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Cliven Bundy in Bizarre Video for Black Candidate: ‘It’s Almost Like Black Folks Think White Folks Owe Them Something’
Cliven Bundy, the defiant “Patriot” Nevada rancher who led an armed confrontation with federal agents in April – and who has still not faced any consequences in its aftermath – continued making the far-right political rounds in Nevada this week by appearing in a video promoting the candidacy of Independent American Party candidate Kamau Bakari.
This is somewhat remarkable, considering that Bakari is African-American. Rather than run away from Bundy’s reputation as a racist — well earned, after his widely publicized remarks about race in the immediate aftermath of Bundy’s showdown — the two of them went on the offensive, attacking his critics for their “political correctness,” which Bakari says is “bad for America.”
But none of it is as remarkable as the exchange between the two men, in which Bundy complains that “a man ought to be able to express himself without being called names”, and adds: “It’s almost like black folks think white folks owe them something.”
The ad opens with a clip of U.S. Attorney General Eric holder, commenting in 2009 on the state of race in America: “In things racial, we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.”
The ad then segues to Bundy and Bakari in western cowboy garb with their horses at a hitching post, as spaghetti-western music plays in the background.
BUNDY: Did he just call me a coward?
BAKARI: No, he just called all white folks cowards.
BUNDY: He must not know me.
BAKARI: You mean if someone called you a racist, you wouldn’t drop your head and be all scared and sad and run around here apologizing like them billionaire ball team owners did a little while ago?
BUNDY: No, I wouldn’t, and I’m sick and tired of people that act like that.
BAKARI: Cliven, you know that political correctness, that’s bad for America. A man ought to be able to say whatever you want to say.
BUNDY: That’s exactly right. I know black folks have had a hard time with slavery and you know, the government was in on it. And the government’s in on it again. I worked my whole life without mistreating anybody. A man ought to be able to express himself without being called names.
BAKARI: I hear you, Cliven, I believe you. A brave white man like you might be just what we need to put an end to this political correctness in America today.
BUNDY: Don’t sell yourself short. You’re taking a chance just being in my company.
BAKARI: I know. I’m as sick as you are. I feel ashamed when I hear black folks whining about “white folks this,” “white folks that.” Always begging.
BUNDY: It’s almost like black folks think white folks owe them something.
BAKARI: I know, I’ve got an idea. Let’s call Eric Holder up.
BUNDY: What do you mean?
BAKARI: Tell him you’re a white man that’s not scared to talk to him about race. And you know a black man that will stand with you.
BUNDY: I like that idea. Mr. Eric Holder, this is one white man that’s not scared to talk about race. I dare you to come to Las Vegas and talk to us.
BAKARI: And don’t give us that “you’re too busy” stuff. You weren’t too busy to go to Ferguson, Missouri.
As the Washington Post notes, Bakari is a fringe candidate who has virtually no change of unseating the incumbent, Rep. Dina Titus, a Democrat, in Nevada’s 1st District.
It has been six months since the federal government called off its attempt to round up cattle belonging to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy amid a tense standoff with heavily armed militiamen who trained their weapons on federal agents.
For weeks prior, the antigovernment right had been portraying a federal court order to remove Bundy’s herd from public lands as a prime example of federal overreach – even though Bundy had refused to pay more than $1 million in accumulated grazing fees and fines because he said he didn’t recognize the government’s legitimacy.
Militias from around the country responded to Bundy’s plight, hoping that in that tiny corner of the desert they could make a stand against the government they see as the enemy. And when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) abandoned the operation to avoid a bloody shootout, they declared victory.
Government officials promised accountability for those who broke the law by taking up arms against federal agents. It seems unfathomable, in fact, that the U.S. Department of Justice would allow a mob of antigovernment zealots to get away with using the threat of violence to block the enforcement of the law.
But, as the months have dragged on, there has been no response. Not an arrest. Not an indictment. Nothing.
Once upon a time, it must have seemed like a good idea to Cherron Phillips, a 44-year-old antigovernment “sovereign citizen” from Chicago, to file a series of frivolous $100 billion liens against some of the most powerful federal judges and prosecutors in the city in retaliation for the prosecution and conviction of her brother on drug charges.
But on Tuesday, in a federal courtroom in Chicago, that good idea turned into a 7-year prison sentence for the visibly shaken Phillips, a former math teacher, successful real estate agent and insurance broker, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The Tribune reported that in passing the sentence, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Reagan described Phillips’ campaign to harass and intimidate public officials as “death by a thousand paper cuts.”
Reagan was brought in to handle the case because of concerns of a conflict of interest of Chicago-based federal court officials, whose colleagues, including former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, were targets of Phillips’ campaign of paper terrorism. The sentence she received, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, was six months longer than federal sentencing guidelines recommend.
For her part, Phillips, a mother of two, who now calls herself River Tali Bey, stayed sovereign to the end. At her sentencing she reportedly told the court that her jailing was “an unauthorized punishment that is not recognized by Congress or the Constitution.” She also admitted to being “confused.”
Phillips started filing the bogus liens in 2011 and was convicted last June on 10 counts of retaliation against a federal official. Phillips filed the liens with the Cook County recorder of deeds, according to the Tribune, after being barred from the federal courthouse for disrupting the proceedings in her younger brother’s drug conspiracy case.
For more than a year, Phillips insisted on representing herself in court. But eventually she was assigned a court appointed attorney, Lauren Solomon, who asked Tuesday that Phillips be given probation, adding that the sovereign citizen ideology is “nonsensical at best” and that jail and prison are breeding grounds for the movement.
“Can we really solve this with incarceration?” Solomon told the court, the Tribune reported.
For Phillips, being a sovereign citizen was apparently a family affair. Solomon told the court that Phillips mother and father had also run into trouble with the law and that they, too, were sovereign citizens. According to the Tribune, Phillips’ parents were once convicted on federal tax evasion charges in a case that featured filings by the couple heavy with sovereign citizen language and tactics, such as challenging the jurisdiction of the court.
At one point, Phillips, her parents and her younger brother, who was convicted on drug charges, were all in federal custody at the same time. Her father has been released from prison. Her mother, according to the Tribune, is scheduled to be released next spring.
Phillips and her family are not the first sovereign citizens in Chicago to make headlines or to clash with the federal government. In 2012, just before Christmas, Joseph Banks, 37, a sovereign citizen and convicted bank robber, one of the most prolific in Chicago history, made a daring, Hollywood-style jail break.
Banks and another inmate, Kenneth Conley, a fellow bank robber but non-sovereign citizen, squeezed through a tiny window at the high rise federal jail in downtown Chicago, scaled down 17 stories on a rope fashioned out of bed sheets, caught a cab and then disappeared into the pre-dawn darkness.
Banks did not get to enjoy his freedom for long. He was back in custody about 48 hours later. His escape partner remained free for two more weeks before he was recaptured.
Still, the federal prison system might want to keep better track of its sheets. Another sovereign citizen is on her way.
Ted Nugent, who has earned a reputation as a racist after calling President Obama a “chimpanzee” and mocking “unclean dipshit Native Americans” for cancelling his shows, is now a dues paying member of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA).
In a Facebook message to his followers yesterday, the self-professed “Motor City Madman” wrote:
The CONSTITUTIONAL SHERIFF’S and POLICEMEN ORGANIZATION OF AMERICA is a great patriotic group of which I am proud to be a life member, and would be great for all good Americans to join. This hardcore org is not just for law enforcement but for concerned citizens as well. Afterall WE THE PEOPLE are supposed to be in charge of America, NOT our elected officials as it has deteriorated into. In these horrific times of rampant asbuse of power & criminal corruption at the very top, I can think of no better way for WE THE PEOPLE to make the ultimate DON’T TREAD ON ME statement to those in power. It is time for WE THE PEOPLE to take back our constitutionally guaranteed power.
The connection Nugent has with CSPOA is guns.
CSPOA is headed by former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack, who was catapulted from obscurity to right-wing fame in the mid-1990s when he challenged the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and won a U.S. Supreme Court victory that weakened the gun-control law signed by President Bill Clinton. The victory earned him tremendous respect among gun rights advocates and many in the militia movement. Nugent, in addition to his music career, is also known for his strident positions on gun control. He also sits on National Rifle Association’s Board of Directors.
Mack told Hatewatch today that Nugent payed the $35 fee to become a member, and that he wasn’t too concerned about any controversy surrounding the man. And as for calling Obama a “chimpanzee”?
“I would choose a different word,” Mack said. “Mr. Obama is a communist, and I think that’s a lot worse than some of the things I’ve heard Ted call him.”
Two sovereign citizens—a Pennsylvania osteopath who did government contract work and a 75-year-old Utah man who calls himself an “attorney at lawe”—are facing federal charges of being involved in a long-running scheme to avoid taxes.
Robert G. Wray, of Torrey, Utah, and Dennis Erik Fluck Von Kiel, of Macungie, Pa., are accused of using fictitious religious organizations set up in Utah and Montana to avoid paying federal income taxes.
The charges are the latest in a string of cases involving antigovernment “sovereign citizens”—people who not only refuse to obey state and federal laws but frequently pose risks to law enforcement officers.
A self-described “militia” that supposedly was organizing to monitor polling places in Wisconsin to prevent felonious Democrats and African Americans from voting has turned out to be an apparent hoax.
The owner of the Facebook page that announced the “Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia” recently changed the name of the page to “You’ve Been Trolled By Journalists With Zero Credibility” and has filled the page with posts describing how he created the page as a way to “troll liberals.”
The appearance of the Facebook page last week prompted a report at PoliticsUSA describing their efforts to organize Wisconsin conservatives to monitor the political activities of supposed felons. That in turn prompted news stories in the Madison Capital Times and elsewhere describing the “militia” and its activities, which included a supposed training session last Saturday.
Early this week, however, the page—originally a “Justice for Wisconsin” Facebook site—changed its content to make clear there was no militia, though it still claimed to be organizing poll-watching activities directed at Democrats.
How to create a militia: start a facebook page
How to piss off a bunch of pathetic liberals: specifically name the page something to do with a militia and prey on them like the stooges they are.
You clowns are a joke and your “media” is a joke. Fact check? Why bother? Report fiction as news! Bloggers and idiotic fake journalists have ZERO CREDIBILITY these days.
To those people who do not realize they are easily manipulated, I hope this is a wake up call. You’re f’n morons!!!!
Earlier posts on the page described the “Wisconinsin Poll Watcher Militia” as “a group of individuals who are concerned about the amount of outstanding warrants and are going to take any opportunity available to get some of these people rounded up and thrown into jail.”
As the week went along, the person running the page announced that the group was changing its name to “the Wisconsin Association of Polling Place Monitors.” It described tactics for harassing people suspected of voting with felony convictions. “Do not hesitate to drop instigators like a sack of potatoes,” it advised.
And the page claimed that the organizers indeed had held a training session on Saturday: “We held the meeting at a member’s house and it was done through private invites only. You silly fools who thought we would go to a public restaurant so you weasels could harass us into punching your faces in…. didn’t happen!”
Written queries from Hatewatch to the page’s anonymous owner went unanswered.
The most recent attempt to protest federal immigration policies by shutting down the nation’s ports of entry along the Mexico border has, to no one’s great surprise, turned out to be another fizzle.
Calling itself a coalition of antigovernment “Patriot” groups angry about immigration enforcement, “Shut Down All Ports of Entry” had attempted to organize a protest Saturday morning at a number of the United States’ border crossings wherein participants would drive up to the port, turn off their trucks and cars, and walk away from them.
But on Friday, the organization took down its Facebook page and removed all content from its website except for a notice announcing that the protest had been cancelled out of fears of retaliation by the drug cartels.
“There has been an unsubstantiated threat of mass violence to attendees, along with very suspicious activity on the Facebook site,” wrote organizer Satsyi Barth. “These two items are more than enough for me to immediately stop any protest that was going to occur. Your lives, and the lives of our law enforcement, are more important than any protest.” ( continue to full post… )
The federal government this week made moves to respond to months of political protests earlier this year over Bureau of Land Management policies for public lands by charging five people who rode ATVs into a protected Utah canyon last May.
The Bureau of Land Management closed the canyon to motorized use in 2007 to keep wheels off its many archaeological sites, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. But in response, about 50 riders drove into the canyon to denounce what they saw as a gross overreach of federal authority.
“We respect the fact that the citizens of this State have differing and deeply held views regarding the management and use of Recapture Canyon, and recognize that they have the right to express those opinions freely,” Christensen said in a prepared statement. “Nevertheless, those rights must be exercised in a lawful manner and when individuals choose to violate the law, rather than engage in lawful protest, we will seek to hold those individuals accountable under the law.”
Phillip Lyman, a San Juan County commissioner who organized the ride, Monte Jerome Wells, Jay Demar Redd, Shane Morris Marian and Franklin Trent Holliday were all charged with conspiring to operate ATVs on closed public lands and carrying out the conspiracy by riding on those public lands. If convicted, each defendant faces up to a year in jail and $100,000 in fines.
U.S. Attorney Carlie Christensen said only those suspected of organizing or promoting the illegal ride were charged, though many others participated, including one of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s sons.
The Utah ATV ride came one month after the federal government cancelled a roundup of several hundred cattle belonging Bundy amid threats of violence from militias who refused to acknowledge federal jurisdiction. The resulting standoff was the first of a series of actions on the antigovernment right to protest restrictions on public lands in the West—actions that set off a groundswell of antigovernment ire directed at federal land policies.
There has been on ongoing investigation for months related to the Bundy standoff, but no one has yet been charged with a crime.
The nightmare has happened again.
A massive manhunt continued today for a suspected antigovernment sniper and survivalist who allegedly gunned down a Pennsylvania state trooper and seriously wounded a second trooper during a shift change on Sept. 12.
It is at least the third deadly ambush of North American police officers by apparent antigovernment extremists since the beginning of the summer. The attacks have left six officers dead from Canada to Las Vegas.
On June 4, three Canadian police officers were lured to a subdivision in the province of New Brunswick and shot and killed by a heavily armed man who slipped away into a knot of dense woods. The suspect, who had a history of posting numerous hardcore pro-gun and anti-police statements on his Facebook page, was captured after schools, businesses and public transportation were shut down.
A few days later in Las Vegas, a man and wife who harbored antigovernment views ambushed two police officers as they ate lunch in a pizza restaurant. The couple, Jerad and Amanda Miller, also shot to death a bystander in a nearby Wal-Mart, where they made their last stand. Police shot and killed Jerad Miller. Amanda Miller took her own life.
Last Friday, shortly before 11 p.m., Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of the Pennsylvania state police was shot and killed as he walked towards his patrol car, which was parked in front of the Blooming Grove police barracks in rural northeastern Pennsylvania. Moments later, as he approached the barracks to begin his 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, was also shot and seriously wounded by a bullet from a .308-caliber rifle.
The sniper then vanished into the dense and dark woods.
Pennsylvania authorities have identified the gunman as 31-year-old Eric Matthew Frein, a man, state police commissioner Frank Noonan said, who should be “considered armed and extremely dangerous.”
“He has been described as a survivalist,” Noonan told a Tuesday news conference. “He has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also about wanting to commit mass acts of murder.”
At a news conference today, state police Lt. Col. George Bivens said Frein is a military re-enactor, who, “in his current state of mind” now “appears to have assumed that role in real life,” according to Scranton Times-Tribune.
Bivens also said Frein has a “long-standing grudge against law enforcement and government in general since at least 2006” and altered his appearance before the shooting, shaving the sides of his head with a “wider than a Mohawk” on top.
“I’d like to directly address Eric Frein again,” the police colonel said. “In the event you are listening to this broadcast on a radio, on a portable radio while cowering in some cool, damp hiding place, I want you to know one thing: Eric, we are coming for you. It’s only a matter of time we bring you to justice for committing this cowardly act.”
Although authorities described the suspect as having antigovernment views and survivalist skills, no further details were provided about any political affiliations or ideology.
Marcus Faella, one of more than a dozen people arrested last year on charges they were conducting paramilitary training with a group called the American Front, was convicted last week.
Faella, 41, was originally charged with conspiring to shoot into a building, two counts of conducting paramilitary training and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the Orlando Sentinel reported. But after two days of testimony, two of the charges against Faella were dismissed. He was convicted of two counts of teaching and conducting paramilitary training and faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced in November. ( continue to full post… )