Sunday, August 15, 2010

Val-HAL-la


(Photoshopped pic courtesy of my sis Alicia Morgan of Hootersville.)

Now that a particular dingbat from Hudson, MA has annoyed me sufficiently, I have to annoy him back. So I'll be reaching out to some of my Nazi Skinheads, Aryan Nations and Ku Klux Klan friends and put together a . . . . . . field trip . . . . to Massachusetts. This ought to be fun.

We'll take pics to circulate after its ‘done’
.” – Hal Turner about yours truly, 2/2009

Thank goodness I didn’t hold my breath while waiting to come out of my Navy SEAL retirement.

It took Pat Fitzgerald’s people in Chicago long enough to get around to doing it but they finally succeeded in convicting professional turd and right wing, white supremacist psychopath Hal Turner of threatening three federal judges. At this point, about the most we can hope for is that the Federal Bureau of Prisons gives Turner the slipperiest bath soap on the market. It’ll also be amusing to speculate who in the general population will hate him more: The minorities against whom he hatefully inveighed or the Aryan Brotherhood who remember all too well his treachery against white people. May his dance card always be full.

For the most part, the media have been downplaying the Turner saga but from a sociological if not legal viewpoint, it ought to represent a watershed moment in American history. And for anyone in the media and any of us looking on as passive spectators who ever asked themself, “Why don’t we catch these psychopaths before they kill?” here’s Fat Hal gift-wrapped in a bright orange bow. We don’t see it often enough so you may not recognize it but this is what proactive pre-emption looks like. And, as the old adage goes, better late than never.

We really ought to appreciate Hal Turner. Because, while they historically lack, even eschew, intelligence and common sense, the higher tier of right wingers is nonetheless possessed of something that’s the next best thing to intelligence and that is deviousness. The likes of Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and Turner’s old running buddy Sean Hannity are savvy enough to know when precisely to pull back and skirt with the agility of Fred Astaire the legal edge dividing opinion from outright illegal hate speech.

We ought to be fortunate that the right wing threw us a sacrificial pig like Hal Turner (with no help from the FBI, which prefers to pretend he never existed), a waste of trace elements who was intoxicated with his delusions of federal immunity and a huge audience of mouth-breathing social maladriots who abandoned him the minute they realized that Hal sold them up the river for an FBI paycheck. Stormfront, the pre-eminent racist website, forever banned Turner for betraying the Aryan cause and forbade any mention of him.

Turner claimed to manufacture since 2003 hate speech to draw out the crazies on behalf of the FBI. Yet that left the question of whose payroll he was on when he was spewing white supremacist rhetoric since the year before. It’s hard to believe the FBI would willingly subsidize to the tune of $20,000 a year a man who threatens one president after another not to mention federal judges, state lawmakers and 246 members of Congress, threatens to carry out a Joker-like scheme to break up President Obama’s inauguration and post instructions for how to make ricin.

But even if the FBI didn’t explicitly instruct Turner to do so, the fact remains they didn’t do anything to discourage him and didn’t bother to enforce the law even though Turner was openly doing all this and more on his blog and on other sites on the internet for over six years. Meanwhile, during those six years people were getting thrown off airplanes for arguing with flight attendants and small children, Senator Ted Kennedy and nuns were getting put on terrorist watch lists.

It could’ve easily exploded into one of the most damning scandals in FBI history, an adjunct to the Whitey Bulger clusterfuck here in Massachusetts. But why didn’t it, especially when well over half the House of Representatives, three federal judges and two presidents’ lives were threatened by Turner? Even the Bulger/Flemmi/FBI connection couldn’t boast of so many potential, high-profile victims.

The federal criminal justice system failed us (the conviction was preceded by two hung juries), federal law enforcement authorities failed us and the media, as usual, had failed us. Hal Turner could’ve achieved so much more mayhem than he did yet, despite his arrogance and stupidity, we kept giving him one free pass after another even while real right wing terrorists with more initiative were killing people by the droves.

Finally, after eight years, we pulled out of the ground a brain-damaged, worm-eaten mole named Hal Turner. Hooray. Meanwhile, the truly devious ones are still at large, ones who are just a little more artful, a lot more devious and possibly more efficacious in their exhortations to go out and kill elected officials. But unless we stop treating such hate speech as protected free speech, we’ll never know how efficacious right wing hate speech truly is.

10 Comments:

At August 15, 2010 at 10:50 AM, Blogger Wayne A. Schneider said...

While this is indeed a good thing, it would be even better if we could get other racist hate mongers like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and dozens of others (usually the people who fill in for these three guys when they take a vacation) off the airwaves and into orange jumpsuits of their own.

 
At August 15, 2010 at 2:19 PM, Blogger Fearguth said...

I wondered when you would get around to the Hal Turner verdict.

 
At August 15, 2010 at 8:29 PM, Anonymous ComradeRutherford said...

I sure wish we had a Free and Independent Press. Someone somewhere would be trumpeting this news all weekend long, as a warning to others, like Confederate Yankee, who just the other day again threatened 70% of the country with mass murder because he can't deal with the GOP losing the White House to a black man.

But no, our American media is tightly controlled by the obscenely wealthy, so it's used to propagandize the middle and lower classes.

 
At August 16, 2010 at 12:32 AM, Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...

Well that is interesting that you chose to poke at the gentleman in question. From your writings and opinions I think you are kinda nuts but those type of folks are "for true" crazy. Prodding at that particular type of hornets nest? Don't know man, some of those people may be dangerous for real.

 
At August 16, 2010 at 10:37 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

BC: Well, of course forceful, well-written condemnations of the right wing would be considered "kind of nuts" by other right wingers like you.

Obviously, you don't read the Rude Pundit or d r i f t g l a s s, guys who, unlike me, don't feel it necessary to play it straight from time to time.

But even if I'm guilty of being "kind of nuts", would you really begrudge me or anyone else that bit of extreme latitude after what the Bush junta put us through?

Also, having to suffer threats from asswipes like Turner would have a tendency to make one "a little nuts." What got Turner's attention was my mentioning him briefly in a post about right wing extremism. He began trolling my site immediately and just escalated shit.

But, hey, even if I could be clinically defined as "nuts", at least I can honestly say I never threatened anyone's life, including some of our most important elected officials.

So excuuuuuse me if I resort to harsh language once in a while.

 
At August 16, 2010 at 5:30 PM, Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...

Honestly written. I honestly figured that you prodded him. Mainly what I was pointing out is that there are folks that are truly dangerous and if the man was trolling your site and making statemens such as what is quoted in your post, well that proves my point. Political discourse, even heated discourse, is good and healthy but people like this Turner are possibly dangerous. The SPLC has in its' "intelligence files" a good deal of information on individuals and groups like Turner and Co.

 
At August 17, 2010 at 4:50 AM, Blogger Gray said...

Maybe I'm nuts, too, but you sound perfectly reasonable to me, JP!
:D

But who's to decide what's sane, and what's crazy? "When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? To surrender dreams - -this may be madness; to seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness! But maddest of all - -to see life as it is and not as it should be."

 
At August 17, 2010 at 9:25 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Well, BC, considering how easy it was to bring him out of his hidey-hole (remember, I mentioned him only in passing), it was obvious that Turner would be "provoked" regardless of my response.

Plus, do you honestly think psychopaths like Turner can be reasoned with? Just because he threatened me and my own, I wasn't about to be cowed into silence. That's exactly what bullies like Turner do and I hate bullies with a passion. I called his bluff and he blinked. His track record said he would and I read him like a cheap right wing novel.

 
At August 17, 2010 at 11:07 AM, Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...

No JP I don't think that one should back down and I must admit that it takes some cajones when a known criminal is making threats against one's self and family to push back. I must also admit that if faced with a similar response to my opinions I might go "oh fuck" and leave well enough alone. Maybe not - it never has happened. I have done some amateur research on some of these types using SPLC and ADL as sources for the most part and I believe a good many of them to be a threat. Some are probably just silly pretenders, but some are truly dangerous.

 
At August 17, 2010 at 12:09 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Bartender Cabbie: Well, thanks in part to the SPLC I was able to do some research of my own ad if there's anyone out there who knows Fat Harry, it's yours truly. In all my research on Turner, I found one instance of him actually assaulting someone and it was right there at his old stomping grounds in North Bergen. Anything else, including violence by proxy, were either empty threats or outright lies (such as one notable instance Down Under).

So I knew I wasn't risking anything by calling out Turner and calling his bluff. As predicted, he blinked.

 

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