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  • Friday, May 28, 2010

    Right Wing Domestic Terrorism in West Memphis

    I missed this last week. Seems that a right wing, Christian extremist shot and killed some cops in Arkansas with barely any attention from the media...or at least nothing that I noticed. And all those right wing talk show hosts who would be immediately on this story if the murderer was Muslim or Hispanic have ignored it completely because it is a white Christian who committed the act.

    From local Tennessee news: White Supremacist preacher kills two cops after traffic stop

    Here is a detailed story about the initial shootouts:


    And here's a detailed description of the two cop killers:

    The truth about the accused West Memphis cop killers is slowly being revealed, as myEyewitnessNews.com learns more about 45-year-old Jerry Kane and his 16-year-old son.

    Investigators say the Kanes shot and killed West Memphis Police Officers Brandon Paudert and Bill Evans during a traffic stop along I-40 on Thursday, May 20, 2010. Crittenden County Sheriff Richard Busby and his Chief Deputy W.A. Wren were also injured in a shootout that followed in the West Memphis Walmart parking lot, ending with both suspects shot to death.

    Kane and his son, by all accounts, didn't trust the U.S. Government. They didn't respect it, didn't think the laws that apply to the citizens in this country applied to them. They had particular beliefs and habits, like thinking they didn't need driver's licenses...

    "I don't want to kill anybody," Jerry Kane can be heard saying in a video posted on his website. "But if you keep messing with me, that's the way it's going to come out. And if I have to kill one, I'm not going to be able to stop."

    Jerry Kane's minivan has already been traced back to a church once affiliated with violent white supremacists and the Aryan Nation. Friends confirm that Kane was anti-government, but they insist he was not a hate-filled racist...

    Before going out in a blaze of bullets in West Memphis, Arkansas, this week, the Ohio native traveled the country, teaching mortgage fraud seminars and preaching anti-governments sentiments...

    And, says Ionescu, Jerry would defend his property to the death. Friends and family confirm that Kane owned an AK-47, and had used it often to hunt or practice at the range.

    "For someone to get shot by Jerry's hand," Ionescu says, "means he told them that if you do that, if you try to enter my car, I will kill you. And they (Officers Paudert and Evans), did it anway..."

    Jerry Kane has previous arrests in Ohio for assault, forgery and vehicle theft. He was pulled over at a checkpoint last month along Highway 380 in Lincoln County, New Mexico and arrested for not having a driver's license.

    Lt. Eric Garcia, a spokesperson for the New Mexico State Police, says Kane was asked to provide an i.d. and refused. He was asked to step out of his car and complied, but when asked again for his license, he refused a second time. He was taken into custody without incident. Kane's son, says Lt. Garcia, was not with him during the incident. There was an unidentified woman in the van who was not arrested...

    Interestingly, when asked what his profession was, Kane told New Mexico State Police that he was the pastor of the House of God's Prayer, which is the name of the controversial church in Ohio. The former pastor of the church, Harold Ray Redfeairn, became the leader of the Aryan Nation, and went to jail in 1993 for trying to kill a police officer. He was paroled in 1991 and died in 2003.

    Now I wonder what would have happened if cop-killer Kane had been asked for his id in Arizona where it is now required to show proof of citizenship on demand.

    This points out the insanity and hypocrisy of the right wing in America today. And let me tell you, now that they are killing cops, their support will start fading.

    Right wing watch has a page dedicated to Jerry "Cop-Killer" Kane. Some excerpts:

    WorldNetDaily has distinguished itself for its seeming willingness to publish just about anything, regardless of how ridiculous it may be. But even by the standards of WND, this may be the single most insane opening of anything I have ever seen published there:

    Critics who denounce and slander their colleagues for comparing Barack Obama's meteoric rise to power with that of Hitler's are out of ideas or have too much time on their hands.

    Notice that this isn't an attack on those who "denounce and slander their colleagues by comparing” Obama to Hitler but rather an attack on those those who “denounce and slander their colleagues for comparing” Obama to Hitler.

    That’s right – the author, Jerry Kane, is not only defending comparisons between Barack Obama and Adolf Hitler but actually accusing those who dare to point out that such comparisons are outrageous and offensive of slandering those who make those comparisons; comparisons, Kane insists, that are totally reasonable:

    The cult of personality and hysteria for a charismatic orator are frightening parallels between Obama and Hitler. Like Hitler, Obama too is a phenomenal political figure, extraordinary in American politics. No American politician has made such an impression on Americans. He receives excessive admiration and adoration from his admirers reminiscent of hero worship but with a messianic twist … Commentators do not say Obama is Hitler, but they do suggest that a dictator can rise in America and bring about a totalitarian state. For that reason, when the leader of the free world possesses a charismatic personality, comes from a socialist background, holds to a progressive worldview, rises to prominence through grandiose speeches, is hailed as the nation's savior by the masses, is admired by leaders throughout the world, and is elevated to the role of messiah by worshipful followers, it is both reasonable and necessary to wave red flags and sound alarms.

    And lest anyone think this is merely an isolated case, here is a map of recent right wing violence in the United States for reference, and here is the Southern Poverty Law Center's map of hate groups in the United States (not always related to the first map, but often overlapping). Meanwhile a leader within the Arizona Republican Party follows a KKK Leader on Twitter (you can help the Arizona Democratic Party counter the racism of the Arizona Republicans). Also in Arizona, the sheriff of Maricopa county, Joe Arpaio, has close ties to neo-Nazis (want to help defeat Arpaio, donate to the Maricopa County Democratic Party). And Kentucky's Teabagger/Republican candidate for the Senate, Rand Paul, has neo-Nazi ties (you can help Democrat Jack Conway defeat Rand Paul).

    I wonder what Republican candidate for Senate in Arkansas John Boozman would have to say about these right wing fanatics turned cop-killers. Anyone who wants to ask him can contact his campaign.


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