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Eureka man threatens Obama

What are the odds this guy was a blog troll?

A Humboldt County man who served time in prison for mailing a phony anthrax letter to the FBI was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on charges that he wrote a letter threatening to kill President Obama, records show.

Roger Hudnall, 54, of Eureka wrote, “I will Kill the President” in a letter he mailed on Jan. 7, 2009, less than two weeks before Obama took the oath of office, according to the indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in San Francisco.

Full story at the Chronicle.

  1. November 25, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Took this long for Occupational Authorities to capture him?

  2. November 25, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Just f*cking wonderful! Now all of my family and friends out of the area will be blowing up my phone hoping to Christ that I may have know the guy.

    The landlord bit was amusing, but also kind of creepy.

  3. Mitch
    November 25, 2010 at 10:41 am

    The landlord bit makes this guy a front runner for The Darwin Awards: http://www.darwinawards.com/

    Happy Turkey Day, with thanks to all who make Humboldt wonderful.

  4. November 25, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    The only crime this guy is guilty of, is being accused by Heraldo of being (maybe) a blog troll. Classic example of the Thought Police in action.

  5. tra
    November 25, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    “The only crime this guy is guilty of, is being accused by Heraldo of being (maybe) a blog troll.”

    Hmmmm…I’m pretty sure this is illegal:

    According to the Chronicle: “In 2002, Hudnall was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for mailing a letter to the FBI’s San Francisco office that threatened to kill two people and contained white powder he said was laced with anthrax. It was actually baby powder.”

    The Chronicle article also mentions that “He is in state custody on another conviction, records show.” Given that the 2002 conviction only got him 20 months, it appears that they are referring to yet another conviction, though the charge is not specified. Point being, this guy is apparently a repeat offender, and far from learning his lesson, he has progressed from threatening the FBI and/or his landlady to threatening to kill the President of the United States.

    And yes, it turns out that threatening to assasinate the President is also illegal. Threatening murder has long been against the law, and threatening, in writing, to kill the President of the United States is a pretty sure way to get arrested.

    Thankfully, it sounds like this clown is already in prison, so this just means he’ll probably be there for a few extra years.

  6. November 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Yeah! He’s as big a threat as the guy with the bomb in his shorts. Or the local guy waving around a rake handle. Everything is “illegal today – that doesn’t make it a crime. Just another stupid moron looking for some attention. Just another socially maladjusted troll baiting the poor defenseless FBI, we know.

  7. tra
    November 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I nominate you, Joe Blow, to take this guy Hudnall into your home after his eventual release on parole. I’m sure he’ll make great company. Have fun.

  8. Rumbustious
    November 25, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    About threatening the president: Back in the days of the Vietnam War, when I was a student in college and Lyndon Johnson was president the following happened (it was reported in the Chronicle):

    A college student sent a letter to someone (not the president) and on the envelope he wrote in big letters “America pukes on Johnson’s war”. Several weeks later he was arrested by the FBI for threatening the president. They said (no joke, they really said this): “Well, if enough people puked on the President, it would kill him.”

  9. Decline to State
    November 26, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Crazy people in Humboldt?!? I had no idea!

  10. November 26, 2010 at 8:58 am

    oh shock. I believe I heard those sentiments many a time for eight years in the recent past.

  11. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    November 26, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Technically, besides being crazy to threaten anyone, the landlord situation was weird – this is why one should never discount or not not believe some of those stories (err facts) that one may hear from time to time in a lifetime.

    Techinically too, Obama was president elect – so, since Bush was not threatened, no president WAS THREATENED (if based upon when the letter was written and originally sent)……not trying to make excuses, but practical reality says no oath, no authentication or certification means Obama technically was not the prez.

    I am sure the prez would have been much prouder to have a more “highly profiled assassin” send him a letter. Anyhow, off to the bin for the dumby who wrote a non-convincing threat. Although, if one his homeless, hungry and needing medical attention, more written letters could help free the ever-filling streets of dispair. It all works the same.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  12. High Finance
    November 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Change just a couple or words in Hudnals rants and he sounds just like a couple of bitter posters here in the weeks following last November 2nd.

  13. A-Nony-Mouse
    November 26, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Aw, HiFi, Hudnal doesn’t sound TOO much like you. Only sometimes. Don’t take it personally.

  14. Toohey
    November 26, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    That guy posts here all the time.

  15. High Finance
    November 26, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Uh Mouse? I wasn’t the bitter one after Nov 2nd. I was the happy one.

    You were the one spewing hatred.

  16. November 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Exactly what do you think happened on Nov. 2nd?

  17. Harold h. Greene
    November 27, 2010 at 8:09 am

    “Exactly what do you think happened on Nov. 2nd?”

    he doesn’t know. But he will tell you he does.

  18. High Finance
    November 27, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Was that a serious question Moviedad? Have you been out of the state for the last four weeks?

  19. November 27, 2010 at 9:49 am

    No High, but the triumph of misinformation and cynical scapegoating is hardly a victory for “your” side. Your boys bought the election locally; congratulations, The “Jews for Hitler” have won in the name of the early revolutionaries who waged war on the corporate takeover of their lives; they are the willing dupes of corporations and are actively working on behalf of big-business at the expense of their neighbors, their children, and every oppressed bill-payer in the country.
    Damn Lemmings.

  20. straight up
    November 27, 2010 at 11:37 am

    NO, Hudnall is not a blog troll. He’s functionally illiterate and has spent most of his life in jail or prison. He’s delusional, used to claim he was calling the White House to get his orders from Norman Schwartzkopf. (sp?). A sad, wasted life.

  21. November 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    HA HA! That made me laugh RUMBUSTIOUS!!

    “Rumbustious says:
    November 25, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    “About threatening the president: Back in the days of the Vietnam War, when I was a student in college and Lyndon Johnson was president the following happened (it was reported in the Chronicle):

    A college student sent a letter to someone (not the president) and on the envelope he wrote in big letters “America pukes on Johnson’s war”. Several weeks later he was arrested by the FBI for threatening the president. They said (no joke, they really said this): “Well, if enough people puked on the President, it would kill him.”

    What fantastic humor!!

    HEY listen up, Friends, Graduates, Countrywomen, and Fellow Americans!!

    Thom Hartmann, “referred to as the smartest Progressive talk show host on the radio,” and his co-author, claim to know absolutely which rats assassinated President John F. Kennedy!!

    AND Hollywood is going to make a full-length movie (a la Oliver Stone style, although he is not the director) based on their book, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. So the movie also has to have some credibility because he starred in another thoughtful movie about the same topic, which he takes seriously.

    You know about our own Humboldt County E. Howard Hunt [who claimed he — and others — did it because they were “patriots,” of all things?!) son’s publication of his father’s “posthumous confession,” do you not!

    Others — besides a sector or faction of the infamous and tortuous CIA, as I intimated — are involved too, of course!

    Also, Hartmann and Norey (sp) on COAST TO COAST, or his guests, claim that Lee Harvey Oswald was a patsy — just as he said! He was a patriot, who pretended to be a Communist, employed by the CIA to assassinate Fidel Castro.

    Finally — although there is much more about this matter than what I have said so far — and you are not going to believe this either, RUMBUSTIOUS, a book is out now, entitled LEE AND ME (J. B. Baker), “Lee” being none other than Lee Harvey Oswald, and “Me” being Judy Barrie Baker (sp?), who claims to have been — and still is — in love with Lee — her soul-mate then, for about 5 months before Ruby murdered him — when they were both about 20 years old, and married at the time to different persons!!

    Who woodda thunk? That is so spectacular that you and I should GOOGLE it and get some more information.

    Like specify precisely who else besides E. Howard Hunt Hartmann and his co-investigator-writer maintain with confident certainty was guilty!!

  22. Anonymous
    November 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    moviedad doesn’t have a clue. He lost and now must make excuses. The other side having more money is not why you lost turkey. Jerry Brown still won in Eureka. The first step toward growing up is to just be a man and admit you lost.

  23. tra
    November 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    “Was that a serious question Moviedad? Have you been out of the state for the last four weeks?”

    I assume you mean the state of California…where the Republican candidates for all the important statewide offices, including Governor and Attorney General, were defeated, and Dems also won the U.S. Senate race and races for U.S. Congress.

    At the county level, the only really substantial change was Bass defeating Neeley. Assuming Sundberg holds on in the 5th (apparently we’ll know in a few more hours) there will be no major change in the 5th, and Bass’s victory will mean a significant change in the balance of power on the Board of Supervisors.

    The Eureka City Council races, especially the defeat of Larry Glass, are a feather in the cap of the Arklyites, but all that has really changed is that a 3-2 council majority has changed to a 4-1 majority. Deserving of bragging rights, but not really significant in terms of policy.

    Meanwhile, Gallegos appears to have defeated Jackson by a comfortable margin (barring any surprising results from the late counting).

    So, all in all, a pretty mixed bag statewide and countywide. But I’m sure the facts won’t prevent those who are suffering from either hubristic triumphalism, or at the other extreme apocalyptic disappointment, from their respective rants and raves. Meanwhile, life goes on.

  24. tra
    November 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Looks like the new numbers are in:

    http://www.times-standard.com/ci_16723753

    No changes in outcome. Gallegos and Sundberg each held onto their leads and are the winners in their respective races.

  25. November 27, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Hey Anonymous 12:30, are you what, like five years old? Don’t talk while the adults are talking. Anonymi have no credibility.

  26. High Finance
    November 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    But he is correct Moviedad, you lost & it would help your personal growth to just admit it.

    Yes Tra, but you only told half the story. While it is true the moderate/conservative majority has simply increased to 5-1 from 4-2 (you forgot to count the mayor), you guys had high hopes originally that it was going to be a 4-2 liberal majority.

  27. November 27, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Excusez-moi! The correct title and author(s) of the JFK book is::—

    Me & Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald (9780979988677): Judyth Vary Baker, Edward T. Haslam: Books.
    http://www.amazon.com/Me-Lee.

    The thought that such a book would come out almost 50 years later, and claim what it does — and, I think, Thom Hartmann’s research may validate it — is just too important to not announce.

  28. November 28, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Listen up Mr. Dee, and Mr. Dumb. I didn’t lose anything. I’m a socialist. And in this country there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell. So why would I be disappointed that snowballs still melt in hell? What I find hilarious is one person with zero credibility vouching for another person with zero credibility. Two anonymous propagandists don’t make a valid poster in my opinion. Let it go! I had no dog in this fight.

  29. High Finance
    November 28, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Anyone who is a socialist has absolutey no understanding of human nature and what motivates people.

    At best you are naive.

  30. Harold h. Greene
    November 29, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Thomas Paine would disagree with you, absolutely. Most likely because you’re usually posting with you head up your bum.

  31. Anonymous
    November 29, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I knew Thomas Paine, Tom was a friend of mine.

    Harold, you are no Thomas Paine.

  32. walt
    November 29, 2010 at 9:14 am

    “Anyone who is a socialist has absolutely no understanding of human nature and what motivates people.”

    There are many aspects of human nature: greed, lust, hate, violence. . .love, empathy, loyalty. Each of us must choose which we label sins and which we label strengths.

  33. Harold h. Greene
    November 29, 2010 at 9:38 am

    “I knew Thomas Paine, Tom was a friend of mine.”

    That’s great. you must know then about Tom Paine’s opinions on a democratic republic’s responsibility of ensuring the equitable distribution of a country’s wealth and it’s resources. That idea, you most likely know, is based on how long lasting a functional democracy is going to be, according to Mr. Paine.

    Now, Mr. Paine could have been wrong. John Adams thought so – the hard cider drinking founding father as he was – along with the opportunistic Alexander Hamilton, the father of centralized banking.

  34. Anonymous
    November 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    What the hell did you just say and what does it have to do with anything ?

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