What do you call it when an anti-Semite and white supremacist goes on a shooting spree at not one, but two Jewish community facilities, killing three people? If you’re the U.S. media you call it anything, but terrorism.
With a barrage of bullets and a cry of “Heil Hitler,” 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller left three people dead in shootings outside a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement home in Overland Park, KS on Sunday. Miller, a former Klan leader turned government informant, may have been marking the birthday of recently executed racist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin.
Whatever inspired his violence, Miller was a ticking time bomb with a long history as a white supremacist and anti-Semite, going back more than 30 years.
- Miller posted more than 12,000 messages to a white supremacist message board, including one about the potential impact of assassinating both President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
- Miller transformed the North Carolina Ku Klux Klan into a paramilitary organization called the White Patriot Party, which advocated for “the creation of an all-white nation within the one million square miles of mother Dixie.” While in North Carolina Miller ran unsuccessfully for governor and the U.S. Senate.
- During that time, a U.S. attorney said, Miller mailed out over 5,000 letters declaring war on Jews, homosexuals, blacks, government officials, and “white race traitors.”
- After a three-year stint in federal prison on weapons charges, Miller ran for the congressional seat representing Missouri’s seventh district. In radio ads that stations found too offensive to run, Miller said, “America is no longer ours. America belongs to the Jews who rule it, and the mud-people who multiply in it.”
Frazier wasn’t shy about sharing his views. Over the years, he gave numerous media interviews. In some, Miller expressed an interest in the tea party and voiced support for Ron Paul.
It’s no surprise that right-wingers like Erik Rush blame Obama for the Kansas shootings.
Here’s the best of the worst in wingnuttia this week.
- Wisconsin Republicans will vote next month on whether to secede from the U.S.
- Mike Huckabee said that America is not as free as North Korea.
- When the rest of America saw a blood-red moon, evangelists Mark Blitz and John Hagee saw the end of the world.
- Here come the “shoe truthers”! Rush Limbaugh says Hillary Clinton “staged” the shoe throwing incident.
- Rep. Dennis Ross (R, FL) told a constituent and minimum-wage earner that raising the minimum wage is “not right,” and that raising Wendy’s hamburger prices 20 cents to pay the man a livable wage “does more harm to our economy.” So, basically, Ross doesn’t think his constituent is worth 20 cents.
- American Family Association radio host Bryan Fischer said that the poor, “ought to be kissing the ground on which [the rich] walk,” because the Wall Street Journal says the top 1 percent account for nearly 30 percent of tax revenue.
- Allen West claims “radical” Muslims are waging a “civilization jihad,” by voting and obeying election laws.
- Glenn Beck told the Hollywood Reporter that he feels he’s “wasting [his] life” on political commentary, and wants to make movies instead.
- Beck also told his staff that his “longest running, unspoken prophecy,” is beginning to be fulfilled, and that everything God has warned him about is now happening. So maybe Beck is also considering a career in prophesy.
- New York’s Duchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan (R) deleted his personal Twitter account after retweeting offensive messages about African-Americans, lesbians and low-wage workers. Coughlan claimed his intention was only to “share other people’s viewpoints,” not to offend.
- Right-wing bloggers accused President Obama of trying to reduce minority births … by reducing the rate of teen pregnancies among blacks and Latinos. Why the president would want to “reduce births” among two major Democratic constituencies remains a mystery.
- Montana Republican congressional candidate Matt Rosendale shot down a drone in his new tv spot.