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Conservative Navy SEAL Arrested For Fabricating Story About Being Shot By Black Mob

Chris Heben (image via Facebook)

Why didn’t any of the several conservative organizations that embraced him simply check out his story?  Oh wait, that would go against their racist agenda…check.

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A Navy SEAL who became a conservative sensation by surviving what he claimed was a racially-motivated attack on his life by a black mob has now been arrested for lying about the whole thing.

The only thing clear in the strange and convoluted tale of what happened to Chris Heben on March 31st is that he was shot in the stomach. He showed up on foot at a fire station in Bath, Ohio with bullet fragments in his abdomen. His story of how those bullet fragments got there though turns out to be publicity-seeking lies – carefully constructed to manipulate right-wing fears of reverse-racism and black violence towards whites.

But let’s first look at Heben’s story. Here is what he says happened:

Heben, 44-year-old former SEAL who patriotically served his country from 1996 to 2006 was exercising his Constitutionally-protected right to go shopping at a local grocery store when he was almost hit by a low-sitting (read: gang-owned) sports car. Three black men (read: violent gang members) started hurling obscenities at him. Undeterred, Heben went into the store, but when he forgot his wallet he exited the store and the men were waiting for him.

For racist reasons, one of the men yelled “You got a big mouth white boy. You need to learn some f*cking respect.” Then he, or one his friends, shot Heben in the stomach.

Because Heben bleeds red, white, and blue and those colors don’t run, he said he “plugged the bullet hole” and preceded to chase the men down the street. It was only when he was a block away and about to lose consciousness that he stumbled into a nearby fire station and asked for help.

Given his military-background, the racial nature of the attack, and Heben’s tough guy response, conservative and mainstream media sources fawned over his story. Pictures of him in his hospital bed, recovering with the latest copy of the NRA-sponsored American Rifleman magazine went viral.

(image via Facebook)

(image via Facebook)

He appeared on CNN and Fox News to retell the (made-up) story. World Net Daily, a website devoted to conservative conspiracy theories, Obama-bashing, and at least one article suggesting soy beans make people gay, scored an exclusive interview with him, undermined only slightly by the fact that he had already conducted exclusive interviews at several other news outlets.

The white power website Stormfront tracked his recovery with tenacious concern and frequently cited his story as an example of a “war on whites” being committed by angry, violent black men. Following the familiar pattern, almost Pavlovian at this point, white power groups complained that Heben’s story was being suppressed by the mainstream media because of “political correctness” and a fear of being accused of racism, despite his appearances on mainstream media outlets.

In his WND interview, Heben stirred the pot further by suggesting that this was perhaps not only racially-motivated, but also because of Islam.

Heben said the concern of al-Qaida targeting former SEALs in the U.S. is so real that another former SEAL friend, Marcus Luttrell, has former SEALs providing him security as he goes around the country talking about his Lone Survivor Foundation.

These gangbanging, black men were racists, Islamic extremists upset that Heben’s squadmates had killed their leader, Osama Bin Laden. Heben may have been retired, but his story made the soldier the central character in the battle on two fronts: reverse-racism and Islamic terrorism.

If you are thinking “This story sounds too good to be true,” then you and the police are on the same page. While Fox News was praising Heben’s courage, police were quickly unraveling his story.

“We could not corroborate his story,” McNeely told CNN affiliate WKYC. “The more we looked into it the more evidence we gathered that he was not telling the truth.”

You see, Bath, Ohio is not Iraq; it’s not even Baltimore or Chicago, when a person shoots someone in the parking lot of a grocery store, people tend to remember. Despite the brazen attack, no witness could be found to back up Heben’s story. Furthermore, no car matching his description of the one used by the shooter ever turned up. No one ever came to police with a lead. No shell casing was ever found. No video – from the numerous storefronts and shoppers there that day – ever surfaced. As far as police could tell, Heben was not shot where he said he was shot, nor was he shot by the people he said shot him. He apparently fabricated the entire incident.

Yet, he was shot. Stranger still, he allowed police to look at the license gun he owns and the bullet taken from his body did not match it.

Even without it being his registered gun, it seems possible that either Heben was shot by a person he didn’t want to admit shot him or he did it himself. While it seems inconceivable that he would aim a gun at his own stomach and pull the trigger, he did stand to gain the number one motivator of people doing stupid things: Money.

After the incident, Heben (who was already a familiar face around conservative rallies and anti-Obama protests) made the most of his experience by promoting his brand of motivational speaking and a high-priced clothing store set up at his website. In the “gear” section of www.chrisheben.com, Heben fans can purchase a $65 “SEAL team challenge” shirt or a $35 “Rise Up Against ISIS” design. For the health nut in your life, Heben’s company, Seal Team Consulting, offers “SEAL whey” protein powder which comes in “Shock-N-Awe” and “RELOAD” varieties for the savvy consumer.

Heben’s also available for motivational speaking engagements, where he undoubtedly says things like (per his Facebook page):

“Don’t accept your lot in life as it currently stands. Roger up and assault it head on. Always look for a way to dominate, not just because you can, but because you were born for it…Success is in your DNA. A low blow in life will rock you from time to time, but in the grand scheme of things it will take a hell of a lot more than that to knock you down and take you out!

The police roger up’d and went ahead and charged Heben with misdemeanor counts of falsification and obstruction of justice. Police Chief Mike McNeely said: “We have overwhelming evidence based upon video, cell phone records and interviews that the shooting did not occur in the West Market Plaza and that Mr. Heben made false allegations to us.”

The three fictional cruising around in a low-riding gray sports car are probably so relieved.

Rafael Cruz: The ‘average Black’ doesn’t understand why the minimum wage is bad

Rafael Cruz (Screenshot)

Yesterday the son denigrated the President of the United States and today his father insults the entire African American community.  No words…

The Raw Story

Conservative activist Rafael Cruz argued that African-Americans need to be “educated” to oppose minimum wage laws, citing the work of a Black conservative member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, Buzzfeed reported.

“Jason Riley said in an interview, Did you know before we had minimum wage laws, Black unemployment and white unemployment were the same? If we increase the minimum wage, Black unemployment will skyrocket,” Cruz said during a speech to the Western Williamson County Republican Club in Texas last month. “See, he understands it, but the average Black does not.”

Riley and other conservatives have argued for years that minimum wage laws disproportionately affect the Black community. In 2011, Riley wrote that they “remain politically popular, especially among liberals enamored of wealth redistribution schemes.”

More recently, Riley criticized Attorney General Eric Holder in connection to the federal investigation into the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last month, saying Holder should tell people protesting against police there to “pull up their pants and finish school.”

After repeating a common conservative misrepresentation of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s views, Cruz recounted a conversation he had with a Black pastor in Bakersfield, California, during which he mentioned that Republicans favored the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“I said, as a matter of fact, ‘Did you know that civil rights legislation was passed by Republicans? It was passed by a Republican Senate under the threat of a filibuster by the Democrats,’” Cruz told the audience. “[He said] ‘Oh, I didn’t know that.’ And then I said, ‘Did you know that every member of the Ku Klux Klan were Democrats from the South?’ ‘Oh I didn’t know that.’ You know, they need to be educated.”

Cruz did not mention that one Democratic senator who opposed the bill, Strom Thurmond, switched sides and became a longtime Republican. Cruz also failed to mention that, according to an analysis by Harry J. Enten in The Guardian last year, no southern Republicans voted for the bill, while Democratic opposition to it was concentrated in party members from former Confederate states.

“It seems to me that minorities have a pretty good idea of what they are doing when joining the Democratic party,” Enten wrote. “They recognize that the Democratic party of today looks and sounds a lot more like the Democratic party of the North that with near unity passed the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 than the southern Democrats of the era who blocked it, and today would, like Strom Thurmond, likely be Republicans.”

Cruz’s speech, as posted online, can be seen in its entirety below.

Republicans Are Guilty of Inciting Gun Violence Against the Government in Las Vegas Shooting

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Causality, or causation, is the relation between some event (the cause) and a second, subsequent event (the effect), where the second event is a direct consequence of the first. It is not necessary for the second event to be an immediate consequence of the first, and in many cases it may take time for the cause to build momentum to produce the desired effect. Over the past five years, Republicans, teabaggers, 2nd Amendment advocates, and disaffected conservatives have slowly and methodically built their cause’s momentum that finally produced its first desired effect on Sunday.

The second mass shooting within a span of a few days was a product of the National Rifle Association’s drive to arm every citizen in America, and it is certain they will spin the good guys with guns were murdered by bad guys with guns to their advantage regardless the shooting claimed the lives of two Las Vegas police officers and a careless good guy with a gun on Sunday. The NRA never met a mass shooting they could not spin to put more guns in the hands of anti-government malcontents, but there are many, many more players responsible for causing two revolution-minded white supremacists to give the anti-government conservatives the desired effect they have sought for five years.

Call the shooting the start of a revolution, “taking our country back,” watering the tree of liberty, 2nd Amendment remedies, armed and dangerous, or any number of the GOP’s favorite Obama-era slogans from the right-wing propaganda machine, but call it what it really is; a product of Republican and teabagger anti-government white supremacist rhetoric. Now, it is likely Fox News, the NRA, Republicans, and teabaggers will claim the two shooters were crazed maniacs, but that is precisely who those conservative groups have spent five years pandering to and inciting to violence against government authorities; even if they were local Las Vegas authorities.

It is no small coincidence the shooters shouted “This is a revolution” or that they put the Tea Party banner, the Gadsden flag, on the body of one of the slain police officers. Leading up to, and during, the Bundy standoff with federal officers the clarion call to armed militias was “this is the second revolution” as the seditionists waved Gadsden flags. In fact, the idea of a revolution has been the theme of the likes of Larry Klayman, 2nd Amendment fanatics, and the so-called American Spring organizers also proudly flying the “Don’t Tread on Me” teabagger flag. There has been no small amount of reporting that the two shooters were white supremacists, but it is important to remember that the police officers were both white. However, that does not mean the white supremacists were not incited to act as a result of five years of Republican white supremacist angst and propaganda inciting hatred toward not only President Obama, but the idea that there “aren’t enough angry white guys” to keep Republicans in power over the long haul.

From the beginning of the 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign through the general election, there was a constant drumbeat against African Americans that Paul Ryan continued a few months ago and its only purpose is to cause white rage against people of color. It is part and parcel of the conservative movement’s “take our country back” to a “white only nation” crusade that fit handily with the gun fanatic cult’s contention that the 2nd Amendment exists to rebel against tyranny they claim is an African American President. Their efforts finally paid off and it is highly unlikely it is the last gun violence against government authority that the Bureau of Land Management avoided during the Cliven Bundy sedition.

One of the cheerleaders of the Bundy sedition, so-called oath keeper and gun fanatic, Richard Mack said, “Oh, no, I was afraid that he might have been at the Bundy ranch. As soon as I heard about it, I was afraid of that.” What was Mack really afraid of? Was it that the public would learn the Las Vegas shooters were encouraged by calls of “this is a revolution,” or that they murdered “white” law enforcement officers, or that Mack was instrumental in garnering support from likely white supremacist militias to take up arms against government authority? If nothing else, Mack should have been pleased that his, Bundy’s, Larry Klayman, Republicans, teabaggers, and their ilk’s calls for 2nd Amendment rights to “water the tree of liberty” through armed revolution finally bore fruit.

It is impossible to segregate the racism, anti-government rhetoric, gun proliferation, and calls for revolution from conservatives that are one in the same. Republicans are as guilty of inciting gun violence against government authority as “revolution-minded traitors because not once have they condemned gun maniacs for fighting for their precious 2nd Amendment rights to, as they claim, fight government tyranny. In fact, Republicans rallied behind the Bundy seditionists despite they advertised it was the start of the second revolution over what they claimed was government tyranny. Apparently, Cliven Bundy’s son claimed they asked the Las Vegas shooters to leave the “battlefield” after a couple of days because the couple were “very radical,” but that claim is suspect because a member of the Oath Keepers admitted passing out boxes of ammunition to “mentally imbalanced” individuals.

Regardless the shooters utilized the teabaggers’ icon the Gadsden flag, shouted “this is a revolution,” placed Nazi Swastikas on the slain officers, or used firearms to kill representatives of government authority, they were acting on what the right-wing echo chamber has been advocating for five years. Armed violence against government authority. It is true the Las Vegas couple meted out justice to themselves, but there is plenty of blame, and justice yet to be served on the entire conservative movement including the Republican Party.

The Las Vegas shooting spree, and shouts that “the revolution’s begun” are symptoms of a sick and twisted American conservative movement since a Black man was elected President. It is also the direct result of Fox News, teabaggers, the NRA, and mainstream Republicans decrying non-existent government tyranny, inciting opposition, even armed opposition against government authority, and calling for a revolution that two gun-wielding maniacs took to heart and attempted to incite.

Swastika Found On Obama Campaign Office In Colorado

Between the gun shots, swastika graffiti and Romney’s total lack of deference to the POTUS in the last debate,  it appears that some far-right fringe nut jobs seem to think it’s open season on President Obama.

I still have to wonder about the mindset of people who have no respect for the Office of the Presidency or the man holding that office.

Shame on all those who wish to do harm to our country and our POTUS in the name of hatred.

The Huffington Post

A swastika was found painted on the window of President Barack Obama’s campaign office in a Denver, Colo., suburb late Thursday.

The black Nazi symbol was found by building owners painted outside a window of the office, located in the Denver suburb of Conifer, 9News.com reported. The office opened recently in the Jefferson County hamlet.

The Jefferson County sheriff’s office did not immediately return a request for comment. 9News.com reports that Obama’s campaign has not commented on the incident, which comes a week after a shot was fired into a window of Obama’s Denver campaign office.

In 2009 during a Tea Party rally held to oppose the stimulus package on the day Obama signed the bill, a participant waved a sign bearing a swastika in the “O” of Obama’s name. The sign holder had a picture taken with conservative activist Michelle Malkin and was reportedly on stage when then-state Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry (R-Grand Junction) spoke.

The swastika incident occurs two weeks after an Obama supporter in Tulsa, Okla., who had an Obama sign on his lawn reported receiving  a death threat from a neighbor. Kyle Counts, a 27-year-old law student, told HuffPost that the neighbor engaged him an argument after seeing the sign and then yelled the threat, which was captured on video.

UPDATE: 7:55 p.m. — Scott Lorditch, a volunteer at the Conifer office, told The Huffington Post that when he arrived at the office on Friday, staffers told him the vandalism occurred overnight. Lorditch said that Obama lawn signs in front of the office were also shredded. He said that while he did not see the damaged signs, when he arrived the signs were no longer in front of the office.

THE SECRET SERVICE SAYS THEY ARE INVESTIGATING TED NUGENT’S THREATENING REMARKS TOWARD OBAMA

Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC’s The Last Word host) and his guests pointed out tonight that the GOP were “outraged” over Hillary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney, but have remained silent over Ted Nugent’s outrageous innuendos about assassinating the President of the United States!  In my opinion this is just another example of the GOP’s faux outrage, which they conveniently use to gin up their “not very bright” base.

Think Progress 

Ted Nugent’s threatening remarks about President Obama at the annual National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis have earned him a follow-up conversation with the Secret Service.

On Sunday, the singer remarked that “if Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” The Secret Service, which investigates all threats against the President, confirmed to New York Magazine’s Daily Intel blog that they have in fact flagged Nugent’s comment. “We are aware of it, and we’ll conduct an appropriate follow up,” the agent told the magazine.

Nugent endorsed Mitt Romney — albeit reluctantly — via Twitter last month, and at least one Romney, middle son Tagg, was excited about the news. Watch the video of his remarks, courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

VIDEO: NH GOP Chairman Says U.S. Military Deaths Will Be ‘Completely In Vain’ If Obama Is Reelected

This rhetoric is becoming all too common.  I’m actually starting to ignore it, knowing that the people who continue such rhetoric are batshit crazy! 

Think Progress

New Hampshire Republicans caused a stir earlier this year when they elected Jack Kimball, a far right Tea Party politician, as the new party chairman. Since his election, Kimball’s extreme views have been eclipsed by Republicans in the legislature, who have spent the past monthsslashing funding for healthcare, education, and other radical right priorities. However, recent video from a local Republican event may thrust Kimball back into the national limelight.

Last week, Kimball and several legislators gathered in Greenfield, NH for a “Flag Day Picnic” with party activists. Explaining the sacrifices made by people in the military, Kimball warned ominously that all would be “completely in vain” if President Obama is reelected next year:

KIMBALL: Ladies and gentlemen, I’m looking at what has happened. All that we treasure lost: people, the loss of life, people who are psychologically and physiologically damaged for life, the sacrifices of the families that supported then. All of this. And I wonder what we did. Look at who we put in the White House. You think about that and we realize the profound responsibility that we have this time. In my view, if we reelect this man, all that all of the people fought and died for is completely in vain.

Watch it:

 

NAACP backs report that ties racist groups to tea party

Actually, this news comes as no surprise.  The good thing is that it’s all documented.

Washington Post

A new report, backed by the NAACP, has found what it says are efforts by white nationalist groups and militias to link themselves to the tea party movement, even as some tea party leaders have expelled members who have expressed racist sentiment.

The report, called Tea Party Nationalism, uses news articles, visits to white nationalist Web sites and observance of tea party functions to claim that tea party events have become a forum for extremists “hoping to push these (white) protesters toward a more self-conscious and ideological white supremacy.”

Its findings cite that members of groups such as the Council of Conservative Citizens, which opposes all efforts to “mix the races of mankind,” have become involved in tea party chapters, and that posters on the online white nationalist Web site Stormfront.org have written of “inflitrating” tea party events.   Continue reading…

Fox Airs Segment On How To Sue Obama Administration ‘If You Want To Do It Yourself’

I wonder if the executives at Fox News Channel even have a clue about how they appear to the “sane” world? 

Think Progress

Today, the judge in Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act handed down a procedural ruling allowing the suit to move past the earliest stages of litigation. Because of this ruling, the meritless lawsuit will be resolved in the coming months, rather than waiting four years before it can be refiled.

While that frivolous challenge to the Affordable Care Act proceeds, the right is promoting yet another legal challenge to health reform which is no more likely to prevail. In a tactic better suited to late-night TV ads than to a “news” network, Fox News hosted attorney and Republican congressional candidate in Tennessee, Van Irion, last Friday night to discuss how you too can file a lawsuit against the Obama administration:

You’ve heard about states suing the federal government over health care, but what if you want to do it yourself? Turns out, you’re in luck. Our next guest is suing the feds and several top Democrats. … Tell us how can people join the lawsuit if they want to?

Watch it:

Of course, Irion’s challenge has virtually no chance of succeeding, as even ultraconservatives like Justice Antonin Scalia reject the constitutional arguments against health reform.  During the health care debate, Fox repeatedly touted Republican claims that eliminating frivolous health care litigation is the key to driving down costs nationwide.  Someone needs to tell Fox that tort reform starts at home.

Arizona Elementary School Will Whiten The Faces Of Its Own Students On A Mural Because Some Racists Yelled At It [UPDATE]

It appears there has been a good resolution to this story.  Giving in to bigotry and racism is not the answer.

Huffington Post

UPDATE: Good news. The gutless, carbound racists lost, and the mural is being restored to its “original theme.” Jeff Lane, the principal of Miller Valley Elementary School, and Kevin Kapp, the school superintendent, showed up at a protest today to apologize for giving in to whims of mentally deranged adults, spewing racial epithets at a painting:         

  

I am not a racist individual, but I will tell you depicting a black guy in the middle of that mural, based upon who’s President of the United States today and based upon the history of this community, when I grew up we had four black families – who I have been very good friends with for years – to depict the biggest picture on that building as a black person, I would have to ask the question, ‘Why?’

Yes. WHY DID SOMEONE PUT A BLACK PERSON ON A PAINTING? You “have” to “ask” the “question!”

Anyway, Steve Blair lost too, and I am delighted.

[Thanks to Moses Siregar III for the video. For more, visit his YouTube channel.]

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Via Ken Layne at Wonkette, this is just the worst story in the world:

An Arizona elementary school mural featuring the faces of kids who attend the school has been the subject of constant daytime drive-by racist screaming, from adults, as well as a radio talk-show campaign (by an actual city councilman, who has an AM talk-radio show) to remove the black student’s face, and now the school principal has ordered the faces of the Latino and Black students to be changed to Caucasian skin.

F’ing hell. Read the rest of the details here. And here’s Richard Lawson’s reaction, at Gawker.

What can I say about this? We are talking about a bunch of mentally deranged adults, who have terrorized an elementary school, for daring to paint a mural featuring the faces of black and Latino children — actual black and Latino children who live in Arizona. And we’re also talking about a group of adults who have decided to send a stirring message to their students and the world: when a bunch of mentally deranged adults — and we are not talking about people who are particularly threatening, this is a bunch of utterly gutless mopes, yelling racial slurs from their cars, egged on by some pinhead city councilman cowering behind a radio microphone — threaten a bunch of children, the best thing to do is to accede to their psychotic, racist “demands.”

Seriously, educators of Prescott, Arizona, when some creep demands you whiten the faces of your own students on a mural, the correct response is to say, “No, we will not be doing anything of the sort.”

This story really should be blasted, far and wide. You cable news producers need to get this story in the mix with a quickness. And let me be clear to you all: there are no “two sides to this story.” This is not something you need to have a panel discussion about. CNN, I don’t want to see you plumbing the depths of your counterintuition on your website, or lending credence to the notion that the gutless mopes in their cars, shrieking racial slurs at the images of children have an interesting point of view that we should “hear out” because of the need to be “balanced.” This is your moment to decry, condemn, and brutalize these evil people.  Blast them to hell, or go jump in the Gulf of Mexico.

Rand Paul: ‘The Hard Part Of Believing In Freedom’ Is Opposing Ban On Whites-Only Lunch Counters

The freedom loving, strict constitutionalist Tea Party seems to fall short when it comes to others’ freedoms:

Think Progress

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is one of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th century, banning whites-only lunch counters and similar discrimination in hiring, promotions, hotels and restaurants. Yet, in a recent editorial board interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal, GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul explained why he believes that this landmark law should not apply to private business owners:

INTERVIEWER: Would you have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

PAUL: I like the Civil Rights Act in the sense that it ended discrimination in all public domains, and I’m all in favor of that.

INTERVIEWER: But?

PAUL: You had to ask me the “but.” I don’t like the idea of telling private business owners—I abhor racism. I think it’s a bad business decision to exclude anybody from your restaurant—but, at the same time, I do believe in private ownership. But I absolutely think there should be no discrimination in anything that gets any public funding, and that’s most of what I think the Civil Rights Act was about in my mind.

Watch here:

 

After adding that he is also a fan of Dr. Martin Luther King, Paul dug in deeper, explaining that he he believes that in a “free society,” private lunch counters must be allowed to refuse service to Dr. King because of his race:

INTERVIEWER: But under your philosophy, it would be okay for Dr. King not to be served at the counter at Woolworths?

PAUL: I would not go to that Woolworth’s, and I would stand up in my community and say that it is abhorrent, um, but, the hard part—and this is the hard part about believing in freedom—is, if you believe in the First Amendment, for example—you have too, for example, most good defenders of the First Amendment will believe in abhorrent groups standing up and saying awful things. . . . It’s the same way with other behaviors. In a free society, we will tolerate boorish people, who have abhorrent behavior.

For the record, here is an example of the “boorish people” that Paul thinks a free society must tolerate:

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In an interview with NPR today, Paul was asked three times about his position on the Civil Rights Act, but each time he dodged giving a declarative answer. “A lot of things that were actually in the bill I’m actually in favor of,” said Paul. Hinting at what he doesn’t “favor,” Paul added that “a lot of things can be handled locally.”