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Monday, April 14, 2014

Here's what we know about Frazier Glenn Miller, the unabashed racist arrested in Sunday's shooting spree

Here's what we know about Frazier Glenn Miller, the unabashed racist arrested in Sunday's shooting spree.

Posted by on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Frazier Glenn Miller, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross
  • Frazier Glenn Miller, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross
The last time The Pitch wrote about Frazier Glenn Miller, it was days ahead of the 2010 general election in which Miller was a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate. 

Miller, the fringiest of fringe candidates, had created something of a firestorm back then when broadcasters balked at airing his virulently racist campaign advertisements despite laws that generally require television and radio stations to give political candidates fair access to the airwaves. Regulators determined that Miller (also known as Frazier Glenn Cross) wasn't a serious candidate and that broadcasters could tell the devout anti-Semite to go pound sand in rural Aurora, Missouri.

Pitch managing editor Justin Kendall wrote at the time that hopefully after the 2010 election, Miller "fades in the darkness with his hood, white robe, Confederate battle flag and burning cross."

Unfortunately, it appears that Miller didn't go quietly in the night, having re-emerged in the public spotlight as the only known suspect in Sunday's shooting spree at two Johnson County Jewish centers that left three people dead. Miller was booked into a Johnson County jail Sunday afternoon, suspected of first-degree murder.

Miller, a military veteran who served in Vietnam as a Green Beret, is no stranger to the world of seething racism and anti-Semitism that is alive and well in the Midwest. The 73-year-old is well-known by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups and the people who lead them. According to the SPLC, Miller started the Carolina Knights, an arm of the Ku Klux Klan in the southeast United States in the 1980s. SPLC ended up suing Miller for harassing blacks and immigrants at the time.

Miller went on to start the White Patriot Party, another Christian Identity group that espouses white supremacy. Authorities went after Miller when they discovered that he was plotting the murder of SPLC founder Morris Dees and inciting violence against Jews and blacks. Miller was arrested in a trailer park in Ozark, Missouri. Miller did a three-year stretch in federal prison, but copped a deal with prosecutors in which he would testify against other racist movers and shakers. Specifically, he testified in court that the founder of the Order, Robert Mathews, has given Miller $200,000 to start the White Patriot Party, according to an SPLC report. The Order was a white supremacist group in the early 1980s whose members were involved in the murder of Jewish talk-radio host Alan Berg in Denver.

Having moved to Aurora, Missouri, in the years that followed his prison sentence, Miller wanted to run for Congress for Missouri's 7th District. Miller couldn't get on the ballot because the Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians wouldn't claim him as their own, so Miller ran as an independent write-in candidate. He received only 23 votes in a race that Roy Blunt won.

His 2010 bid for public office was also not received warmly by voters.

In recent years, Miller seems to mostly brood in rural Missouri, where he is a prolific contributor to racist message board Vanguard News Network. It's there where he comments under the handle Rounder and has more than 12,000 posts to his name. But he seems to be a divisive figure among fellow anti-Semites, some of whom tease Miller for his cooperation with the feds against members of the Order.

Miller appeared to have been writing on the VNN forum yesterday before his arrest, giving fellow racists an update on Craig Cobb, an anti-Semite from Maryville, Missouri, who was arrested last year in North Dakota for terrorizing residents there

Miller's writings at the VNN site were foul and gruesome and include frequent calls for action against Jews, including one just a week ago.

"Get up off your knees - slither out of your hidden cellars - stand erect and boldly face the rising sun of the new day that's here," Miller wrote. "Nothing meaningful to lose really, but your chains. Knowing what you know, is life really so sweet, you'll live it as miserable, dwindling slaves to the (goddamned) jewbeasts."

The post signs off with a "Heil Hitler," which reportedly was his same utterance Sunday afternoon as he was led away from the crime scene in handcuffs.
  • Here's what we know about Frazier Glenn Miller, the unabashed racist arrested in Sunday's shooting spree.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Bacon & Bourbon Festival draws more than 600 hog and hootch fans

Posted by on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Everyone loves good bourbon and crisp bacon, right? More than 600 Kansas City hog-and-hootch fans paid homage to the boozy, porky combination last night at the first Pitch Bacon & Bourbon Festival. - ANGELA C. BOND
  • Angela C. Bond
  • Everyone loves good bourbon and crisp bacon, right? More than 600 Kansas City hog-and-hootch fans paid homage to the boozy, porky combination last night at the first Pitch Bacon & Bourbon Festival.

I was one of those people who stood in the long, long line that snaked around the block to get into the Guild, at 16th Street and Locust, last night for the first annual Pitch Bacon & Bourbon Festival. No one seemed to mind the wait to enter the event space because it was unquestionably a fabulously festive affair.

I don't even drink anymore - luckily, there was food at the event - but was fascinated to watch so many people cheerfully sipping whiskey from little plastic shot glasses that were, roughly, the same size as the pre-measured plastic cups attached to a Nyquil bottle.

"The portions might seem small," one participant explained to me, showing off his black wristband, "but you get to taste 10 of them."

For photos of the sold-out event, check out our slideshow by clicking here.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Missouri House representative thinks getting an abortion is like kicking the tires on a new car

Posted by on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 11:22 AM

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Lawmakers in Missouri and Kansas in recent years have tried to push various abortion restriction measures that seem to operate under the premise that women who seek to terminate their pregnancies are like impulse shoppers.

Proposals like those that would require women to look at ultrasound photos of their unborn fetuses before an abortion have popped in and out of both statehouses over the years. Such ideas serve only to reduce women making a difficult, major life decision to the level of someone skipping on their way to the abortion clinic thinking, "Hey, you only live once!"

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The Ultimate Warrior died Tuesday

Posted by on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

The Ultimate Warrior died Tuesday. - WWE
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  • The Ultimate Warrior died Tuesday.

Pro wresting icon the Ultimate Warrior died Tuesday, and so did a big piece of my childhood.

The Warrior (James Hellwig, the man who wore the face paint, tassels and spandex, had legally changed his name to "Warrior") reportedly clutched his chest and collapsed while leaving a hotel in Arizona, less than 24 hours after making an appearance on WWE's Monday Night Raw.

The Warrior was 54.

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Astonishingly efficient Kansas personal-care attendant bills Medicaid for 39 hours in a single day

Posted by on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 8:37 AM

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  • Lending a helping hand in KCK.
Doris Betts, a 54-year-old personal-care attendant in Kansas City, Kansas, has been submitting bills to Medicaid since 2008 for her services. They're for all the usual services that those in her line of work provide to clients: bathing, house cleaning, meal preparation, toileting, transferring and prompting patients to take medication.

Betts had seven different Medicaid customers, and this takes some juggling - you gotta budget that time. Or else just fudge the numbers on the bills you submit, which the U.S. Attorney's Office alleges that she did with jaw-dropping brazenness.

Among other things, the indictment charges that Betts:

*Claimed to be with two or more different clients at the same time.
*Claimed to provide services when clients actually were in the hospital.
*Claimed to provide services when she was at her own medical appointments.
*Claimed to provide services at different locations without any travel time between them.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Breman Anderson goes from being Hickman Mills president to getting voted off the school board in a year's time

Posted by on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 12:33 PM

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On February 20, Breman Anderson put on another of his grandstanding displays before the Hickman Mills School Board.

That night, Anderson launched a long-winded exegesis about why the district should renew a transportation contract with Durham School Services, even though another company put in a bid that was $470,000 lower than Durham's and Superintendent Dennis Carpenter had just finished explaining all the problems that the district experienced with Durham's services over the years. Carpenter told board members that some bus routes weren't being run, other buses were not showing up on time and the district was not able to reach Durham personnel during emergencies.

None of that was enough to dissuade Anderson from backing Durham.

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LeBron James and the Miami Heat return to Sprint Center to face the Golden State Warriors in October

Posted by on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 10:29 AM

LeBron James is coming back to Kansas City this October ... unless he opts out of his contract and signs elsewhere. - CHRIS MULLINS
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  • LeBron James is coming back to Kansas City this October ... unless he opts out of his contract and signs elsewhere.

The NBA regular season isn't over yet, but the Miami Heat already has plans to return to Kansas City this October. 

LeBron James (probably) and the Heat will make their annual preseason pilgrimage to the Sprint Center to face the Golden State Warriors on Friday, October 17. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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Melissa Lenos, assistant professor of English at Donnelly College, answers The Pitch's questionnaire

Posted by on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Melissa Lenos is faculty mentor for Donnelly College's Multicultural Festival on Friday, April 11. - SABRINA STAIRES
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  • Melissa Lenos is faculty mentor for Donnelly College's Multicultural Festival on Friday, April 11.


Name: Melissa Lenos

Occupation: Assistant professor of English, Donnelly College

Hometown: Norton, Ohio. I know you haven't heard of it; it's south of Cleveland.

Current neighborhood: Old Hyde Park

What I do (in 140 characters): I teach English, film studies and popular culture to the most amazing students in Kansas City. When I'm not doing that, I research and write.

What's your addiction? All of the coffee, forever.

What's your game? Kingdom Hearts. It's a completely bananas Final Fantasy/Disney-universe adventure mash-up.

What's your drink? Buffalo Trace, neat.

Where's dinner? Westport Café

What's on your KC postcard? A landscape painting by one of the members of the Kansas City Plein Air Coterie.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Overland Park police chief John Douglass circumspect about possible Johnson County Sheriff run

Posted by on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Overland Park police chief John Douglass
  • Overland Park police chief John Douglass
Rumors are percolating in Johnson County that outgoing Overland Park police chief John Douglass is eyeing a 2016 run to become the county's sheriff.

Reached on Monday, Douglass said people have talked to him about entering the race, but he hasn't made a decision.

"Certainly people have inquired about whether I would be interested, but that's a ways away," Doulgass told The Pitch.

Frank Denning is in his second term as Johnson County sheriff. He has told reporters that he won't seek a third term unless he suspects his possible successor will erode the office's autonomy from county government.

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