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Executive director of the Minutemen accused of home invasion, murder

Outspoken Everett activist accused in deadly robbery
An outspoken anti-immigration activist from Everett has been arrested in Arizona in connection to a deadly home invasion robbery. Shawna Forde, the executive director of the Minutemen American Defense, is one of three accused in the shooting deaths of 29-year-old Raul Flores and his daughter, 9-year-old Brisenia Flores, at their home in Arivaca, Ariz., a town 10 miles north of the Mexican border. Two others - 34-year-old Jason Bush and 42-year-old Albert Gaxiola - were arrested. All three have been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of aggravated assault. According to the Pima County Sheriff's Office, two men and a woman posing as police officers forced their way into the Flores ' home in the middle of the night on May 30. It is not known exactly what transpired next, but Raul Flores and his daughter were shot and killed. The girl's mother was wounded and is recovering in a local hospital, deputies said. . . . "It was a planned home invasion where the plan was to kill all the people inside this trailer so there would be no witnesses," he said. "This is perhaps the most despicable crime that any of us in this organization has ever been associated with."
Talking Points Memo has more context.

June 12, 2009

Krugman: The Big Hate

Op-Ed Columnist - The Big Hate - NYTimes.com

Back in April, there was a huge fuss over an internal report by the Department of Homeland Security warning that current conditions resemble those in the early 1990s — a time marked by an upsurge of right-wing extremism that culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing.

Conservatives were outraged. The chairman of the Republican National Committee denounced the report as an attempt to “segment out conservatives in this country who have a different philosophy or view from this administration” and label them as terrorists.

But with the murder of Dr. George Tiller by an anti-abortion fanatic, closely followed by a shooting by a white supremacist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the analysis looks prescient.

There is, however, one important thing that the D.H.S. report didn’t say: Today, as in the early years of the Clinton administration but to an even greater extent, right-wing extremism is being systematically fed by the conservative media and political establishment.

Obama writes girl a note for missing school

Obama writes girl a note for missing school - Yahoo! News

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Ten-year-old Kennedy Corpus has a rock-solid excuse for missing the last day of school: a personal note to her teacher from President Barack Obama.

Her father, John Corpus of Green Bay, stood to ask Obama about health care during the president's town hall-style meeting at Southwest High School on Thursday. He told Obama that his daughter was missing school to attend the event and that he hoped she didn't get in trouble.

"Do you need me to write a note?" Obama asked. The crowd laughed, but the president was serious.

On a piece of paper, he wrote: "To Kennedy's teacher: Please excuse Kennedy's absence. She's with me. Barack Obama." He stepped off the stage to hand-deliver the note — to Kennedy's surprise.

"I thought he was joking until he started walking down," Kennedy said after the event, showing off the note in front of a bank of television cameras. "It was like the best thing ever."

Mentally-disabled Texas teenager given 100-year sentence for fondling boy

National Briefing - Southwest - Texas - 100-Year Sentence for Teenager - NYTimes.com

An 18-year-old who has profound mental disabilities was sentenced to 100 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in a sexual abuse case involving his 6-year-old neighbor. The teenager, Aaron Hart, was arrested and charged after a neighbor found him fondling her stepson in September. He pleaded guilty to five counts, including aggravated sexual assault and indecency by contact, and a jury decided his punishment. . . .

June 11, 2009

Terrorist Von Brunn transferred his website to neo-nazis in Michigan one week before shooting

Von Brunn's Site Was Transferred Out Of His Name June 1 | TPMMuckraker

The registration for James Von Brunn's now-defunct white supremacist website, HolyWesternEmpire.org, was transferred out of Von Brunn's name on June 1, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

. . .

Heidi Beirich of the SPLC told TPMmuckraker that on June 1 the site was transferred from Von Brunn's name into that of Steve Reimink, of West Olive, Michigan. Searches of online records by others confirm that the site was registered to Reimink at the time of the shooting yesterday.

. . .

A woman named Patti Thompson, who is listed as a coordinator for the Ron Paul campaign in Michigan, shares the phone number that's given for Reimink in the domain records for the site -- and who appears to be his girlfriend.

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