Michigan

"Seditious Conspiracy" - Rising Up in the Name of Christ

"Preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive." Hutaree

On March 27, eight members of the Hutaree militia were arrested based a federal grand jury indictment for seditious conspiracy attempt to use weapons of mass destruction; teaching/demonstrating the use of explosive materials; plus two counts of carrying a firearm as part of a crime of violence. The eight were arrested in small towns in Southeastern Michigan and adjacent areas of Ohio and Indiana.

According to their web site, Hutaree means soldier of Christ. In fact, the term is a neologism.

The religious warriors had a four part plan. They would draw the attention of federal law enforcement officials by killing one or several, including family members if they were available. When a major funeral was held for the slain police or federal officials, the Hutaree would attack the funeral procession with explosive devices killing as many police as they could. At that point, the soldiers of Christ would retreat to the woods and battle law enforcement. All of this would culminate in a national uprising against the government, which they believe to be the agent of the antichrist. USA versus David Brian Stone, et al (HUTAREE)

The Militia Were Plotting to Attack Police

Seriously. Is it terrorism yet?

The Christian militia group, the one that a Tea Party site claimed as their own, that was the big story of the weekend because of reported raids by a small army of various policing forces in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois were plotting to attack the police:

Alleged militia members indicted for plotting attack on police

6 Michiganders, 3 others face weapons of mass destruction charges

The indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court today claims that the Hutaree planned to kill an unidentified member of local law enforcement and then attack the law enforcement officers who gather in Michigan for the funeral. According to the plan, the Hutaree would attack law enforcement vehicles during the funeral procession with improvised explosive devices rigged with projectiles, which constitute weapons of mass destruction, according to the announcement by U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade.

H/T clammyc and just so you know: One of these right wing terrorists is still on the loose.

FBI Raids on Militia Members in Michigan

[update] According to reports this may be Christian Militia and this may be Tea Party related. Below the fold...

Here is a video report from ABC's Action News in Detroit:

At this point in time it is unclear how and IF the raids are connected to Militia activity:

The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Joint Terrorism Task Force are all involved in raids around Adrian that may be connected to a militia group.

The FBI conducted multiple raids throughout Saturday and into Sunday, with one of them centered on a property where known members of a militia live.

...snip...

Members of a number of militia groups say that the raids are connected to raids in Indiana and Ohio. However, the FBI has not confirmed that.

Must be something big for a small army of FBI, Homeland Security and the JTTF agents to be moving on them but according to an MSNBC report the raids are not terror related:

NEW: Former GOP operative explains why Republicans will use foreclosure lists to block voters

Originally posted 2008-09-15 10:17:05 -0600 - a subject dear to many of us - standingup

Published this morning the next in what is becoming a series about the GOP's voter suppression tactics this election cycle:

Former GOP operative explains why Republicans will use foreclosure lists to block voters

By Eartha Jane Melzer, Michigan Messenger 15-SEP-08

Unfair but "probably" legal, using foreclosure lists provides cheap and effective strategy for McCain campaign

Lose your house, lose your vote -- the latest incursion against voters' rights

Thanks Rayne... this trend is definitely one to watch! -- if anyone is so inclined to buzz the original Michigan Messenger story, here's the buzz link. (originally posted 2008-09-10 02:23:09 -- cho)

Want to make sure this story gets broad coverage across the internet, because this could happen in other states and particularly swing states.

Michigan Republicans plan to foreclose African American voters

The chairman of the Republican Party in Macomb County Michigan, a key swing county in a key swing state, is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election as part of the state GOP’s effort to challenge some voters on Election Day.

“We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren’t voting from those addresses,” party chairman James Carabelli told Michigan Messenger in a telephone interview earlier this week. He said the local party wanted to make sure that proper electoral procedures were followed.

Sending Goods to Iran? Yes we are!

I am always so surprised when I read articles like the following. Why I am so darn surprised...I don't know. Schnoockered comes to mind!!! Can we not stand the truth?

U.S. exports there have risen during the Bush administration

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Donna Brazile before the DNC Rules Panel: "My Mama Taught Me to Play by the Rules"

Originally posted 2008-05-31 17:19:19 -0500; promoted -- GH

Crossposted from Docudharma

Perhaps the most poignant statement of today's DNC Rules Panel, was offered by Donna Brazile, Superdelegate and Panel Committee Member. Brazile's comment came as a counter to Governor Blanchard, Hillary Clinton supporter. Blanchard denies the Michigan election was a "flawed primary" as Congressman Bonior and others pointed out:

"You must NOT turn you back on our loyal state," said Blanchard. The candidates taking their names off the ballot "was a knowing, willing decision. It doesn't make the election flawed. It makes a flawed strategy."

Brazile, driving home the obvious, stated that "Changing the rules in the middle of the game is called cheating."

Donna Brazile: "My Mama Taught Me to Play by the Rules."

The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee convened this morning, after a heated late night meeting where a resolution could not be reached.