Friday, April 27, 2007

Grand Old Police Blotter: Instacracker's Heroes Edition

Alabama authorities have rounded up six weapons enthusiasts calling themselves the Alabama Free Militia. The investigation also "turned up truckloads of explosives and weapons, including 130 grenades, an improvised rocket launcher and 2,500 rounds of ammunition," all of which were possessed for self-defense purposes.

One of the six men apprehended was Michael Wayne Bobo, who is described by The Birmingham News as follows:

Bobo was living with his adoptive parents in the Lancshire Brentwood neighborhood in Trussville, a fairly new subdivision near the Cahaba Project with tree-lined streets and brick homes that cost upward of $600,000. He worked for his family's pest control company.

His red pickup truck, usually parked at the house, displays bumper stickers such as "Welcome to the South, Now Go Home," "The Second Amendment: 'You do not know you need it until they come to take it away' - Thomas Jefferson" and "Work Harder, Millions on Welfare Depend on You."
Mr. Bobo is 30 years old. He "is charged with being a drug user in possession of a firearm, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine." His compatriot patriots include a fugitive from justice on an unspecified federal charge, who allegedly was in possession of stolen commercial fireworks.

Mr. Bobo's picture is presently featured in Merriam-Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary under the entry for "cliche." The url for his warblog and his Free Republic screenname are not presently known.

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