The first was by Matthew Biggs of Reuters' Atlanta office who quoted me correctly (as he always does):
Mike Vanderboegh, a militia veteran in Alabama who runs the influential blog called Sipsey Street Irregulars, said the SPLC lacked authority to comment on militia groups.
"There's always a big rise in militia groups whenever SPLC is trying to raise money. Do I think it's (the report) true? Certainly I think it's true, but not for the reasons they are positing," Vanderboegh said in an interview.
The second was by Kent Faulk of the local rag, the Birmingham News. His story ran yesterday here, so I suspect he will have a follow-up today, or, not. His email went as follows:
From: Kent Faulk
Sent: Wed, Feb 23, 2011 3:22 pm
Subject: Question from Kent Faulk at The Birmingham News re: SPLC report
This is Kent Faulk, with The Birmingham News.
Do you have any reaction to the Southern Poverty Law Center listing Three%er (Pinson) in its annual report on the number of extremist, anti-government, and hate groups?
It lists Three%er (Pinson) under anti-government "Patriot" groups.
To which I replied:
The Southern Preposterous Lie Center must be in need of more donations. Their reports, in case you hadn't noticed, bear a remarkable similarity, one after the other, year after year, as does their conflationary and distorted use of language. The only people who I know are actually "anti-government" are anarchists. The Three Percenters are FOR government that is small, safe, transparent and limited -- you know, like the Founders had in mind.
As far as whether or not the militia movement is growing (a Reuters reporter already called me on this one), to quote the Bard: "Who hath measured the ground?" SPLC, beyond the fact that its bank account proves conclusively that it has nothing to do with "poverty," is like a stopped clock which is right twice a day, or a rooster who believes that by crowing it can make the sun to rise.
Let me ask you this. I am attaching a briefing paper on the federal government scandal du jour -- Project Gunwalker. . . FOX News had a piece on this scandal yesterday, CBS (who I helped get in touch with the whistleblower ATF agents) is running this piece tonight:
I broke -- (yes me, a militia guy, an "extremist," an "anti-government" radical according to the professional liars at SPLC) -- I broke this story on 28 December on my blog. How did I do this? Because I had numerous sources WITHIN the ATF, especially street agents. Sorta counter-intuitive, huh? After that I worked with fellow Second Amendment blogger David Codrea to link up the whistleblowers with (first) Senator Sessions' office and (later) Senator Grassley's office to get them protection. David and I have been banging on this story in the blogosphere and now, two months later, the major media is picking it up and we're going to have hearings.
Now, that said, let me ask you something: does that sound "anti-government" to you? Using freedom of speech, investigative journalism and the political system to expose one of the worst scandals in federal government's recent history? "Anti-government"? Really?
Again, to paraphrase the Bard: There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy . . and there's sure as hell more than can be explained by the SPLC "Narrative of 1995." (See To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant's Face by Prof. Robert Churchill, who labels SPLC as the proponent of a new "Brown Scare.")
SPLC should get a new gong to bang. The one they've got is a bit worn out.
Pathetic lying con men, all.
The alleged leader of a merry band of Three Percenters.