Friday, March 16, 2007

Real-world bigot

TBogg this morning treated us to a sampling of the Dan Riehl brand of humor:
Oh my God! Matt Ortega is ringing the taco bell at HuffPo because he busted Duncan Hunter and Nathan Tabor ... not!

... As for Ortega, when you have to look to Sadly, No! for back up, maybe you should stand down, or learn to read and comprehend the news. And while we're talking Ortega, I have another question, too. Were his parents illegal immigrants?

I figure if it's good enough for CNN to ask the Attorney General, I may as well run the question by Ortega, too.

What a freaking weasel, this Ortega. And a water boy, too.

Har de har har. Didja catch that? Huh? Wink wink nudge nudge:
"ringing the taco bell"

"learn to read and comprehend the news"

"Were his parents illegal immigrants?"

"a water boy"

Now, Matt Ortega himself is nice and civil about all this. He responds to the argument on its ostensible merits:
Shorter Dan Riehl:

Matt Ortega, whose parents may or may not be legal, is completely wrong to say that Nathan Tabor should inform his readers that he works for Duncan Hunter, because the natural reaction of any Tabor reader would be, "Hmm, I wonder if this guy works for Duncan Hunter. I'll Google it and find out."

To which I would only add one word:

One has to ask: Why exactly would Riehl wonder whether Ortega's parents are illegal immigrants? Why exactly would his post be littered with odd references to illiterate taco-eating water boys?

Duh! Because of his last name, of course. You'd have to be pretty stupid not to get that.

But then, that's the game they like to play: Couch it in little code words so that people know what you mean, but you can always play dumb and claim that, why, mercy, never did they intend to indulge in racial stereotypes for the mere purpose of making your target out to be a bad person.

Well, fuck that shit. We're all grown-ups here. We all know the game that Riehl is playing here. He can only come up with a paper-thin argument to counter Ortega's point, so the rest of the post is devoted to questioning his parentage.

Now just to be clear, because Riehl is playing the dumbass Fox-style equivalency game wherein asking Ortega about his parents is fair game because Wolf Blitzer asked it of Alberto Gonzales, the familial background of the attorney general is actually pretty well known and a natural question for any interviewer. It's right there in Gonzales' Wikipedia entry:
Gonzales was born in San Antonio, Texas, and raised in Humble, near Houston. He was the second of eight children born to Pablos and Maria Gonzales. His father, who died in 1982, was a construction worker. Both his parents were children of immigrants from Mexico with less than a high-school education themselves; in the midst of a national debate in the US about immigration from Mexico, Gonzales told Wolf Blitzer on CNN that no immigration documentation exists for three of his grandparents and they may have entered and resided in the United States illegally ([2]).

On the other hand, there is nothing in Ortega's background available to the general public that would raise the question of whether his parents were legal immigrants or not.

I point this out because I have known any number of Hispanic Americans whose familial background regarding American citizenship extends back to the colonial Southwest -- longer and much deeper than my own roots (which actually extend only to the early 20th century on my father's side, and the mid-19th century Mormon emigration on my mother's). Lord only knows how deep Riehl's roots run.

In any event, I learned long ago not to assume that a Latin name indicated recent emigration. I wonder why Dan Riehl never learned that either.

Especially because, in this instance, he seems to have screwed up big time.

I wrote Matt Ortega and inquired about his familial background. He replied that his family originates several generations back in New Mexico (he is related to the subject of this article) and his immediate family has been in California for a couple of generations.

Matt Ortega shouldn't have to defend his family background, because there's no reason for anyone to question it -- unless, of course, one is intent on scoring cheap theatrical points by whipping up ugly racial stereotypes.

Riehl can play footsie with this kind of bigotry all he likes. But he shouldn't expect not to get called on it, either.

Smart pickins, Dave

-- by Dave

So far, Republican Rep. Dave Reichert -- unlike his eastern Washington colleague, 'Doc' Hastings -- has managed to stay out of the national scandal that has erupted, in part, over the firing of the Seattle-based U.S. Attorney, John McKay, dismissed in a White House-based purge of ten "disloyals" who failed to do the Republican Party's bidding in manipulating "vote fraud" cases. There are no indications yet of interference from Reichert's office, as there was from Hastings'.

But Reichert has, in fact, become the default Republican in charge of offering nominees to replace McKay, and according to a Seattle Times report, he's picked three names: Interim U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Sullivan, former Republican congressman Rick White, and corporate attorney Michael Vaska.

But as Goldy at Horses Ass reports, one of the three -- White -- isn't really qualified to be a U.S. Attorney, since he's never been a prosecutor. Moreover, as one of Goldy's commenters notes, he currently isn't even qualified to practice law in Washington state:
I just spoke with the Clerk’s Office of the Supreme Court of Washington. Richard Alan White, WSBA # 13683, was suspended from the practice of law by order of the Supreme Court of Washington on August 12, 2003. The case number in the Supreme Court of Washington is 2000312. When I search this case number on the Washington State Courts records website, the Event Description says “Disciplinary Action” ...

... This “Disciplinary Action” case apparently involved several attorneys, since there are different cases for orders reinstated many of these attorneys to the practice of law (or at least un-suspending them, as the case may be).

The Clerk's Office also informs me that Mr. White's suspension was terminated by Supreme Court order on August 15, 2006, after slightly over three years of being suspended. However, Mr. White was not readmitted to the practice of law (i.e. "Active" status), but rather placed on "Inactive" status, which means that he cannot practice law at the present time, but is eligible to apply to the Supreme Court to be reinstated to the practice of law in the future.

I wonder if Rick White's going to be applying for reinstatement soon. But it won't be soon enough to save Dave Reichert some embarrassment over his spectacular inability to select appropriate candidates.

At this point, Reichert ought to step back, do the right and honorable thing, and resubmit one name to the White House for western Washington's U.S. Attorney: John McKay.

But then, as with McKay, that wouldn't be the loyal thing to do in the eyes of this White House. And for Reichert, well, we already have a pretty good idea what tops his priority list. After himself, that is.

Incidentally, Rick White's former district, the Washington 1st, had been Republican for some time but gradually trended more of a swing district. Finally, in '98, voters decided they'd had enough of White's incompetence and replaced him with the superb Jay Inslee, who has been a stellar performer ever since. These days, Washington's 8th -- Reichert's district -- is looking an awful lot like White's.

UPDATE: Goldy is also calling for McKay's name to be resubmitted, though as Tlazolteotl points out, McKay now has a nice Seattle U. teaching position and has said he wouldn't be interested.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The right and terrorism

I wonder when conservatives are going to quit making plain to everybody else on the planet just whose side they're really on when it comes to the "war on terror"?

You'd think someone would have noticed this back when Dinesh D'Souza wrote an entire book describing the American right's values as essentially more attuned to those of Islamic fundamentalists than their fellow Americans.

More recently, there was Ann Coulter "joking" that she could "understand" murderous domestic terrorists:
"Those few abortionists were shot, or, depending on your point of view, had a procedure with a rifle performed on them. I'm not justifying it, but I do understand how it happened.... The number of deaths attributed to Roe v. Wade about 40 million aborted babies and seven abortion clinic workers; 40 million to seven is also a pretty good measure of how the political debate is going."

Of course, this isn't the first time that Coulter, like others on the right, has "joked" about her warm and fuzzy feelings about right-wing domestic terrorists:
"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building."

No one seems to have noticed that, among the premises underpinning this "joke," was the understanding that McVeigh was on Coulter's side -- and in effect speaking for her through action. Ah well. Guess we were too busy laughing uproariously.

And now we have Outer Wingnuttia -- aka the right-wing blogosphere -- giving voice to their wish that Al Qaeda had carried out its reported plans to assassinate Jimmy Carter, as Glenn Greenwald explains:
Michelle Malkin's Hot Air expressed this confusion: "[Mohammed] confessed to 29 plots in all, including the Richard Reid shoebomb plot and planned assassinations of the pope and . . . Jimmy Carter?" These extremists come to believe their twisted rhetoric that Democrats are on the side of Al Qaeda and so they literally can't understand why Mohammed would want to assassinate his own allies like President Carter.

But commenters at Little Green Footballs have not only expressed surprise, but outright support, for Mohammed's assassination plot against a former U.S. President. They are out in droves expressing sorrow that Al Qaeda did not have the opportunity to carry out its plot.

It's become more than apparent that the nutcases who increasingly are becoming the voice of American conservatism have a special, er, "understanding" when it comes to terrorism: If it helps their side, it's good. And sometimes even when it's bad, it's good.

That might help explain why figures like Malkin so readily dismissed any kind of culpability in the most recent instance of right-wing domestic terrorism -- Chad Castagana, the mouth frother churned up by Coulter, Malkin, et. al., who sent packages of fake anthrax to a number of leading liberal figures. Not only was Castagana's a clear-cut case of piggybacking from another right-wing terror attack (namely, the 2001 anthrax killer), but it became evident from examining the available info that either Castagana was more active than his indictment indicated, or there were more of these characters out there.

Well, today we got a definitive answer: there are indeed more of these characters out there.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Mar 15, 2007 (AP)— The campaign headquarters of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards reopened Thursday after authorities determined the white substance found in an envelope wasn't dangerous, campaign officials said.

Edwards said a letter in the envelope contained "some negative comments" and powder spilled out of the envelope, but he didn't elaborate on what the letter said or its possible source.

I'm looking forward to hearing someone like Coulter or Rush Limbaugh explain how they "understand" why someone would target liberals like Edwards. After all, as Coulter once said, we should "appreciate the benefits of local fascism." Especially when it comes to "faggots."

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The torchlight brigade

-- by Dave

You may recall the bogus Lincoln quote that was floating about on the right a few weeks ago, tailor-made for promoting the conservative movement's rising eliminationist theme arguing that liberals are traitors:
"Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs, and should be arrested, exiled or hanged."

One of the purveyors of this hoax was Frank Gaffney, who led off a column discussing Democrats' attempts to rein in Bush's Iraq misadventure with it. The error remains uncorrected at TownHall, unsurprisingly, though the Washington Times, where the column also ran, did run a correction.

Moreover, Gaffney penned a followup column at the Times, wherein he provides some thin justification for characterizing Lincoln's position thus. Of course, it conveniently overlooks Lincoln's own record as a congressman, including his fiery opposition to the Mexican-American War.

Moreover, it takes that gigantic leap that transforms normative, principled and appropriate dissent into an actual effort to harm American troops and cause their deaths, as well as to undermine the military's morale:
Such behavior is even more intolerable when compounded by today's "agitators" demeaning the troops they profess to support -- notably, by comparing them to Nazis, terrorists, rapists and the killing fields -- and threatening to deny them (through one device or another) the means required to accomplish their mission. In the offing are new legislative initiatives aimed at limiting the authority given to the president in 2002 to achieve Iraq's liberation and tying his hands with respect to the growing threat from Iran -- even that the regime in Tehran is currently posing to our troops fighting next door in Iraq.

These critics, particularly members of Congress, must be held accountable for such destructive dissent. Our enemies believe their strategy for achieving a political victory by wearing down the United States is succeeding. They are redoubling their efforts as they perceive the rising power of irresponsible anti-war "agitators."

When, exactly, have members of Congress "demeaned" the troops the way that Gaffney describes? Ah, but of course! The notorious Dick Durbin remarks that provided the pretext for an earlier round of eliminationist liberal-bashing.

Reality check: Durbin's remarks were leveled solely at the perpetrators of the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo torture atrocities -- not "the troops" generically. Apparently, criticizing such atrocities is now, by the Gaffney Standard, identical to attacking all the troops.

Well, in any event, Gaffney continues to identify the Democrats' efforts to bring the Iraq misadventure to a close with those Civil War-era, pro-Confederate operatives who were openly working to get Union troops to desert. A couple of weeks ago, on Feb. 21, he went on Lars Larson's radio talk show out of Portland and talked about it some more.

Mike Stark called in and chatted Gaffney up about it. Gaffney explained that in the actual Lincoln observations, from June of 1863, "he talks about, you know, 'It is not only constitutional to silence the agitators, but it is a mercy.'":
Gaffney: It's a very hard line. And I'm afraid that if we wind up losing Iraq, and we wind up facing the consequences that I've forecast from that, I'm afraid there are going to be a lot of people who will want to silence those who agitated for our defeat.

Caller: Should they be executed?

Gaffney: I don't think so, but there may be people who feel that way, if the repercussions of these actions -- these really irresponsible actions -- to the extent that the repercussions of these reprehensible actions, dividing us in the face of the enemy, and leading to our defeat, translate into the large loss of American lives, I'm sure there are going to be people who are going to be upset to the point of saying, these people betrayed us.

Gaffney goes on to say that he's not particularly hoping for such an outcome -- "that would be a dark day for this nation" -- but that antiwar liberals need to be aware that such consequences may lay in store for them.

Demurring of this sort is meaningless, of course, because the very people who might act out in this fashion are the same people who will hear such discussions, similar to Ann Coulter's ability to "understand" why some people might want to shoot abortion providers, as permission to do so. Gaffney's denials that he's promoting such views are just so much winking and nudging.

[You'll also want to note that Mike has included Larson's off-air conversation with Gaffney, in which Larson reveals that Bill O'Reilly won't fly commercial. Some man of the people.]

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Just What The Doctor Ordered

By Sara

Salon's top story yesterday dug another layer off the shameful treatment of wounded American troops -- this time, a special inspection at Fort Benning that was clearly aimed at downgrading injuries in order to send disabled and crippled soldiers back to the front, some for the third time around.

According to Mark Benjamin's story, two doctors came in the week before last and did a one-day special inspection of 75 soldiers, unilaterally declaring them fit for combat, often directly contradicting full files containing years of documentation that said otherwise. As a result, among those who returned to Iraq last week were a 20-year female veteran with a blown disk who was limited to carrying 15 pounds, and enjoined from wearing a helmet because her neck couldn't take the strain; a soldier with three fused vertebrae who lives on a heavy dose of pain pills; and another male soldier who suffers from such severe sleep apnea and narcolepsy that he's not allowed to drive, and must use a CPAP -- a breathing support machine that requires electricity to run -- in order to sleep. (And what's his job in Baghdad this week? Guess.)

Given the interest in military medical issues since Dana Priest broke the story of Walter Reed's now-notorious Building 18 two weeks ago, it's not unreasonable to hope this latest atrocity will spark some fast action in Congress and the Pentagon.

It also brought to mind a personal anecdote I heard last year from a fellow American expat who shared a table with me at dinner on the BC ferry Queen of Oak Bay, on a long evening's cruise between Nanaimo and Vancouver. His story is a wry reminder that, when dealing with the military, what's in the medical records can cut all kinds of ways.

In 1964, my acquaintance said, he entered a certain large state university system with the intention of becoming an English teacher. In the spring of his freshman year, during a routine visit to Student Health, the doctor casually asked him how long he'd had that cough.

"Cough? Yeah, I guess I've got a little one. I had a cold last week. It's about over, though."

"You short of breath?"

"Sometimes. Nothing serious, though."

The doctor ordered him to breathe deeply, listened, and scowled. "I think it's serious. I think you’ve got asthma. Here -- let me give you this prescription. Take it easy with the exercise, and I want to see you back here in three months."

My friend dutifully filled the prescription, forgot to take the drug (he didn't think he needed it, really), and spent the summer doing construction work and surfing (so much for "taking it easy") -- though he did manage to return in the fall for the follow-up appointment. The doctor poked and prodded and listened, and asked a few questions almost as an afterthought.

"Still a bit of a wheeze. I'm going to keep you on that prescription. Be sure you take it, and I want to see you again next semester."

This little ballet went on for the next three years, as my acquaintance moved on toward graduation. The doctor would toss off a few questions, listen a minute, renew the scrip, and insist he return in a few months' time. My friend knew he didn't have asthma, and usually tossed the Rx on his way out the door. But he humored the doctor, and played along. The guy seemed well-meaning enough; and he was good with the guy's various sports injuries, despite his odd obsession with that asthma thing. Whatever.

And then came graduation day -- and, a few weeks later, a summons from his draft board. It was 1968 now, a bad time to be drafted, and my friend was looking around for anything that might get him a pass. But his little fakes and feints failed eventually; and, by and by, he finally got called in for his physical.

To his horror, it went very, very well. He went down the line and passed every test -- and why not, since he was a robust 22-year-old who'd surfed and hiked his way through college. He was getting resigned to the inevitability of his fate by the time he got put in front of a doctor who asked him a few generic questions about his medical history.

"Tuberculosis? Venereal disease? Hernia?"

No. No. No.

"How about asthma?"


"Yeah. You ever been diagnosed with asthma?"

You give people 4-Fs for asthma?

"Yep. Can't send you into the swamps if you've got it. Do you?"

And, all of a sudden, the real intent behind those four years of weird, cryptic, apparently pointless conversations with that doctor at Student Health snapped into full focus in my friend's head….

"Yeah, asthma! Got it bad. Had to take medication for it all through college…it's in my records."

He was given a pass, and shown the door. The draft board never called back.

My acquaintance chuckled at the memory. "I've always wondered how many hundreds of kids got medical deferments because of that one doctor, sitting there in a Student Health clinic, quietly and deliberately creating these little paper trails without us even knowing it," he grinned. "He wasn't the kind of guy you'd have seen out on the plaza protesting -- but he sure did his part to gum up the works of the war machine in his little corner of the world."

In an era when the military is so desperate that people who are living on pain meds, who can't sustain the weight of a helmet on their heads, who can't even drive, are being sent back to the front anyway, mere asthma probably wouldn't be enough to keep an inductee out of the ranks any more. But if the doctors who did these absurd "compliance reviews" at Fort Benning are called to account -- and these worn-out soldiers are brought home for good -- it'll be because those doctors ignored what was in their files. The paper trail is everything. And the sooner you start building your case, the stronger it will be when you need to argue it.

It's something to think about, anyway.

And, by the way -- how long have you had that cough?

Monday, March 12, 2007

Eliminationism in America: Appendix

To supplement the recent series on eliminationism, I've compiled herein a selection of eliminationist rhetoric documented at this site since 2003. Some of the original links have disappeared, in which event I've simply linked to the original Orcinus post.

They are arranged by categories of eliminationism, namely: Expressing a desire or a demand for extermination, removal, or infliction of harm; identification of opponents with national enemies; identification of opponents as a target for retaliation or incarceration; expressing a desire for or approval of genocide or murder; identification with vermin or disease. Some of these overlap, and in some instances they reflected all of the above.

A: Expressing a desire or a demand for extermination, removal, or infliction of harm

Rush Limbaugh: "I tell people don’t kill all the liberals. Leave enough so we can have two on every campus -- living fossils -- so we will never forget what these people stood for."

Stop the ACLU [post since removed]:

Rope + Tree + ACLU Lawyer = Pinata

Ann Coulter: "I think our motto should be, post-9-11: 'Raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences.'"

Ann Coulter: "We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens' creme brulee. ... That's just a joke, for you in the media."

"This free speech thing is a canard. ... How about not letting traitors teach at universities? Yes, I realize I've just proposed firing the entire Harvard faculty. These institutions can be shaken -- look at Dan Rather. He's out. Or, as I look at it, one down, two to go. We're going to need a much bigger trophy case for all these stuffed heads."

"Some liberals have become even too crazy for Texas to execute, which is a damn shame. They're always saying -- we're oppressed, we're oppressed so let's do it. Let's oppress them."

Rush Limbaugh:

[Quoting from an AP report] "Aljazeera has broadcasted an insurgent video today, shows four peace activists taken hostage in Iraq, with a previously unknown group claiming responsibility for the kidnappings. The unknown group is the Swords of Righteousness Brigade, and they said the four were spies working undercover as Christian peace activists, according to Aljazeera. Aljazeera said that it could not verify any of the information on the tape. The aid group Christian Peacemaker Teams has confirmed that four of its members were taken hostage on Saturday...."

[P]art of me that likes this. And some of you might say, "Rush, that's horrible. Peace activists taken hostage." Well, here's why I like it. I like any time a bunch of leftist feel-good hand-wringers are shown reality. So here we have these peace activists over there. I don't care if they're Christian or not.


Yeah, as warped as these people are, you know they're going to blame Bush for this... They wouldn't have been kidnapped because they wouldn't have been there in the first place if Bush hadn't gone and caused the war and created all these terrorists. I mean, these people are liberals, they're warped. Well, I mean, that's why there's -- I'm telling you, folks, there's a part of me that likes this. Probably, even with this, though, you know, they're not going to see the light of day. They're not going to -- I know, let them take me out of context. I don't care anymore.

Melanie Morgan: "I would have no problem with [New York Times editor Bill Keller] being sent to the gas chamber."

Melanie Morgan: "A great deal of good could be done by arresting Bill Keller having him lined up against the wall and shot."

Lee Rogers: "[T]he day will come when unpleasant things are going to happen to a bunch of stupid liberals and it's going to be very amusing to watch."

"The Political Insight":

Let's start with the following New York Times reporters and editors: Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger Jr. , Bill Keller, Eric Lichtblau, and James Risen. Do you have an idea where they live?

Go hunt them down and do America a favor. Get their photo, street address, where their kids go to school, anything you can dig up, and send it to the link above. This is your chance to be famous -- grab for the golden ring.

RedState contributor "Thomas Crown":

I repeat: Should the entire American Left fall over dead tomorrow, I would rejoice, and order pizza to celebrate. They are not my countrymen; they are animals who happen to walk upright and make noises that approximate speech. They are below human. I look forward to seeing each and every one in Hell.

Ann Coulter:

LINDA VESTER (host): You say you'd rather not talk to liberals at all?

COULTER: I think a baseball bat is the most effective way these days.

Bill O'Reilly

Hey, you know, if you want to ban military recruiting, fine, but I'm not going to give you another nickel of federal money. You know, if I'm the president of the United States, I walk right into Union Square, I set up my little presidential podium, and I say, "Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you're not going to get another nickel in federal funds. Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead."

And if Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.

Dean Franks:

I'll make a deal with the Left: You wanna impeach President Bush? Go ahead. Knock yourself out. In fact, let's just go to the polls and turn the whole government over to the Democrats. You wanna run the whole show? Fine. Elect Howard Dean President. End all surveillance against possible enemy combatants, unless you can get a warrant based on probable cause. Withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan immediately. Permanently kill the PATRIOT Act. Do whatever you want to do. I'm perfectly willing, at this point, to do it your way.

I mean, really, what's the worst that can happen? An American city goes up in nuclear fire? Well, it’ll probably be New York, Chicago, or LA. You know, a major city. I don't live there, nor do most Americans. So we'll be fine.

But here's the other half of the deal: If that happens, we get to march on Washington, drag you naked and screaming from your offices, and hang you from the ornate lampposts that line The Mall. Then, free from roadblocks thrown up by infantile political fools, maybe we'll get serious about defending the United States, her people, her freedoms, and her values, in an increasingly hostile world.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin:

I am absolutely convinced that God is far from finished with the story of the United States of America. ... First of all, [there's] the matter of the little battle that must be fought, just as it was in the 19th century." There were, and are, "two incompatible moral visions for this country. We had to settle it then. We're going to have to settle it now. I hope not with blood, not with guns, but we're going to have to settle it nonetheless. The good news is that I think our side is finally ready to settle it. Roll up its sleeves, take off its jacket, and get a little bloody. Spill a little blood. We'll settle it. And we'll win. And then there's no holding us back.

Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev.:

While praising the efforts of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gibbons accused liberals, movie stars and song makers of "trying to divide this country."

"I say we tell those liberal, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, hippie, tie-dyed liberals to go make their movies and their music and whine somewhere else," he told the crowd, according to the Elko Daily Free Press.

He then said it was "too damn bad we didn't buy them a ticket" to become human shields in Iraq.

His comments came a week after he apologized for calling those who oppose corporate donations for President Bush's inaugural parties "communists."

Ann Coulter:

"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building."

"We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed too."

"They are either traitors or idiots, and on the matter of America’s self-preservation, the difference is irrelevant. Fifty years of treason hasn’t slowed them down."

"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."

"God said ... rape the planet -- it's yours. That's our job: drilling, mining and striping. Sweaters are the anti-Biblical view. Big gas-guzzling cars with phones and CD players and wet bars -- that's the Biblical view."

"I have to say I'm all for public flogging."

"I think [women] should be armed but should not [be allowed to] vote."

"Liberals hate America, they hate flag-wavers, they hate abortion opponents, they hate all religions except Islam, post 9/11. Even Islamic terrorists don't hate America like liberals do. They don't have the energy. If they had that much energy, they'd have indoor plumbing by now."

"My libertarian friends are probably getting a little upset now but I think that's because they never appreciate the benefits of local fascism."

"In this recurring nightmare of a presidency, we have a national debate about whether he [Clinton] 'did it,' even though all sentient people know he did. Otherwise there would be debates only about whether to impeach or assassinate."

Daniel Kish, a senior adviser to Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Calif., in an email:

"Connecticut should have its statehood taken away from it. The foolishness of its pampered residents should be demonstrated to others by a government program to bulldoze the entire state, salt the land and construct a windfarm to supply NYC with electricity. And its residents should be relocated to Guantanamo Bay where they can take a number behind the 3 who hung themselves this weekend, since they seem so intent on suicide."

Joe M. Richardson, letter to Editor and Publisher:

The duped soldier should be put at the very front of the action, no armor. The cooperating sergeant's career should be over and maybe become MIA. Pitts and all his cronies should be executed as traitors. We are fighting a war, the debate is over, you’re either for us or against us, there is no middle ground. I say start executing the leftists in our country, soon.

E-mail to Colorado Rep. Terrance Carroll:

You are so SOOOO lucky lynching and the firing squad for treason aren't available punishments anymore . . . I'd vote you in, in a heartbeat . . . "

"Enjoy Hell, Yellow Belly," the e-mail continued. "It takes a patriotic man to represent his country, and Sir, you are neither patriotic . . . nor a man."

Rep. Peter King:

And Joe Wilson has no right to complain. And I think people like Tim Russert and the others, who gave this guy such a free ride and all the media, they're the ones to be shot, not Karl Rove.

Derik L. Jobe,
in a letter to the editor:

I am a United States sailor. I have chosen to defend my country and the freedom some take for granted.

I love my country, my family, my freedom. Only by the blood which was shed by the service members before me did we receive this freedom.

There are some, though, who do not appreciate this freedom. I call these people traitors; they call themselves protesters. They are nothing more than an infectious disease that infests the minds and hearts of the Americans we are defending. It consumes the honor and courage within its host until it kills the very patriotism that made this country.

There is no cure for this disease. Never will everyone be satisfied. But let it be known what this guardian of America's freedom thinks of these protesters: Traitors should be hanged. I hold our enemies in higher standing. At least they are willing to fight for their beliefs and the country they love.

Sonar Technician
Derik L.Jobe
U.S. Navy

Mark Byron:

A paramilitary organization calling itself the Christian Liberation Front changed the balance of power in Washington by a pair of brutal attacks this afternoon. A force estimated at about 200 CLF commandos stormed the Supreme Court building, killing 35 people, including five Supreme Court Justices. At the same time, a contingent of 1,000 CLF paramilitaries attacked the Hart Senate Office Building, where a Senate Democratic Caucus meeting was being held. Approximately 50 people were killed in the attack. Once the commandos had seized the building, they systematically killed Democratic senators from states with Republican governors.

Bill O'Reilly:

Where does George Soros have all his money? Do you know? Do you know where George Soros, the big left-wing loon who's financing all these smear [web]sites, do you know where his money is? Curaçao. Curaçao. They ought to hang this Soros guy.


So what do we do with these idiots who annoy us?

Mass slaughter you say?

No, though we can easily do that, we need to find solution more tolerant, such as showing them the errors of their ways. …

Carefully Explain the Errors in Their Logic: They think Bush is like Hitler, so show them the difference. Have them wear a sign in front of the Whitehouse saying, "I hate the government." and then have them wear the same sign in some country like Syria. Maybe they'll understand the difference in the moments before death.

"Sock" Sokolowski, to Stephanie Miller:

As with Cindy Sheehan the best thing that could happen to you would be seeing some WONDERFUL activist sticking an AK-47 up your Glory Holes and sending you into eternity. But this is not a threat as I am a paci-fist preferring to confront dumb fucks like you two with words rather than violence. But I would gather my 1st amendment rights permit me to HOPE (!) and PRAY (!) that someone decides you're better off as statistics. Honestly, should I hear of either you leaving this earth prematurely I would initiate a personal celebration that would make Animal House appear to be just another quiet Sunday in church.

... Therefore, I trust the both of you mother fuckers will continue to show yourselves on TV shows, exposure to more and more people, as GUARANTEED your words will someday possibly accelerate your demise again not on my hand but by someone who believes in such finalizing action. ... Would love to celebrate and would for days one end as I always would and will when still another America HATER meets his/her maker.

Letter to Al Neuharth after his criticism of the war:

The Patriot Act will put both of you (Neuharth and Greg Mitchell) on trial for treason and convict and execute both of you as traitors for running these stories in a time of war and it should be done on TV for other communist traitors like you two to know we mean business. This is war and you should be put in prison NOW for talking like this. Who the hell do you people think you are? You give aid and comfort to our enemies and aid them in murdering our proud soldiers. You people are a disgrace to America. Your families should be put in prison with you, then be made to leave and move to the Middle East ...This is a great Christian nation and god wants us to lead the world out of darkness with great leaders like President George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Communists like Al and Greg will soon be in prison and on death row for your ugly papers. We won the election and now you are mad. We own America and all the rights, you people are trash, go back to Russia and Africa and take your friends with before we put you on death row after a fair trial.

Commenter at 'Shot in the Dark':

The only "common ground" we'll ever find with the blue state scum is the battleground, when we finally cut the shit and put all the enemies of this nation to the pike. It can not come too soon.

... Have fun spending your vast wealth when you are dead. Other countries will be happy to sell you potash and soybeans. But you'll all be dead, so they might balk at the terms.

"J. Baker, Phoenix":

You people are utterly useless to humanity and wholly better off dead, burning in eternal damnation.

Ya know, I think it's too bad that we can't follow Saddam's model of dealing with opposition - just open up mass graves and start torturing, maiming, and murdering liberals and leftists by the millions - toss them into the ground, and fill the holes up with dirt. I would love to volunteer for such duty!

Eat shit and die, all of you!

B: Identification of opponents with national enemies

Michael Barone

Our covert enemies are harder to identify, for they live in large numbers within our midst. And in terms of intentions, they are not enemies in the sense that they consciously wish to destroy our society. On the contrary, they enjoy our freedoms and often call for their expansion. But they have also been working, over many years, to undermine faith in our society and confidence in its goodness. These covert enemies are those among our elites who have promoted the ideas labeled as multiculturalism, moral relativism and (the term is Professor Samuel Huntington's) transnationalism.

At the center of their thinking is a notion of moral relativism. No idea is morally superior to another. Hitler had his way, we have ours -- who's to say who is right? No ideas should be "privileged," especially those that have been the guiding forces in the development and improvement of Western civilization. Rich white men have imposed their ideas because of their wealth and through the use of force. Rich white nations imposed their rule on benighted people of color around the world. For this sin of imperialism they must forever be regarded as morally stained and presumptively wrong. Our covert enemies go quickly from the notion that all societies are morally equal to the notion that all societies are morally equal except ours, which is worse.

... We have always had our covert enemies, but their numbers were few until the 1960s. But then the elite young men who declined to serve in the military during the Vietnam War set out to write a narrative in which they, rather than those who obeyed the call to duty, were the heroes. They have propagated their ideas through the universities, the schools and mainstream media to the point that they are the default assumptions of millions. Our covert enemies don't want the Islamo-fascists to win. But in some corner of their hearts, they would like us to lose.

Dinesh d'Souza:

"There is no way to restore the culture without winning the war on terror. Conversely, the only way to win the war on terror is to win the culture war. Thus we arrive at a sobering truth. In order to crush the Islamic radicals abroad, we must defeat the enemy at home."

Glenn Beck:

With that being said, you are a Democrat. You are saying, "Let's cut and run." And I have to tell you, I have been nervous about this interview with you, because what I feel like saying is, "Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies."

And I know you're not. I'm not accusing you of being an enemy, but that's the way I feel, and I think a lot of Americans will feel that way.

Bill O'Reilly:

Everybody got it? Dissent, fine; undermining, you're a traitor. Got it? So, all those clowns over at the liberal radio network, we could incarcerate them immediately. Will you have that done, please? Send over the FBI and just put them in chains, because they, you know, they're undermining everything and they don't care, couldn't care less.

Michael Reagan:

"Howard Dean should be arrested and hung for treason or put in a hole until the end of the Iraq war!"

Erich "Mancow" Muller and Brian Kilmeade, Fox News and Friends, Dec. 6, 2005:

MULLER: Guys, I do want to do one serious thing today. Howard Dean ought to be kicked out of America.

KILMEADE: Absolutely.

MULLER: He ought to be tried for treason. He is the enemy. These people, these Dummy-crats -- I'm not a Republican. I'm a Libertarian --

DOOCY: What did he say, Mancow, this time?

MULLER: He said yesterday -- it was late-breaking news -- I, -- I've never done this before in my life -- I was calling radio shows. I've never done that. I called Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes last night [saying]: "You guys gotta get on this. Howard Dean said we're going to lose the war."


MULLER: This is the head of the Democrats!

HILL: Hey, Mancow --

MULLER: These people want every boy to die. They're bloodthirsty animals. Howard Dean is a vile human being. I can't believe it.

David Horowitz:

Make no mistake about it, there is a war going on in this country. The aggressors in this war are Democrats, liberals and leftists who began a scorched earth campaign against President Bush before the initiation of hostilities in Iraq.

Karl Rove:

"Has there ever been a more revealing moment this year?" Mr. Rove asked. "Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals."

Bob Newman:

In a statement that has angered, embarrassed and humiliated Marines around the globe, one of our own -- a retired Marine Corps Reserve colonel -- has called for the legendary fighting force to retreat from Iraq and surrender to the terrorist organization that has killed thousands of Americans at home and abroad. He has even called for the United States to enter into negotiations with al Qaeda. This vermin’s demand for retreat, surrender and negotiations with the enemy is so committed to assisting al Qaeda in their efforts in Iraq that he has posted his unspeakable demands on his website in the form of an official statement.

The traitor, Democratic Rep. John P. Murtha, agrees 100% with Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al Zarqawi that the Marine Corps, which is mangling the enemy on a daily basis in Iraq and suffering comparatively light casualties, should lay down its arms, call it quits, and abandon the people they are defending in the fledgling democracy of Iraq.

Furious Marines from wars as far back as World War II are spitting mad at the cowardly colonel and many want his head on a stake in the middle of the Marine Corps Commandant's lawn. Personally, I would not soil that good earth with so vile and despicable a piece of offal.

"Misha," the "Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler":

'Cept number 2 is absolutely right. Keep up this pandering to every treasonous twit that chooses to aid and comfort our enemies, and we're going to have a LOT of dead Americans before people wake up and realize that we're at war.

You may think that people encouraging our enemies to continue fighting by showing them that they have an effect is "harmless", John, but you'd be wrong. Dead wrong.

Put it this way: What do you think would've happened if people had turned out in the streets in, say, 1942, demanding that we surrender to Nazi Germany and the Nips? You think that we'd have just coddled them and chastised anybody calling them traitors for "stifling their freedom of speech"?

We're at war. Keep denying it if you must, but it'll only make the awakening to reality all that much more painful, because there IS no "opting out" of this one.

Amber Pawlik:

I don't really consider the Democrat party a party of the people anymore, nor do I consider the socialist Democrats (they are not "liberal", that's just a euphemism for socialist anymore) "nice people who are misguided." I consider them to be pure, raw evil, who want to destroy everything rational or beautiful in sight: success, prosperity, even the very security of the country.

KVI's John Carlson, discussing Sen. Dick Durbin:

This man is simply a piece of excrement, a piece of waste that needs to be scraped off the sidewalk and eliminated.

Rush Limbaugh:

Dick Durbin has just identified who the Democrats are in the year 2005, particularly when it comes to American national security and when it comes to the US military. These are the same people they say they support the troops. This is how they do it, huh? They give aid and comfort to the enemy. They make it possible for Mullah Omar and bin Laden, whoever else is out there still alive, to laugh themselves silly at us. Mogadishu all over. Remember what bin Laden said after we cut and run out of Mogadishu? "That's when I knew the US was a paper tiger, that's when I knew they didn't have the guts, that's when I knew they couldn't take casualties," and that's what fueled his planning for 9/11. He has said so. So, bammo! Here you go, Dick Durbin. Thanks once again for telling our enemies just what a bunch of soft patty cakes we are and how we'll back away from our own treatment of people much less back away from dishing it out to people like our enemies.

C: Identification of opponents as a target for retaliation or incarceration

Ann Coulter:

Patriotic Americans don't have to become dangerous psychotics like liberals, but they could at least act like men.

Why hasn't the former spokesman for the Taliban matriculating at Yale been beaten even more senseless than he already is? According to Hollywood, this nation is a cauldron of ethnic hatreds positively brimming with violent skinheads. Where are the skinheads when you need them? What does a girl have to do to get an angry, club- and torch-wielding mob on its feet?

Melanie Morgan: "We've got a bull's-eye painted on [Nancy Pelosi's] big, wide laughing eyes."

Glenn Beck:

All you Muslims who have sat on your frickin' hands the whole time and have not been marching in the streets and have not been saying, 'Hey, you know what? There are good Muslims and bad Muslims. We need to be the first ones in the recruitment office lining up to shoot the bad Muslims in the head.' I'm telling you, with God as my witness... human beings are not strong enough, unfortunately, to restrain themselves from putting up razor wire and putting you on one side of it. When things -- when people become hungry, when people see that their way of life is on the edge of being over, they will put razor wire up and just based on the way you look or just based on your religion, they will round you up. Is that wrong? Oh my gosh, it is Nazi, World War II wrong, but society has proved it time and time again: It will happen.

Ann Coulter:

Those few abortionists were shot, or, depending on your point of view, had a procedure with a rifle performed on them. I'm not justifying it, but I do understand how it happened.... The number of deaths attributed to Roe v. Wade about 40 million aborted babies and seven abortion clinic workers; 40 million to seven is also a pretty good measure of how the political debate is going.

Kathleen Parker:

Miller is not alone, though some are more sanguine when it comes to evaluating the roster of contenders. Here's a note I got recently from a friend and former Delta Force member, who has been observing American politics from the trenches: "These bastards like Clark and Kerry and that incipient ass, Dean, and Gephardt and Kucinich and that absolute mental midget Sharpton, race baiter, should all be lined up and shot."

"Emperor Misha," after publishing another blogger's home address:

Not saying anything in specific, mind you, but we'd be damn careful about showing our face in public if we were you. You just never know who that perfect stranger behind you in that alleyway might be. Could be a sibling or other relative of one of the fallen soldiers that you just took a dump on the grave of, and G-d only knows what might happen then.

Eric may not be famous enough to be a pick for the 2004 Dead Pool, but there's another signed Imperial Mug for the first LC to inform me that Eric Blumrich has died in a "tragic" accident.

Accidents DO happen, you know, and that's the kind of news that would definitely make my entire day.

Caller to Jerry Klein's Washington, D.C., radio talk show:

Not only do you tattoo them in the middle of their forehead but you ship them out of this country ... they are here to kill us."

Another said that tattoos, armbands and other identifying markers such as crescent marks on driver's licenses, passports and birth certificates did not go far enough. "What good is identifying them?" he asked. "You have to set up encampments like during World War Two with the Japanese and Germans."

Daniel Pipes:

Leftist and Islamist organizations have so successfully intimidated public opinion that polite society shies away from endorsing a focus on Muslims.

In America, this intimidation results in large part from a revisionist interpretation of the evacuation, relocation, and internment of ethnic Japanese during World War II. Although more than 60 years past, these events matter yet deeply today, permitting the victimization lobby, in compensation for the supposed horrors of internment, to condemn in advance any use of ethnicity, nationality, race, or religion in formulating domestic security policy.

"Border Guardian" Laine Lawless, in an e-mail to neo-Nazis describing ways they can harass Latinos:

-- "Steal the money from any illegal walking into a bank or check cashing place."

-- "Make every illegal alien feel the heat of being a person without status. ... I hear the rednecks in the South are beating up illegals as the textile mills have closed. Use your imagination."

-- "Discourage Spanish-speaking children from going to school. Be creative."

-- "Create an anonymous propaganda campaign warning that any further illegal immigrants will be shot, maimed or seriously messed-up upon crossing the border. This should be fairly easy to do, considering the hysteria of the Spanish language press, and how they view the Minutemen as 'racists & vigilantes.' "

Little Green Footballs commenter "really grumpy":

Whether or not the street knows it -- and they don't -- we are now in the early phases of the fight for our existence as a nation, and as the standard-bearers of the idea of democracy.

We have most of the EU and a good portion of NATO aligned against us -- the old school appeasers of Europe -- and most of the Arabic nations, and third-world oppressor nations as well. They are starting to sense a common ground of opposition to our position, which is one of self-determination of man.

That is very dangerous to all these folks, as they represent the dictator and dictator-enabler; the rapists and the voyeurs who profit from the rapes of mankind.

This war won't be quick, or easy. We will undoubtedly end up being forced to kill off some of our own citizens in order to protect the ideas set down by our framers over 200 hundred years ago.

It's happening now, and suddenly, and we are right in the midst of it. It is going to get bloody and scary and desperate before all is finished and a victor emerges.

Free Republic poster, referring to antiwar activists in California:

Fuckin Leftist traitors break the law and think they should get away with it?! FUCK YOU YA GODDAMN LEFTIST PUKES AND DON'T EVEN THINK OF FUCKING WITH FREE REPUBLIC MOTHERFUCKERS!


The same commenter later promised:

If I see you or any of your comrades from Dem Underground I will kick the living shit out of you you filthy faggotcunt traitor


Dean Esmay:

When I say "treason" I don't mean it in an insulting or hyperbolic way. I mean in a literal way: we need to find these 21st century Julius Rosenbergs, these modern day reincarnations of Alger Hiss, put them on trial before a jury of their peers, with defense counsel. When they are found guilty, we should then hang them by the neck until the are dead, dead, dead.

No sympathy. No mercy.Am I angry? You bet I am. But not in an explosive way. Just in the same seething way I was angry on 9/11.

These people have endangered American lives and American security. They need to be found, tried, and executed.

D: Expressing a desire for or approval of genocide or murder

Mark Steyn

Why did Bosnia collapse into the worst slaughter in Europe since World War Two? In the thirty years before the meltdown, Bosnian Serbs had declined from 43 percent to 31 percent of the population, while Bosnian Muslims had increased from 26 percent to 44 percent. In a democratic age, you can't buck demography -- except through civil war. The Serbs figured that out -- as other Continentals will in the years ahead: if you can't outbreed the enemy, cull 'em. The problem that Europe faces is that Bosnia's demographic profile is now the model for the entire continent.

Glenn Reynolds

Civilized societies have found it harder, though, to beat the barbarians without killing all, or nearly all, of them. Were it really to become all-out war of the sort that Osama and his ilk want, the likely result would be genocide — unavoidable, and provoked, perhaps, but genocide nonetheless, akin to what Rome did to Carthage, or to what Americans did to American Indians. That’s what happens when two societies can’t live together, and the weaker one won’t stop fighting — especially when the weaker one targets the civilians and children of the stronger. This is why I think it’s important to pursue a vigorous military strategy now. Because if we don’t, the military strategy we’ll have to follow in five or ten years will be light-years beyond “vigorous.”

Glenn Reynolds:

... [I]t's also true that if democracy can't work in Iraq, then we should probably adopt a "more rubble, less trouble" approach to other countries in the region that threaten us. If a comparatively wealthy and secular Arab country can't make it as a democratic republic, then what hope is there for places that are less wealthy, or less secular?

Michael Savage:

Right now, even people sitting on the fence would like George Bush to drop a nuclear weapon on an Arab country. They don't even care which one it would be. I can guarantee you -- I don't need to go to Mr. Schmuck [pollster John] Zogby and ask him his opinion. I don't need anyone's opinion. I'll give you my opinion, because I got a better stethoscope than those fools. It's one man's opinion based upon my own analysis. The most -- I tell you right now -- the largest percentage of Americans would like to see a nuclear weapon dropped on a major Arab capital. They don't even care which one. They'd like an indiscriminate use of a nuclear weapon.

In fact, Christianity has been one of the great salvations on planet Earth. It's what's necessary in the Middle East. Others have written about it, I think these people need to be forcibly converted to Christianity but I'll get here a little later, I'll move up to that. It's the only thing that can probably turn them into human beings. ... Because these primitives can only be treated in one way, and I don't think smallpox and a blanket is good enough incidentally. Just before -- I'm going to give you a little precursor to where I'm going. Smallpox in a blanket, which the U.S. Army gave to the Cherokee Indians on their long march to the West, was nothing compared to what I'd like to see done to these people, just so you understand that I'm not going to be too intellectual about my analysis here in terms of what I would recommend, what Doc Savage recommends as an antidote to this kind of poison coming out of the Middle East from these non-humans.

Michael Savage, referring to the victims of the December 2004 tsunami:

You could take the argument that it's God's will, it's too bad and let's move on. And then let others help them. They're not in our sphere of interest. Primarily, they hate our guts in plain English. All right, well, the argument is, well, if you send them money, they're gonna like us, show 'em we're not anti-Muslim. That is such rubbish. That is such rubbish. They're gonna hate you anyhow, no matter what we ever do.


It's not a tragedy. I wouldn't call it a tragedy. It's a human disaster. It's not a tragedy in that sense. But, the issue is, theological questions suddenly arise. ... Now, for you atheists, you have no questions about this. It's a pure accident of nature. You don't ask yourself, "Was it God's hand?"

Various Minutemen:

"It should be legal to kill illegals," said Carl, a 69-year old retired Special Forces veteran who fought in Vietnam and now lives out West. "Just shoot 'em on sight. That's my immigration policy recommendation. You break into my country, you die."

"I agree completely," Michael said. "You get up there with a rifle and start shooting four or five of them a week, the other four or five thousand behind them are going to think twice about crossing that line."

Minuteman Craig Howard

No, we ought to be able to shoot the Mexicans on sight, and that would end the problem. After two or three Mexicxans are shot, they'll stop crossing the border and they'll take their cows home, too.

Vox Day, regarding the mass deportation of all illegal aliens:

Not only will it work, but one can easily estimate how long it would take. If it took the Germans less than four years to rid themselves of 6 million Jews, many of whom spoke German and were fully integrated into German society, it couldn't possibly take more than eight years to deport 12 million illegal aliens, many of whom don't speak English and are not integrated into American society.

E: Identification with vermin or disease


We can learn from Buffalo, New York. Now in Buffalo the rat problem in the city was a huge one. Exterminators could not handle the problem. But then in 2001 the city mandated that everyone would have to begin using special anti-rat garbage totes that the rats could not open. With no way to get to the garbage, the rats left Buffalo. Now, they went to the suburbs and now the suburbs are fighting them. But it is no longer a problem for the people of Buffalo, New York. Here is how to do the same with our problem:

1) No services.

Absolutely no services of any kind for those who cannot prove they are in the country legally. Nothing but emergency medical care. Without all the social services, medical and other services provided for them, the illegals will find life here less attractive.

2) No schools.

Absolutely no schooling for anyone who cannot prove they belong here legally.

3) No easy birthright.

Change the law. Now, if you are born here, you are a citizen. I say, if you cannot prove that you were born here and that your mother was here legally at the time, then your citizenship is that of the mother and not of the USA.

4) No legal status. No drivers licenses. No bank accounts. No ability to sue a citizen. No legal standing for anyone who is in this country illegally.

5) No free lunch for "The Man".

Make it a criminal offense (and enforce it if it is already on the books) to hire an illegal alien, or to rent a dwelling place to him, or to sell him a home knowing that he intends to live there. Make employers provide documentation for all of their workers. You put the onus on "The Man" and it suddenly becomes less appealing to take advantage of the illegals.


Glenn Reynolds [referencing Muslim mothers reluctant to obtain certain immunizations]: "Just think of it as evolution in action."

Minuteman Ted Hayes:

"They're teaching Middle Easterners Spanish, teaching them how to dress Hispanic, and now they're all over this country, and Lord knows what they'll do." He says illegal aliens are draining the health-care system, bankrupting hospitals and crowding schools. As a former law-enforcement officer, Hayes says, the thing that really burns him is the impact on public safety.

"They're in vehicular accidents where they leave the scene or have no insurance," he says. "Rapes, robberies, killing cops and running back to their home country -- these people are breaking the law every day they're here. They're 10 percent of the nation's crime, and our prisons are full of them."

Michael Savage:

And I say also, No. 2, to the politicians, I warn you personally. You will not be re-elected. If you take to the streets with the vermin who are trying to dictate to us how we should run America, even though they're not even entitled to vote or be here, you're going to be thrown out of office. The people will throw you out of office. There are not enough of them to re-elect you. You will be out of a job. You will not have a living. You will be hunting for a job. Maybe, you'll be picking the vegetables.

Grover Norquist:

This should not surprise us. Expect the crescendo to grow through 2004. The other team isn't being unreasonable. It is reacting rationally to a real threat to its ability to function. Anything short of placing snipers on the rooftops of D.C. would be an underreaction by the Left.

Cornered rats fight. Hard.

F: All of the above

Mike Thompson, Reason, "Declaration of Expulsion: A Modest Proposal":

For many decades, conservative citizens and like-minded political leaders (starting with President Calvin Coolidge) have been denigrated by the vilest of lies and characterizations from hordes of liberals who now won't even admit that they are liberals--because the word connotes such moral stink and political silliness. As a class, liberals no longer are merely the vigorous opponents of the Right; they are spiteful enemies of civilization's core decency and traditions.

Defamation, never envisioned by our Founding Fathers as being protected by the First Amendment, flourishes and passes today for acceptable political discourse. Movies, magazines, newspapers, radio/TV programs, plays, concerts, public schools, colleges, and most other public vehicles openly traffic in slander and libel. Hollywood salivated over the idea of placing another golden Oscar into Michael Moore's fat hands, for his Fahrenheit 9/11 jeremiad, the most bogus, deceitful film documentary since Herr Hitler and Herr Goebbels gave propaganda a bad name.

When they tire of showering conservative victims with ideological mud, liberals promote the only other subjects with which they feel conversationally comfortable: Obscenity and sexual perversion. It's as if the genes of liberals have rendered them immune to all forms of filth.

... The truth is, America is not just broken -- it is becoming irreparable. If you believe that recent years of uncivil behavior are burdensome, imagine the likelihood of a future in which all bizarre acts are the norm, and a government-booted foot stands permanently on your face.

That is why the unthinkable must become thinkable. If the so-called "Red States" (those that voted for George W. Bush) cannot be respected or at least tolerated by the "Blue States" (those that voted for Al Gore and John Kerry), then the most disparate of them must live apart -- not by secession of the former (a majority), but by expulsion of the latter. Here is how to do it.

John Shelley:

Instead of sitting around, incessantly sniping at President Bush and the US Military, sipping "liberal coward broth", hating America and Conservatives, the wacko liberal poison Left-Wing Nuts — and the rest of The Enemy Within™ — should be rounded-up and put into "re-education camps" and forced to watch 24 hour, non-stop TV news footage of 9-11, Sodomy Insane's rape/torture/murder rooms and the unearthing of Iraqi mass graves. Those hard-core Lefty wacko filth who can't be converted, should be summarily tried and locked away for life; no chance of parole. They're a waste of oxygen and a "clear and present danger" to America, as is the murderous, degenerate cult of Islam. Free and unfettered speech is guaranteed under the First Amendment, but actively working and trying to destroy this Nation, in a time of war, when our very lives are in peril, is a treasonous and seditious offense, and should be treated as such, and punished by death. The much-maligned Patriot Act provides for that very situation, and should be implemented post haste. All verminous, hate-America, liberal-socialist-commie filth should be contained and selectively eliminated.

Adam Yoshida:

The enemy we are facing has several columns. Of these, the fifth is the strongest. Last week I discussed how, contrary to reports in the mainstream media, we are winning in Iraq. The problem is this: we can win ten thousand battles in Iraq and still lose the war. Ultimately, the question of victory or defeat will not be decided over there, but here at home. The one enemy which can defeat the United States is the one enemy that all of those brave soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen cannot meet upon the field of battle. The real enemy is the enemy within.

... I fully realize that my assertion of this doctrine will set some to screaming about the right of ‘dissent’. Well, as to that, let me say this. The right to ‘dissent’ is the right to remain silent, to disagree, to not participate. That is a natural right which is retained by every single human being under any condition. There is no right, however, to attempt to incite others to join you in undermining the efforts of a national at war. That is not dissent: it is sedition. There is no right to speak out in support of an enemy of the nation. That is no dissent: it is treason.

We have seen this before, in Vietnam. Those who we fight here at home will abuse freedom in order to destroy it. They claim the mantle of liberalism and the protections that it affords in order to attack liberal society. That is the question before us now: can we allow those who mean to destroy the Constitution to cloak themselves in it?

The enemy at home is well-entrenched and means to fight us to the death. Will we allow them to betray freedom again, as they did in Vietnam? Never! When I think of Vietnam, I can hear but two words echoing in the distance, ‘never again.’ Never again will we allow our forces to win a war on the fields of battle only to see that victory thrown away by the traitors and cowards at home and never again will we allow the shame of defeat to stain American honor.

Under the cover of darkness the enemy is on the move. They will strike at dawn. We have no option but to fight them, meet them, and ultimately destroy them. Our soldiers over there are doing there job, why do we not do our job? They have the courage to march into Islamist guns. Have we not the courage to deal with the traitors and seditionists who would stab our brave forces in the back?

Sometimes I think that the treason is so deeply ingrained in our society that nothing short of martial law, the suspension of habeas corpus, and the repeal of Posse Comitatus will do. Sometimes I think that we will need to think to the Revolution, where Tories and other traitors were dealt with harshly by a righteous people. I hope that I am wrong, but I do not deny the possibility.

This is too important to be dealt with civilly. Civility will bring us only defeat. We need to recall the spirit of those construction workers in New York City who, upon seeing a treason rally after the invasion of Cambodia, charged into the protests with their fists flying. The next time you see a person walking down a street with an anti-war button, even if they are minding their own business, call them a name. Start a screaming match with them. If a relative if yours opposes the war, refuse to speak to them, except in support for the war. If a bookstore displays anti-war books in a prominent position, refuse to shop there and explain to the owners exactly why.

We will never win by denouncing the anti-war movement as a whole. Altogether, they are too powerful to be easily defeated. Rather, we need to drive anti-war sentiments underground by making it difficult to be anti-war. For example, if you know for a fact that the owner of a small business is opposed to the war, look for ways to hurt that specific small business. Boycotting a large company, even one with obvious liberal leanings like Ben and Jerry’s or a movie made by some jackass like Sean Penn is unlikely to have any real effect. Rather, hit the small people. Make those who oppose the war pay a price for their treasonous beliefs. If they own a little market, picket it. They might have a free speech right to oppose the war, but you have a free speech right to oppose them. I want them to lose their businesses, lose their jobs, go bankrupt, and lose their homes. Given their great efforts against America, that is the least deserved by everyone who opposes the war. Stop thinking of people who oppose the war as your friends, family, and neighbours: start thinking of them as enemies of America who must be defeated if the Republic is to endure.


Eliminationist book titles:

Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism, by Ann Coulter

Deliver Us From Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism and Liberalism, by Sean Hannity

The Enemy Within: Saving America from the Liberal Assault on Our Schools, Faith, and Military, by Michael Savage

Liberalism is a Mental Disorder, by Michael Savage

The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11, by Dinesh d'Souza

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Why they love Israel

A few nights ago I was hanging out at a bonfire at the beach and we were commisserating about our remaining conservative friends and how completely bereft at sea they seem these days, clinging desperately to whatever shreds of right-wing flotsam that goes floating past. Patrick, a local lawyer, relayed the story of his childhood friend who now lived in Chicago, who remains devoted to the Bush administration and the conservative-movement agenda generally in large part because of his Jewish heritage.

"Everything for him is about defending Israel, no matter what," said Patrick, "which is why he always defends these right-wing religious nutcases."

Some day, I told Patrick, you might want to point out to your friend that the main reason those good Christians love Israel is that they want to see it all blown up in the Apocalypse. What kind of allies are those, exactly?

Someone should point the same thing out to the folks at the American Israel Political Action Committee, which calls itself "America's Pro-Israel Lobby." At its annual conference this year, one of its keynote speakers will be the Rev. John Hagee, who will join scholar Michael Oren onstage Sunday night to "explore the history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East and how Americans from all faiths can find common cause in supporting Israel."

As Bruce Wilson at Talk2Action points out, this is nothing short of just plain nuts:
[A] close analysis of Pastor John Hagee's views seems to indicate that Pastor Hagee holds beliefs about liberal Jews that mirror sentiments to be found on conspiratorial websites promoting the debunked Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion and also the beliefs of the KKK and American Neo-Nazi groups such as Christian Identity. Anti Defamation League head Abraham Foxman has told The Jewish Week that "there is a role" for Pastor John Hagee at the AIPAC summit because of Hagee's support for Israel.

...[P]astor Hagee blames the Holocaust on Jews themselves, states that Nazi persecution of Jews was God's way of driving Jews to Israel, seems to blame Jews for the death of Jesus Christ, holds that Jews cannot get into heaven, calls liberal Jews "poisoned" and "spiritually blind", believes that the preemptive nuclear attack on Iran that he advocates will lead to a Mideast conflict that will kill most Jews in Israel and perhaps also lead to the Nuclear destruction of the East and West coasts of the United States of America ...

Awhile back, Sarah Posner at AlterNet explored Hagee's teachings in some detail:
At the center of it all is Pastor John Hagee, a popular televangelist who leads the 18,000-member Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. While Hagee has long prophesized about the end times, he ratcheted up his rhetoric this year with the publication of his book, "Jerusalem Countdown," in which he argues that a confrontation with Iran is a necessary precondition for Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ. In the best-selling book, Hagee insists that the United States must join Israel in a preemptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God's plan for both Israel and the West. Shortly after the book's publication, he launched Christians United for Israel (CUFI), which, as the Christian version of the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee, he said would cause "a political earthquake."

Hagee covers much of his eagerness to promote Jews as apocalyptic martyrs with unusually strong preachments regarding the place that Jews enjoy in the holy order of things -- at one point, he even taught that Jews enjoyed special dispensation from God that relieved them of the need to believe in Jesus as the Savior in order to reach heaven (though he now disavows such teaching). His purpose in proposing aggressive military action in the Middle East, though, is his belief that it will bring about the End of Days:
When addressing audiences receptive to Scriptural prophecy, however, Hagee welcomes the coming confrontation. He argues that a strike against Iran will cause Arab nations to unite under Russia's leadership, as outlined in chapters 38 and 39 of the Book of Ezekiel, leading to an "inferno [that] will explode across the Middle East, plunging the world toward Armageddon." In Hagee's telling, Israel has no choice but to strike at Iran's nuclear facilities, with or without America's help. The strike will provoke Russia -- which wants Persian Gulf oil -- to lead an army of Arab nations against Israel. Then God will wipe out all but one-sixth of the Russian-led army, as the world watches "with shock and awe," he says, lending either a divine quality to the Bush administration phrase or a Bush-like quality to God's wrath.

But Hagee doesn't stop there. He adds that Ezekiel predicts fire "upon those who live in security in the coastlands." From this sentence, he concludes that there will be judgment upon all who stood by while the Russian-led force invaded Israel, and issues a stark warning to the United States to intervene: "Could it be that America, who refuses to defend Israel from the Russian invasion, will experience nuclear warfare on our east and west coasts?" He says yes, citing Genesis 12:3, in which God said to Israel: "I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you."

Of course, those two coasts are where all the sinners in Hagee's universe exist. This is military strategy straight from Gen. Jack D. Ripper.

What kind of ally is it, exactly, who roots for you to take steps that will result in your all-but-certain incineration?