A self-described "resistance fighter" who was
reputedly forming a militia in Greene County boasted of his ability to kill
dozens of people and attack federal buildings in Albany to combat
"tyranny" in the event of Armageddon, court papers revealed Wednesday.
A big thank you to the FBI and the informant who had the courage to get close enough to this nut to make the case.
The FBI launched the probe after learning Twiss "was
forming, or had formed, a militia based in Greene County that had plans to
engage in acts of violence," the document said. The FBI used an informant
to pose as someone interested in joining Twiss' militia and to record Twiss.
The complaint suggested Twiss had been in a prior militia but was miffed at his
former militia mates.
Really? Miffed? I don want to thank Robert Twiss. He's my go-to example the next time someone pulls out that stupid "we need guns to defend against tyranny" bullshit. Yes, it's my blog and I don't have to stick in expletive like the TU does.
That day, Twiss said he could "can get guns all day
long" and was a "resistance fighter." If an Armageddon situation
were to happen, he would go into the city of Albany and "take up
arms" against the "tyranny," the complaint said.
I am worried about seriously angry people coming to polling
places on Nov. 8 carrying handguns.
As an academic who studies gun violence from a public health
perspective, I rely on scientific data to characterize risk. Last year, my
colleagues and I published a research study which found that 1.5 percent of
adult Americans had impulsive angry behavior traits and carried guns with them
Thank God I live in NY and Robert Twiss is now behind bars.
I am not very troubled by a gun as a cultural symbol. I am
concerned about a gun as a highly efficient killing device in the wrong hands.
A small percentage of gun-carrying voters this Nov. 8 — about 3 out of every
200, in polling places that allow guns — will be dangerously angry people who
cannot control their tempers. Some of them will have been marinating in Trump's
message of fear and loathing of outsiders. They will have heard him say that
the "Second Amendment people" may need to do something if Clinton
wins. In a crowded queue they will rub shoulders — and maybe elbows — with
neighbors waiting in the same lines who vehemently reject everything Trump says
and stands for.
Guns need not be a part of a moment like that.
One of my chores online today was to look up this letter. It fits here, so what the hell. It's a Kev's Klassic from Dec 2015:
In response to Scott Graves from El Paso, I'd like to say
that your love for the Adirondacks must be very shallow if being required to
pay a bit in taxes and follow some restrictions on your guns keeps you from
living here. If you're retired, it doesn't even seem that your income tax bill
would be that high. I know there are people here who own guns and hunt. Don't
believe they use AR-15s, though. Unlike Texans, New Yorkers don't make a
practice of going, en masse, into restaurants bearing assault rifles. We don't
have that level of insecurity.
Of course, recently a lot of folks in Texas were convinced
that they were going to be invaded by the U.S. military. No, I don't get it
either, but that's what they thought. So, they may have anxiety problems that
are only relieved by their guns. And you know what; Gov. Abbott, Sen. Cruz and
other Texas politicians did nothing to dissuade their citizenry of that notion.
The governor even sent out the National Guard to keep an eye on the federal
The same Texas government fought the Affordable Care Act
fervently while New York was working with the federal government to implement
it here. The difference shows now too. So, I'll take the
"overbearing" government that works to ensure its citizens have
health insurance over the one that doesn't, and is willing to allow its people
to believe conspiracy theories. I'm retired, as well. I do love New York, and
I'm willing to pay taxes in order to live in a sane and civilized society.
Yet another decade passes and still I hesitate moving back
to my beloved southern Adirondacks. Why? I'm retired now so I certainly could
go. The problems lie in the overbearing control that the state government
exerts on its citizens. Your taxes are astronomical. Texas has no income tax.
Your gun laws are horrifying. I buy and keep as many guns as I want in Texas
including the dreaded AR-15. My Adirondacks will remain a distant memory and
Texas my adopted home.
Oh how I miss thee, my beloved Adirondacks. Not enough to give up a few insignificant gun rights, tho. What a shallow love that must be.
As long as the nation doesn't go all open carry, that is. Every gun argument I've ever gotten into with a gun fetishist has come around to "what about all the murders in Chicago?" Fortunately here in NY we don't have deaths at that level. Not for lack of trying by the dealers in illegal guns.
Of the 30,606 guns found with complete transaction
histories, law enforcement officials recovered 5,873 within three years of the
last known recorded purchase, including 2,437 within one year.
And a hefty one-in-five guns recovered after use in crimes
were recently trafficked into New York.
The low “time-to-crime” number, the report says, is a strong
indication that the weapons were purchased “with the intent to be diverted to
In New York City, 91% of the low "time-to-crime"
guns originated out-of-state, the analysis found. That's the largest percentage
in the state. Long Island came in second at 58%.
I really don't mind if other states want to sell weapons and ammo in 7/11s. But, keep 'em in your state.
“The data makes one thing abundantly clear: New York’s
strong gun laws are being undermined at every turn by lax laws in other
states,” Schneiderman said. “Even as we work to make our streets safer, the
illegal guns most often used in violent crimes continue to pour into our
A nation of 50 states knit together through commerce is
ultimately only as safe as its weakest firearm regulations allow.
Which is why Congress must, hopefully under the leadership
of a President Hillary Clinton, finally require what 90% of the public
supports: background checks for all gun purchases, including those at gun shows
and over the internet.
And why the Senate and recalcitrant House must go further
and pass Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Mark Kirk’s bill to make gun trafficking
— moving firearms for the purpose of selling them to criminals — a federal
Otherwise, firearms will continue to flow freely through the
pipeline. And, contrary to the gun lobby mythologists, more guns will bring
Hemp Pilot Program, which allows New York to issue up to 10
permits for growers, two of which were awarded this year.
Technically, hemp and marijuana, which are derived from the
same plant, are classified as a schedule 1 drug. But industrial hemp is low in
THC, the chemical that gets drug users high.
It's in my neighborhood.
She and others hope will soon grow in the state's Southern
Tier, where land once planned for hydrofracking now sits vacant and unused.
No, please. Think of the frackers!
In New York, the first industrial hemp farm — JD Farms,
located in Easton, Washington County — has already started growing after the
end of a decades long moratorium on the plant.
Don't know what they're growing it there for. I buy hemp seeds at the health food store for my multi grain breads.
Currently, hemp farmers are required to partner with
local universities or colleges to develop an educational use for the plant in
conjunction with agriculture departments. JD Farms has paired with hemp
researchers at Morrisville
Gonna have to check with Dr. Tim and see if ACC is getting into the action.
It's the only way the government is ever going to take you seriously.
we participate in a corrupt and morally flawed system that only benefits our
worst enemy? Do we give Hillary and our entire political system the aura of
legitimacy by going to the polls on Election Day? Doesn’t that just perpetuate
the globalists we’ve been fighting against all along? Fight the power by not fighting the power. Take a page from the libtard Alinsky playbook. More seriously, here's Michael Gerson who's in one of my local papers, the Times Union. The fact that I'm reading what he writes is probably a good indication that the supporters of Herr Trump are never going to. Sadly. He ends this column with a fear I've had for some time now. With the final debate over, two points are particularly evident. First, a
serious GOP candidate would probably be winning this election, which was
forfeited the moment Trump became the nominee. And second, an authoritarian
populist with serious abilities might have a disturbingly large audience in
21st-century America. Imagine a Trump-like figure with the political skills of
Bill Clinton or Tony Blair, feeding and riding the backlash against rapid
economic and social change. It is the first time in my political lifetime that
I have seen fragility at the heart of American democracy. And that glimpse
should shock us back to a more civil and responsible politics.
That would be the horror: someone with the beliefs of Trump in a prettier package.
I realize that not everyone sees the world exactly as I do. I'm also willing to admit that I likely see some things in a way that doesn't exactly conform to your version of Reality. This is meant as disclaimer. Enter at your own risk. The opinions are those of the proprietor who cares not a jot or a tittle if you are offended. An example, if you're offended that he is not belligerent enough towards the state of Iran. A country which has much more to be pissed at us about than we them. The point being, if anyone should stumble in here, I will reserve the right to not interact with anyone whose worldview differs egregiously from mine. Generally, the sky is blue in my world, metaphorically as well as in fact.