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BLM Halts Actions at Nevada Ranch

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 11:05am
Editor’s Note: The BLM has apparently backed down in the face of the armed protest. They say they are going to release the seized cattle. In the midst of widespread vitriol and antigovernment rage, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced on Saturday that it was ending its operation to remove cattle from federal land […]

Right-Wing Media Eagerly Promote Cliven Bundy and His Anti-Federal Faceoff

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 5:06pm
Mainstream media coverage of the showdown in southern Nevada over Cliven Bundy’s cattle has so far been scrupulously balanced. Most outlets – including local TV stations from nearby Las Vegas, as well as cable news outlets CNN and MSNBC – have presented Bundy’s belief that the U.S. government has no jurisdiction over the land on […]

Not Every ‘Patriot’ is Rushing to Nevada Standoff

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:28pm
Not every gun-worshiping, Second Amendment-quoting “Patriot” thinks it’s a good idea for militia members to descend armed to the teeth on the Nevada desert to confront a small army of federal agents and stand with a defiant rancher fighting for his “right” to illegally graze his cattle on environmentally sensitive government land. Take the gray-bearded […]

Pete Santilli’s Violent Rant about a ‘Fight to the Death’ in Nevada

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:54am
The rhetoric from right-wing pundits concerning Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s showdown with federal authorities over cattle grazing rights has quickly grown overheated. But talk show host Pete Santilli – who has a notable history of extremist statements – has reached an entirely new level of hysteria. Santilli devoted more than an hour of his Internet […]

Nevada Rancher’s Interview With Volatile Talk Show Host Reveals His ‘Patriot’ Movement Leanings

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:02am
If it wasn’t clear from the pronouncements that Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy made in TV interviews this past week – most notably his assertion that “I don’t recognize the United States government as even existing” – the confrontation in the Nevada desert that has drawn a horde of antigovernment ‘Patriot’ movement supporters and militiamen out […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 4/11/14

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:08am
Media Matters: Right-wing media are throwing gas on Nevada rancher’s violent threats against the government. Washington Monthly: How whites react to the browning of America: Should we worry? Right Wing Watch: Sheriff Joe Arpaio dismisses worries about racism because he doesn’t complain about being Italian-American. Kansas City Star: Detroit holds vigil for white driver beaten […]

Antigovernment ‘Patriots’ Gather Near Scene of Nevada Rancher’s Dispute Over Cattle Grazing Rights

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:36am
A Nevada rancher appears to have backed down after threatening to open up a “range war” with the federal government if they rounded up the cattle he had illegally grazing on public lands. Authorities responded to the rancher’s threat with a show of force – an estimated 200 federal agents who descended on the scene […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 4/10/14

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:36am
Right Wing Watch: Rick Wiles says Hitler tried to create a race of gay superman-soldiers, warns they’re now taking over America. Salon.com: Up close with racism, rage and Southern supremacy. Oklahoma Gazette: State Rep. Sally Kern now says only that ‘the homosexual agenda is destroying people’s lives.’ AlterNet: Scientist has no idea how he ended […]

Chattanooga Braces for Neo-Nazi Rally Against Immigration

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:20pm
How time flies when you’re spreading hate. It’s hard to believe – and more than a little sad to realize – that the National Socialist Movement (NSM), currently the largest and most prominent neo-Nazi organization in the United States, has been around now for 40 years, although it started life under a different name. Notable […]

Leith City Officials Object to Craig Cobb Plea Deal

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:04pm
City officials in Leith, N.D., are now openly challenging a misdemeanor plea bargain tendered to white supremacist Craig Cobb whose attempt to build a whites-only community fizzled when he was arrested on seven terrorizing charges. Leith Mayor Ryan Schock, City Councilman Lee Cook and Gregory Bruce, the town’s media representative, filed a formal complaint last […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 4/9/14

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 6:25am
Military.com: New Army uniform guidelines limit tattoos, including a ban on racist and extremist tattoos. Vocativ: Anti-gay campaign over Honey Maid crackers commercial backfires spectacularly for One Million Moms. New Republic: Mississippi’s sex-ed classes teach kids that homosexuality is illegal, even though it isn’t. Media Matters: Craig James, fired by Fox Sports for anti-gay slurs, […]

League of the South Looks to Street Theater to Increase Visibility

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:08pm
You will know the League of the South’s street demonstrators by their flags – a variety of Confederate flags, yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” Gadsden flags and stark, black-and-white so-called Southern Nationalist flags. If the league’s organizers see their hopes realized, such demonstrators will be a common sight on city streets and plazas in the […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 4/8/14

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 6:23am
Raw Story: Four Michigan men arrested for viciously beating Army veteran because they thought he was a “nigger lover.” Good As You: AFA’s Bryan Fischer posts series of tweets blaming homosexuals for the Holocaust. Towleroad: Westboro Baptist protesters forced to flee in Moore, Oklahoma, after crowd threatens violence. Crooks and Liars: Black student accepted to […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 4/7/14

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:23am
Crooks and Liars: Rep. Steve King warns DREAMers: ‘We have a bus for you to Tijuana’. Mother Jones: GOP House candidate in Wisconsin proposes eliminating weekends for workers. Right Wing Watch: Rep. Louis Gohmert lauds Mississippi anti-LGBT law, attacks ‘intolerant’ gays for their criticism. Associated Press: Four people hold man hostage for three days, forcibly […]

Far-Right ‘Jury Nullification’ Concept Resurfaces in Marijuana Debate

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:17pm
Can members of juries really stand in judgment of the laws they are sworn to apply? Can jurors really choose to acquit someone of a crime because they believe a law is unjust? This concept – known as “jury nullification” – has been promoted in previous decades by far-right extremists who sought to “nullify” a […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 4/4/14

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 7:32am
ThinkProgress: Mississippi Legislature passes ‘religious liberty’ bill that legalizes discrimination against LGBT people. Miami Herald: Sex offender tried to burn down trailer home because he despises lesbian couple. Post-Dispatch (St. Louis): Missouri House once again passes bill that would ‘nullify’ federal gun laws within the state. News-Journal (Longview, TX): ‘Longview patriots’ may pick up the […]

Glenn McConnell Began Selling Segregationist’s Products in Wake of Boycott

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 1:55pm
After a segregationist businessman’s products were dropped from major grocery chains over his promotion of slavery, South Carolina Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell – who was recently selected to head the College of Charleston – went out of his way to sell the man’s products. Maurice Bessinger, an unrepentant segregationist who ran the Piggie Park chain […]

Two More Members of FEAR Terror Group Plead to Murder

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 1:14pm
The two triggermen for a murderous militia of renegade American soldiers pleaded guilty today in a Georgia courtroom to shooting to death a former soldier and his 17-year-old girlfriend a few weeks before Christmas 2011. The couple was lured to a patch of woods in the middle of the night and killed, according to prosecutors, […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 4/3/14

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 6:10am
JoeMyGod: Breitbart staff writer tweets that if there’s one more Muslim terror attack, ‘it’s time to start slaughtering Muslims in the streets’. Michigan Live: Woman who married partner during brief Michigan repeal of gay marriage ban assaulted in bias crime; police hand out description of suspect. Houston Chronicle: Would-be domestic terrorist planned massive rampage; judge […]

Richard Mack Pitches Classic Posse Comitatus Theory on Fox’s Lou Dobbs Tonight

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:08pm
Richard Mack, the former sheriff of Graham County, Ariz., and an antigovernment “Patriot” movement figure who leads the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, has a long history of promoting the theory that county sheriffs, not federal law enforcement, represent the supreme law of the land. This radically decentralized vision of government was first promoted […]
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