So, yeah, I’ve been out of it the past few days. Weeks. Something like that. But if there’s one thing I have in common with Herpes it’s that even when I go away I’m still there lurking under the surface. And while I’ve had things in the real world commanding my attention Greel has never been far from my mind.

I’ve been following this story for a day or two now. Not as avidly as I’ve been following this North Korean porno I downloaded. But, hey, if world news wants my full attention then world news needs to put them on the glass.

“In the violent underground novel “Absolved,” right-wing militia members upset about gun control make war against the U.S. government. This week, federal prosecutors accused four elderly Georgia men of plotting to use the book as a script for a real-life wave of terror and assassination involving explosives and the highly lethal poison ricin.

The four suspected militia members allegedly boasted of a “bucket list” of government officials who needed to be “taken out”; talked about scattering ricin from a plane or a car speeding down a highway past major U.S. cities; and scouted IRS and ATF offices, with one man saying, “We’d have to blow the whole building like Timothy McVeigh.”

Federal investigators said they had them under surveillance for at least seven months, infiltrating their meetings at a Waffle House, homes and other places, before finally arresting them Tuesday, just days after discovering evidence they were trying to extract ricin from castor beans…

…The four gray-haired men — Frederick Thomas, 73; Dan Roberts, 67; Ray Adams, 65; and Samuel Crump, 68 — appeared in federal court Wednesday without entering a plea and were jailed for a bail hearing next week. They apparently had trouble hearing the judge, some of them cupping their ears.” – THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

I was always afraid the day would come when those of advanced age would realize that their proximity to death made them excellent suicide warriors. Which I’m assuming was the plan here. A bunch of geriatric terrorists speeding down the freeway trying to throw lethal chemicals out of the window can only end badly.

Interesting, though, was what the writer of the book ABSOLVED had to say in reaction to the plot and the news that his book had inspired the members of Al-Grayda.

“In the book’s introduction, Vanderboegh calls it a “cautionary tale for the out-of-control gun cops of the ATF.”

“For that warning to be credible, I must also present what amounts to a combination field manual, technical manual and call to arms for my beloved gunnies of the armed citizenry,” he writes. “They need to know how powerful they could truly be if they were pushed into a corner.”

In an interview, Vanderboegh said he didn’t know the four men and bears no responsibility for the alleged plot.

“I’m glad that the FBI has apparently short-circuited some weak-minded individuals from misinterpreting my novel,” he said.”

You know I can actually feel for the guy. He’s just publishing his paranoid fantasies. Along with a combination “field manual, technical manual and call to arms for my beloved gunnies of the armed citizenry”. And that beautiful, innocent vision has to be marred by the actions of a few people who read it and did it what it told them to do.

And no, those are not the actual terrorists in the picture. That’s Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster in the 1986 film TOUGH GUYS (who are about to shoot each other in the face apparently). It’s about two old-timey gangsters who get out of prison after like 30 years and try to rob a train with Dana Carvey. Because the 80’s were just like that.



  1. November 3, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Yeah, dude, whatever. But hey, it’s the muzlims you gotta watch out for. Like say, that time back in 2004 or was it last year. Um, whatever. When that muzlim guy went and shot that congress lady from Arizona. Oh. Wait. Okay. Never mind…

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