation trial of onetime Minuteman leader Chris Simcox on Thursday afternoon, calling a halt to the proceedings until it can consider whether Simcox – who is insisting on his right to represent himself at trial – should be permitted to cross-examine the young girls he is accused of molesting.
KPHO-TV in Phoenix reported that Justice John Pelander of the state’s high court granted a stay in the trial at the request of Phoenix attorney Jack Wilenchik, who is representing the parents of one of the girls pro bono. Wilenchik had filed an emergency motion on behalf of the victim with the Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday night, after the state appeals court declined to stop the trial while it considered whether or not it was appropriate to allow Simcox to cross-examine the girls.
Maricopa County prosecutors had asked Superior Court Judge Jose Padilla, who is overseeing the trial, to require Simcox to cross-examine the girls through court-appointed associate counsel, but Padilla had refused. And when the appeals court declined to prevent the trial from proceeding while it waited to consider the prosecutors’ arguments, Wilenchik stepped up with what he admits was “a Hail Mary pass,” in an interview with Stephen Lemons of the Phoenix New Times.
“If the court allows the child victim to be subject to cross-examination by her abuser,” Wilenchik argued in his motion, “then the victim’s constitutional right [under the Arizona Constitution] to be free from harassment and intimidation will be permanently violated.” ( continue to full post… )