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Hatewatch Headlines 12/1/14

By Hatewatch Staff on December 1, 2014 - 6:19 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Police shut down mysterious ‘Oath Keepers’ guarding rooftops in downtown Ferguson.

Insite Blog: White supremacists distance themselves from Austin man’s shooting rampage.

CBS Denver: Raid on Colorado white supremacist’s home uncovers stash of weapons, ammunition.

Access ADL: Arrested ‘New Black Panther Party’ member also involved in sovereign citizens movement.

St. George News (Utah): Former compound of Warren Jeffs’ polygamist cult hosts free Thanksgiving feast for community.

Right Wing Watch: In Mississippi ruling, judge gives history of anti-gay discrimination.

The Tennessean: Ku Klux Klan chief sent to Nashville to finish prison term.

Think Progress: A lawmaker’s bizarre plan for Texas to secede from the Union, one law at a time.

Texas Gunman Likely Motivated by Antigovernment Beliefs

By Bill Morlin on November 29, 2014 - 7:16 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Antigovernment
Larry Steve McQuilliams. (Facebook.)

Larry Steve McQuilliams. (Facebook.)

A gunman displaying violent “antigovernment behavior” fired more than 100 rounds yesterday at the U.S. Courthouse, the Mexican consulate and a police headquarters in Austin, Texas, before dying of a gunshot wound, authorities say.

Hours after the shooting, various media sources identified the gunman as, Larry Steve McQuilliams, a 49-year-old resident of Austin. No one else was injured in 12-minute shooting spree which began about 2:20 a.m. (CST) and briefly shut down Interstate 35 through downtown Austin.

The suspect, who was wearing a vest, died from a gunshot near police headquarters and close to his vehicle that police suspected may have contained an explosive device, Assistant Chief Raul Munguia told the Austin Statesman. A police SWAT team later searched the gunman’s Austin home, but the results of that search weren’t immediately released. ( continue to full post… )

New Washington Gun-Control Law Spurs ‘We Will Not Comply’ Rally Led by Youthful ‘Patriot’

By David Neiwert on November 29, 2014 - 7:07 am, Posted in Antigovernment, Gun Extremism

Gavin Seim believes that it’s self-evident that Washington state’s recently approved gun-control initiative is unconstitutional, which in turn means that the state’s citizens don’t have to obey its requirement of a background check for most gun sales. And he is organizing a rally – “We Will Not Comply” – at the state capitol in Olympia in mid-December to make their defiance manifest in a massive act of civil disobedience.

There’s one problem, however: None of the activities that Seim and his anti-gun-control cohorts say they will be engaging in on the Capitol steps is illegal on its face, even if people openly sell guns to each other there. And so, state police say, they wouldn’t be likely to arrest anyone for failing to comply with the new law – at least not right away.

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Seim is a youthful “constitutionalist” from the central Washington town of Ephrata whose former career as a photographer has been overtaken by his new occupation as a “liberty speaker” – lecturing fellow “Patriots” about the Constitution and organizing events such as the Dec. 13 “We Will Not Comply” rally. ( continue to full post… )

Hatewatch Headlines, 11-26-14

By Hatewatch Staff on November 26, 2014 - 8:30 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

IREHR: Tea Party faction leader claims to be plotting ‘takedown’ of President Obama with ex-military leaders.

Media Matters: Ted Nugent goes on racially charged rant about Ferguson, attacking ‘black Klansmen’ engaging in riots.

Talking Points Memo: KKK leader Frank Ancona meets with Anonymous member after Twitter hijacking.

San Francisco Chronicle: Concord man held in alleged hate crime for attempted arson at San Francisco church.

DiversityInc: What to do when you neighbor displays hate symbols.

The Herald (Everett, WA): Man with multiple pseudonyms harasses county by demanding all records dating back to 1776.

Radical Right Seethes with Racism over Ferguson

By Don Terry on November 25, 2014 - 3:49 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Racism, White Nationalism

The reaction on the radical right to the frustration and flames of Ferguson following the announcement last night that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the Aug. 9 slaying of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was as predictable, petty and racially charged as you’d expect.

On the white nationalist web forums Vanguard News Network (VNN) and Stormfront (SF) African-American protesters were called “apes” and “niggers,” who should have never been “allowed [out] of the Cotton fields of the south.”

But it was the sight of white protesters on the streets of Ferguson, New York and other cities across the country that seemed to inflame the VNN and SF commentators almost as much.

“Many of the protesters involved are white college students from surrounding areas,” “Hurin Thalion,” wrote on Stormfront today, just hours after Ferguson erupted into violence, looting and arson. “A bunch of anarchist Marxists. To me they are worse than any thug or gang banger.”

It was the multiracial protest on the streets of New York City that riled up “Peace Through Stormfront.”

“Granted lots of stupid whites there, but I also see a lot of jewfros, beaky noses and slope-backed ‘white’ foreheads.

“It isn’t called Jew York City for nothing.”

Over on VNN, “Patrick Bateman” wrote that the photographs of the protesters from across the country were “the usual mix of human garbage i.e.: non-whites, faggots, jews, marxists.”

But Stormfront commentator “TSFH14” had an existential question for his racist kin.

“If you were surrounded and you had one bullet left, would you save it for a Negro thug or white ARA [Anti-Racist Action]?”

Even though the protests in Ferguson and elsewhere were multiracial, there was also plenty of almost giddy talk on the extremist web forums of preparing for race war and white genocide prevention.

“I’m glad there aren’t many niggers where I live (but quite a few spics),” “Ray Allan” wrote on VNN. “I hope all the White folks in Ferguson, St. Louis and elsewhere are locked and loaded if the apes start straying into White areas.”

On Stormfront, “Sons of Vengeance” sounded a similar theme. “I’m thinking white areas need to burn in order for the sleeping and scared whites to finally stand their ground.

“It will take massive amounts of whites,” “Vengeance” continued, “to stand up to our genocide.”

“UnmarkedGrave” seemed to be happy about the violent reaction Monday night in the streets of Ferguson.

“America is anti-white and its destruction is inevitable. The sooner it burns the better it will be for our people.”

Of course, no right-wing prejudice parade would be complete without hearing from Ted Nugent, the crusty rock musician and National Rifle Association board member with a history of making racially charged remarks at the drop of his cowboy hat. Media Matters reports that Nugent reacted to the decision not to indict the police officer by attacking “black klansmen” and claiming “millions” of African Americans “slaughter” each other “every day.”

Media Matters said that in a post on Facebook Nugent says the lessons of Ferguson are “Don’t preach your racist bullshit ‘no justice no peace’ as blabbered by Obama’s racist Czar Al Not So Sharpton & their black klansmen.”

“And don’t claim that ‘black lives matter,’” he adds, “when you ignore the millions you abort & slaughter each & every day by other blacks.”

“…So quit killin each other you fuckin idiots,” he concludes his latest rant. “Drive safely.”

Man who killed FL sheriff’s deputy may have had antigovernment views

By Bill Morlin on November 25, 2014 - 3:36 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Sovereign Citizens

Funeral services were held today in Tallahassee, Fla., for a 47-year-old sheriff’s deputy who was fatally shot Saturday by a man with antigovernment views who started his house on fire, setting a trap for first responders.

Leon County Deputy Chris Smith, a married father of two, was ambushed and shot with a 40-caliber handgun moments after arriving at the burning home of Curtis Wade Holley, 53, in the Plantation Woods neighborhood just northwest of Tallahassee, authorities say.

Another deputy, Colin Wulfekuhl, was struck in the back by a bullet, but was saved from serious injury by a vest during the 12-minute mid-day gun battle that left Holley dead outside his burning home, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

Two Tallahassee police officers, Scott Angulo and Mark Lewis, arrived as backup four minutes after the shooting began.  Angulo fatally shot Holley in the ensuring gun battle, according to various media accounts.

“We have information that we have received that this person was anti-government, was anti-establishment and had discussed at some point in time planning to harm law enforcement,” Lt. James McQuaig, a spokesman for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, told the newspaper.

McQuaig and other sheriff’s officials, apparently attending the funeral for their slain comrade, didn’t immediately return calls today from Hatewatch seeking clarification of Holley’s “antigovernment views.”

At an earlier press briefing, the sheriff’s office spokesman said Holley “planned his attack to kill as many first responders as possible,” the newspaper reported.

After starting a fire in the home where he’d lived for a year, Holley waited for it to become fully engulfed before going to his next door neighbor’s house and asking her to call 911.

Curtis Wade Holley, texas-mugshot-browser.com

Curtis Wade Holley

“It was a 100 percent ambush,” McQuaig said at the press conference after the shooting. “This guy had a plan and he put this plan into action.”

Dispatchers gave first responders the neighbor’s name and address and not Holley’s name from a computer data base which presumably had a temperament warning because of his antigovernment activities.

Deputy Wulfekuhl kept the gunman engaged while warning firefighters who arrived to stay back and evacuate. Multiple engines were called to the scene of the fire.

“It is extremely important to recognize that Colin Wulfekuhl probably saved the life of every firefighter that was there initially responding,” McQuaig said.

A reporter for the Tallahassee newspaper told Hatewatch that authorities investigating the shooting were being tight-lipped about Holley’s background, but did say he had a history of “antigovernment” activity.

Public records show that Holley had minor criminal records in Florida, Texas and North Carolina, including driving without a license and failure to have auto insurance.

Bill Warner, who owns a private detective agency in Sarasota, Fla., told Hatewatch that he has researched Holley’s background and is convinced from his research that Holley was a “sovereign citizen” who put his antigovernment views into action.

Hatewatch Headlines, 11/25/14

By Hatewatch Staff on November 25, 2014 - 9:23 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Think Progress: Legal experts explain how the grand jury in the Michael Brown case was set up for failure.

Associated Press: Florida man who ambushed Leon County deputies before dying in shootout held ‘anti-government views.’

Talking Points Memo: A history of racist callers on C-SPAN’s ‘Washington Journal’ and the reaction to them.

PoliticsUSA: KKK leader Frank Ancona makes ‘joke’ about killing Anonymous members.

ADL.org: Flood of racist recruitment fliers in people’s neighborhoods masks the shrinking membership of the Ku Klux Klan.

Breitbart Unmasked: Man flies Nazi flag in front of his house because he’s upset with Obama’s immigration action.

Right Wing Watch: VDare writer calls for nativist third party to form if GOP fails to impeach Obama.

Nevada’s speaker-designate declines position after reports of controversial views surface

By Bill Morlin on November 24, 2014 - 4:20 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-LGBT, Anti-Woman

The speaker-designate of Nevada’s State Assembly is declining the position just days after reports surfaced detailing his controversial views on blacks, women, gays, Israel and fellow Republicans.

The views of Republican legislator Ira Hansen – considered racist by many – received extensive attention in Nevada and elsewhere, including the Washington Post, after they were first reported Thursday by Dennis Myers, a columnist and news editor for the Reno News & ReviewScreen Shot 2014-11-24 at 4.11.43 PM

Hansen has written that women should only have limited roles in the military and that “homosexuals downplay the grossly disproportionate numbers of child molesters” in their ranks. He has opined that the “relationship of Negroes and Democrats is truly a master-slave relationship,” said that “Negro leaders” should own up to “the lack of gratitude and the deliberate ignoring of white history in relation to eliminating slavery” and that the Clinton Administration was responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

Hansen expressed his views between 1994 and 2010 while writing a weekly column in the Sparks Tribune. Another of that paper’s columnists, Andrew Barbano, wrote last week that Hansen “is an overt bigot, racist and homophobe who also tortures little animals for days in his animal traps.”

Hansen, who is Mormon, opposed the presidential candidacy of fellow Mormon and Republican Mitt Romney, who he called too liberal. Hansen wrote that he has a Confederate battle flag on the wall while writing his columns. “I fly it proudly in honor and in memory of a great cause and my brave ancestors who fought for that cause.”

While he didn’t show up for the stand-off earlier this year between the Bureau of Land Management and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy (who is also Mormon), Hansen has been critical of the BLM.

He frequently used the term “Negro” without capitalization. In a 2009 column Hansen wrote that there was a myth-making “cult of negro worship” surrounding the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who Hansen called “a hypocrite, a liar, a phony, and a fraud.”

Myers reviewed those approximately 650 past columns of Hansen by spending six days reading past editions of the Sparks Tribune on Microfilm at a local library.

The reaction to his piece on Hansen has been overwhelming, Myers told Hatewatch today. “It goes both ways. There have been a lot of people who have thanked us.”

Hansen obviously also received reaction before announcing his decision over the weekend to not become the next speaker of the larger of the two houses of the Nevada Legislature.

“For the greater good of the State of Nevada and the cause I support it is necessary for me to withdraw as Speaker Designee,” Hansen said in a statement obtained by Myers and posted on his newsview blog.

Hansen said he was the victim of a “carefully orchestrated attack to remove a conservative Republican from a major leadership role in State government.”

“The deliberate character assassination and the politics of personal destruction have totally distorted my views and record,” said Hansen, elected to his third two-year term in this month’s general election.

Hatewatch Headlines, 11/24/14

By Hatewatch Staff on November 24, 2014 - 2:14 pm, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

IREHR: Tea Party activists seething over President Obama’s immigration-reform order.

Right Wing Watch: Five of the craziest conservative reactions to Obama’s immigration order, including race war and rebellion.

WPTV-TV (West Palm Beach, FL): Neo-Nazi William White gets 17-year sentence for threatening authorities after raid on compound.

HRC Blog: In a fabricated fight to save ‘the family,’ CWA’s top concern always boils down to stopping LGBT equality.

Raw Story: Kentucky fire chief refuses to help black family in auto accident: ‘We ain’t taking no niggers here.’

Reuters: Accused Aryan Brotherhood prison gang members indicted in Mississippi.

Talking Points Memo: Newspaper now says it ‘erred’ in running nativist cartoon of immigrants crashing Thanksgiving.

 

As Ferguson, Mo., Waits on Word from Grand Jury, So Does the Klan

By Don Terry on November 21, 2014 - 2:33 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Klan

If you ask the Ku Klux Klan, a gut wrenching racially charged American tragedy should never go to waste.

Since the beginning, in early August, at least two factions of the hooded Klansmen have repeatedly tried to exploit and inject themselves into the middle of the sad saga of the death of Michael Brown, the black, unarmed teenager who was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., by police officer Darren Wilson.

Since then, the Klan has raised money for Wilson, who is white, joined rallies for him with other supporters and vowed to come to the Ferguson area to protect “white businesses” with guns.

And most recently, as Ferguson and the rest of the country anxiously await the decision by a grand jury on whether Wilson will be charged in the case – a decision expected to be announced any day now – the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan last week threatened to use “lethal force” against protesters in the St. Louis suburb.

“We will not sit by and allow you to harm our families, communities, property nor disrupt our daily lives,” the group declared in a flier.

For months now, protesters – black and white – have filled the streets of Ferguson, demanding Wilson be arrested and charged with the 18-year-old’s slaying. While most of the protests have been nonviolent, some have included looting, clashes with heavily armed police and dozens of arrests.

That fact didn’t stop the Klan from issuing its threats, veiled in the talk of self-defense.

“You have been warned by the Ku Klux Klan,” the flier stated. “There will be consequences of your actions against the peaceful, law abiding citizens of Missouri.”

But it is the Missouri-based Klan group that has had to face the consequences of its actions. Shortly after the Klan threat, the hacker collective Anonymous launched a campaign to target the group, publicly identifying its members through social media, as well as taking over its Twitter account.

“Due to your actions we started Operation KKK,” Anonymous said in a video. “The aim of our operation is nothing more than Cyber Warfare. Anything you upload will be taken down, anything you use to promote KKK will be shut down.”

The Missouri KKK group was not the first band of Klansmen trying to throw gasoline on the tensions in Ferguson.

Just days after Brown was killed, the South Carolina-based New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan announced its Missouri chapter was raising money for the then still unnamed officer, who the Klan group hailed as a hero for shooting Brown at least six times in the middle of the street in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.

“We are setting up a reward/fund for the police officer who shot this thug,” the Klan said in an email. “He is a hero! We need more white cops who are anti-Zog and willing to put Jewish controlled black thugs in their place.”

A few days later, as black and white protesters filled the streets of Ferguson, demanding the officer’s arrest, the Empire Knights issued another chilling message. They said they were coming to the Ferguson area from three different states to guard “white businesses,” but it is unclear if any of ever showed up.

So far, it appears the two groups are filled with not much more than keyboard Klansmen, who throw verbal Molotov cocktails and then hide behind their sheets.

That is, before Anonymous got ahold of their Twitter account and ripped off their hoods.