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Cop Killer was a Pothead
Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 14, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid

Posted on 06/16/2014 10:07:09 AM PDT by Academiadotorg

John Avlon’s dishonest column on the cop-killers in Las Vegas should be studied by journalism students as an example of how to exploit a tragedy for political purposes. It is a shame he gets on CNN as an “analyst,” which gives him undeserved authority and prestige, when he deliberately confuses and misleads people. jerad miller

In this case, he tried to blame conservatives for the murders of two policemen.

His Daily Beast column carried two titles, one of them being, “The Bonnie and Clyde of Ultra-Right Hate.”

He said Jerad and Amanda Miller killed two metro cops while shouting, “This is a revolution!,” and then they “flung the Tea Party’s favorite coiled snake Gadsden flag and a swastika on the still-warm corpses and then moved to a nearby Walmart to murder a shopper before turning the guns on themselves.”

The reference to the Gadsden flag being “the Tea Party’s favorite” was an obvious effort to link the Tea Party to the murders. The flag dates back to the American Revolution and is used by various groups and people to protest Big Government.

Miller’s notion of “Big Government” was a government that interfered with his marijuana smoking. A simple search of stories about his background revealed a series of confrontations with law enforcement over his drug habits.

Avlon wrote that Miller’s Facebook pages “detail a descent into a murderous rage, railing against a tyrannical government and parroting talking points from fright-wing radio hosts such as Alex Jones and militia movement groups such as the Three Percenters while ‘liking’ the pages of conservative activist groups ranging from the Heritage Foundation to FreedomWorks and the NRA. Miller’s profile picture was a skull wearing an American flag bandana against a backdrop of crossed knives over the word ‘Patriot.’”

Avlon somehow missed the numerous pro-marijuana groups on Miller’s Facebook page, including:

Marijuana Policy Project Drug Policy Alliance Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform Marijuanna (sic) fans Legalize weed, outlaw corporate greed Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Miller was a doper whose “anti-government” philosophy stemmed from his hatred of the police for arresting him for violating the drug laws. You don’t need to be a forensic scientist to figure this case out.

Is there any evidence that Miller was a conservative activist or followed the philosophy of the Heritage Foundation or other conservative groups? Absolutely not. In fact, the Heritage Foundation opposes legalization of marijuana.

“Jerad Miller’s anti-government frenzy was whipped up by the extreme right-wing echo chamber,” Avlon claimed. Then why do the “likes” on his Facebook page include so many pro-marijuana groups? Legal dope has been accepted by some libertarians, most notably at the Cato Institute, but it has been a left-wing cause for decades, mostly funded for the last decade or so by hedge-fund operator George Soros.

Avlon stumbled into the truth, without understanding its significance, when he wrote, “Miller’s anti-government rants ramped up after he served seven days in jail for a pot-related conviction.” But he failed to grasp the significance of this fact, preferring instead to blame conservatives for his violence.

Avlon’s CNN performance was even worse. He said, “the rhetoric he [Miller] is parroting really did echo a lot of what we hear on far right-wing talk radio, things like ‘The Alex Jones Show’…”

Jones is not a right-wing talk-radio host. He is a marijuana enthusiast who promoted a movie called “Guns and Weed: The Road to Freedom.” We noted in the past that this combustible combination of drugs and firearms, as preached by Jones, is dangerous for our country.

The liberals would prefer to focus on the guns, not the drugs.

Miller is a classic case of a pothead, possibly with paranoid or psychotic tendencies. In a post on an Alex Jones website, Miller wrote, “I stand at a point in my life where I am on probation for selling marijuana. I take urine screens frequently and I am forced to take drug classes I do not need. Before I got arrested I had 2 jobs and was selling weed to my friends and family on the side. Now I cannot find a job.”

He had only himself to blame.

Miller wrote a post on May 13, 2013, after having to answer for a drug violation.

“Mark one up for freedom today,” he said. “I stood before a fascist judge today and implied that he was a Nazi. I told him I did not recognize his authority over me and reminded him that 2 states now have legalized weed for recreational use. I also informed him that now, since the fast and furious scandal, that continuing the war on drugs is treason. He said to me ‘I may not agree with the law, but it is my duty to enforce it.’ To which I replied ‘Nazis during the war criminal trials stated that they, were just following orders and enforcing the law, and we hung those people.’”

Hence, he was completely in favor of legalizing marijuana and perhaps other drugs. This puts him firmly on the “progressive” side of the political spectrum.

“In 2010 and 2007 he was convicted of drug dealing and possession charges related to marijuana,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal said.

The paper said that Garry Frick, the owner of a bookstore, got caught in a short but dramatic debate with Jerad Miller, in which the pothead “covered everything from Bundy to the Declaration of Independence to the morality of pornography, guns and drugs in a span of less than 15 minutes. He kept misquoting things and incorrectly using words, Frick said, all the while sounding very sure of himself.”

It sounds like marijuana took its psychological toll on him.

Miller was from Lafayette, Indiana. In the local paper, Ron Wilkins & Steven Porter noted that it “appears from Jerad Miller’s rants on Facebook and YouTube, he was angry at the government because of his repeated arrests and convictions for using drugs.” This is precisely the case, based on what we know about him.

They added, “He had a trail of marijuana arrests and convictions in Tippecanoe County [Indiana] stretching back to 2007.”

Miller’s landlord was quoted as saying, “Jerad was nothing but a drug-addict loser.”

KLAS-TV in Las Vegas said his marijuana convictions included:

Being charged in Anderson, Indiana city court in July 2003 with misdemeanor possession of marijuana/hashish, a charge for which he pleaded guilty that November.

Miller was charged in Tippecanoe County with misdemeanor criminal recklessness with risk of bodily injury by pointing a firearm, possession of marijuana, hash oil or hashish with a prior conviction, and possession of paraphernalia.

In December 2010 Miller was charged in Tippecanoe County with felony dealing in and possession of marijuana, hash oil or hashish, and felony possession of a controlled substance.

Avlon mentioned how the political left was once the source of much terrorism, even mentioning the Weather Underground. “In the late 1960s and early ‘70s, the anti-government violence in the United States was primarily on the left with groups like The Weathermen…” he told CNN.

But he failed to connect the dots to cases like that of Miller, falsely labeled a right-winger by Avlon.

It was communist Weather Underground terrorist Bernardine Dohrn who declared, “We fight in many ways. Dope is one of our weapons. The laws against marijuana mean that millions of us are outlaws long before we actually split. Guns and grass are united in the youth underground.”

This puts Miller’s cry of “revolution” in the necessary context. It’s too bad Avlon doesn’t understand what he’s talking about.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at cliff.kincaid@aim.org.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: copkiller; demagogicparty; libertarians; marijuana; medicalmarijuana; memebuilding; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; shootings; wod

1 posted on 06/16/2014 10:07:09 AM PDT by Academiadotorg
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To: Academiadotorg
Couldn't be. All the potheads on this forum assure us that MJ is completely harmless.
2 posted on 06/16/2014 10:10:55 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Academiadotorg

So, they were the Bonnie and Clyde of the marijuana legalization movement.


3 posted on 06/16/2014 10:12:28 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Vigilanteman

I’m sure it was the pot. Pot makes you kill. Kill kill kill!


4 posted on 06/16/2014 10:15:34 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: Academiadotorg

Dang! Every time they get a murder they think will fit their narrative, it falls apart badly.


5 posted on 06/16/2014 10:25:37 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Academiadotorg

Eric Rudolph grew and sold pot, and was booted from the army using it.


6 posted on 06/16/2014 10:32:26 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Academiadotorg

pot make you kill?
only because it wasn’t prescribed,,, yeah


7 posted on 06/16/2014 10:33:27 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: Academiadotorg

Isn’t there a section in the 4473 that asks if the purchaser of a firearm is or isn’t a pot user?


8 posted on 06/16/2014 10:35:35 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
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To: Academiadotorg

Jerad Miller personifies the danger of accepting libertarians in the conservative movement. Marijuana legalization, whether or not publicly articulated, is the prime objective of most libertarians.


9 posted on 06/16/2014 10:36:27 AM PDT by Praxeologue
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To: Academiadotorg

Well there ya go!


10 posted on 06/16/2014 10:39:04 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Academiadotorg

Post hoc ergo propter hoc. Correlation does not prove causality, especially when the correlation is demonstrated anecdotally.

You may get on your soap box and preach and you may convince yourself and others it is true (you *have* won the policy objective - the War on Drugs is massive), that does not make it demonstrably true, or good public policy. See, for instance, the “facts” of Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. They use the same tactic. See their diatribe (”article”) entitled “Concealed Carry Killer.” The logic presented here is even less credible. At least they pretended to use some “scientific” method.

Anecdotes make for great politics, but they often lead to horrendous policy.


11 posted on 06/16/2014 10:44:17 AM PDT by cizinec ( For the Republic!)
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To: Vigilanteman
"Couldn't be. All the potheads on this forum assure us that MJ is completely harmless. "

That's right, they "just want to sit on their back porch and smoke pot, kill cops, and not bother nobody."

12 posted on 06/16/2014 10:51:13 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Academiadotorg
fright-wing radio hosts such as Alex Jones

Alex Jones is right wing?

In what universe?

13 posted on 06/16/2014 10:54:36 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: DannyTN

I’ve gotten to the point where I honestly think all drugs should be legalized and made available to all registered users at nominal cost. All the users need to do to become registered is turn in their driver’s license and voter registration. Darwin would eventually take care of the problem.


14 posted on 06/16/2014 11:01:59 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Academiadotorg
Blame violent murders on a drug that makes you sleepy , happy, and hungry?

Trying out for Carneys old job?


A nanny state is a nanny state! Tyranny is tyranny. Either we are a Free Republic, or slave to the state. No one here likes the ACA, why do half of the people here feel righteous in forcing medical choices on us?

15 posted on 06/16/2014 11:10:00 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall ; / ?)
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To: Vigilanteman

If they agreed to live the rest of their pitiful life in an asylum, that might work.


16 posted on 06/16/2014 11:10:56 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Vigilanteman
All the potheads on this forum assure us that MJ is completely harmless.

I won't hold my breath waiting for a single quotation in support of your claim.

17 posted on 06/16/2014 11:11:06 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: TigersEye
I’m sure it was the pot. Pot makes you kill. Kill kill kill!

I learned this from the documentary "Reefer Madness."

18 posted on 06/16/2014 11:13:39 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: ansel12

Eric Rudolph was also a carpenter. Jesus was a carpenter. Therefore, Jesus was a dangerous domestic terrorist.


19 posted on 06/16/2014 11:13:52 AM PDT by cizinec ( For the Republic!)
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To: DannyTN
That's right, they "just want to sit on their back porch and smoke pot, kill cops, and not bother nobody."

Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I'm sorry, I'm gonna have to plead ignorance on this one, because if I had known that sort of thing was frowned upon...

20 posted on 06/16/2014 11:18:46 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: cizinec

You just reached a new level of silliness.

Jesus never had anything to do with pot, or producing it and being a drug dealer, Eric Rudolph and his brother, did, his pot use got him kicked out of the Army, he then became a terrorist.


21 posted on 06/16/2014 12:47:20 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: All

22 posted on 06/16/2014 1:15:20 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Academiadotorg.


23 posted on 06/16/2014 5:03:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ansel12

I’m pointing out your silliness.

You have just shown correlation. You have not demonstrated causation. You claim there is a connection. Prove it.


24 posted on 06/17/2014 6:24:03 AM PDT by cizinec ( For the Republic!)
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To: cizinec

I never claimed anything, stoners sometimes create things in their heads.

To: Academiadotorg
Eric Rudolph grew and sold pot, and was booted from the army using it.
6 posted on 6/16/2014 10:32:26 AM by ansel12


25 posted on 06/17/2014 11:08:13 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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