So, you've heard about Shawna Forde, a far-right-wing nutjob affiliated with various "mainstream" Minutemen and militia groups, who killed a man and his 10-year-old daughter, hoping to find drug money and thereby fund vigilantism, right?
Love this quotation from the Times this morning:
Merrill Metzger, who worked for the group for six months just as it was getting started in 2007, said Ms. Forde had often traveled from Washington to Arizona with weapons. In March, while stopping over at his home in Redding, Calif., she presented a plan for the group to undertake, Mr. Metzger, her half-brother, said in a telephone interview.
“She was sitting here talking about how she was going to start an underground militia and rob drug dealers,” he said.
Mr. Metzger quit the group, alarmed, he said, by a number of things, including Ms. Forde’s demand for extreme loyalty, right down to the choice of cuisine.
“I had to take an oath, and part of the oath was that I couldn’t eat Mexican food,” he said. “That’s when red flags went up all over for me. That seemed like prejudice.”
Form an underground militia? Check. Rob drug dealers? Check. Give up chimichangas? Hey, now hold on just one blasted minute!