Rick: "Nothing can stop them now. Wednesday, Thursday at the latest, they'll be in Paris."
Ilsa: "Richard, they'll find out your record. It won't be safe for you here."
Rick: "I'm on their blacklist already -- their Roll of Honor."
All tyrannies have lists -- lists of enemies to watch, to harass, to arrest, to kill, if necessary.
Here is a list. Now the folks at SPLC are not a tyranny in and of themselves. They ARE potentially the lying handmaidens of tyranny. However, when and if they get what they want, they may find that what they have been doing has unintended consequences for themselves all their own. Well, they chose their collectivist master's side and doubtless will share that master's fate.
The Gestapo listmakers fled to Argentina and Syria after the collapse of their tyranny. I wonder where the listmakers of the Southern Preposterous Lie Center will flee? Zimbabwe? Cuba?
Here are the names they have on their list. These are divided into "patriots" and "enablers." I was upset to hear that I was only Number Thirty Three until I found out it was an alphabetical list. Can't do anything about my last name. Wouldn't want to anyway.
The scholarship, or lack thereof, on this "list" is shocking. The meek, mild and inoffensive Edwin Viera is on this list, but the fiery, courageous New Mexico militia leader and Minuteman Bob Wright is not. Why? Because this list is about conflation and lying, not about fact. It is about -- as all SPLC garbage is about -- fundraising.
Here is a copy of the list emailed to me that comes from Chuck Baldwin, who is happy that he is at the top. As I said, He can thank his daddy for that. If my name was Aardvark, I'd be at the top of the list.
1. Chuck Baldwin, Pastor, Radio Broadcaster, Syndicated Columnist, 2008 Constitution Party Presidential nominee.
2. Joe Banister, former IRS special agent, tax protester.
3. Martin “Red” Beckman, tax protester
4. Catherine Bleish, head of the Liberty Restoration Project.
5. Chris Broughton, Second Amendment advocate, member of “We The People” group.
6. Bob Campbell, head of American Grand Jury.
7. Robert Crooks, Army veteran, retired commercial fisherman, anti-illegal immigration proponent.
8. Joseph Farah, CEO of World Net Daily
9. Gary Franchi, producer of “Camp FEMA: American Lockdown,” national director of RestoreTheRepublic.com.
10. Al Garza, head of the Patriot’s Coalition, an anti-illegal immigration group.
11. Ted Gunderson, retired FBI agent.
12. John Hassey, “The public face of Alabama’s militia movement in the late 1990s,” says SPLC.
13. Alex Jones, Radio Talk Show host.
14. Devvy Kidd, “prolific columnist, blogger, and public speaker.”
15. Larry Kilgore, telecommunications consultant, former US Senate candidate from Texas, pro-secession advocate.
16. Cliff Kincaid, syndicated columnist and author, editor of AIM Report (Accuracy in Media’s publication), founder and president of America’s Survival, Inc., a UN watchdog group.
17. Mark Koernke, associated with the now-defunct Michigan Militia.
18. Richard Mack, former Graham County, Arizona, Sheriff, author, and public speaker.
19. Jack McLamb, former Phoenix, Arizona, police officer, author, and public speaker.
20. John McManus, former member of the US Marine Corps, president of the John Birch Society.
21. Daniel New, father of Michael New (the Army medic who refused to wear a UN uniform), author, public speaker.
22. Norm Olson, founder of the now-defunct Michigan Militia.
23. Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America.
24. Stewart Rhodes, Army veteran and Yale Law School graduate, founder of Oath Keepers.
25. Jon Roland, computer specialist, founder of the Constitution Society.
26. Luke Rudkowski, founder We Are Change.
27. Robert “Bob” Schultz, founder of We The People.
28. Joel Skousen, editor, World Affairs Brief.
29. Jim Stachowiak, Radio Talk Show host, “Longtime militia organizer,” claims SPLC.
30. John Stadtmiller, founder, Republic Broadcasting Network.
31. Orly Taitz, California attorney, a leader in the push to make President Obama disclose his US birth certificate.
32. Amanda Teegarden, executive director of Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise.
33. Mike Vanderboegh, anti-Obama health care activist.
34. Paul Venable, former candidate for the Idaho House of Representatives.
35. Edwin Vieira, Jr., attorney, author, proponent of constitutional State militias, lecturer.
36. Michele Bachmann, US Representative from Minnesota.
37. Glenn Beck, Fox News Channel TV host.
38. Paul Broun, medical doctor, US Representative from Georgia.
39. Andrew Napolitano, attorney, former State judge in New Jersey, Fox News Channel legal analyist, lecturer.
40. Ron Paul, former member of the US Air Force, medical doctor, US Representative from Texas, 2008 Republican candidate for President.
Now I'm not sure where the description of me as "anti-Obama health care activist" came from. A reporter the other day referred to me as the "Eminence Grise" -- the "Gray Eminence" of the Constitutional Militia Movement. I kinda like that. It covers a lot more ground and is more truly descriptive than "anti-Obama health care activist."
This is what my SPLC bio-snippet says:
Gunning for the Government
Mike Vanderboegh, 56
Back in the 1990s, Mike Vanderboegh used to go to some lengths to portray himself as a moderate in the world of antigovernment militias, even though he once wrote about the utility of snipers and using "violence carefully targeted and clearly defensive." In 1996, for instance, he joined many militia leaders in signing a document distancing the movement from racists and neo-Nazis.
That was then. This spring, he started to sound a little different.
On March 19, Vanderboegh, enraged at the imminent passage of health care reform, furiously called on Americans to break the windows of local Democratic Party headquarters offices around the country. "[I]f you wish to send a message that [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and her party cannot fail to hear, break their windows," the Pinson, Ala., blogger wrote. "Break them NOW. Break them and run to break again. Break them under cover of night. Break them in broad daylight."
Over the next few days, party office windows and those of several members of Congress were indeed smashed with bricks in several states, criminal attacks followed with glee by Vanderboegh in his blog's "Window War" feature.
After his time as a militia enthusiast, Vanderboegh in the mid-2000s took to patrolling the Mexican border with his own tiny Alabama Minuteman Support Team. More recently, he has been described as the co-founder of the Three Percenters, a loose alliance of gun owners who vow not to surrender their rights and disarm. The name refers to the 3% of American colonists believed to have been the portion of the population who actively opposed England. Three Percenters also claim to represent the hardest-line 3% of U.S. gun owners.
Vanderboegh's website, Sipsey Street Irregulars, warns that "the collectivists who now control the government" should leave gun owners alone "if they wish to continue unfettered oxygen consumption." He claims the website has garnered more than 1 million visits.
Vanderboegh declined an interview for this article in a lengthy E-mail attacking the Southern Poverty Law Center as "lying, conflationist bastards." Nevertheless, Vanderboegh, who used his website to promote his interview with a television station, ended his E-mail by writing, "Thank you in advance for all the free publicity."
Now this is, as all SPLC publicly-flung excrement is, remarkable more for what they leave out.
I first came to the attention of these liars for money when I began a fact-checking newsletter on the early Internet called "Deeswatch," calling them on their serial lies.
It also leaves out my authorship of "The Alabama Declaration," the campaign of the constitutional militias against the FBI-shielded neoNazi and Identity terrorists in Operation White Rose, my embarrassment of the FBI into finally arresting Michael Brescia and the rest of his hitherto un-indicted comrades of the Aryan Republican Army terrorist gang.
It leaves out my denunciation of them at the time of the Good O' Boys Roundup ATF scandal, when Morris Dees gave the agency desperately-needed political cover by lying about the authenticity of the Gadsden Minutemen's video tape of the event, where ATF agents sold "Nigger Hunting Licenses" and entertained themselves with skits such as "The Birth of the Black Race," illustrated by pulling a black baby doll out of a watermelon. The tape, as FBI evidence expert Frederick Whitehurst later demonstrated, was genuine. It was the ATF and Morris Dees of SPLC who were the liars.
These and other salient facts are left out of the biography because they don't fit with the SPLC-ATF party line.
But to be included on SPLC's "Roll of Honor," like being denounced by the serial perjuror and rapist Billy Jeff Clinton, is, well, an honor.
It means I have arrived.
For it is better to be despised by the despicable than admired by the admirable.