Around here, folks tend to earn Schmuck of the Week glory for crimes they've already committed.
That makes Mike Vanderboegh special -- because the Alabama blogger and blowhard familiar to a certain segment of the populace from numerous appearances on Fox News earns this week's honors for an offense that hasn't yet taken place. Vanderboegh says he's coming to Colorado with the intention of defying the state's ban on certain gun magazines -- a brand of protest he's exercised before, with shattering results.
Back in March 2010, Vanderboegh, whose blog is called the Sipsey Street Irregulars, came up with an unusual way to protest the prospect of a new health-care law: He argued that opponents should break the windows of legislators like Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Here's an excerpt from his post:
So, if you wish to send a message that Pelosi and her party cannot fail to hear, break their windows.
Break them NOW.
Break them and run to break again. Break them under cover of night. Break them in broad daylight. Break them and await arrest in willful, principled civil disobedience. Break them with rocks. Break them with slingshots. Break them with baseball bats.
But BREAK THEM.
The time has come to take your life, your liberty and that of your children and grandchildren into your own two hands and ACT.
It is, after all, more humane than shooting them in self defense.
And if we do a proper job, if we break the windows of hundreds, thousands, of Democrat party headquarters across this country, we might just wake up enough of them to make defending ourselves at the muzzle of a rifle unnecessary.
Sons of Liberty, this is your time.
Break their windows.
Break them NOW.
Not long thereafter, a legislator's windows were broken, as detailed in this Rachel Maddow segment shared by Media Matters:
According to federal prosecutors, the plot of Vanderboegh's novel Absolved inspired four members of a Georgia militia to attempt to obtain explosives and manufacture ricin, a biological agent, as part of a plan to assassinate government officials. In Absolved, a deadly shootout between a man who has stockpiled weapons and law enforcement inspires a group of anti-government extremists to devise a widespread assassination campaign against government officials. In its introduction, Vanderboegh described the book as "a cautionary tale for the out-of-control gun cops of the ATF" and "a combination field manual, technical manual and call to arms for my beloved gunnies of the armed citizenry."
Cut to a recent rally in Connecticut staged in opposition to the state's gun-reform laws, which echo those passed in Colorado in many ways. Vanderboegh was on hand, and the Middletown Press that he'd brought several now-banned thirty-round magazines into the state last week "in deliberate disobedience of the new state diktat."
He added his pledge to return after July 1 in order to give some of the mags to a Connecticut citizen without filling out the proper paperwork and then sit in an area pizzeria to wait for his arrest.
Oh yeah: The reason he won't be able to be in Connecticut on July 1 is "because he will be in Colorado 'defying their magazine law.'"
If he follows through with a visit to our fair state -- and we suspect he will -- he'll do so already knowing he's been designated a Schmuck of the Week. Congrats!
More from our Schmuck of the Week archive: "Mary Sanders, bookkeeper, doesn't let $10K theft bust dissuade her from trying again."