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David G
05-31-2015, 10:57 AM
What IS it with these crazy Minnesotans, anyway??? <G>

http://www.ifyouonlynews.com/religion/white-non-muslim-nuclear-plant-worker-charged-as-a-domestic-terrorist/ (http://www.ifyouonlynews.com/religion/white-non-muslim-nuclear-plant-worker-charged-as-a-domestic-terrorist/)


Threats of terrorism didn’t come from a mosque full of Muslims peacefully praying in Phoenix as intolerant buffoons mocked their religion and practically begged for violence this week,they came (http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/05/27/power-plant-worker-charged-with-making-explosive-threats/) from a deranged white man who worked at a nuclear facility in Minnesota.

Robert J. Johnson, 58, worked at the Monticello power plant until his union reps were informed he was being terminated. The management of the plant could no longer work with him due to his “behavior.”

Spitting in the face of right-wingers who believe only Muslims make bombs, Johnson went off the deep end and concocted a deadly plan that was thankfully thwarted before anyone was hurt, or worse.

Johnson, upset at his union rep for not being able to save his job, made numerous threats by phone and in person. He told his union rep that he was a former marine, and that he was “certifiably crazy.” At least he’s honest.

He then told the rep he had a rifle with a scope, urging him to resign and intimidating him with a whistling sound that witnesses say sounded like a bullet.

So far, no mention of Allah or the Quran.

Johnson then threatened to show up at a union meeting. The day of the meeting, police caught up with Johnson, who told him he was planning a “surprise attack.” He then clapped his hands and said, “Boom. Tick tock, tick tock.”

He’s not very good at this whole terrorism thing.

Police arrested Johnson and confiscated a plethora of incendiary device-making materials, including lighter fluid, propane and six pounds of the explosive Tannerite from his car. Johnson also had a slew of 20 gauge shotgun shells and 500 rounds of .22 caliber rifle ammunition.

Oh, and a pair of leg irons. Just because.

Johnson was charged with three counts of felony terroristic threats and posted bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court June 11.

S.V. Airlie
05-31-2015, 11:45 AM
Heck, he should be able to keep his gun. The Constitution ya know!:)

Rum_Pirate
05-31-2015, 11:56 AM
Spitting in the face of right-wingers who believe only Muslims make bombs,

So he wasn't 1%er or a 'right-wing-nut'.:rolleyes:

I wonder if he was a left winger, or even a Democrat ? :rolleyes:

S.V. Airlie
05-31-2015, 11:58 AM
The % of soldiers in service lean republican. May not be but,....

S.V. Airlie
05-31-2015, 12:03 PM
There has been a slight shift recently but, this may help

Various yardsticks suggest the U.S. military (http://topics.time.com/u.s.-military/) – or at least the officer corps, which accounts for 17% of the 1.4 million-strong active-duty force – leans Republican.
The nation’s 24 million troops and veterans account for about 10% of the nation’s potential voters, but they’re not the monolithic bloc many believe.
Outsiders tend to think the U.S. military is made up entirely of blood-and-gut conservatives, à la John Wayne, but there’s little real evidence to back that up. When the Iraq (http://topics.time.com/iraq/) war was launched, the consensus among U.S. military officers interviewed at the time was that one in three officers opposed it, suggesting they all weren’t gun ho.
“The officers by and large are more conservative,” says an Army sergeant just back from Afghanistan. “But the enlisted tend to be more liberal.” Of course, with fewer than one in five of those in uniform an officer, there’s a lot more enlisted voters.
But the U.S. military plainly tilts toward the GOP (http://topics.time.com/gop/). That’s largely because today’s military is an all-volunteer force increasingly drawn from the Sunbelt, where the Pentagon has focused its recruiting efforts since the draft ended 40 years ago. And traits the military prizes — like aggressiveness and respect for authority — tend to be more pronounced in conservatives.
While the U.S. military assesses its force every which way – here’s the most recent demographic report (http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil//12038/Project%20Documents/MilitaryHOMEFRONT/Reports/2010_Demographics_Report.pdf) – it steers clear of asking about troops’ political views. Military leaders have insisted for years that politics has no role in the U.S. military, and that the only way to remain trustworthy is to stay resolutely nonpartisan.
“Former and retired service members, especially generals and admirals, are connected to the military service for life,” Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said in June. “When the title or uniform is used for partisan purposes, it can erode the trust relationship.”
Of course, not everyone – particularly those who have retired – agrees with Dempsey. More than 300 retired generals and admirals have endorsed (http://www.mittromney.com/news/press/2012/10/romney-president-announces-military-advisory-council) Republican Mitt Romney’s bid for the presidency. They’re slated to take this (http://timemilitary.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/romney-wtimesad-500.pdf) advertisement in Monday’s Washington Times newspaper boasting of their support. President Obama hasn’t released such a list, although he can pocketed the recent endorsement of Colin Powell, a retired Army general and secretary of state.
The independent Military Times newspapers conducted an voluntary survey among its members that shows them supporting (http://www.armytimes.com/news/2012/10/military-times-poll-romney-bests-obama-2-1-100712/) Romney over Obama by a greater than 2-to-1 margin. But the newspaper’s subscribers are older and more senior in rank than the military as a whole, and the fact that it’s a self-selected sample can further distort its findings.
Indeed, there has been a conservative drift among U.S. military officers since the draft ended. In a 2009 survey (http://timemilitary.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/urben-diss-1-5.pdf) of 4,000 Army officers, Heidi Urben, an active-duty officer and doctoral candidate at Georgetown University, found that between 1976 and 1996, the share of senior military officers identifying itself as Republican jumped from one-third to two-thirds, while those claiming to be moderates fell from 46% to 22%.
Senior military officers who described themselves as liberal fell from 16% in 1976 to 3% in 1996. Urben found that younger officers leaving the Army were far more likely to identify themselves as Democrats than those opting to stay, which would tend to make the more senior ranks increasingly Republican.
“Past surveys have shown senior military officers to generally be conservative and identify with the Republican Party, a trend which has solidified with the advent and professionalism of the all-volunteer force,” Urben wrote in her 2010 dissertation. “Meanwhile, recent surveys suggest that the officer corps is more likely to be conservative and Republican than most enlisted Soldiers, an important distinction to keep in mind, considering enlisted Soldiers outnumber officers by four to one in the Army.”
A Pew survey (http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/files/2011/10/veterans-report.pdf) released last year showed post-9/11 veterans’ political leanings are the reverse of the public they’re serving: 36% describe themselves as Republicans, and 21% as Democrats; 34% of the public said they were Democrats, and 23% Republican. Six in 10 vets say they’re more patriotic than the average American.
But there is conflicting evidence. The Center for Responsive Politics reported (http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2012/10/armed-forces-show-overwhelming-supp.html) last month that self-described military personnel had donated $678,611 to Obama, 85% more than the $398,450 the Romney campaign has collected.
Back to that sergeant who has just returned from Afghanistan. While the troops are split over who they’re supporting for president, he says, they’re united on one thing: they’re upset that neither their current commander-in-chief, nor his prospective replacement, ever served a day in a U.S. military uniform. “That,” he says with a pained expression on his dogface, “is something they agree on.”



59 comments

bobbys
05-31-2015, 05:22 PM
Crazytown.

Rum_Pirate
05-31-2015, 08:24 PM
The % of soldiers in service lean republican. May not be but,.... given that he "spit in the faces of right-wingers" . . . , it would more likely be that he was a left winger, or even a Democrat.

S.V. Airlie
05-31-2015, 09:27 PM
Read the article, numbers are against you!

Rum_Pirate
06-01-2015, 06:23 AM
Read the article, numbers are against you!

Numbers?

What about anti right-wing actions? :rolleyes:


Spitting in the face of right-wingers who believe only Muslims make bombs


You really are clutching at straws to defer him not being a left-winger or a Democrat, normal modus operandi for many on this forum:D

S.V. Airlie
06-01-2015, 08:39 AM
Rum, the last paragraph left out of the OP

While Johnson fits the mold of the typical right-wing nut job, he certainly doesn’t fit that demographic’s mold of what they think a terrorist is. A terrorist uses fear to accomplish an objective, typically based on political or religious grounds. For this terrorist, stupidity seems to be the platform being pushed.

TomF
06-01-2015, 09:05 AM
given that he "spit in the faces of right-wingers" . . . , it would more likely be that he was a left winger, or even a Democrat.Possible.

What seems fairly clear though, is that he wasn't a muslim reacting to cartoons of Muhammed.

S.V. Airlie
06-01-2015, 09:24 AM
TomF.

I posted the last paragraph of the original post which, conveniently? was left out. The answer to Rummy is that paragraph.

Keith Wilson
06-01-2015, 09:42 AM
given that he "spit in the faces of right-wingers" . . . , it would more likely be that he was a left winger, or even a Democrat.
Spitting in the face of right-wingers who believe only Muslims make bombs, Johnson went off the deep end and concocted a deadly plan that was thankfully thwarted before anyone was hurt, or worse.Eh? RP, you're suffering from a very bad case of literal-mindedness today. That phrase was completely figurative, and ironic. The author didn't mean it literally, rather that Mr. Johnson didn't conform to popular ideas of what a 'terrorist' is supposed to look like. There's no mention of his politics at all, and his actions don't seem to have been politically-motivated. We have our share of nuts in Minnesota too, unfortunately.

Peerie Maa
06-01-2015, 09:53 AM
Remember the aggrieved ex employee who bought a Saturday special, shot the object of his anger, then walked into town where he and about nine others were shot by the police? No one discussed his politics.