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    image: from Think Progress: 17 Years After Oklahoma City Bombing, Right-Wing Extremism Is Significant Domestic Terror Threat
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Political correctness is deadly: right-wing extremism is our biggest domestic terror threat
As long as the media and average people pretend  that ‘both sides do it’ and decide that it’s okay for self-described ‘patriots’ to rabidly hate President Obama, Democrats, and the federal government — and as long as everyone continues to look the other way when right-wing attitudes manifest themselves publicly, in the form of open racism and / or violent rhetoric, we’ll be under threat as a society and a functioning country.
Ask yourself if the fictional right-wing, Fox “News” created, tea party celebrated ‘creeping Sharia law’ is more of a threat to our country than the very real and ongoing use of the Republican Party’s Southern Strategy. Recall Sarah Palin’s creative ‘sniper rifle symbols’ on Democratic U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the aftermath. Think of Breitbart-protégé James O’Keefe and his ‘pimp costume’ and ACORN and the fictional Democratic voter fraud issue (as we’ve learned, Mitt Romney, the presumed GOP presidential candidate, actually committed voter fraud).
Or look at the most recent example of our politically correct, both sides do it, national discourse:

The ‘outrage’ for the right was something said by a CNN commentator about a candidate’s wife and was, in fact, entirely true. The ‘outrage’ for the left, which should be an outrage for the entire country, was a thinly-veiled threat against the life of our sitting president, for purposes of demonstrating the speaker’s Southern Strategy bona fides in front of an NRA crowd. With our history of political assassinations and attempted assassinations, should we ever take such rhetoric lightly?
While you think about which outrage received the most national attention and why, you might also ask yourself how your silence on such matters not only contributes to the escalation of ignorance in our national discourse, but encourages some Beck- or Palin-inspired Manchurian candidate to prove his ‘Super Patriotism’ in the form of action. Sort of like this guy, who has been happily expressing his right-wing ideals in court all last week:

[Anders Behring Breivik] identified as his enemy the “cultural Marxists” who he said had destroyed Norway by using it as “a dumping ground for the surplus births of the third world”. Claiming Norwegians would be a minority in their own capital “within five years”, he blamed liberal politicians for bringing about Norway’s demise with “feminism, quotas … transforming the church, schools”.
The 69 people, many of them teenagers, who died on the island of Utøya when he opened fire on the youth camp of the ruling Labour party were “not innocent”, he claimed.
“They were not innocent, non-political children; these were young people who worked to actively uphold multicultural values. Many people had leading positions in the leading Labour party youth wing,” he said, going on to compare the Labour party’s youth wing (AUF) with the Hitler Youth.

    image: from Think Progress: 17 Years After Oklahoma City Bombing, Right-Wing Extremism Is Significant Domestic Terror Threat

    Political correctness is deadly: right-wing extremism is our biggest domestic terror threat

    As long as the media and average people pretend  that ‘both sides do it’ and decide that it’s okay for self-described ‘patriots’ to rabidly hate President Obama, Democrats, and the federal government — and as long as everyone continues to look the other way when right-wing attitudes manifest themselves publicly, in the form of open racism and / or violent rhetoric, we’ll be under threat as a society and a functioning country.

    Ask yourself if the fictional right-wing, Fox “News” created, tea party celebrated ‘creeping Sharia law’ is more of a threat to our country than the very real and ongoing use of the Republican Party’s Southern Strategy. Recall Sarah Palin’s creative ‘sniper rifle symbols’ on Democratic U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the aftermath. Think of Breitbart-protégé James O’Keefe and his ‘pimp costume’ and ACORN and the fictional Democratic voter fraud issue (as we’ve learned, Mitt Romney, the presumed GOP presidential candidate, actually committed voter fraud).

    Or look at the most recent example of our politically correct, both sides do it, national discourse:

    The ‘outrage’ for the right was something said by a CNN commentator about a candidate’s wife and was, in fact, entirely true. The ‘outrage’ for the left, which should be an outrage for the entire country, was a thinly-veiled threat against the life of our sitting president, for purposes of demonstrating the speaker’s Southern Strategy bona fides in front of an NRA crowd. With our history of political assassinations and attempted assassinations, should we ever take such rhetoric lightly?

    While you think about which outrage received the most national attention and why, you might also ask yourself how your silence on such matters not only contributes to the escalation of ignorance in our national discourse, but encourages some Beck- or Palin-inspired Manchurian candidate to prove his ‘Super Patriotism’ in the form of action. Sort of like this guy, who has been happily expressing his right-wing ideals in court all last week:

    [Anders Behring Breivik] identified as his enemy the “cultural Marxists” who he said had destroyed Norway by using it as “a dumping ground for the surplus births of the third world”. Claiming Norwegians would be a minority in their own capital “within five years”, he blamed liberal politicians for bringing about Norway’s demise with “feminism, quotas … transforming the church, schools”.

    The 69 people, many of them teenagers, who died on the island of Utøya when he opened fire on the youth camp of the ruling Labour party were “not innocent”, he claimed.

    “They were not innocent, non-political children; these were young people who worked to actively uphold multicultural values. Many people had leading positions in the leading Labour party youth wing,” he said, going on to compare the Labour party’s youth wing (AUF) with the Hitler Youth.

    — 1 year ago with 2 notes
    #death  #religion  #journalism  #never forget  #politics  #media  #wingnuts  #news  #America  #Anders Behring Breivik  #domestic terrorism  #Gabrielle Giffords  #glenn beck  #GOP  #ideologically motivated attacks  #islamic extremists  #lone wolves  #manchurian candidate  #norway  #oklahoma city bombing  #on the rise  #oslo  #President Obama  #Racism  #Republicans  #right wing extremism  #right wing extremists  #right-wing extremist  #safety of american citizens  #sarah palin 
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SOTU response — great speech!
Here is the transcript of President Obama’s SOTU, January 24, 2011. Count me among those who were very pleased with his speech — both the theme and the tone — and the direct refutations to the nutty attacks / arguments that have been coming from the rightwing in general and, specifically, from the Republican presidential candidates. I think our president speaks for most of us when he counters the GOP’s “class warfare” bullshit with what we’ve all been thinking:

Tax reform should follow the Buffett rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes…Now, you can call this class warfare all you want. But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense.
We don’t begrudge financial success in this country. We admire it. When Americans talk about folks like me paying my fair share of taxes, it’s not because they envy the rich. It’s because they understand that when I get tax breaks I don’t need and the country can’t afford, it either adds to the deficit, or somebody else has to make up the difference – like a senior on a fixed income; or a student trying to get through school; or a family trying to make ends meet. That’s not right. Americans know it’s not right.

Some other reactions…
John Boehner’s office sent this out — before the speech had ended:

“Because the president clearly cannot run on his record, he has regrettably turned to the politics of envy and division. The “Buffett Rule” is a gimmick. We need to cut spending, not impose tax hikes that would destroy jobs.”

And that will pretty much wrap up the commentary of the entire GOP for you.
John Cole says,

But most of all, every time I hear him speak, I am still aware of all the things I disagree with him on, but think “That is a good man doing what he thinks is best.” That is really all you can ask for from someone, because as far as I can tell, I’m the only one who agrees with me 100% of the time. And as you all know, if you give me a week, I’ll disagree with myself.
We really don’t deserve him. We really don’t.

Josh Marshall says,

Great idea for Mitt to release his tax returns today. True stroke of genius. Because who could have predicted President Obama would make the Buffett Rule a centerpiece of his speech?

Marshall also writes that the President’s SOTU was a point-by-point refutation of Mitt Romney.
Hunter at DailyKos says,

I thought this was a good speech by Obama, yes. The difficult question is whether any speech (or any behavior by Obama, period) can make any change in the behavior of the current Congress. I think the most obvious answer to that is ‘no’. As we saw during the speech, even things that one might expect to garner perfectly bipartisan support (tax breaks for businesses that hire Americans? C’mon!) got a very partisan response. The GOP is so committed to their scorched-earth policy that I don’t really see them dropping it at any point during the coming year.

And Jed Lewison adds,

$10,000 bet: Republicans attack Obama for saying he wants to create “new American jobs.” The “old” ones are just fine, they’ll say!

From Bob Cesca,

He pitched government as a great equalizer, as an engine to both strengthen the American economy but to also force the wealthiest among us to pay their fair share, while also urging corporate responsibility. The Justice Department, for example, has been tasked with investigating the mortgage lenders who helped to cause the crash. The address was so completely opposite of the Reagan mantra “government is the problem” and a reversal of the Clinton proclamation “the era of big government is over.” At long last, a return to the values that gave us our robust middle class and a solid manufacturing base in the post-war era.

And a great summary of what the Republicans looked like, from a Sullivan reader:

I love how the camera shots of individual Republicans’ reactions reflect a three-second delay in which they have to decide “Am I for it or against it?” Clap? Don’t clap? Stand? Don’t? Sneer or scowl? A thoroughly confused bunch. That’s the state of America. Leaders can’t support good ideas because it might give credit to a sworn political enemy. Pitiful.




That person is kinder that I am. To me most of the Republicans, and especially Boehner, looked like they were either 1) in physical pain, 2) drunk, or 3) auditioning for a hemorrhoid commercial.
And this! It chokes me up.

    SOTU response — great speech!

    Here is the transcript of President Obama’s SOTU, January 24, 2011. Count me among those who were very pleased with his speech — both the theme and the tone — and the direct refutations to the nutty attacks / arguments that have been coming from the rightwing in general and, specifically, from the Republican presidential candidates. I think our president speaks for most of us when he counters the GOP’s “class warfare” bullshit with what we’ve all been thinking:

    Tax reform should follow the Buffett rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes…Now, you can call this class warfare all you want. But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense.

    We don’t begrudge financial success in this country. We admire it. When Americans talk about folks like me paying my fair share of taxes, it’s not because they envy the rich. It’s because they understand that when I get tax breaks I don’t need and the country can’t afford, it either adds to the deficit, or somebody else has to make up the difference – like a senior on a fixed income; or a student trying to get through school; or a family trying to make ends meet. That’s not right. Americans know it’s not right.

    Some other reactions…

    John Boehner’s office sent this out — before the speech had ended:

    “Because the president clearly cannot run on his record, he has regrettably turned to the politics of envy and division. The “Buffett Rule” is a gimmick. We need to cut spending, not impose tax hikes that would destroy jobs.”

    And that will pretty much wrap up the commentary of the entire GOP for you.

    John Cole says,

    But most of all, every time I hear him speak, I am still aware of all the things I disagree with him on, but think “That is a good man doing what he thinks is best.” That is really all you can ask for from someone, because as far as I can tell, I’m the only one who agrees with me 100% of the time. And as you all know, if you give me a week, I’ll disagree with myself.

    We really don’t deserve him. We really don’t.

    Josh Marshall says,

    Great idea for Mitt to release his tax returns today. True stroke of genius. Because who could have predicted President Obama would make the Buffett Rule a centerpiece of his speech?

    Marshall also writes that the President’s SOTU was a point-by-point refutation of Mitt Romney.

    Hunter at DailyKos says,

    I thought this was a good speech by Obama, yes. The difficult question is whether any speech (or any behavior by Obama, period) can make any change in the behavior of the current Congress. I think the most obvious answer to that is ‘no’. As we saw during the speech, even things that one might expect to garner perfectly bipartisan support (tax breaks for businesses that hire Americans? C’mon!) got a very partisan response. The GOP is so committed to their scorched-earth policy that I don’t really see them dropping it at any point during the coming year.

    And Jed Lewison adds,

    $10,000 bet: Republicans attack Obama for saying he wants to create “new American jobs.” The “old” ones are just fine, they’ll say!

    From Bob Cesca,

    He pitched government as a great equalizer, as an engine to both strengthen the American economy but to also force the wealthiest among us to pay their fair share, while also urging corporate responsibility. The Justice Department, for example, has been tasked with investigating the mortgage lenders who helped to cause the crash. The address was so completely opposite of the Reagan mantra “government is the problem” and a reversal of the Clinton proclamation “the era of big government is over.” At long last, a return to the values that gave us our robust middle class and a solid manufacturing base in the post-war era.

    And a great summary of what the Republicans looked like, from a Sullivan reader:

    I love how the camera shots of individual Republicans’ reactions reflect a three-second delay in which they have to decide “Am I for it or against it?” Clap? Don’t clap? Stand? Don’t? Sneer or scowl? A thoroughly confused bunch. That’s the state of America. Leaders can’t support good ideas because it might give credit to a sworn political enemy. Pitiful.

    That person is kinder that I am. To me most of the Republicans, and especially Boehner, looked like they were either 1) in physical pain, 2) drunk, or 3) auditioning for a hemorrhoid commercial.

    And this! It chokes me up.

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #news  #opinion  #politics  #1/24/12  #Democrats  #Gabrielle Giffords  #great speech  #populist tone  #President Obama  #Republicans  #sotu  #state of the union 
    "Every day, she gets a little bit better and the neuro-surgeons and neurologists tell me that’s a great sign, the slope of that curve is very important."
    — 3 years ago with 11 notes
    #tucson  #rehabilitation  #mark kelly  #gabri  #Gabrielle Giffords 
    God is a member of the NRA. Obviously. →

    TBogg on Palin’s address to the Safari Club Int’l crowd in Las Vegas:

    For God so loved America that He allowed Americans to upgrade the lowly muzzle-loading musket with laser sights and pistol grips and cop-killing bullets and extended clips because, if man is truly going to evolve, he needs enough precision rapid-fire stopping power to weed out the weak… and possibly a few onlookers who aren’t quick enough to take cover. Natural selection, y’all. Now if you didn’t already know all of this, Sarah Palin (who, as a shooter, couldn’t hit water if she fell out of a boat) is here to remind us that God would be very unhappy with us if we screwed up and maybe start restricting the availability of cheap high-powered easily obtainable weaponry:

    Read the rest »

    — 3 years ago
    #Republican Party  #Tea Party  #safari club international  #politics  #America  #exceptional  #Gabrielle Giffords  #God  #guns  #Jesus  #national rifle association  #NRA  #sarah palin  #second amendment  #tucson 
    "In a statement to TPM, Clear Channel, which also manages the  billboard, said the ad "used the common expression ‘straight shooter’ to  describe Mr. Limbaugh’s candid and direct style." The company also said  explicitly that it was KNST’s promotion department that created the ad,  not Limbaugh’s show. But after Saturday, company management decided it  might not be such a good idea to keep the ad up.
"Clear Channel Outdoor management in Tucson quickly elected to take  down this ad - believing that discussion of its interpretation would not  contribute to the desire for healing in the Tucson community," Clear  Channel said"
Clear Channel Yanks ‘Straight Shooter’ Limbaugh Ad In Tucson

    "In a statement to TPM, Clear Channel, which also manages the billboard, said the ad "used the common expression ‘straight shooter’ to describe Mr. Limbaugh’s candid and direct style." The company also said explicitly that it was KNST’s promotion department that created the ad, not Limbaugh’s show. But after Saturday, company management decided it might not be such a good idea to keep the ad up.

    "Clear Channel Outdoor management in Tucson quickly elected to take down this ad - believing that discussion of its interpretation would not contribute to the desire for healing in the Tucson community," Clear Channel said"

    Clear Channel Yanks ‘Straight Shooter’ Limbaugh Ad In Tucson

    — 3 years ago
    #clear channel  #rush limbaugh  #straight shooter billboard  #taken down  #tucson  #gabrielle giffords  #KNST  #oxylimbaugh 
    AZ Republicans Resign After Giffords Shooting, Citing Threats From Local Tea Partiers

    Instead of saying “both sides do it,” it may be more correct to say that the Tea Party does it to “both sides:”

    Think Progress:

    Just hours after 22-year-old gunman Jared Loughner launched a shooting spree at a Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) constituent event in Tucson on Saturday that left six dead and 14 wounded, Legislative District chairman Anthony Miller, a Republican, announced that he would resign his position. In an email to the state’s GOP chair, Miller cited “constant verbal attacks” after his election last year “and Internet blog posts by some local members with Tea Party ties made him worry about his family’s safety.”

    […] The newly-elected Dist. 20 Republican secretary, Sophia Johnson of Ahwatukee, first vice chairman Roger Dickinson of Tempe and Jeff Kolb, the former district spokesman from Ahwatukee, also quit.

    — 3 years ago
    #tea party  #violent rhetoric  #extreme rhetoric  #threats  #politics  #political  #republicans  #gop  #arizona  #gabrielle giffords  #tucson  #teabaggers 
    Tea Party Group Blames 'Leftist' for Giffords Shooting →

    Showing no sign of tamping down on divisive political rhetoric in the wake of the shooting of 20 people that left six dead in Tuscon Saturday, the Tea Party Nation group e-mailed its members Sunday warning them they would be called upon to fight leftists in the days ahead and defend their movement.

    […] “The hard left is going to try and silence the Tea Party movement by blaming us for this,” [TPN founder Judson Phillips] wrote. Clinton used the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing to “blame conservative talk radio, especially Rush Limbaugh” and “The tactic worked then, backing conservatives off and possibly helping to ensure a second Clinton term.”

    — 3 years ago with 2 notes
    #arizona  #gabrielle giffords  #jared loughner  #leftists  #shooting  #tea party  #Judson Phillips  #teaparty nation 
    "U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Arizona Public Media reported Saturday… At least five other people, including members of her staff, were hurt. Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. Her condition was not immediately known."
    — 3 years ago with 1 note
    #sarah palin  #palin's target list  #health care law supporters  #arizona  #gabrielle giffords  #democrat  #shooting  #6 shot  #gunman  #saturday  #tucson  #townhall