By Brad Friedman on 12/27/2009, 7:55pm PT  

From Saturday's Houston Chronicle [emphasis added]...

Police are searching for a man they suspect is responsible for fatally shooting a convenience store owner during a robbery in Liberty County Friday night.

Officers were called about 10:10 p.m. to the Ridgewood Grocery store in the 4300 block of North Main near Texas 146 after a customer found the store's owner in a pool of blood behind the counter, said Liberty Police Department spokesman Hugh Bishop.

From surveillance video, investigators learned that the store's owner, 50-year-old Naushad Virani, was fatally shot in the head during a robbery.

The suspect was identified by police as Stevie R. Walder Jr., 31, who also goes by “Bubba.”

Bishop said Walder, who has a lengthy criminal history in Liberty County, is believed to be a member of a white supremacist group.

Walder is described as 6 feet 2, about 250 pounds, with a shaved head.

He has many tattoos, including a skull on the left side of his neck, a Nazi SS symbol on the right side of his neck and tear drop under his right eye.

He is known to drive a green Chevy truck with Texas plate AB1-7183. He also drives a 1998 dark green Dodge pickup with an extended cab, Texas plate 92L-RW3, and has a Republican Party sticker on the back window.

Anyone with information about this case or Walder's whereabouts is urged to contact the Liberty Police Department at 936-336-5666.

No further information was immediately available.

So more violence by rightwingers who associate themselves with today's Republican Party, even as the media spends most of their time frightening viewers about Nigerians with explosives in their pants and ill-timed cases of diarrhea.

"Bubba" was apprehended by law enforcement this afternoon, who say they "believe robbery was the motive," though they add that they are "trying to determine if the shooting was a hate crime". But here's how Houston's Beaumont's CBS affiliate, KFDM reported the apprehension:

The Tyler County Sheriff told KFDM News a man who has ties to a white supremacist group and faces charges of capital murder in the Christmas night shooting death of a Liberty store owner has admitted to the crime and told a deputy he gave up and decided not to shoot when he was surrounded because the arresting officers were white.
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"He told my deputy, 'I saw you behind me. I loaded my clip. When I saw that all of you were white I decided to give up and not fight.' He admitted to my deputy that he shot the store owner."

So we don't yet know if this particular Republican Nazi instigated a plain old robbery that went horribly wrong, or if the victim's ethnicity --- ya know, we hear quite a bit on Fox "News" that those immigrants and A-rabs are waging a take-over of America after all --- came into play. So where are the Republican Terror Warriors on these matters? And why aren't they calling for an immediate crack down?

Oh, yeah, they're too busy being personally offended, for some reason, by Department of Homeland Security reports identifying a rise in Rightwing extremism and the threat it poses, such as "a perceived lack of government action on illegal immigration [which] has the potential to incite individuals or small groups toward violence. If such violence were to occur, it likely would be isolated, small-scale, and directed at specific immigration-related targets."

Rightwing whack jobs like Michelle Mulkin, of course, derided that DHS report as a "hit job on conservatives", as did RedState.org's Moe Lane and the rest of the usual wingnut suspects who thought it necessary to defend their extremist brethren.

Of course, in the face of such mighty blowback --- even though the DHS report was initiated by the Bush Administration --- the pathetic Democrats found little choice but to cower in fear, apologize and retract the report. They didn't bother retracting the (Bush Administration's) previous report on "Left-Wing Extremism: The Current Threat" of course, because, well, Malkin, Drudge, Fox and the rest didn't bother issuing a complaint about that one for some reason.

As we noted on Christmas Eve, following an eight-hour hostage stand-off in Virginia, when another rightwinger, certain the federal government wanted to take his guns away, luckily released all of his hostages unharmed...

Not so lucky, however, were the 3 cops killed by Richard Paplowski, who was led to believe Obama would be taking away his guns; the 2 killed and 7 injured by Jim David Adkisson at a Knoxville, TN, church shooting because he "wanted to kill...every Democrat in the Senate & House, the 100 people in [regular Bill O'Reilly guest] Bernard Goldberg's book" of 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken is #37); and Dr. George Tiller, who was shot in the head in church after Bill O'Reilly spent some 29 episodes of his top-rated "news" program describing him as "Tiller the Baby Killer" and someone who would "kill your baby for any reason."

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CORRECTION: We originally identified KFDM as Houston's CBS affiliate. They are, in fact, the network's affiliate based in Beaumont, TX. We regret. the error.