04.26.12

Ted’s sorry he had to pay 10k

Posted in Extremism, Ted Nugent at 3:01 pm by George Smith

Convicted on another hunting violation in Alaska, Nugent released a long statement saying he was sorry. A read, if you can stand it, shows the usual font of charity and buck-stops-here responsibility and equanimity that is Ted Nugent.

He blames everyone but himself first and vows to take down the government, albeit in terms much more gentler than usual.

Ted’s sorry he had to pay 10 thousand smacks. He’s sorry he’s been embarrassed. And he’s sorry because the judge has made him say so as a condition of probation.

Nugent:

“America is increasingly drowning in just such strange, goofy regulations and requirements. As logic crusader John Stossel recently exposed, our federal government releases roughly 80,000 pages of new regulations each year, confusing, ambiguous, weird illogical regulations that serve no meaningful purpose other than to feebly attempt to justify bureaucracies already off the rails. It’s way past bizarre.

“The ‘you don’t need to read it, you just need to sign it’ health care bill argued before the Supreme Court was almost 2,000 pages long of extraordinarily complex rules and regulations. Sarcastically, Supreme Court Justice Scalia stated that reading the bill was a violation of the 8th Amendment’s (protection against) cruel and unusual punishment clause …

[John Stossel … yadda yadda]

“The outdoor lifestyle cannot be preserved for future generations of sportsmen by constructing such a labyrinth of confusing, unscientific and oftentimes counterproductive regulations and rules. Reversing this trend is my focus.

“While I have never intentionally violated a hunting regulation, ignorance of the law is no excuse, and I am truly sorry, and have paid dearly. There is even less of an excuse for ignorant laws.”

The wimp that roars, now one hundred Ben Franklins lighter in the loafers.


From Dennis Miller’s radio show on Wednesday, shifting the blame for his Secret Service visit, as usual. The likely story:

It was a wonderful meeting. I could not say more positive glowing respect for the men and women of federal law enforcement. The vast majority of them are absolutely dedicated. They put themselves in harm’s way every day. The Secret Service had to respond to the bizarre subhuman squalor and the lying of the Saul Alinsky fan club and the liberal Democratic cesspool that claimed I threatened the president’s life. Of course they have to respond to that …

I think the spirit in the room knew that they should have been investigating those who told them to investigate me …


On the days of the famous Grande Ballroom in Detroit:

JOHN SINCLAIR: That’s what it was like back then … everybody smoked, nobody snitched, everyone was cool — except for Ted Nugent. He was not cool, always an asshole, everybody hated him (laughs).

Shunning Jesus of America

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 9:00 am by George Smith

Civilization and society rests on morals, morals rest on religion, religion rests on the Bible and faith in God and in Jesus Christ. The Bible doesn’t condemn any man because of his wealth! The Bible says any man who don’t provide for his family is worse than an infidel. According to our standard of gold and silver, Abraham was worth a billion and a half dollars, David was worth three billion, Solomon was worth five billion! Solomon could have carried Andrew Carnegie for a butler … and John D. looked to black his boots! America needs to be taken down to God’s bath house and the hose turned on her. The time isn’t far distant when the wheels of God’s judgment are going to go scraping through this old God-hating world! — evangelist Billy Sunday, 1929

1929 was the year of the great market crash and the start of the Great Depression. Billy Sunday had been the country’s first major traveling evangelist. Popular in the midwest — he was a staunch Republican — his influence had waned by then. In another six years he was dead.

Using religiosity to justify rewarding the wealthy — investments equal virtue, and clobbering the poor — lack of money equaling degeneration, is a common theme in the United States.

But for Paul Ryan it earns condemnation, today from scholars just as he’s planning to visit their school.

It never matters to extremists although being hooted by a crowd in the auditorium might make good video. The elites, the scholars, anyone who disagrees, always gunning for them.

From the BBC:

Faculty members and priests at Georgetown said they could not condone a spending plan they warned would hurt society’s most vulnerable.

The House budget chairman is due to deliver a keynote lecture at the Jesuit college on Thursday morning …

“We would be remiss in our duty to you and our students if we did not challenge your continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few,” said the letter by 90 faculty members and priests to the Wisconsin representative.

The letter adds: “In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

The scholars do not add that it is also decidedly peculiar to pass off the beliefs of Ayn Rand, who was — bluntly — a God-hating atheist, as having something to do with Catholic faith.

Update: ThinkProgress reports that now that Paul Ryan has been blasted for idiotically trying to pass off the philosophies of Ayn Rand as faith-based policy making, he’s repudiated his former inspiration. It’s become too inconvenient for even the most stupid to overlook, apparently.

Almost unbelievable, except it’s from the GOP world of extremist dissembling, where it’s the norm:

“The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” Ryan said at a D.C. gathering four years ago honoring the author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.”

Ryan also noted in a 2003 interview with the Weekly Standard, “I give out ‘Atlas Shrugged’ as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it. Well… I try to make my interns read it.”

But today, Ryan is singing a far different tune.

From an interview with National Review’s Bob Costa this week:

“I reject her philosophy,” Ryan says firmly. “It’s an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview. If somebody is going to try to paste a person’s view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas,” who believed that man needs divine help in the pursuit of knowledge. “Don’t give me Ayn Rand,” he says.

It’s understandable why Ryan would back off his former political muse. She described altruism as “evil,” condemned Christianity for advocating compassion for the poor …

Even the claim that he is guided by St. Thomas Aquinas is disingenuous, Aquinas not being someone who seeming would have advocated for cutting foodstamps (A quick Google search always make it easy to hang people like Ryan on the spot):

… whatever a man has in superabundance is owed, of natural right, to the poor for their sustenance. So Ambrosius says, and it is also to be found in the Decretum Gratiani: “The bread which you withhold belongs to the hungry: the clothing you shut away, to the naked: and the money you bury in the earth is the redemption and freedom of the penniless.”


It’s also not news that a strong Tea Party/GOP belief is it was the undeserving poor who caused economic calamity. They got those subprime loans they should not have — liar loans — and this is what caused the investment banks to fail. It is another variation on scapegoating one of many enemies within, the parasitic poor dragging everyone down, common through history.

A quick news bit on CNN from a couple years ago shows who twisted up they got over it. What to preach? The flock might stop tithing.

They chose to exhibit moral failure, dodged the obvious, and focused on personal greed and responsibility for the middle class congregation, as if that had anything to do with what was going on at AIG, Bank of America and Lehman Brothers:

Too many pastors opt for offering pulpit platitudes because they are afraid parishioners will stop giving money if they hear teachings against greed, said the Rev. Robin R. Meyers, senior minister of Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Oklahoma City.

“Money is the last taboo in church. It’s much easier to talk about sex than money,” said Meyers, who wrote about greed and the other seven deadly sins in his book, “The Virtue in the Vice.”

The anxiety from the pews has become so palpable for some pastors, though, that they now feel like they have no choice.

Andy Stanley, a prominent evangelical leader, said some in his congregation cheered when he launched a preaching series called “Recovery Road” to talk about politically touchy issues such as personal greed, the federal deficit and the sins of subprime loans.


Atlas Shrugged is a celebration of life and happiness. Justice is unrelenting. Creative individuals and undeviating purpose and rationality achieve joy and fulfillment. Parasites who persistently avoid either purpose or reason perish as they should. — Alan Greenspan, on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, 1957

DD band drummer Mark and your host watched Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, the partial adaption of the book, last night.

It was a box office bomb, failure attributed to a vast conspiracy in the liberal media.

It’s a legitimately bad movie though it is not sufficiently horrendous to have campy fun viewing.

All the characters are unlikeable and wooden, their unpleasantness and lack of redeeming qualities varying only by degrees.

The good people, Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden, are only marginally hard to watch. Their love scene, near the end, made me squirm, even though it doesn’t last long. Scientists, people from the US government, the uncaring wife, are worse. They’re either loathsome in action and words or physically ugly in some odd way, as in Hank Rearden’s wife’s unfortunate red hair. (You have to see it, used to underline her character as harridan.)

The State Science Institute in Shrugged is unintentionally hilarious, but only briefly, showing — as it does, the Republican/libertarian antipathy toward “experts,” a word hurled like a curse.

As a paranoid nervous tic, it permeates the script. Experts are always subverting the businessman, government scientists conspiring to condemn Rearden’s railroad steel, just like they promote the hoax of global warming, one supposes.

America’s business talent is mysteriously disappearing, leaving factories empty. A ridiculous machine the size of a loaf of bread which makes electricity from air is abandoned. If the viewer isn’t familiar with the novel, and my friend Mark wasn’t, they’re adrift.

The movie’s failure, aside from a general lassitude, is in adroitly showing what’s actually transpiring. If you’re not in the Atlas Shrugged fan crowd, the story is not rendered clearly.

John Galt, seen in a hat the shadows his face, is going from town to town, usually on rainy nights, to have a talk with America’s industrialist brains and talent. He convinces them to leave rotten America, away from the parasites, for a better place where they will be appreciated although it’s not at all clear this is what’s going on to the uninitiated.

The movie ends with an industrialist’s voice, a man who has set his shale oil and natural gas field on fire before vanishing, declaring he has gone “on strike.”

Too bad this hasn’t yet occurred to the heads of all the firms in the fracking industry.

04.25.12

Blessed are the job creators (continued)

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Permanent Fail at 5:31 pm by George Smith

An excellent and very long interview with economist Joseph Stiglitz, who won a Nobel in 2001, is now available at The European Magazine.

It deals with economic austerity in Europe, policy which has brought on more collapse and increasing social unrest.

Quite a bit is covered. However, Stiglitz does address the severe condition of this country:

What is happening to most citizens in a country? When you look at America, you have to concede that we have failed. Most Americans today are worse off than they were fifteen years ago. A full-time worker in the US is worse off today than he or she was 44 years ago. That is astounding – half a century of stagnation. The economic system is not delivering. It does not matter whether a few people at the top benefited tremendously – when the majority of citizens are not better off, the economic system is not working …

We are facing a very difficult transition from manufacturing to a service economy. We have failed to manage that transition smoothly. If we don’t correct that mistake, we will pay a very high price. Already, the average American is suffering from the failed transition. My concern is that we have set in motion an adverse economics and an adverse politics. A lot of American inequality is caused by rent-seeking: Monopolies, military spending, procurement, extractive industries, drugs. We have some economic sectors that are very good, but we also have a lot of parasites. The hopeful view is that the economy can grow if we rid ourselves of the parasites and focus on the productive sectors. But in any disease there is always the risk that the parasites will devour the healthy body parts. The jury is still out on that …

It will require a strong third party or civil society to do something about this.

It is unusual but welcome to see the word “parasites” used in association with “monopolies,” “military spending,” and “extractive industries,” the latter which includes Wall Street.

Very fundamentally, Stiglitz is telling the interviewer that America can’t be a decent country, in any sense, where the majority is left to exploit or rot for spoil and the sole benefit of those at the very top. Plus, the the evil-doers may win.

Blessed are the job creators

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Permanent Fail at 3:34 pm by George Smith

They can always hire way more waiters. Except when they don’t, which is often.


Credit: Mark Smollin.

From the Financial Times, the bogroll standard ‘blessed are the job creators’ shtick:

This urge to punish business with hysterical campaigns is not always driven by pure intentions. The main facilitators are lawyers, often joined by anti-capitalists of one type or another – unions, Occupy activists, leftwing agitators. All tend to have dubious motives, cloaked in weasel words such as “holding the powerful to account”, “fairness” and “preventing exploitation”.

The BP Gulf oil spill of two years ago cost the business perhaps $40bn in fines, clean-up expenses and payments to various sufferers. No doubt a high proportion of that cash will end up in the hands of law firms that specialise in getting money out of big companies in class action lawsuits. It was certainly a tragedy, with 11 deaths on the rig. Management clearly made serious mistakes. But the west needs oil and drilling for it is inherently dangerous. Are we not all at least partly complicit, by virtue of our addiction to cheap petrol to fuel our consumer lifestyles? (Yes, it’s a shame about all the deformed crabs and things.)

Diverting money from industry that would otherwise be invested to create jobs can only make nations such as the US and Britain less competitive

Companies are sometimes guilty of boasting too much in their advertising, and promising goods they cannot deliver. And occasionally rogues work within organisations, behaving badly in various ways. But if we persist in bashing and suing business like a competitive sport, then how can it grow, generate jobs and help maintain our standard of living? And who would want to be a business leader?

Cue the movie trailer for Atlas Shrugged.

“The writer runs Risk Capital Partners, a private equity firm …” reads the tagline at the FT.

“Anti-capitalists” and “left wing agitators.” I like that. Could be a title for
a song if there weren’t too many syllables. I can make it more groovy: “Hippies and Commies are Harshing My Day.”

On the other hand, from Business Insider, a concession that economic austerity measures, layoffs and paying people in gum hasn’t worked:

Companies like Starbucks could help stimulate the economy, too–by giving their low-wage employees a raise …

Our corporations are as profitable now as they have ever been. So I’d like to see a lot of them voluntarily decide to invest more and pay their low-wage employees more and hire more employees. They can afford it, and “cash flow” isn’t the sole objective or reward of running a business.

Starbucks paying its wait staff more. Yeah, that’ll happen. When Hell freezes over. On the other hand, Starbucks is a perfect company for the demographic of shoe-shiners to the 1 percent.

04.24.12

Republican Jesus! Hey, Amen!

Posted in Extremism, Rock 'n' Roll at 2:54 pm by George Smith

Featuring the Reverend Billy Sunday from 1929. If you find the original on YouTube you’ll hear Sunday justify wealth as religiosity, claiming Abraham was worth some totally ridiculous fortune in US dollars. This country has always had people who equate money with virtue and the lack of it with a corrupted soul and poor character. And they’ve never been responsible for one blessed good thing in the nation’s history.

The Listerine Lush refuses to die!

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 10:06 am by George Smith

A flurry of mildly amusing stories shows how teenagers have found the new Listerine and Nyquil — Purell. Purell lacks the absolute convenience of old Listerine but separation of the glycerin and ethanol, just add salt and filter, yields a much bigger kick. Kids, kids, just bribe some local adult into buying you a couple bottles of Thunderbird or Night Train. The latter don’t have that bit of rubbing alchohol in them.

When I lived in Allentown on Cumberland Street the local newspaper would occasionally run stories on Allen High teenagers, not a lot, just enough I imagine, charging into the local pharmacy for OTC drinks containing smallish fractions of ethyl alcohol. With Listerine, they had to develop a taste, or stomach, for phenol.

Now it’s Purell, the desperate but enterprising kid’s social lubricant of choice.

From eHow — another of the new compendia of all wisdoms , before it gets yanked:

1. Combine 4 oz. of hand sanitizer gel with 1 tsp. of table salt.

2. Cover a cup or bowl with several layers of cheesecloth or a similar porous material.

3. Strain the mixture through the cheesecloth. The liquid ethyl alcohol will pass through, leaving the congealed salt and glycerin behind. In one experiment, the filtered liquid that resulted from this process was 70 percent ethyl alcohol and 2 percent isopropyl alcohol by volume.

04.23.12

Rich Man’s Burden — a continuing series

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Extremism, Rock 'n' Roll, Ted Nugent at 6:46 pm by George Smith

I was going to hold “Jesus of America,” a satirical tune for tomorrow when I had a video ready. But vignettes from the wire today so captured an insane meanness of American spirit there seemed no point in waiting.

From AP, on the Romney budget:

Reducing government deficits Mitt Romney’s way would mean less money for health care for the poor and disabled and big cuts to nuts-and-bolts functions such as food inspection, border security and education.

Romney also promises budget increases for the Pentagon, above those sought by some GOP defense hawks, meaning that the rest of the government would have to shrink even more

[Other cuts] include food stamps, school lunches, crop subsidies, Supplemental Security Income for very poor seniors and disabled people, unemployment insurance, veterans’ pensions and refundable tax credits to the working poor.

Based on the Romney materials, it’s impossible to project the size of the cuts to such programs. Suffice it to say, they would be controversial.

“There’s good reason why Ryan’s budget and the Romney budget don’t have details,” said Jim Horney, a budget analyst with the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy priorities think tank. “If people knew what it would actually have to be done to accomplish what they’re saying should be done, it’s hard to imagine there would be widespread support for it.”

Ted Nugent has been a more interesting study. The Secret Service has not shut him up but he’s fairly obviously been crippled by it. In compensation he’s pumped out two columns, one on demonizing the poor at the Washington Times, the other attacking the Lacey Act at Human Events.

Last week, Nugent accepted a plea deal in Alaska on a Lacey Act violation, transporting an illegally taken black bear over state borders.

From the WaTimes, the very poor man-woman’s Ayn Rand:

Here’s another blazing statement of the obvious: Poor people will quit being poor when our government quits enabling, bribing, training and rewarding them to be poor. Write that down.

People can and will do amazing things when Fedzilla removes its heavy bureaucratic boot off of their throats …

The very first thing that needs to be done to eliminate poverty is to stop punishing the producers and expand economic freedom …

While we desperately need to eliminate the vast controls over economic freedom on the wealthy, we also need to eliminate the government poverty programs that enable and encourage people to be poor instead of encouraging them to be free, independent, self-reliant people.

Government causes poverty because it enables poor people to continue to make poor decisions. If we want to win the war on poverty, we’ve first got to win the war against Fedzilla, which intentionally causes poverty …

From Human Events:

Since President Obama took office, Gibson has been raided twice by federal US Fish and Wildlife agents with guns drawn over suspicious wood. That’s right, guns drawn over wood …

Federal agents seized $500,000 worth of precious musical wood from India that is used to make Gibson guitars. The feds claim the wood was imported illegally from India, a violation of a heavy-handed law known as the Lacey Act.

Gibson has not been charged with a crime in either the 2009 or the 2012 raid, yet the special wood remains in Fedzillas clutches.

Good friend and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz fears Gibson may lose market share due to the loss of this very specialized wood.

This is the result of President Obama’s Department of Injustice run amok …

Had Gibson Guitars donated money to the Democratic Party or were members of the New Black Panther Party we can be sure that there would have been no raids with guns drawn and no wood confiscated …

The column, old news on Gibson, is meaningless unless you know that last week Nugent’s lawyers accepted a plea deal on a conviction under the Lacey Act. Nugent must be apoplectic over being tagged as serial hunting scofflaw — two convictions in two years, both stemming from hunts staged for his tv show. One might imagine his reputation to be trash among reasonable hunters, people who manage to stay out of trouble — a ten k fine’s worth — and the news.

An AP article in the Juneau newspaper indirectly explains Nugent’s predicament and why he railed against the Lacey Act without mentioning himself, by way of his attorney:

The plea agreement says Nugent illegally shot and killed the bear in May 2009 on Sukkwan Island in southeast Alaska days after he wounded a bear in a bow hunt, which counted toward a state seasonal limit of one bear for that location. The agreement says Nugent knowingly possessed and transported the bear in misdemeanor violation of the Lacey Act …

“It’s kind of embarrassing for him because he practices ethical hunting and advocated ethical hunting and gets caught up in a crazy law that none of us have heard about,” [Nugent’s attorney] said.

Nugent’s loss of that deer hunting license through June 2012 allows 34 other states to revoke the same privilege under the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. Each state, however, can interpret and enforce the agreement differently.

“Now if we can just blow the head clean off the Fedzilla beast in November, this sort of government abuse will come to an end, of that I am certain,” he concludes.

Paradoxically, the investigation of Gibson was started under the Bush administration.

And now — the song —“Jesus of America.”

Jesus fed the poor with loaves and fishes
He really liked the lepers, too
Then he found the land of liberty
And America taught him what to do

Jesus of America said don’t feed the poor…
If you do they’ll come right to your door
They’ll end up like stray cats, shedding on the floor.
That’s what Jesus said.

Wealthiness, just like Godliness
That’s what Jesus taught
Jesus of America sez guns, not butter
The rest just goes all for naught

Jesus of America said don’t feed the poor
They are just too lazy, they’ll never work at all
Jesus of America sez tax the weak and sick
They’re always gonna be that way, never worth a lick

Sing for Jesus Lord

Jesus of America, sing praise for the best
You know our faith informs us, nothing for the rest
Wealthiness leads to Godliness
That’s what Jesus taught

Republican Jesus, he’s our favorite guy
He believes in markets, sing praises to the sky
If Jesus said it, you know it must be true
So now it’s time to whip the poor, you know what to do!

Mighty Cyberwarriors (afternoon edition)

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 12:01 pm by George Smith

From the wire, they can turn off the country with a twitch of their smart phones:

A few taps on his tablet computer and Justin Roberts sends a pair of trains loaded with hazardous materials on a collision course.

Or forces a nuclear plant into meltdown. Or shuts down the power grid for the entire Eastern Seaboard.

OK, the University of Nebraska at Omaha senior is really just sending malicious signals to a series of computerized controllers along the wall of a university lab, turning their winking lights from green to red.

But it’s through such exercises that students at the Nebraska University Center for Information Assurance examine how terrorists, hostile countries or simply bored hackers could inflict massive damage by infiltrating the nation’s critical infrastructure systems.

“In here, it’s just lights, but when you think about how many things that could be connected to … rail systems, water treatment centers, traffic control stations …,” said grad student Casey Glatter. “(It’s) the idea of him sending a single message to a single one of these devices, but causing a catastrophic failure.”

The school is creating defenders to join the cyberwar’s front lines …

Such iconoclasts, they wear team green shirts. (Follow the link.)

And where will one of the cyberwarriors be on the front lines?

[Student] Tory Cullen … is joining Facebook.

Lots of critical national infrastructure to secure there.

One of them used to steal cable tv, the Omaha newspaper reports. It is held up as a measure of cleverness. Not to worry, now he pays for it, readers are assured.

A professor of the University of Nebraska in Omaha tells us the digital
apocalypse can be visited upon us from “a cave.” So it would seem good they don’t read the Omaha newspaper in the dirt piles of northern Pakistan or the sandy waste of Yemen, or we’d be fucked:

You might imagine a terrorist with a bomb that is set to take out the power grid, but Mahoney said all someone has to do is figure out the correct substations to hack into, and they could cause the system to go down like a line of dominoes.

“You hack into New York, and it trickles all the way west from there,” he said. “You don’t even have to leave your cave. … It’s cost-effective terrorism.”

Cost-effective salesmanship, more likely.

We passed the French as world champion braggarts a couple decades ago and never looked back, I hear.

Mighty Cyberwarriors

Posted in Cyberterrorism at 9:15 am by George Smith

From the wire:

LONDON (Dow Jones)–Iranian authorities are investigating alleged cyber-attacks against Iran’s oil ministry and possibly against the key export hub, though oil shipments haven’t been affected, Iranian oil officials said Monday.

The computer attack–reminiscent of a virus that allegedly targeted Tehran’s nuclear program in 2010–highlights potential new vulnerabilities for the Islamic Republic’s oil exports, which international sanctions have already impeded.

Personnel at the Kharg oil terminal haven’t been able to send or receive any e-mail since Sunday, said an oil official at the terminal, through which at least 80% of Iran’s exports are shipped abroad. An investigation has begun into the suspected cyber-attack, he said.

But the e-mail shutoff is having “no effect on the exports,” the oil official said. “There is a normal procedure at the terminal. We are using telephone, fax, SMS.”

Maybe they could send malware-loaded e-mail to the mullahs, too. Ah, they already are. Hot stuff.

So maybe they’ll retaliate and send their special malware e-mail to Wall Street investment banks, or — better — the President. That’ll work. I know he reads yours and mine. Really.

The plight of the Georgia Ricin Beans Gang

Posted in Ricin Kooks, War On Terror at 8:02 am by George Smith

A piece from a small Georgia newspaper shows the plight of one of the old white cranks swept up in the FBI’s domestic terror case.

For the past ten years the FBI has had an extensive network of criminal informants. In Tim Weiner’s history of the FBI, Enemies, it is revealed the agency’s counter-terror operation employed a communications program, an illegal one, called Stellar Wind.

Stellar Wind essentially monitored all communications in the US and it is reasonable to assume the FBI continues to do so. And when such a program detects the chat of some cranky old white guy going on about the desecration of the Constitution by the US government, and the need for it to be violently stopped, on some crap website for the like-minded, it enlists a local informant to massage the targets.

The Toccoa Record interviews the wife of Dan Roberts, a member of the Georgia Ricin Beans Gang who has already entered a plea to a reduced charge of conspiracy in the case, and readers see how it works:

“Because of this “Tink” (a confidential informant used by the federal government in building the case against Roberts and the three other defendants), I don’t know his name, but he’s the one that should be in jail. He made threats all along – he made actual threats against Dan at Shoney’s in Lavonia.”

Calling the charges against her husband a “set up” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Margaret Roberts said the two confidential informants initiated and orchestrated the actions that led to the foursome’s arrest, and were financed and enabled by the FBI.

“As far as Dan, he did not pay any money for any sort of silencer or anything, the money came from the FBI,” Margaret said.

“Joe Sims, the informant, had the money. Every bit of this was set up and paid for by the FBI. It’s just been unbelievable to me,” she said.

Saying that the only time her husband has been in trouble with the law was when he borrowed his brother’s car without insurance, Margaret Roberts added that she had supported Roberts’ decision to plead guilty instead of sitting and waiting two or more years for a trial date.

“I insisted that Dan do it (accept the plea agreement); he may be dead in two years sitting there waiting on a trial for something he never even should have been in jail for,” she said.

“If you’re guilty of this stuff it’s bad enough, but when you’re set up, and set up by the government, this has all just been a nightmare, an absolute nightmare,” she said.

Motivated by the need to save face and not look bad in the public eye, the FBI and federal government pursued charges against four old men who posed no threat, Margaret added.

“I think they (the FBI) got started on this stuff, believing in Joe Sims and his lies, and then they don’t want to look bad,” she said. “If the FBI had not furnished the money and all of this, none of this would have ever happened.”

Roberts’ involvement in militia activities was limited to first aid, and other survivalist training, Margaret said …”

“About the ricin, that’s the most outlandish thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” she added. “Dan knew nothing about that,” Margaret said, insisting that it was Sims who approached defendant Crump regarding ricin production, not Roberts.

The government is beginning to ‘waive a white flag,’ according to Margaret, who said she and Roberts’ attorney are now expecting the terrorism enhancement charges to be dropped.

“Who in the world would have thought the FBI would do us up like this,” she said.

Weiner’s Enemies concedes the dragnet constructed for the war on terror netted a lot of patsies and fit-ups, in the book’s case — Muslims.

However, it has often been a similar case for many busted on domestic terror charges. The charges exceed the actual nature of the threat.

And sometimes there is very little threat at all.

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