Friday, August 14, 2009

This Doesn't End Well

"Leaded Tea Party" organizer wants to be able to fire weapons

Combining an orgy of misdirected impotent rage (tea party) with loaded guns? Is there any way anything good can come of this?
(Oh, I just noticed, how many times do you see "orgy" and "impotent" in the same sentence?)

Several days after plans were announced for a Labor Day celebration where people could fire their guns at a shooting range on a Nocatee business’s property, St. Johns County code enforcement officers this week ordered the range closed down by Tuesday.

In response, “Leaded Tea Party” organizer Richard Willich, president of MDI Holdings and the new Florida chairman of Americans for Prosperity, said he has banned all government officials without warrants from the MDI property, west of Ponte Vedra Beach.

Oh, here we go.

“I’m going ahead with my picnic and that’s that,” Willich said. “It has always been my understanding that we have the right to assemble. We have the right of free speech, the right to carry guns. I don’t know when or how the local county code person can say I don’t have those rights. I don’t like it at all.”

Oh God!

The event is planned to include a live band, free food, horse rides for children

Oh, Jeez, there's going to be kids there?

horse rides for children and use of the shooting range for free target practice. The dirt pile has shooting range-type targets set up.

A dirt pile?

Willich said the enforcement officers were “very arrogant and aggressive”
“I think the code enforcement guys are breaking the law; we should arrest them. Yesterday, all government people were welcomed here; today they’re not.”

Shit, this has Ruby Ridge written all over it.

Who is this Richard Willich?
According to this press release, he's the chairman of the Florida Advisory Board for Americans For Prosperity.

What is Americans for Prosperity?
According to Source Watch:

Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a section 501(c)(4) organization, and Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFP Foundation) , a section 501(c)(3) organization -- are "committed to educating citizens about economic policy and a return of the federal government to its Constitutional limits."[1]

AFP was one of the lead organizations behind the Tax Day Tea Party protests April 15, 2009.

Oh, my God, Teabaggers! Teabaggers with guns. Teabaggers with guns who believe that they ought to be arresting local government officials.

This does not end well.


themom said...

That is one very scary scenario. I don't want my rights trampled either, but common sense has to come into play. Like the asswipe showing up at Obama's town hall with a gun strapped to his leg. We are headed down a terrifying road.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...


jadedj said...

Having grown up in J'ville, I know this type. Total moronic behavior, and they think they are living simultaneously in revolutionary times...AND the wild west. They beat their chests, and talk about THEIR rights, completely ignoring others rights. Combine that with alcohol and it bodes not well.

Anonymous said...

You should check out the updates on this story. First, the guy complained to a local news station that the county code officials reminded him of the time when he was a POW in Vietnam. Then it comes to light he never was a POW, he changes his story and says he spent the night in a pit that was in a field that was under the control of the enemy, hence the statement, he felt like a POW...To support him, he has his friend, a real POW and war hero stand up for him and say he was just running off at the mouth, he's a good guy...

The next day, his story changes again, and he says he was actually captured and held in a hut... Now he's listed on the POWnetwork site as a phony, all the vet groups in J'ville are up in arms with this guy, and he finally got the permit to run his range at the picnic. So what's the fellow do? He cancels the party, because of "tremendous government opposition, repeated personal attacks on him and the toll it has taken on his family, and the fact that his insurance company won't cover him, due to the publicity"... What a joke...

Professor Chaos said...

Wow, I missed all that somehow. Thanks for the update!