Those guys keep flaunting their brilliance

The arrest stories from the insurrection keep rolling out.

Another person arrested Sunday, Bryan Betancur, was captured on video holding a Confederate battle flag in a restricted section on the west side of the Capitol, the FBI said in court documents.

Betancur, who was on probation for a burglary conviction, was wearing an ankle bracelet, and GPS data showed he was in the area for three hours on Jan. 6, according to the documents.

I wonder if he’s one of those people that think Bill Gates is going to inject everyone with tracking chips?


  1. davidc1 says

    HAHA ,what a dimwit .Don’t know if it was on here ,but one woman from Texas ,even did a bit of adverting her company
    while she was taking part on the 6th .

  2. says

    I’m caught up in our age enough to wonder if these imbeciles are just a front to lull us into a false sense of security.

    Anyway, I got my first vax round on Saturday, so if I start stop thinking Windows ME wasn’t an abomination spawned by dark and eldritch gods, we can worry.

  3. mamba says

    They can represent themselves…they all seem to think they understand the legal system’s nuances so well.

  4. quatguy says

    S/ I believe that someone once called them “deplorables”, not sure why the name never stuck?

    These are the people that the republicans are courting and afraid to piss off because they vote? Surely an indication that the republicans are doomed as a mainstream national party (hope). They will remain a powerful regional party though and maintain enough power to fuck things up for the rest of the country.

  5. Owlmirror says

    The linked article only mentions Betancur’s robbery conviction, however, Newsweek had more detail that painted a much uglier protrait:

    A self-confessed white supremacist who openly discussed plotting a school shooting and killing people in a church has been charged with being involved in the attack on the Capitol after his GPS monitor placed him at the scene.

    Bryan Betancur, of Silver Spring, is facing charges including unlawful activities on Capitol grounds and disorderly conduct after he was arrested in Maryland on Sunday, authorities have said.

  6. Erp says

    Their thinking was probably:

    Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason?
    Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.

  7. PaulBC says

    @8 And if it fails, best to pretend you were doing something else that day. At least a guy with an ankle bracelet is “all in”. Cruz and Hawley will almost certainly wriggle out of any consequences.

  8. microraptor says

    The other real issue (PaulBC having already pointed out the problem with the conservative lawmakers) is the number of off-duty cops who participated and the number of on-duty Capital police who assisted them. What’s going to be done about them?

  9. brucegee1962 says

    I’m not sure that these convictions will be slam dunks. Lawmakers swear loyalty to the constitution, but citizens don’t — surely their lawyers will argue that a reasonable person would presume that, if they were acting on orders from the President of the United States, then those actions could not be illegal.
    Of course, if that defense were to succeed, it wouldn’t do much to help the president’s case…

  10. whheydt says

    Re: brucegee1962 @ #11…
    Apparently the House case managers (aka the prosecution) for the upcoming trial over the impeachment charge may have plans to use the statements that various of these loons have made in order to show that Trump did, indeed, incite the insurrection.

  11. erichoug says

    Yeah, Bill Gates is going to put a GPS tracker in your vaccine. Instead of just pinging your smart phone that never leaves 6′ from you.

    C’mon people!

  12. unclefrogy says

    maybe if they new just a little about how things work they would not be so easily manipulated.
    ignorance is bliss for the ruling class
    uncle frogy

  13. blf says

    @13, Tracking the smartphone only tracks the smartphone. Hence teh microchip in the vaccine. Which is in you. Short-range, but easily tracked by all nearby smartphones (so you can even follow those who don’t have a smartphone, and do so in most areas of the world). That tracking data is then uploaded from the (multiple) smartphones. Triangulating off those multiple smartphone GPS “sightings” gives a remarkably accurate co-ordinates for you.

    The solution is not a tinfoil hat, but to wrap yourself in tinfoil so that you are inside your own personal Faraday Cage… and ready to pop into the oven for roasting. Of course, walking around wrapped in tinfoil makes it easy for teh spy satellites to follow you (oh, and also the CCTV), at least until everyone does it. For best results, and due to the virus (safety first!), make teh tinfoil Faraday turkey suit airtight. Also drink some bleach.

  14. whheydt says

    The DC cops picked up another bright lad today. He was parked at a meter near the White House. He asked a cop on a bicycle if he could park there, and then mentioned he needed information about the Oval Office. The cop, noting the holster in the center console of his pick-up, asked if he had a gun. His reply was, “Yes” (so–at least–they wont get him on lying to a cop). Car search ensued. Unregistered gun, two 8-round loaded magazines, 79 rounds in an opened box. None of it registered in DC. He’s from Midland, TX, so at least we know which “village” is missing one of their idiots.

  15. chrislawson says

    mamba@5– these are the sort of people who use legal arguments like ‘there is a fringe on the flag in this courtroom, which according to the Constitution means I don’t have to pay taxes.’

  16. DanDare says

    Have the DC police said anything about pressing charges? Someone said they weren’t going to. Is it even their place to make the call?

  17. PaulBC says


    these are the sort of people who use legal arguments like ‘there is a fringe on the flag in this courtroom, which according to the Constitution means I don’t have to pay taxes.’

    Is that like the trick where you write “I are a idiot.” in purple crayon and they automatically acquit? This actually worked for Ryan Bundy who was involved in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation.

    I was skeptical at the time, but now I wonder if they really do have some magic incantation that invokes hidden secrets in the constitution that I never knew about.