Replace the following; Paul Gosar, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Gym Jordan, Louie Gohmert, Lauren Bobert, Space Laser Barbie, Ron Desantis, Tate Reeves, Madison Cawthorn, Ron Johnson, Matt Gaetz, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, Jessee Waters, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingrahm, Tuckerofsky Carlson, Fake Judge Jeannine Pierro, Clarence Thomas, Sam Alito, Bret "I didn't rape her" Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, Amy Cony Barrett, John Roberts, and all the GOPQ crazies in various state legislatures who espouse the replacement theory
There you go..... and this country immediately becomes a better place........ well that is my theory
By David Neiwert — May 15, 2022
The right-wing freakout over peaceful protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices and chalk on the sidewalk in front of Republican senators’ homes, built around the seeming belief that any kind of protest at all is an act of violence, is actually a piece of classic right-wing projection. Conservatives assume that all protests feature intimidation and menace, bellicose threats, and acts of violence, because they themselves know no other way of protesting, as we’ve seen over the past five years and longer—especially on Jan. 6.
So it’s not surprising that the right-wing response to protests over the imminent demise of the Roe v. Wade ruling so far is riddled with white nationalist thugs turning up in the streets, and threats directed at Democratic judges. Ben Makuch at Vice reported this week on how far-right extremists are filling Telegram channels with calls for the assassination of federal judges, accompanied by doxxing information revealing their home addresses.
One Telegram channel features a roster of targets accompanied by an eye-grabbing graphic with an assault-style gun, complete with their photos, bios, and personal contact and address information, including two federal judges appointed with Democratic backgrounds: a Barack Obama appointee of color, and a Midwestern judge of Jewish ethnicity. Joining them on the roster are people like Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, several bankers, and officials who served on a federal vaccine board.
According to Makuch, this particular channel has been repeatedly taken off Telegram, only to promptly reconstitute itself. Now in its fifth iteration, he reports that federal law enforcement is aware of the channel and is investigating the threats.
The anti-abortion right’s entire track record of protest, in fact, is brimming with case after case of violence and the politics of menace. Between 1977 and 2020, there have been 11 murders of health care providers, 26 attempted murders, 956 reported threats of harm and death, 624 stalking incidents, and four kidnappings, accompanied by 42 bombings, 194 arsons, 104 attempted arsons or bombings, and 667 bomb threats.
Meanwhile, right-wing pundits are frantically indulging in groundless claims of imminent left-wing violence: “Pro Abortion Advocates Are Becoming Violent After Supreme Court Leak,” read a Town Hall headline over a piece that documented some minor shoving incidents outside the Supreme Court building among the protesters there.
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board speculated: “We hate to say this, but some abortion fanatic could decide to commit an act of violence to stop a 5-4 ruling. It’s an awful thought, but we live in fanatical times.”
A right-wing extremist was charged only three weeks ago in South Carolina with threatening federal judges, along with President Biden and Vice President Harris. The man—a 33-year-old inmate at the Department of Corrections and Proud Boy named Eric Rome—sent letters he claimed contained anthrax to the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, and left threatening voicemails: “Our intent is war on the federal government and specifically the assassination of the feds Marxist leaders Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Rome said on a voicemail, citing a laundry list of offenses: “the theft of the last presidential election, promoting critical race theory in our schools, the vax mandate and using Marxist media outlets, notably CNN, to brainwash our citizens,” according to the indictment.
In his most recent threat in March, Rome threatened two unnamed South Carolina federal judges with death by stabbing: “Vacate the benches and we may let you live,” he wrote. Rome’s February letter to the Portland courthouse claimed he was sending “weapons grade anthrax” as a protest for failing “to arrest and prosecute Black Lives Matter activists despite the riots, looting, assaults and many other crimes by BLM in your city against White Citizens. .... WHITE POWER!”
more at https://crooksandliars.com/2022/05/right-wing-extremists-liberal-judges-roe
my take: We need more surveillance of these people... their relatives... their employers....... their fucking bar tenders
The three adult children of Oath Keepers boss Stewart Rhodes have detailed what it was like growing up with the libertarian-turned-violent militiaman, from being home-schooled on nothing but the American Revolution to having no food on the table while he was jet-setting around the country.
Rhodes, a Yale-educated lawyer and former paratrooper, has been charged with seditious conspiracy after the feds said he “spearheaded” the most coordinated and serious effort to overthrow the U.S. government on Jan. 6. He and 10 other members of the far-right militia group worked together to recruit, train, and prepare for an attack, and Rhodes continued to call for the overthrow of the government even after the failed insurrection, prosecutors allege.
Rhodes didn’t storm the Capitol himself and instead remained in a D.C. hotel room communicating with other members and even getting on the phone to a Trump intermediary in an effort to speak to the president, one member said.
The day after his arrest this year, Rhodes’ ex-wife Tasha Adams called him a “complete sociopath” who terrorized and physically abused her and their six children for years until she finally got a divorce.
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Speaking for the first time to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch, his three adult children (the other three kids are still minors) said that, on the day Adams filed for divorce in 2018, they packed their bags and tried to sneak out of the house at 4 a.m. by telling their dad, who was already up and “in a mania,” that they were going to buy food.
“We thought that if he is here and we are here when [the divorce papers] are delivered, he would kill all of us. We felt that we were running for our lives,” Sequoia Adams, 19, said.
The couple’s children grew up being home-schooled but the only history Rhodes taught them was the American Revolution, they said. He “brainwashed” them into thinking the world was ending, and constantly moved the family around the country as he “burned everyone around him,” Sequoia said.
“You could tell that he wanted to be George Washington,” said daughter Sedona Adams, 23.
Who Was the ‘Trump Intermediary’ on the Phone to Oath Keepers Boss on Jan. 6?
All the kids were born at home and Sequoia said she never got a birth certificate so therefore couldn’t get a passport or social security number later in life. Rhodes used the possibility of getting her birth certificate to psychologically abuse her and force her to maintain contact with him, she said.
Rhodes was initially involved with Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who ran three failed presidential campaigns as both a libertarian and Republican candidate. Rhodes threatened to leave the country if Paul lost in 2004, Sequoia said, and then said he’d do the same if Obama won in 2008.
But when Obama did win, Rhodes instead realized he could bring together other terrified, angry libertarians into some sort of movement, they said. At first it was a supposedly bipartisan group to educate people about their constitutional rights. But when people started donating, the Oath Keepers quickly turned into something darker—and shoddier.
“What he wanted was collapse, so he could be the king of the collapse, with his own little army, so it was always going to go the way it did,” Sequoia said.
As money flooded in, he started jet-setting around the country to give talks, eating at fancy restaurants, and buying top-of-the-line survivalist gear. Meanwhile, his wife and kids had no food on the table and resorted to selling silver to pay the bills, they said.
Rhodes realized “disaster relief” or emergency appeals were the most lucrative, so he’d always be on the phone saying, “We need to create an emergency,” Sedona recalled.
“Anything that they could put up a GoFundMe for—anything that gets a GoFundMe link in front of the mailing list,” his 24-year-old son Dakota Adams said.
The children didn’t mention specific fundraisers Rhodes ran; one of the group’s earlier efforts involved recruiting members and resources to guard rooftops in Ferguson, Missouri, during the 2014 riots sparked by Michael Brown’s death.
When Trump was elected, Rhodes was initially critical and wanted to release an open letter to “school Trump” on the Constitution, the kids said. But he grew paranoid that a Democratic president would give the FBI the green light to charge him over his participation in anti-government militant Ammon Bundy’s infamous standoff with federal authorities on a Nevada ranch in 2014.
By the time Trump lost in 2020, Rhodes was all in on the deluded belief that the election had been stolen and people like him needed to take part in a bloody fight to save the republic.
He is still behind bars awaiting trial after a federal judge shot down claims by his lawyers in February that he should be bailed as he’s “no longer a danger” with Trump out of office.
My take: Rhodes is a complete nutter. A fucking nutcase who believes in conspiracy and believes he is some kind of savior. That only he knows the truth.
How about this truth. Guilty as fuck and 20 years in Federal prison...in general population
The right-wing cable network One America News Network on Monday ran a pre-recorded 30-second segment acknowledging that there was “no widespread voter fraud” by Georgia election workers in the 2020 presidential election. The segment appears to be part of a recent settlement relating to a defamation lawsuit brought against the network by two such workers.
The segment notes that an investigation by state officials into unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud made by ex-President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani turned up nothing. “The results of this investigation indicate that Ruby Freeman and Wandrea ‘Shaye’ Moss did not engage in ballot fraud or criminal misconduct,” a narrator states.
“A legal matter with this network and the two election workers has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties through a fair and reasonable settlement,” the voiceover adds.
Freeman and her daughter, Moss, say they were harassed online and in person after baseless rumors began circulating online, due in part to content published by the conspiracy website The Gateway Pundit, which the pair also sued. In January 2021, when Trump pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to try to “find” votes to overturn the state’s election results, he mentioned Freeman’s name 18 times. Freeman was also visited by a publicist for Kanye West, who threatened her in an effort to extract a confession about committing election fraud.
And if that weren’t enough, video of the pair doing their jobs was hyped up by Rudy Giuliani—and Sean Hannity—who falsely claimed that it showed “blatant, clear, obvious” fraud. While speaking to Georgia State House Republicans about the video during a Zoom meeting in December 2020, Giuliani at one point can be heard saying, “We should try to get this on Newsmax and OANN.”
Freeman and Moss sued Giuliani as well, and that case is ongoing.
And there you go . You see the court system worked. The civil attorneys backed the network into a corner and they were forced to admit there was no widespread voter fraud. Mugwumps...... they essentially admitted they lied.
As far as Giuliani is concerned.... he is sitting down except for the mask nutcase or whatever that show is..... but he will settle or the thing goes to trial.... i would love to see a trial with him under oath on the witness stand sweating and his makeup running.... now that's entertainment.
A regional leader of the far-right Oath Keepers organization has pleaded guilty to sedition and obstruction of an official proceeding in connection with the Jan 6., 2021, Capitol attack.
In a press release on Wednesday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said that William Todd Wilson of Newton Grove, N.C., pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy for his role in the riot.
According to court documents, the DOJ said, Wilson was a member of the Oath Keepers since 2016 and led the far-right group’s Sampson County, N.C., chapter.
He admitted in his plea that he took part in a plan to use force to prevent Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 election, the DOJ said.
The department said Wilson and others used encrypted and private communications, exchanging numerous messages weeks prior to the attack using a messaging application called Signal. Two of the messages Wilson sent in December 2020 said, “It is time to fight!” and “Things are about to get real . . . and we need to be ready as ever!”
Wilson then arrived in Washington, D.C., the day prior to the attack armed with a variety of weapons, including an AR-15-style rifle, a 9-millimeter pistol, up to 200 rounds of ammunition, pepper spray, a pocketknife and a large walking stick intended to be used as a weapon, the DOJ said, citing court documents.
On the day of the riot, Wilson and others marched to the Capitol, and shortly after 2 p.m. the group unlawfully passed around barricades and authorities to enter the building’s restricted grounds.
By about thirty-eight minutes later, Wilson had marched through the Capitol Rotunda to the east portion of the building, where the DOJ said he took part, along with other rioters, in trying to push open the Rotunda Doors from inside the building. The opening of the doors roughly a minute later allowed more rioters, including other members of the Oath Keepers, to enter, the department said.
The DOJ said Wilson exited the building at 2:55 p.m. and met with other conspirators at a Virginia-area restaurant, where the department said one person advised that everyone should delete incriminating materials from their cellular phones.
Wilson tried to conceal incriminating evidence from being stored on his Apple iCloud account the next day, according to the DOJ, and later threw his cell phone into the Atlantic Ocean in what the department said was an effort to prevent authorities from finding evidence in his case.
his comes as authorities have arrested nearly 800 individuals in connection with the Capitol riot, which resulted in the deaths of five people. More than 250 of those individuals have been charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement.
Wilson, who faces up to 20 years in prison for each of the two counts he pled guilty to, is the third Oath Keepers member to plead guilty to seditious conspiracy and obstruction charges in connection with the Capitol attack, the DOJ noted.
Wilson, 44, also agreed to cooperate with authorities in their ongoing investigation of the riot. A sentencing date has not yet been determined, the department said.
My Take: Another one bites the dust and agrees to cooperate against the other. Pled to sedition to.... lol NEXT
A former New York City police officer was convicted Monday of assaulting a Washington, DC, police officer during the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.
Thomas Webster, who claimed he was defending himself when he swung a metal flagpole at police and tackled one to the ground, choking him by his chin strap, was convicted by a jury on all six charges after roughly two hours of deliberations.
The 56-year-old ex-NYPD officer and former Marine faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for the assault of DC officer Noah Rathbun. Webster is the fourth January 6 rioter to be convicted by a jury and the first to be convicted by a jury in a police assault case from the insurrection.
"This case is about rage," one of the prosecutors, Brian Kelly, said in closing arguments Friday.
Kelly told the jury that while Webster "wants to blame officer Rathbun," it was Webster who first attacked Rathbun and Webster who crossed police lines to tackle the officer.
"His actions speak for themselves," Kelly concluded, asking the jury to find Webster guilty on all charges, including assaulting, resisting or impeding an officer with a dangerous weapon.
Webster's defense attorney, James Monroe, argued that Webster only acted in self-defense after being punched by Rathbun.
"Are we ever going to accept police misconduct?" Monroe asked the jury. "We're dealing with a bad cop," he said of Rathbun, adding that Webster "knows what a bad cop looks like" from serving on the NYPD for two decades.
This the first case where a Capitol rioter claimed self-defense. In other related cases, jurors previously rejected attempts by defendants to shift the blame onto then-President Donald Trump. Most of the January 6 cases that have gone to trial so far resulted in convictions.
The self-defense claim gained no traction with jurors.
Doris Spruell, a juror, told reporters after the verdict that they "looked at all the evidence...and felt that there was no grounds for self-defense. The video, I think, clearly showed that."
When asked about Webster's testimony, Spruell said she "did not think it was credible."
"The case that the government laid out was very comprehensive," another juror said, adding that he felt "quite comfortable with the verdict" and that the jury didn't find Webster's testimony compelling.
"It was very quick and very obvious," another juror said.
While prosecutors requested Webster be locked up immediately, Mehta allowed Webster to remain on 24-hour home confinement with an ankle monitor, a decision he said was "a close call."
Webster, who sat still during the verdict, left the DC courthouse holding a flip phone to his ear and did not speak with reporters.
"It's a difficult day for Tom Webster and his family," Monroe said. "We're going to give some thought about the result today and decide where to go from here."
Another rioter who assaulted police nearby Webster during the riot -- and who can be seen assaulting officers in a video where Webster is also visible -- was sentenced to 27 months behind bars on Monday, after striking a plea deal with the Justice Department in December.
Kevin Creek, a former Marine, attacked two police officers during the riot, kicking one and striking another in the hand.
"He broke the line," prosecutors said during the sentencing before Judge Dabney Friedrich.
This story has been updated with additional details.
CNN's Casey Gannon contributed to this report.
My take: LOL, ROTFL... NEXT.... lock them all up......
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