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The Rise in Right Wing Terrorism

One of the major problems with the current right wing is that way too many conservatives live in an alternate universe of “facts”, most of which a easily disprovable in less than a minute of examination on the Internet. Conservatives rabidly believe in this false narrative, and it is getting more extreme every day. These false narratives and “facts” are poured into conservative brains every day by the right wing media, whose sole goal is to generate outrage as a tool to manipulate the base.

Another one of Ronald Rayguns “gifts” to screw America was the elimination of the “Fairness Doctrine” in the media. This allowed the formation of media utilizing the public airwaves which didn’t and doesn’t adhere to any level of journalistic integrity, honesty, or morals.

This shit is getting crazy.

BTx3 just joined the legion of “doomsday preppers”, and added his faithful “hand cannon” to his Bug Out Bag.

This is right-wing terrorism: The frightening new rise of church and clinic arson — and why you won’t hear about it on Fox News

While Donald Trump is bragging about closing mosques to fight Islamic terrorism, there has been an under-reported surge of right-wing terrorism recently in the U.S.

 Since July, when anti-choice crusaders released hoax videos that falsely claimed that Planned Parenthood sells fetal body parts, there has been a rash of arsons at clinics, at least one of which doesn’t perform abortions. Just this week, police in New Hampshire arrested a teenager threatening a Planned Parenthood with a hatchet. After the racist church shooting in Charleston in June, itself an ugly act of domestic terrorism, there were a series of fires at black churches across the South.

And now St. Louis law enforcement fears that there’s an arsonist on the loose in the city, setting fire to churches with predominantly black or racially mixed congregations. This is on top of what the Southern Poverty Law Center was already calling a resurgence in domestic terrorism across the United States.

That we are living in an era of major conservative backlash is not news. From the wholesale assault on reproductive rights to the dramatic increase in restrictions on voting to the bizarrely enduring Donald Trump campaign, the evidence everywhere suggests that right-wing America is freaking out and lashing out. They can feel their control over the country, which has a black president and legal gay marriage now, slipping out of their fingers.

The temper tantrum has grown so massive it’s threatening even the Republican party, which is being torn apart by purity tests and fury over even the slightest hint of cooperation with liberals, who are seen as a subversive threat to be stomped out instead of fellow citizens to work through your issues with.

So it’s really not a huge surprise that, with right-wing anger levels so high, a small number are taking it to the next level and setting fire to churches and clinics. Unfortunately, this isn’t really getting the media attention it deserves.

The summer’s church burnings got a smattering of coverage, but less than the debate over the Confederate flag. The fire bombings and arson attacks that have hit four Planned Parenthood clinics since interest renewed in attacking the organization have barely registered in the national media, according to a report by Media Matters. These St. Louis burnings are so frequent and close together that they are getting more national media coverage, but it has barely gone beyond bare bones reporting to dig into the deeper issue of the connection between the rise in right wing radicalism and the rise in domestic terrorism.

“The media need to report these incidents as what they are: domestic terrorism,”Ilyse Hogue of NARAL said in a recent press release on the clinic attacks. She is exactly right about that. Terrorism, by definition, is violence enacted in order to assert your political will. And while none of these have been as horrible as the Charleston shooting, this rampage of right wing arson attacks should still be very concerning. These are no ordinary crimes, but an attempt to use violence to cheat the democratic system and to intimidate people through the threat of violence. You know, terrorism.

It’s tough to report on this because, inevitably, conservatives while whine and throw tantrums in an attempt to silence discourse about right wing terrorism. Last week,the Justice Department created a new position to coordinate agency responses to domestic terrorism, a reasonable idea since domestic terrorists kill more Americans than foreign terrorists do. This position focuses on all forms of domestic terrorism, whether they are motivated by racism, Islamic fundamentalism, or Christian fundamentalism.

In the past, when the Obama administration tried to address domestic terrorism,they faced an ugly backlash from conservatives who dismiss, despite all the evidence to the contrary, the fact that all this hateful right-wing radicalism does inspire violence. This time, possibly because the shootings in Charleston were so horrific, the backlash response has been muted in mainstream conservative spaces like Fox News.

Still, the more fringe right was going nuts. WorldNetDaily published an alarmist article suggesting that this was part of “Obama’s legacy of targeting conservatives” and denying that domestic terrorism is real, claiming that all the anti-government and racist attacks are about “mental illness” instead. (They don’t even acknowledge the issue of anti-abortion violence.) The article also asserts that it’s a cover story for what is actually an attempt to—what else—take all your guns away.

Bryan Fischer at Renew America wrote that Obama has ” an abiding hostility to people of Christian faith”, and that this renewed effort to stomp out domestic terrorism is evidence of it.

Breitbart News, which is closer to the mainstream of conservatism, though it isn’t quite on the level of Fox News, also raised the alarm, putting “domestic terrorism”  in scare quotes and trying to discredit the Southern Poverty Law Center and minimizing right-wing terrorism.

The fact of the matter is that a lot of conservatives are more interested in evading responsibility and avoiding hard conversations about what kind of extremism they’re producing than about actually taking measures to stop terrorism. A recent exchange on a Facebook page advertising a protest at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Pullman, Washington, is a small but terrific example of how these things go. The clinic, which does not perform abortions, was set on fire and suffered extensive damage in September. Video shows someone throwing a flammable object through the window. But even though their extensive picketing of the clinic almost certainly inspired the arsonist, anti-choicers in the area kept picketing the burn site.

One young conservative showed up at the Facebook page organizing one of these protests to express that he is “concerned, very concerned, about this new Planned Parenthood protest that is scheduled for a week from tomorrow in Pullman again”, because of the arson and because the clinic “does not even provide abortions”. He was concerned that this would ignite the “supposed war on women image”. In this, he is correct. Few things scream “war on women” like following up an arson with a protest in service of cutting women off from affordable contraception and other non-abortion reproductive health services.

However, the young man’s concerns were blown off. “But John….just because some arsonist committed a crime does not mean we should stop advocating for the life of the unborn, or caring about the health of women,” a woman immediately replies. (When antis talk about “the health of women”, they’re usually referring to their belief that non-procreative sex, even if accomplished just with contraception, is inherently bad for women.) Soon after, the young man’s post was deleted, though it’s unclear if the organizers took it down or he did, for fear that his reasonable opposition to seeming to support misogynist terrorism would make his fellow anti-choicers dislike him.

It was a small moment, but indicative of the indifference that conservatives demonstrate to terrorism done in their name. Considering that would-be terrorists generally think they’re expressing community values, that shrug response is going to be read as support. In light of this, it’s all the more important for the media to cover acts of domestic terrorism. If nothing else, it will raise the heat on ordinary conservatives to condemn these acts, hopefully discouraging future terrorism. It might even lead to a debate about how radical right wing politics are inevitably going to lead to some right wingers thinking violence is the solution when democratic methods fail.



Posted by on October 22, 2015 in Domestic terrorism, Faux News


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Faux News and “Kill a Cop”

Faux News is at it again, doing the old Brietbart trick of editing to make a racist point –

Here is the original unedited video, where the protesters are saying something quite different –


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Posted by on December 25, 2014 in The New Jim Crow


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China Tiangong-1 Launch Animation Set to “America the Beautiful”

Somebody over there in China goofed on this one, setting the background music of the video animation of the Launch to America the Beautiful.

Rocket’s red glaring error: China sets space launch to America the Beautiful

The lift-off was flawless. The orbit immaculate. But while China‘s leaders were celebrating the triumphant launch of Tiangong-1 space lab on Thursday, viewers of state television footage were treated to a bizarre choice of soundtrack: America the Beautiful.

To mark the launch, the Chinese space agency and China Central Television (CCTV) released aproud animation, set to rousing orchestral strains, of the “Heavenly Palace” thrusting skyward, lofting above the Earth and docking with a Shenzou crew capsule.

The only problem being that the backing music in question is America the Beautiful – more or less an unofficial national anthem of the United States. The Guardian spotted the blunder after picking up the video from the Reuters news agency while covering the launch.

America the Beautiful, which was composed by a New York church organist in 1882, has long been a favourite of US patriots. It has been proposed as the national hymn and a replacement for The Star-Spangled Banner as anthem.

It could hardly be more different from the music associated with the launch of China’s first rocket in 1970. That satellite transmitted the Cultural Revolution anthem, The East is Red, extolling the virtues of the Communist party and Chairman Mao.

The choice of soundtrack for the Tiangong launch raised several questions. Is this the work of an idealist seeking to usher in a new era of transPacific cooperation, a nationalist who wants to colonise American culture as well as outer space, or simply a propaganda gaffe?

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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in News


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A Flood of White Supremacist Political Candidates

After co-opting the right’s racial language and strategy, and having their philosophy of white victimhood adopted by the Tea Party and fully propagandized by think tanks such as the Hoover Institute and AEI, and broadcast 24 x 7 by Faux News

White supremacists are ready to make another move to the mainstream, just as the Third KKK did in the 1920’s.

One of the impacts of the right’s racial propaganda machine is this – which is summarized from a llstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor survey here.


The issue of , particularly African American influence in the political arena is likely to get even more toxic, considering roughly 1/3 of the 30,000 or so locally elected officials is African-American. This means politically, we should see a rise in the number of Afican American candidates to Federal Positions – and President Obama and guys like Deval Patrick are likely to be just the leading edge of a very big wave. That doesn’ t mean that the majority of elected positions in America will be held by black folks, or even minorities – just that the chances of the Senate remaining an all white bastion, and the next black President may not be as far away as many think.

Which brings us to what I call… “Fear of a Black Planet”.

White Supremacist Stampede

Billy Roper, David Duke

Billy Roper (l), and David Duke

Add to the growing list of candidates considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012 America’s most famous white-power advocate: David Duke.

A former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and Republican executive-committee chairman in his district until 2000, Duke has a significant following online. His videos go viral. This month, he’s launching a tour of 25 states to explore how much support he can garner for a potential presidential bid. He hasn’t considered running for serious office since the early ’90s, when he won nearly 40 percent of the vote in his bid for Louisiana governor. But like many “white civil rights advocates,” as he describes himself to The Daily Beast, 2012 is already shaping up to be a pivotal year.

Former (and current) Neo Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Confederates, and other representatives of the many wings of the “white nationalist” movement are starting to file paperwork and print campaign literature for offices large and small, pointing to rising unemployment, four years with an African-American president, and rampant illegal immigration as part of a growing mound of evidence that white people need to take a stand. Read the rest of this entry »


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How The Conservative Propaganda Machine Works to Create Mindless Robots – Faux News

Great article over at Truthout on how Faux News manipulates their audience. They list 14 (actually 15) techniques utilized by Faux to manipulate and control the opinions of their most slavish viewers.

The first steps in the making of “Useful Fools” really are –

1. To convince the recruits/fodder that the are party to information no one else has

2. To convince the recruits/fodder they are being persecuted by a large and powerful enemy

3. To convince the recruits/fodder that the “enemy” is morally bankrupt, and thus lies – and you hold the only source of truth. Once this is accomplished, it doesn’t really matter what the facts are (Birthers for instance) – the Useful Fool will hold onto the lie.

4. To convince the recruits/fodder that they share the same group values – even if they didn’t have those values before being brought into the group starting with something no one is going to evince disagreement with, such as “Mom and Apple Pie” and moving from that base to more morally questionable edicts. Thus Hitler’s killing Jews becomes a patriotic act. In he modern context, “Liberals” “Don’t believe in God”, “Kill babies with abortion”, “Want to take your hard earned money”, and “All black people are on welfare”.

5. And lastly to put a “Wall” around the group by defacto declaring those who are fully indoctrinated are “family”.

Worked for Adolph Hitler… And it worked for Jim Jones. It works in the modern conservative “movement”.

So… The Truthout List…

14 Propaganda Techniques Fox “News” Uses to Brainwash Americans

1. Panic Mongering. This goes one step beyond simple fear mongering. With panic mongering, there is never a break from the fear. The idea is to terrify and terrorize the audience during every waking moment. From Muslims to swine flu to recession to homosexuals to immigrants to the rapture itself, the belief over at Fox seems to be that if your fight-or-flight reflexes aren’t activated, you aren’t alive. This of course raises the question: why terrorize your own audience? Because it is the fastest way to bypasses the rational brain. In other words, when people are afraid, they don’t think rationally. And when they can’t think rationally, they’ll believe anything.

2. Character Assassination/Ad Hominem. Fox does not like to waste time debating the idea. Instead, they prefer a quicker route to dispensing with their opponents: go after the person’s credibility, motives, intelligence, character, or, if necessary, sanity. No category of character assassination is off the table and no offense is beneath them. Fox and like-minded media figures also use ad hominem attacks not just against individuals, but entire categories of people in an effort to discredit the ideas of every person who is seen to fall into that category, e.g. “liberals,” “hippies,” “progressives” etc. This form of argument – if it can be called that – leaves no room for genuine debate over ideas, so by definition, it is undemocratic. Not to mention just plain crass. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 3, 2011 in Faux News


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Why Do Black People Vote for Democrats? A Conservative Mind Freak on Race

This one is a riot! If you have ever talked to a conservative across the WWW, or read a line or two of their Jockey Suited black Proxies…

You’ve heard this story.

This is probably the prototype for conservative propaganda and doublethink – and in the late 80’s and 90’s was popularized by conservative “think” tanks. The beauty of it is, at least from the conservative meisters viewpoint – the more racist a conservative is, the more likely they are to take this as truth. And thus it is effective propaganda as it leverages already existing prejudices and fears.

This is satire – and it’s great satire!



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The Tea Begins to Crumble in the US…

It has taken a while, but there has been a dramatic change of public opinion about the Tea Party, and it’s sugar daddies – not the least driven by folks experiencing exactly what having these folks in power means.

After successfully buying a movement, and election, and even judges, the Koch brothers juggernaut hit a brick wall. That brick wall is when average Americans actually had to face, and pay for the bigotry and insane policies of the Republican Party.

CPAC...Dancing With Morons and Bigots

The counter-revolution is underway.

Faux News and Tea Bagger favorite pundits are falling in terms of public opinion faster than rocks…

The G.O.P.’s Post-Tucson Traumatic Stress Disorder

…Glenn Beck’s ratings at Fox News continued their steady decline, falling to an all-time low last month. He has lost 39 percent of his viewers in a year and 48 percent of the prime 25-to-54 age demographic. His strenuous recent efforts to portray the Egyptian revolution as an apocalyptic leftist-jihadist conspiracy have inspired more laughs than adherents.

Sarah Palin’s tailspin is also pronounced. It can be seen in polls, certainly: the ABC News-Washington Post survey found that 30 percent of Americans approved of her response to the Tucson massacre and 46 percent did not. (Obama’s numbers in the same poll were 78 percent favorable, 12 percent negative.) But equally telling was the fate of a Palin speech scheduled for May at a so-called Patriots & Warriors Gala in Glendale, Colo.

Tickets to see Palin, announced at $185 on Jan. 16, eight days after Tucson, were slashed to half-price in early February. Then the speech was canceled altogether, with the organizers blaming “safety concerns resulting from an onslaught of negative feedback.” But when The Denver Post sought out the Glendale police chief, he reported there had been no threats or other causes for alarm. The real “negative feedback” may have been anemic ticket sales, particularly if they were to cover Palin’s standard $100,000 fee.

What may at long last be dawning on some Republican grandees is that a provocateur who puts her political adversaries in the cross hairs and then instructs her acolytes to “RELOAD” frightens most voters. Read the rest of this entry »


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