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  1. boogaloo'? How online calls for a violent uprising are hitting the mainstream Share this — Sections CORONAVIRUS U.S. News Politics World Local Business Health Investigations Culture Matters Science Sports Tech & Media Decision 2020 In Focus Photos Weather Shopping TV Today MSNBC Nightly News Meet The Press Dateline Featured NBC NEWS NOW THINK BETTER NIGHTLY FILMS NBC LEFT FIELD ASIAN AMERICA NBC LATINO NBCBLK NBC OUT STAY TUNED SPECIAL FEATURES NEWSLETTERS PODCASTS More from NBC CNBC NBC.COM NBC LEARN Peacock Productions Next Steps for Vets Parent Toolkit NBC Archives Know Your Value COUPONS Follow NBC News Print Whatsapp Reddit Pocket Flipboard Pinterest Linkedin Social Media What is the 'boogaloo'? How online calls for a violent uprising are hitting the mainstream The movement says it wants a second Civil War targeting liberal political opponents and law enforcement. Gun rights advocates wearing body armor and carrying firearms leave a rally in Richmond, Virginia, last month.Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images file Feb. 19, 2020, 7:10 AM PST By Brandy Zadrozny An anti-government movement that advocates for a violent uprising targeting liberal political opponents and law enforcement has moved from the fringes of the internet into the mainstream and surged on social media in recent months, according to a group of researchers that tracks hate groups. The movement, which says it wants a second Civil War organized around the term "boogaloo," includes groups on mainstream internet platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Reddit, as well as fringe websites including 4chan, according to a report released Tuesday night by the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), an independent nonprofit of scientists and engineers that tracks and reports on misinformation and hate speech across social media. While calls for organized and targeted violence in the form of a new Civil War have previously circulated among some hate groups, the emergence of the term "boogaloo" appeared to be a new and discrete movement. NCRI researchers who analyzed more than 100 million social media posts and comments found that through the use of memes — inside jokes commonly in the form of images — extremists have pushed anti-government and anti-law enforcement messages across social media platforms. They have also organized online communities with tens of thousands of members, some of whom have assembled at real-world events. The report "represents a breakthrough case study in the capacity to identify cyber swarms and viral insurgencies in nearly real time as they are developing in plain sight," John Farmer, a former New Jersey attorney general who is director of the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers University, wrote in the report's foreword. A patch with the image of an armed Pepe the Frog is worn during a rally organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League on Capitol Square near the state Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia, on Jan. 20, 2020.Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images file The report comes as U.S. law enforcement officials and researchers at various levels have issued warnings about the growing threat posed by domestic extremists motivated by fringe ideologies and conspiracy theories. NCRI director Joel Finkelstein, a research scholar at the James Madison Program at Princeton University, said the report had been sent to members of Congress and the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice, among others. Paul Goldenberg, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, said the report was "a wake-up call." "When you have people talking about and planning sedition and violence against minorities, police and public officials, we need to take their words seriously," said Goldenberg, who is also CEO of the security consulting company Cardinal Point Strategies. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politics Goldenberg said the report had "gone viral" within law enforcement and intelligence communities since its limited release last week. People are reading it and distributing it "far and wide," he said. The current boogaloo movement was first noticed by extremism researchers in 2019, when fringe groups from gun rights and militia movements to white supremacists began referring to an impending civil war using the word "boogaloo," a joking reference to "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo," a 1984 sequel movie about breakdancing. The term is used to describe an uprising against a seemingly tyrannical or left-wing government, often in response to a perceived threat of widespread gun confiscation. For many, the word "boogaloo" — silly on its face — is used jokingly or ironically, but for others, the boogaloo memes are shared alongside violent text and images, seemingly to inflame an eventual confrontation. In the last three months, boogaloo-related conversation has grown rapidly, according to the researchers, who found that use of the term has increased nearly 50 percent on platforms like Reddit and Twitter over the last few months. Increased exposure, the researchers warn, carries the danger of indoctrination. August 2019: How seriously is the White House taking the threat of online extremism? Aug. 9, 201905:21 Boogaloo extremists have used social media to "strategize, share instructions for explosives and 3-D printed firearms, distribute illegal firearm modifications, and siphon users into encrypted messaging boards en mass," according to the NCRI report. The report also notes how the boogaloo concept has been monetized, through merchandise advertised through Facebook and Instagram ads, and marketed to current and former members of the military. On Facebook and Instagram, the researchers pointed to several boogaloo-themed public groups and accounts with tens of thousands of members and followers. Recommended SecurityCriminal group that hacked law firm threatens to release Trump documents Health newsWhite House to wind down task force A spokesperson for Facebook said in an emailed statement that the company monitored groups that called for violence. "We've been studying trends around this and related terms on Facebook and Instagram," the spokesperson said. "We don't allow speech used to incite hate or violence, and will remove any content that violates our policies. We'll continue to monitor this across our platform." Since NCRI generated the report last week, membership in several boogaloo groups on Facebook has nearly doubled, according to an NBC News analysis. Two of Facebook's most popular boogaloo groups, which boasted nearly 20,000 followers during the same period, are no longer available this week. Much like the OK hand symbol co-opted by white nationalists who later denied the association, the ambiguity of the term "boogaloo" works to cloak extremist organizing in the open. "Like a virus hiding from the immune system, the use of comical-meme language permits the network to organize violence secretly behind a mirage of inside jokes and plausible deniability," the report states. The term "boogaloo" has also been seen in real-world activism. At the Virginia Citizens Defense League's annual Lobby Day in Richmond in January, a group of protesters who go by the name Patriot Wave wore Pepe the Frog patches emblazoned with "Boogaloo Boys." One man carried a sign that read, "I have a dream of a Boogaloo." The rally was held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. NCRI was able to trace the origin of the use of the term "boogaloo" to 4chan's politics-focused message board, where racist and hateful memes often get their start. "Boogaloo" was often associated with apocalyptic and racist terms like "racewar" and "dotr," a white power fantasy that imagines a time when "race traitors" will be murdered. The report tracked events when online chatter about an impending boogaloo spiked. The analysis found a peak during a November standoff in upstate New York between an Army veteran and police over a domestic dispute. The veteran, Alex Booth, chronicled the standoff on his pro-gun Instagram account, "Whiskey Warrior 556," claiming to followers that his guns were being confiscated. The incident made the boogaloo meme go viral and gained Booth over 100,000 followers. The second boogaloo meme peak appeared around the House's impeachment of President Donald Trump, the report found. Brandy Zadrozny Brandy Zadrozny is an investigative reporter for NBC Ne
  2. How about they replace them with targets made up of illegal immigrant photos? Better yet, allow the business owner to display photos of their wares...their constitutional right. Gun dealers sue over California law barring window displays Published November 11, 2014FoxNews.com Michael Baryl, of Tracy Rifle & Pistol, has until February to take down this window display to comply with a Bureau of Firearms order. (Photo: Tracy Rifle and Pistol) How much is that handgun in the window? That’s a question Californians can’t ask, thanks to a law that states handguns, or even pictures of them, may not be visible from outside of gun stores. Four Golden State gun dealers are challenging the law, saying it’s their First Amendment right to advertise their wares. “I run one of the most heavily regulated and inspected businesses in existence, but it’s still illegal for me to show customers that I sell handguns until after they walk in the door,” said Michael Baryla, the owner of Tracy Rifle & Pistol. “That’s about as silly a law as you could imagine, even here in California.” While most federal lawsuits involving gun rights invoke the Second Amendment, the gun dealers are claiming it is their First Amendment right to freedom of speech that is violated by California Penal Code section 26820. That law, first enacted in 1923, bans gun stores from putting up signs advertising the sale of handguns — but not shotguns or rifles. “The First Amendment prevents the government from telling businesses it disfavors that they can’t engage in truthful advertising,” said Bradley Benbrook, the lead attorney on a legal team that also includes UCLA Law Professor Eugene Volokh. Controversial goods and services, such as abortion and contraceptives, are clearly protected under the First Amendment, Benbrook added.“I run one of the most heavily regulated and inspected businesses in existence, but it’s still illegal for me to show customers that I sell handguns until after they walk in the door.” - Michael Baryla, the owner of Tracy Rifle & Pistol The suit was filed Monday in the Eastern District of California, in Sacramento. It names California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Stephen Lindley, who heads the state Department of Justice’s Bureau of Firearms, as co-defendants. Tracy Rifle and Pistol, a gun store and firing range in San Joaquin County, was recently cited by state authorities for having pictures of three handguns in window signs that could be seen from outside the store. A photo of an AR-15 rifle in an adjacent window, part of a display ad for which Baryla paid a total of $3,000, did not draw a citation. He has until February to take down the photos. Similar laws banning handgun displays are on the books in Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, D.C., but are rarely, if ever, enforced. David Beltran, spokesman for Harris, said the attorney general had no comment on the case or the law. Related Image Expand / Contract California Attorney General Kamala Harris, (l.), is named in the suit by four gun dealers, including Michael Baryla, (r.) Volokh, a prolific blogger on legal matters and a one-time clerk for former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, said the dealers have a strong case. “You simply can’t restrict speech because some people find it offensive,” Volokh said. “That’s true with flag burning, and it’s true in advertising.” Volokh noted that there is an exception for hard-core pornography, which can be barred from display in public places. But while some may find handguns offensive, mere pictures of them or even words notifying the public that they are for sale are protected by the Constitution, he said. Related Image Similar laws are on the books in other states, but only California seems to enforce them, according to the plaintiffs' attorneys. “Some people are more upset by handguns than rifles and shotguns, I think in part, because the bulk of crime committed with guns involves handguns,” Volkh said. “But speech does not lose its protection simply because some find it offensive.” Joining Baryla are the owners of Sacramento Black Rifle of Rocklin, Ten Percent Firearms of Taft, and PRK Arms, a Fresno-based dealer that operates three stores in the Central San Joaquin Valley. Ten Percent was recently cited by the state Bureau of Firearms for displaying a metal cutout of a revolver on a sign. Related Image Expand / Contract The law applies only to handgun ads, like this one in the window of Baryla's store. Brandon Combs, executive director of the Calguns Foundation, a Second Amendment advocacy group which backs the gun dealers, said the question is whether guns are obscene and must be hidden from public view. The answer, he said, is no, regardless of the type of gun. “And handguns are the most protected weapon under the Second Amendment,” Combs said. The Supreme Court has said handguns are the quintessential weapon of self defense. It's a great case, and I'm excited to see it go forward."
  3. Warning: This video gets graphic at minute 3:30. http://youtu.be/FNQWfRaTHLM
  4. The anti gun lobby has become way too powerful in this country. Our lawmakers need to grow a backbone and stop being pushed around by special interest groups, Why is there a problem with extended background checks, we don't need military weapons in the streets killing children either. The politicians are not going to do anything about gun violence so it is up to the people. takegunsoffstreets.com
  5. There are over 300 million firearms in private hands in this country. In most states these weapons can be sold without background checks and zero oversight on who is buying the firearms and if they should have them. I was happy to see and contribute to an organization that sponsors gun buy back programs and wanted to share this with everybody. www.gunsoffthestreets.com

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    Hey kfools.. does this help? 

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    I know this one, this new chat thing. I've seen it called the "shoutbox" among other things in my past. Very hard to hide from the chat box. The question is asked, there's no time to go search what other folks think, this is real time. Only seconds should be between chat box replies. This one is made for me. In the chat box one has to be quick on their feet with stuff at the ready. This chat box is the worst nightmare of anyone trying to deal with ol' teach. 

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    hey @teacher that sounds like too much work for me LOL I need that useless thing called *time* in order to authenticate facts and truths which get posted by deceitful Dems

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  • By kfools

    So. In the chat....if you tag a member the text afterwards should be a private message. 

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    How do? I'm teacher. If I'm online and the powers that be can figure out how to make it immediately apparent to me that whatever I've said here has been replied to I'm gonna show up right quick and kick some teeth in. It's the chat box, all this is new and scary. I know this gig. This starts now. 

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    Hey kfools, did you lose your securtiy cert? On my browser it is saying your site is not secure?

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    Mine too. I'm looking into it.

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    Mine too. 

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    I thought it was my location.. 

  • By kfools

    Just gave to renew the security cert. No big deal I'll do it tonight

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    Happy Anniversary, America... on your Civil Union.

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