Archive for April, 2010

A Growing Threat to the Public

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— A 70-year-old Nashville man was accused of ramming his sport utility vehicle several times into the back of a vehicle that had a Obama/Biden bumper sticker.

Harry K. Weisiger made obscene gestures and pointed at the campaign sticker for President Barack Obama and running mate Joe Biden before he smashed into schoolteacher Mark Duren’s car, police said.

The incident appears to be among the overheated partisan political atmosphere, including death threats sent to members of Congress and their families who supported health care reform.

Duren had picked up his 10-year-old daughter from school Thursday when he stopped near the Belmont University campus. An SUV pulled up behind his Toyota Camry and the driver began honking and gesturing angrily toward the bumper sticker, The Tennessean reported.

As Duren drove home, the SUV’s driver continued making gestures and pointing at the sticker, according to a police report. The driver, identified by Nashville police as Weisiger, accelerated and crashed into the bumper, directly over the sticker.

Duren tried to calm his frightened daughter as he stopped and Weisiger rammed it again, trying to push it off the road, police said.

After a few more pushes, the SUV sped away and Duren called 911. 

David Todd, who witnessed the accident from his window, said the SUV hit the car more than once.

“He hit him twice,” Todd said. “When I stood up, the truck was about a foot behind the car, and that’s when he plowed into him again and pushed him 50 feet, turned him sideways right here, and took off.” 

A teacher carrying a 10-year old girl in his car.  Weisiger – you are dickless son-of-a-bitch coward Republican.  WWJD, right?  Chicken-shit.  The Religious Right is neither.    

 Isolated incident?  Aside from the dozen (and growing) documented death-threats and vandalism over the past week (Google it), let’s go back to the same area.  July, 2008 – again, another Republican coward (also from Tennessee):

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – An unemployed man accused of opening fire with a shotgun and killing two people at a Unitarian church apparently targeted the congregation out of hatred for its support of liberal social policies, police said Monday.

Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen IV said a signed, four-page letter written by Jim D. Adkisson, 58, was found in his small SUV in the church parking lot. Authorities said he was an apparent stranger to the Tennessee church where gunfire punctuated a children’s performance based on the musical “Annie.” Two people were killed and seven wounded Sunday.
“It appears that what brought him to this horrible event was his lack of being able to obtain a job, his frustration over that and his stated hatred of the liberal movement,” Owen said at a news conference.

Witnesses said some of the church members wrestled the suspect to the ground after he pulled a shotgun from a guitar case and fired three times.

“He certainly intended to take a lot of casualties,” Owen said. “He had 76 rounds with him.”

The shooting started as about 200 people watched a show put on by 25 children. 

More recently, George Tiller was gunned down – again…during church – and again by a Republican zealot trying to shape politics through violence.

April 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm 2 comments

A Tea Party “What If”

From a great article by Tim Wise:

Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters —the black protesters — spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didn’t like were enforced by the government? Would these protesters — these black protesters with guns — be seen as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by most whites as a danger to the republic? What if they were Arab-Americans? Because, after all, that’s what happened recently when white gun enthusiasts descended upon the nation’s capital, arms in hand, and verbally announced their readiness to make war on the country’s political leaders if the need arose.
   — Read the whole thing here:

As someone who is ‘pro-gun’, let me also say that the “guns-out” behavior of the Tea Party (and of last year’s ‘anti-Obama’ church-goers) is the best way to get semi-automatic weapons outlawed.  As someone who is for only a limited amount of gun-control, I think the best way to maintain the status quo is to KEEP YOUR GUNS PUT AWAY.  As soon as you start talking about using guns, brandishing them, and talking about using them against America – you are (A) scaring the public which will result in tighter gun laws and (B) using the threat of violence in an attempt to obtain political goals.  As Jeff Foxworthy might say: If youuuuuuuuuuu are marching around outside with a weapon shouting about overthrowing the American government….you might be a terrorist. 

Which gets us into the V for Vendetta concept.  Are you a terrorist, or a valiant rebel fighting for a better world?  It all depends on which end of the gun you’re on. 

And for anyone who seems to think you have to a Muslim or an Arab:  Timothy McVeigh showed you, and Hutaree showed you, that you can be white and be a terrorist.  You can be Christian and be a terrorist.  Most Americans are probably more at risk from a right-wing white Christian nutcase than a right-wing Arab Muslim nutcase.  These conservatives are more likely to walk into a church and start shooting.  More likely to run us off the road for not sharing their same viewpoint. 

Hutaree: Nine alleged members of a Christian militia group that was girding for battle with the Antichrist were charged Monday with plotting to kill a police officer and slaughter scores more by bombing the funeral — all in hopes of touching off an uprising against the U.S. government.

April 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

Goldman Sachs and Levin

Reform – why do we need Wall Street reform?

April 27, 2010 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment

Let’s change the rules

Marine’s Anti-Obama Facebook posts fuel debate

Look, after 8 years of hearing about how UNAMERICAN and UNPATRIOTIC it is to criticize the President…
After hearing about how you should never criticize the Commander-in-Chief during a time of war because it hurts the troops…

After all that complaining you Republicans did, you should feel free to criticize.  Because this is America and doing so doesn’t mean you’re not an American.  Enjoy. 

But you Republicans – maybe try not to be such a hypocrite about it.   Maybe think about applying the same rules even when they don’t benefit you. 

You seem to want to apply rules as they benefit you, but repeal them when they don’t benefit you.  It’s a common theme found in the conservative side of things.  They’re hysterical if anyone criticizes a Republican, but criticizing their opponents is encouraged.  It’s like watching a kid who keeps changing the rules of a game.  If “Republican” was a kid in school, he wouldn’t have any friends.

April 15, 2010 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment

So long, Stupak!

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich) has announced his retirement from Congress. Good riddance! Obviously, the Republican voters weren’t going to vote for him. What made it a losing battle for him is his power-play threatening to derail the health-care reform. Being independent is good, is admirable. But there’s a time and a place. Being the man standing in the way of monumental improvements to improve the lives of millions of people who have been born and are suffering now was undesirable. And in a state like Michigan, hard-hit by the economy, watching their Rep. threaten to block their healthcare…there was no WAY they were going to vote for him.

He got his 15 minutes of fame, but now he’s done. Had he left well-enough alone, he might still be electable, and able to continue his efforts. But he shot his load too early, and now he’s having to abort his re-election campaign.

April 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

More donations mis-spent

It’s not quite the volume of Palin’s shopping spree – but it’s still hardly the type of spending that is expected by donors. 

WASHINGTON – The controversy over Republican National Committee spending has led to the resignation of its chief of staff…

The resignation of RNC chief of staff Ken McKay on Monday made him the highest-profile official to depart the central committee after the revelation that the committee had picked up a nearly $2,000 tab at a sex-themed California night club. The incident proved embarrassing and a midlevel staffer was dismissed, a move that was not enough to assuage social conservatives urging a fundraising boycott.

RNC contributions for Palin’s $150,000 shopping sprees:

Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband.

April 6, 2010 at 7:24 pm Leave a comment

US Supreme Court Backs Big Business…Again

The small handful of Internet Service Providers who handle the majority of American Internet traffic will not be subject to the FCC’s Net Neutrality regulations.  The big providers can now become gatekeepers of Web content. This is akin to a phone company determining which calls can be made on its network, or what type of call quality you’ll get.  The ISP could slow down certain traffic as to render it unusable. 

In other words, want to visit the site of one of their affiliates and all is great.  Want to visit their competition and speed/quality could drop.  Want to use Comcast’s VoIP service and quality is high.  Want to use Vonage or another competitor, and quality will drop to “encourage” you to switch to their service.  Traffic to smaller / less-established (less well-funded) sites and applications could be sent to the slow lane.

April 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

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