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Thursday, May 21, 2020

A 70-year-old Michigan reputed to be a member of the Michigan Militia attempted to steal a Coast Guard helicopter earlier this week in the hope that he could fly it to a local hospital and use its guns to shoot up the place, claiming he wanted to "free" victims of the novel coronavirus from their quarantines. He didn't make it far, and was arrested and charged.

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It isn't hard to guess which cable network he has on at home

#1 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-21 09:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

The Michigan Militia is a paramilitary organization founded by Norman Olson, a former U.S. Air Force non-commissioned officer, of Alanson, Michigan, United States. The organization was formed around 1994 in response to perceived encroachments by the federal government on the rights of citizens.

#2 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-21 09:04 PM | Reply

"claiming he wanted to "free" victims of the novel coronavirus from their quarantines"

Remember Joe Stack.

Joe Stack, American Patriot.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-21 09:28 PM | Reply

Unhinged pandemic denialist arrested in attempt to steal copter, attack hospital to 'free' patients
www.dailykos.com

...The incident at the Coast Guard station in Essexville began Sunday when a man later identified as McFadden called an Arenac County dispatcher and reported that he planned to steal a helicopter so that he could shoot up a local hospital. He said he "wanted to disrupt the power to the hospital, unlock the doors, and release patients under the COVID-19 quarantine," according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court by the arresting Coast Guard officers.

After he hung up, the dispatcher alerted Arenac County deputies and provided information about McFadden's previous criminal history. In the meantime, McFadden himself drove to the Coast Guard station in Essexville in a pickup truck, pulled up to the gate, and began punching buttons on the security keypad in an attempt to get the gate to open. He then called the command communications center via the phone line at the gate and demanded they open it, but the personnel there declined even as McFadden threatened to ram the gate with his truck before he drove off.

A Michigan state trooper found McFadden about 40 minutes later at an Essexville gas station while he was inside. ...


#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-21 09:52 PM | Reply

Was this the same militia that carried assault weapons into the State Capitol building?

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-21 09:54 PM | Reply

I'd ask how he thought indiscriminately shooting up a hospital would be setting people free...but I suspect the answer would, to put it mildly, not make much sense.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-21 09:57 PM | Reply

@#6

Oh, there are so many questions I'd ask about this one...

For example, why did he think calling an Arenac County dispatcher (does that mean 911?) and telling the dispatcher of his plans would be success oriented?

I mean, really?

This guy's elevator does not appear to go up to the penthouse.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-21 10:49 PM | Reply

One less Feral Trump voter.
Now he gets to die in prison. Likely from the Covid.
Well played hilljack! NOT!

#8 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-05-22 01:27 AM | Reply

Obviously the guy is mentally troubled, but this is what happens when a nutcase buys into fringe right wing rhetoric.

No doubt there are already people dead and more who will die from COVID-19 because fringe right wing media has convinced them that they're being oppressed because of a hoax.

#9 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-22 01:40 AM | Reply

Reading the story, they were releasing him AFTER charging him with 4 felonies, hoping he checks himself into a hospital. Effing Really? WTF? This guy needs to live out the rest of his days in a small cage. So they took away his gun, I can guarantee he has more than one.

This loon is a clear and present threat to society.

#10 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-05-22 02:24 AM | Reply

Timothy McVeigh was a Michigan Militia member if I recall correctly.

#11 | Posted by qcp at 2020-05-22 08:25 AM | Reply

One more reason to avoid Michigan, or rabid Trumpers.... between Fox News and hydroxychloriqine they are loosing their ----.

#12 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-05-22 09:39 AM | Reply

"McFadden has been arraigned but was released from with the condition that he check into a hospital for treatment."

????

#13 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-22 10:37 AM | Reply

If I was Biden I would send a camera crew to interview McFadden. Besides being comedy gold, he would make a perfect MAGA spokesincel.

#14 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-22 06:24 PM | Reply

People are saying McFadden will be the next secretary of the Navy.

#15 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-22 06:25 PM | Reply

Oh, there are so many questions I'd ask about this one...

For example, why did he think calling an Arenac County dispatcher (does that mean 911?) and telling the dispatcher of his plans would be success oriented?

All the above, plus the court's request that he check himself into a hospital... like the one he was attempting to fly into and shoot up?

Not an onion article?

#16 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-05-24 02:05 PM | Reply

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