Odds are, the Hutaree Militia gets off

I was surprised to learn this

As I describe it in my book, Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream (pp. 144 – 171), the federal government has never won a sedition case against militia-types, white supremacists, or neo-Nazis. Since World War One, they have won numerous seditious conspiracy cases against Puerto Rican independentistas, communists and others on the left. But no one on the radical right has ever been convicted of plotting to overthrow by force of arms the government of the United State of America.

Not that federal prosecutors haven’t tried.

During World War Two, two sets of indictments were brought against as many as thirty people with sympathies for the Axis powers. The first one was dropped shortly after it was made. A second set of charges were thrown out of court in 1943. Finally, in 1944, 28 leaders from the Silvershirts, the German-American Bund, the Defenders of the Christian Faith and other National Socialist types were brought to trial in Washington D.C. on charges of sedition. The trial ended after eight months, however, when the judge died. Neither the Roosevelt nor Truman administration re-tried the case.

Ahh yes, but now that the commies have taken over, maybe they can win one against the nazis.

What Tuesday’s Elections Really Meant


Note: this is a “framed” page from 538.com. Newstrust is a (still nascent) news article aggregator/moderator. They offer good articles every day, so I figured I’d throw them a link bone.

And as per, I think Nate’s analysis is spot on.

Who’s packing ERs? Not the uninsured


“In 2007, approximately one in five persons in the U.S. population had one or more emergency department visits in a 12-month period,” the report from the National Center for Health Statistics reads.

“Among the under-65 population, the uninsured were no more likely than the insured to have had at least one emergency department visit in a 12-month period.”

Tamyra Carroll Garcia and colleagues at the center used two large national surveys of healthcare use in 2007 for their study.

“Since 1996, demand for emergency services in the United States has been rising,” they wrote.

“While the number of emergency departments (EDs) across the country has decreased, the number of ED visits has increased. As a result, EDs are experiencing higher patient volume and overcrowding, and patients seeking care are experiencing longer wait times,” they added.

Let’s see, population is rising, number of ED’s decreasing, seems pretty natural that service levels would decrease. No need to blame the poor or undocumented, simple economics explains the problem. Not that that will stop anyone. In times of uncertainty folks are always looking for someone to blame.

Rand Paul Under Fire for Comments on Race


“Should we limit speech from people we find abhorrent?” Paul asked. “Should we limit racists from speaking? I don’t want to be associated with those people, but I also don’t want to limit their speech in any way, in the sense that we tolerate boorish and uncivilized behavior because that’s one of the things that freedom requires… that we allow people to be boorish and uncivilized, but that doesn’t mean we approve of it.”

Paul’s views on the issue first came under scrutiny last month during an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal.

“I like the Civil Rights Act in the sense that it ended discrimination in all public domains, and I’m all in favor of that,” he said. “I don’t like the idea of teling private business owners — I abhor racism… I do believe in private ownership.”

The Courier-Journal in an editorial said that Paul’s remarks were “repulsive” and declared that it could not endorse either Republican in the Senate primary.

Paul’s primary opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson,attacked Paul’s extreme views during the primary campaign, though that clearly did not deter enough voters from supporting Paul. Now that Paul is in a broader campaign, his Democratic opponent, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, is using the same strategy.

“These are not the views of mainstream Kentuckians,” Conway said about Paul’s beliefs in an interview with Talking Points Memo.

Too funny. This is a perfect example of how the Tea Party will be the death of the GOP. Rand’s view that businesses should have the “freedom” to be racist assholes might resonant with the TP folks, but it’s a tough sell to a normal demographic slice of the American pie.

BTW, I’d like someone to ask him how involved he was in drafting Daddy’s racist newsletter in the 80’s. That would have been during Rand’s formative years, and given his adherence to Dad’s political leanings… It should be a good question to ask.

Second BTW, anybody else thinks it’s funny that one of the more anti-government government officials we have is setting up a political dynasty?