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It looks like James Von Brunn tried to use Wikipedia to promote the work of Willis Carto, the right-wing Holocaust denier and founder of the Liberty Lobby.

Just last month, a Wikipedia user James Von Brunn asked the site's adminstrators:

How do I get user: James W. von Brunn on Wikipedia website. Also I have a letter from Professor Revilo Oliver pertaining to Willis Carto that I want to attach. ???????"


According to his Wikipedia page, Carto has been accused by some observers of doing more than just about anyone to keep anti-Semitism alive as a political movement in the US during the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Late Update: The Southern Poverty Law Center, which says it added Van Brunn's website as a hate site last year, adds:
In the 1980s or early 1990s, von Brunn was employed by Noontide Press, a part of the Holocaust denying Institute of Historical Review, which was then run by Willis Carto, one of America's most prominent anti-Semites.


So Von Brunn's ties to Carto appear to go far deeper.

In the posting on a right-wing conspiracy site, Von Brunn specifically mentions the idea that the "enemy" is at Holocaust memorials.

He writes:

There are many, many informed patriots such as YOU who know the score! The question then is why don't the INFORMED, such as YOU, take action? If YOU won't take action, if the INFORMED don't take action who the hell will - certainly not the UN-informed.

Moving to Montana is a cop-out. The ENEMY is at the FED, the networks, Wall Street, Congress; at "Holocaust" memorials, at synagogues, not in some sylvan mountain retreat.

James Von Brunn appears to be a kind of revered elder statesman of the hardcore white supremacist movement.

A 2003 posting on the Neo-Nazi website Storm Front, by "The Celtic Pit Dog," asked readers to wish him good health after heart surgery and noted "I have heard many great things about this amazing man."

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On December 7, 1981, a man named James W. Von Brunn pulled out a sawed-off shotgun at the Federal Reserve Board headquarters, claiming to have planted a bomb and threatening to take members of the Board hostage. That was 40 years to the day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, though it's unclear whether that's a coincidence or not.

Years later, he'd describe the entire incident somewhat differently.

In 1981 Von Brunn attempted to place the treasonous Federal Reserve Board of Governors under legal, non-violent, citizens arrest. He was tried in a Washington, D.C. Superior Court; convicted by a Negro jury, Jew/Negro attorneys, and sentenced to prison for eleven years by a Jew judge. A Jew/Negro/White Court of Appeals denied his appeal.

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Josh already noted this at the Mother Ship this morning, but Politico ran today with a story about the Chamber of Commerce's plans to raise $100 million as part of a campaign to "defend the free market system."

Privately, labor sources describe the move as the Chamber's opening salvo in the committee's campaign to disrupt the balance of power in the Senate--which they view as hostile to business--in the 2010 election. And there's more than just messaging to that--the Chamber's president made that pretty clear.

A public education ad buy defending the free enterprise system is in the works, as well as an issue advocacy program tied to the 2010 midterm elections.

"We're going to hold politicians accountable as we defend and advance economic freedom," [Chamber of Commerce President Tom] Donohue said.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on Fox News this afternoon to discuss Sonia Sotomayor and the time frame for her confirmation hearings.



Two things to take away from his appearance. First, he said Republicans don't intend to obstruct her nomination. Second, he said Republicans have enough clout to at least delay her ultimate confirmation. Time will tell how Republicans actually respond, but just because Republicans probably won't filibuster Sotomayor doesn't mean they won't drag the process along, raising money and attacking the nominee along the way.

This morning on MSNBC, Chuck Todd poured some cold water on the suggestion that Republicans might boycott Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings. Or at least he tried.



Todd may be right, but it's worth keeping in mind that Republicans have already boycotted the confirmation hearing of one Obama judicial nominee, and much, much more.

David Hamilton was nominated to serve on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in March. Despite a record of moderation, Republicans boycotted his first confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, forcing a second hearing weeks later. After that they delayed a vote to report him out of committee and finally they voted in unison against moving his nomination to the full Senate. And, for good measure, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) is threatening to filibuster him.

Obviously there are important differences between the Appeals Courts and the Supreme Court, but it's probably not worth discounting the lengths to which Senate Republicans will go to drag out a confirmation process if they feel in any way slighted.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on Sean Hannity's radio show, where she responded to the infamous "Hate-F___" article in Playboy -- which has since been removed from the magazine's site -- in which author Guy Cimbalo listed prominent conservative women he despised but found sexually attractive.

Bachmann was on the list, along with Megyn Kelly, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Dana Perino and others.



"I think it's just disgusting and shocking. I can hardly believe it," said Bachmann. "I mean, I'm a mother of five kids, I'm a foster mom to 23 kids." She added: "They're the side that's supposed to be all about peace and tolerance, and 'we believe in rational discord.' And to be put on a list like that I think is just unthinkable."

Hannity transitioned out of this subject. "Well first of all, you have become literally the poster child to be attacked by the left. Have you noticed?" he said.

"I -- yes I have!" Bachmann responded, laughing. "It hasn't escaped me, that's for sure. I take that as a badge of honor. Apparently I must be doing something right."

Mitt Romney's political organization, the Free and Strong America PAC, is offering supporters a new chance to take an expenses-paid trip to Boston and join Mitt himself in his family's seats at Fenway Park for a Red Sox Game. But first there are two important questions: What does a free and strong America mean to you? And can you donate 50 bucks for the cause?

Here's Mitt's pitch of the contest:



Anyone can enter the contest by writing a 250-words or less essay giving their own personal answer to that question -- and by donating $50 to the Free and Strong America PAC. The author of the best essay will get to go to Boston with a guest, while the other top-five essays will be featured on the site, and the authors will receive baseballs personally autographed by Mitt himself.

The national Democratic and Republican Congressional campaign committees have done similar contests, offering trips to Washington to meet with top politicians. But they only required the purchase of a raffle ticket through a donation -- there were no merit-based essay portions.

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