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US Election Unleashes Bigots & Bullies (3)

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Jul 11, 2018, 2:56am Top

'Go back to Mexico': 91-year-old man beaten with brick by woman while on daily walk
Joshua Hafner | July 10, 2018

(visiting his American grandson)


Jul 11, 2018, 9:11am Top

Trump: "I love the poorly educated."
Puerto Ricans area "lazy" and "want everything done for them".

Woman harassed for wearing Puerto Rico shirt ‘in America’ as officer stands by watching
Samantha Schmidt | July 11, 2018

...In the video captured by Mia Irizarry, she is heard explaining to the inebriated man that Puerto Rico is “part of the United States.” The man, later identified by police as Timothy G. Trybus, 62, continued hurling insults at her, asking if she was “uneducated.”

“You’re not going to change us, you know that,” Trybus is heard saying to her, adding that “the world is not going to change the United States of America, period.”

“I’m not trying to change anyone. I’m just trying to come here for a birthday,” Irizarry responds. He asks her if she is an American citizen, to which she responds that she is. “If you’re an American citizen you should not be wearing that shirt in America,” Trybus says.

Irizarry is heard asking the man to please get away from her, and begging the nearby officer, Connor, for help. “Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable. Can you please grab him?”

“Officer, I paid for a permit for this area,” she also says. “I do not feel comfortable with him here. Is there anything you can do?”

Another man, whom Irizarry later identified as her brother, is heard defending her, getting up close to Trybus and telling him, “Back up. Don’t follow her.”

Several minutes later, other police officers arrived to arrest Trybus. The Forest Preserve District of Cook County Police charged Trybus with assault and disorderly conduct, police officials said in a news conference Tuesday.

Irizarry is heard in the video telling a female police officer her account of what happened, and how Connor “literally was just standing there watching the whole thing happen like nothing.”

Later, Connor is seen writing in a notebook while Irizarry reports her complaint against Trybus.

“He approached me many times,” Irizarry tells Connor. “He continued to follow me, and I even asked you to step in because I felt uncomfortable.”

Connor explains to Irizarry that he was initially called to the scene for an unrelated incident between a different couple. “Now that I see what’s going on, at no time was he going to attack you. He’s just a big mouth,” Connor says.

“Well, I guess you just never know,” Irizarry responds.

“You never know, you’re right,” Connor says.

During Tuesday’s news conference, police officials clarified that the other police officers arrived after Connor called on his radio for assistance....


Jul 11, 2018, 10:53am Top

I read the article in the Washington Post. It boggles my mind that someone wouldn't know that Puerto Rico is a U.S. Territory. I get that the perpetrator was inebriated, but since when is it unAmerican to wear a t-shirt with another country/territory flag on it? I see shirts celebrating affinities and heritages every week. I must of missed the memo.

Jul 11, 2018, 1:46pm Top

Puerto Rico is a US colony.

Jul 11, 2018, 8:05pm Top

>4 RickHarsch: pmackey's statement that it is a US territory was entirely correct. Given that Puerto Rico is not listed on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories, yours is at least debatable. Part of the standing issue is that Puerto Ricans, judging from various votes over the years, are split between no change, statehood and independence, with various fine distinctions along the way. Without a clear majority, we could force them to become a state; without a clear majority, we could make them independent. Both seem counterproductive to the goal of self-determination. Puerto Rico is keeping its current status more or less, until Puerto Ricans can agree on what they want. Because colony or not, democracy is a pain in the ass.

Jul 11, 2018, 8:40pm Top

No shit.

Jul 25, 2018, 11:43am Top

Alex Jones threatens Mueller: ‘You're going to get it, or I'm going to die trying’
John Bowden | 07/24/18

Infowars host Alex Jones on Monday issued a threat toward special counsel Robert Mueller, accusing him of covering up sex crimes and suggesting he wanted to duel the former FBI chief in an imaginary gunfight.

...It's not clear if Jones's words could constitute a transmitted threat against Mueller, who is currently leading the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Threatening a federal official with violence is a class C or D felony, punishable by up to five or 10 years in prison.

Jones, a far-right-wing supporter of President Trump who has frequently accused Democrats of being "demon possessed," has accused Mueller's investigation of being the head of a deep-state conspiracy aimed at taking down Trump's presidency....


Aug 6, 2018, 3:37pm Top

And, taking it on the road...

"Make Britain Great Again"

Far-right protesters 'ransack socialist bookshop in London'

The owners of Britain’s largest socialist bookshop, Bookmarks, have said the store was attacked by far-right protesters wearing masks who wrecked displays and ripped up books and magazines.

Posting on Facebook and Twitter, Bookmarks said staff were closing the shop on Bloomsbury Street in central London on Saturday evening when about a dozen people descended on it.

...some of the attackers carried placards reading “British Bolshevik Cult” and that one of those involved wore a Donald Trump mask.

Aug 31, 2018, 5:01am Top

Man charged over threats against reporters who criticised Trump

The FBI has charged a man (Robert Chain, 68, CA) accused of making threatening calls (to shoot reporters) to a newspaper (Boston Globe) that criticised President Donald Trump's attacks on the media.

...He allegedly called journalists the "enemy of the people", using a phrase which has been frequently invoked by Mr Trump, who last tweeted it on Thursday.

...Police say Mr Chain owned several firearms, and had recently purchased a small-calibre rifle.

...on 22 August (Mr Chain) explained his reason for calling.

"Because you are the enemy of the people, and I want you to go expletive yourself," he is alleged to have said.

"As long as you keep attacking the president, the duly elected president of the United States, in the continuation of your treasonous and seditious acts, I will continue to threats, harass and annoy the Boston Globe."...


Sep 4, 2018, 5:23pm Top

reposted from thread #2 (sorry, limited vision on the iphone)

PA Republican official, Carla Maloney, was outed for posts on a private Facebook page:


Appears a family member was disgusted enough to report the posts.

Oct 22, 2018, 1:36pm Top

Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border, walking unimpeded toward our country in the form of large Caravans, that the Democrats won’t approve legislation that will allow laws for the protection of our country. Great Midterm issue for Republicans!
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump | 6:45 AM - 17 Oct 2018

MIGRANT CARAVAN: Two federal police-filled planes w/anti-riot gear landed near the Mexico/Guatemala border this morn (vid source: Policia Federal de Mexico).
KarlaZabs @karlazabs | 8:56 AM - 17 Oct 2018

....The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA. Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border. All Democrats fault for weak laws!
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump | 4:45 AM - 18 Oct 2018

Stop the caravan...shoot to kill..must make a stand now! Or it will never stop!
Jerome LeBlanc @jleb5656 | 7:43 AM - 22 Oct 2018

Oct 23, 2018, 2:40am Top

Explosive Device Found in Mailbox at George Soros’s Westchester County Home
Sarah Mervosh, William K. Rashbaum and Andrew R. Chow | Oct. 22, 2018

An explosive device was found on Monday in a mailbox at the Westchester County home of George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist who is a favorite target of right-wing groups, the authorities said.

...“An employee of the residence opened the package, revealing what appeared to be an explosive device,” the police said in a statement. “The employee placed the package in a wooded area and called the Bedford police.”

...Mr. Soros, who was born in Hungary, made his fortune running a hedge fund and is now a full-time philanthropist and political activist. He donates frequently to Democratic candidates and progressive causes and has given at least $18 billion to his Open Society Foundations to promote democracy and human rights around the world.

His activism has made him a villain to conservative groups and the target of anti-Semitic smears...just this month, Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, falsely speculated that Mr. Soros had funded a caravan of migrants moving north toward Mexico. There is no evidence that Mr. Soros paid thousands of migrants to storm the border. Nor is there evidence that Democrats support the effort, as President Trump has said...


Edited: Oct 24, 2018, 11:59am Top

Democratic mobs--yeah, right...

Explosive Devices Sent to Clintons, Obama and CNN
William K. Rashbaum | Oct. 24, 2018

Explosive devices were sent to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as to CNN’s offices in New York, sparking an intense investigation on Wednesday into whether a bomber is going after targets that have often been the subject of right-wing ire.

A law enforcement official said the three devices were similar to one found Monday at the home of George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist and liberal donor who has come under fierce criticism from conservatives and conspiracy theorists.

None of the devices harmed anyone. Law enforcement officials said they were investigating whether all the devices were sent by the same person or persons...


Edited: Oct 24, 2018, 3:16pm Top

Suspicious package delivery to Eric Holder returned to Debbie Wasserman Schultz's office
Daniel Chaitin | October 24, 2018

A suspicious package was mailed to former Attorney General Eric Holder, but was sent to the wrong address.

Law enforcement sources told CNN the package was then sent to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office in Florida because that address was on the return label.

...An array of Trump critics around the country were sent potential explosive devices this week. No one has been reported injured.

...former President Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, former CIA Director John Brennan, and left-wing billionaire George Soros. A suspicious package was also found outside the office of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., in San Diego.



Package intercepted at Capitol Hill sorting facility was addressed to Maxine Waters
Ashley Killough, Elizabeth Landers and Dan Merica | 10/24/2018

(CNN) — Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California was the intended recipient of a package intercepted at a congressional mail sorting facility...


Oct 25, 2018, 2:32am Top

Members of 'combat-ready' white supremacy group charged with violence at political rallies
Ryan W. Miller | Oct. 24, 2018

The leader and three members of a California-based white supremacist group have been charged with attacking counter-protesters, journalists and a police officer at political rallies throughout the state in 2017, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles said Wednesday.

The men and other members of the "Rise Above Movement" sought to "organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on riots" in Huntington Beach, Berkeley, San Bernardino and the deadly Charlottesville rally...

...RAM is a "combat-ready, militant group of a new nationalist white supremacy/identity movement" that trained members to fight and coordinated attendance at political rallies.

...attacked...journalists...a "defenseless person" (at rally)...counter-protesters at an "Anti-Islamic Law” rally

...maintained the group's Twitter account, which posted photos and videos of the men training in hand-to-hand combat and of their alleged assaults at rallies...

...celebrated Adolf Hitler’s birthday this spring in Europe, where they met with other white supremacy extremist groups...


Oct 25, 2018, 8:29am Top

Suspicious package removed from Robert De Niro’s office as mail bomb investigation intensifies
Devlin Barrett, Mark Berman and Cleve R. Wootson Jr. | October 25, 2018

...a suspicious package addressed to the actor Robert De Niro...discovered in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood early Thursday appeared similar to ones sent to political figures earlier this week containing homemade bombs...

The NYPD was alerted to a suspicious package at about 5:30 a.m. by security personnel working for De Niro’s film-production company, Tribeca Productions. A police spokesman said the parcel “was similar to explosive packages that had been publicized” and that NYPD’s bomb squad X-rayed the device and took it to Rodman’s Neck, a peninsula in the Bronx where the NYPD explodes bombs...


Edited: Oct 25, 2018, 9:34am Top

The Rise Above movement I believe take their name from a Black Flag song. Per the usual of such hate groups they miss the content, context and intentions of the band/song they appropriate. The Republican party does that a lot too--candidates for elected office of that party are always being asked by artists to desist from using their music. Henry Rollins (the longest running of Black Flag's vocalists--father a jewish WWII refugee--wrote the song Rise Above--other vocalists of the band include Keith Morris and the Puerto Rican born Ronald Reyes) has advocated for gay rights for decades and has been a mainstay USO invitee since almost the beginning of the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts---he's also anti-war and also advocates continually for multi-culturalism amongst other things.

Edited: Oct 25, 2018, 1:05pm Top

Talking points issued: it's the media's fault... Right wing nutjobs take note. :(

Sarah Sanders responds to CNN chief's criticism after bomb scare: 'You chose to attack and divide'
Brett Samuels | 10/24/18


Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump | 4:18 AM - 25 Oct 2018 :

A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!

Newt Gingrich says media has "earned" the label "enemy of the people"
Zachary Basu | at breakfast 10/25/2018


Here's a scary 2012 tweet from the lying prez, who somehow can be very transparent about machinations behind his beetled brow:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump | 11:36 AM - 26 Oct 2012:

Be careful of an Obama "bomb" to win election! Would be a horrible thing to do.


The instant, inevitable cries of ‘false flag’ after bomb threats targeting the Clintons, Obamas and CNN
Abby Ohlheiser and Avi Selk | October 25, 2018


Edited: Oct 25, 2018, 12:52pm Top

Joe Biden latest to be sent suspicious package like those to De Niro, Obama

Latest: -- Former President Jimmy Carter (94!) has been warned by law enforcement that he could be a potential target and should be on alert for a potential pipe bomb sent by mail, his spokeswoman said....



Authorities find 2 packages intended for Biden as manhunt ensues
Evan Perez, Mark Morales and David Shortell | October 25, 2018

Oct 26, 2018, 9:46am Top

Suspicious bomb packages addressed to Sen. Cory Booker, James Clapper found
Pete Williams and Elisha Fieldstadt | Oct. 26, 2018

The packages were discovered at postal facilities in Manhattan and Florida, according to officials...


Edited: Oct 26, 2018, 2:04pm Top

Is anyone surprised a Trump supporter has been arrested for involvement in the terrorist plot?

Edited: Oct 27, 2018, 8:40am Top

FWIW some several years before I retired from the post office we would routinely flag packages (as in not letters or flats or magazines/periodicals) that hadn't gone across a counter or been part of a scheduled pickup and that had uncanceled (as in neither imprinted or metered) postage. Part of the issue would have been 'what is it? and where did it come from?'--and the USPS will absolutely open a package if they have concerns about what is inside. Another part of the issue would have been 'Is it short on postage?' And then the postage would have to be cancelled. I can't speak to what's going on today. It's closing in on 6 years for me and the Postal Service has been cutting jobs and hiring temporaries for at least a good 15 years. How they set their priorities with fewer workers and so much less experience I couldn't say but 6 years ago at the processing plant I worked at we'd be pulling that stuff right out of the mail flow to give it a good look over. What I've seen as examples of what Mr. Sayoc was allegedly sending would have been easily picked off before they got to their destination.

What's more even at stations where customers go to mail their mail or pick up mail the Post Office surveils. That's been going on since at least the 1970's. Any would be home grown terrorizer who makes a habit of using the Post Office and particularly the same facility--it's not going to take too long for them to be caught.

Oct 27, 2018, 9:44am Top

Most parcels I mail in the US are children's books to a g'niece in Canada. Clerk always asks if parcel contains anything breakable, etc. I suspect they count on Cdn Customs to inspect and catch international shipments of contraband, but now that you mention it, I would've thought US procedures would have picked out at least one of (14?) pipe bombs sent domestically? (Scary to think of explosives getting into a sorting center!)


Prohibited Domestic Items

Air bags
Marijuana (medical or otherwise)

Prohibited International Items...

Restricted Domestic Items...

Restricted International Items...

Edited: Oct 27, 2018, 11:30am Top

With media mail the window clerk more often than not will tell you that the package is subject to being opened if someone along the line suspects that it's not a book or DVD or whatever. I use to sell a lot of books through half.com so I was quite used to the drill--I was sending media all the time.

I do remember though seeing packages separated out all the time that people had just put stamps on and tossed in a mailbox. They had to be weighed to see if the postage was correct. If there was no return address that was another issue and if the postage wasn't correct it would be postage due on the other end or it wouldn't be delivered. And we use to have service talks all the time about suspicious packages and what to look for. The Postal Service has its own police force---or postal inspectors. They're looking at all kinds of things--there are catwalks and surveillance cameras inside almost every facility at least of any size. Window clerks are a favorite target and they'll set up people they suspect of stealing from the till.

Edited: Oct 27, 2018, 12:21pm Top

>28 margd: and >29 lriley: On a lighter note - several years ago a friend of mine who is interested in collecting and running old toy trains was attempting to put together a complete set of contents for a Landscaping Kit that the Lionel toy train manufacturer had sold in the late 1950's. He had found a near mint box with most of the contents unused and unopened. The big issue was that the two bags with scenic grass (green dyed sawdust) had been used and the Lionel cloth bags were also missing. After about a year of searching he discovered two mint bags of Lionel scenic grass for sale on e-bay. He won the auction and the seller, who was located in Canada, shipped the bags to him. The seller had indicated on the customs shipping label that the box contained "two bags of grass."

In due time the package arrived at his doorstep accompanied by a postal official and two DEA agents. They asked him about the contents of the box and when he told them it was just green dyed sawdust one of the DEA agents called him a liar and insisted the contents had been tested and found to be marijuana. Since the shipping box appeared to be unopened he asked about the test methods and was informed it had been spotted by dogs trained for this purpose. So, in their presence, he opened the box and showed them the contents. The sawdust was contained in two draw string cloth bags and had been tied at the factory. The whole point of having the items was their factory originality and untying them would ruin their value. Since DEA insisted the bags contained drugs he used some long nose tweezers to extract a small sample without disturbing the knots. They called in a unit with a drug dog, set the sample down and, of course, nothing happened. They packed up and left...and he completed another item in his collection.

Edited: Oct 27, 2018, 1:38pm Top

>30 alco261: :-) Returning to US just after Canada legalized marijuana, we expected to be grilled big time all the scary stories in Cdn newspapers, but not a single question. On Cdn side, there was, however, a large red-light sign advising travelers to NOT take their marijuana into the US. (Yah think?)

Below, a bit on USPS enforcement capability--sounds like Post Office was key to zeroing in on S Florida: "The U.S. Postal Service also takes images of mail that comes into the system". Must be a TON of images on someone's hard drive!

The Technology of Pipe Bombs and Suspicious Packages, Explained
Kevin Dupzyk and Jacqueline Detwiler | Oct 25, 2018

...Who is leading the investigation now?

An FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) comprised of members from the FBI, local police departments, and additional government agencies are working on the case. A JTTF allows for the best of all available resources: The NYPD is combing through their 15,000 security cameras and complement of license plate scanners for suspects. Plus there’s the lab at Quantico. And then there’s the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Wait, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service?

Founded by Ben Franklin (yes, seriously) in 1775, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is a federal law-enforcement agency within the U.S. Postal Service designed to “regulate the several Post Offices and bring the Officers to account.” In the 1800s, they were called special agents, and their duties included reporting on mail thefts as well as describing the condition of the horses, railroads, and steamboats that carried mail around the country. Today, the agency employs 2,442 people across 17 divisions in major American cities, plus a forensic laboratory in Dulles, Washington. They investigate crimes that include child exploitation, the mailing of controlled substances, extortion, identity fraud, money laundering, and people sending bombs to political targets.

What can the U.S. Postal Inspection Service find out about suspicious mail?

That forensic lab in Dulles is divided into four units that each perform particular tests. The Questioned Documents Unit can do paper and ink analysis, as well as handwriting and type comparisons. The Fingerprint Unit is pretty self-explanatory, and the Digital Evidence Unit collects and examines computer hard drives, phones, and other electronic devices. The Physical Sciences Unit, which is likely to be involved in analyzing these bombs, can conduct physical and chemical tests on bomb debris, toolmarks on handmade bombs, and traces of adhesives, fibers, hair, paint, paper, plastic, rubber, and insulation. They can also find drugs, so stop mailing those.

Cool. So they’re like the Post Office FBI. But are they real cops?

Yes. U.S. Postal Inspection officers carry guns and are authorized to make arrests, execute search warrants, and serve subpoenas. In fact, in the 1920s, post office inspectors were the first officers in federal law enforcement to carry Tommy guns, so that they could foil robberies on mail trains.


I know! They should do CSI: Mail. We’d watch.

Have the authorities made any progress?

The U.S. Postal Service also takes images of mail that comes into the system. Analyses so far seem to indicate that the packages may have come from South Florida.

Are there more bombs out there?

It’s possible—the FBI has said more packages may be currently traversing the mail system. We’ll update this story as more details emerge.


Oct 27, 2018, 1:53pm Top

Wonder what investigators will find on HIS Facebook account....

Pittsburgh shooting leaves 8 confirmed dead at synagogue, shooter screamed 'All Jews must die'
Mark Sumner | October 27, 2018

Oct 27, 2018, 3:32pm Top

>32 margd: Appears he’s not a MAGAshooter. He thinks Trump is a globalist; because, y’know... Jared...

Just a garden variety anti-Semite. Where does that hatred come from in this America?

Oct 27, 2018, 4:05pm Top

Who knows what sets these people off...

Adam Jentleson @AJentleson (Harry Reid's former deputy chief of staff) | 11:05 AM - 27 Oct 2018:

The synagogue shooter hated Jews because he thought they were helping terrorists disguised as refugees enter America. Trump spent the last two weeks fear mongering about terrorists disguised as refugees entering America. And GOP strategists were “quite pleased” with him.

Oct 27, 2018, 4:44pm Top

>31 margd: "The U.S. Postal Service also takes images of mail that comes into the system". Must be a TON of images on someone's hard drive!

They email me pictures of my mail coming in every day. I signed up for it somewhere, and it's never been annoying enough to justify canceling.

Edited: Oct 29, 2018, 7:51am Top

Letter to President Trump from Pittsburgh Jewish Leaders:

...President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until

...you fully denounce white nationalism.

...you stop targeting and endangering all minorities.

...you cease your assault on immigrants and refugees.

...you commit yourself to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us.



‘He is not welcome here’: Thousands support Pittsburgh Jewish leaders calling on Trump to ‘denounce white nationalism’
Allyson Chiu | October 29, 2018

...The letter, which was published and shared on Sunday, was written by 11 members of the Pittsburgh affiliate of Bend the Arc, a national organization for progressive Jews focused on social justice, following what is being called the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. The shooting at Tree of Life synagogue also left several people injured, including law enforcement. As of early Monday morning, the letter had 16,533 signatures.

...“We feel like there have been multiple communities under attack in the United States from the vitriol that the president has been spreading,” (Josh Friedman, a leader of Pittsburgh chapter of Bend the Arc) said. “It was the Jewish community’s turn. Blowback from his words came and cost people’s lives, and we said enough is enough.”

If the president still decides to visit Pittsburgh without meeting the letter’s demands, Friedman said he expects Trump will “only be met with derision.”

“We will let him know how unhappy we are with his presence, with his lack of leadership,” he said. “He will see all of Pittsburgh in the streets. It’s not just going to be the people that signed on to the letter. It’s going to be everybody."

Friedman added: “If he’s going to come to our city, he’s going to come on our terms.”


Oct 29, 2018, 11:59am Top

>34 margd: Apparently he thinks the Jews are enabling massive numbers of immigrants into the U.S. I am happy they do, whatever the number, because one of them was my mother. She came from France in the early 50s and was sponsored by a Jewish women's league (can't remember the exact name).

Oct 30, 2018, 10:46am Top

Pointing to Trump’s rhetoric, attorneys for Kansas militiaman convicted of (2016) mosque bomb plot ask for a more lenient sentence
Antonia Noori Farzan | October 30, 2018

Attorneys representing a Kansas man convicted of a 2016 plot to massacre Somali Muslim refugees by bombing a mosque and apartment complex in Garden City, Kan., have asked a federal judge to consider a more lenient sentence, arguing that President Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric should be taken into account as the “backdrop” for the case...



Soledad O'Brien @soledadobrien | 6:52 AM - 30 Oct 2018:

“I’m not saying Trump encourages domestic terrorists—domestic terrorists are saying he encourages domestic terrorism.”

Oct 30, 2018, 10:54am Top

>38 margd: !!!!!! That is an amazingly brash and twisted argument.

Nov 1, 2018, 5:57am Top

Unbelievable after Pittsburgh--protesters were right to shun Trump. Hope voters join them:

Trump shocks with racist new ad days before midterms
Stephen Collinson | Nov 1, 2018

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump) | 1:18 PM - 31 Oct 2018:
It is outrageous what the Democrats are doing to our Country. Vote Republican now! http://Vote.GOP

Nov 3, 2018, 9:50am Top

Just days after Pittsburgh sysnagogue massacre:

Trump will not renew Obama-era program to fight domestic terrorism: report
John Bowden - 11/01/18

...recipients of the Countering Violent Extremism grant program have been informed that previous grants, which were intended to be part of yearly funding for the organizations, were instead a "one-time" funding grant.

...all references to future funding opportunities or announcements have been scrubbed from the DHS Office of Terrorism Prevention Partnerships's website, NBC reports.

A DHS official told The Hill in an email that the agency is "reviewing the promising practices that are coming out of the FY16 CVE Grant Program," adding that it would work with Congress and other parts of government in "replicating those models."

...The Countering Violent Extremism grant was established in 2016 during the Obama administration, and has given $10 million annually to distribute to organizations devoted to combating hate groups around the country...


Nov 5, 2018, 5:21am Top

ABC collects some assault cases where Trump is credited by the perpetrator:


Nov 8, 2018, 12:27pm Top

‘They were threatening me and my family’: Tucker Carlson’s home targeted by protesters

“I called my wife,” Carlson told The Washington Post in a phone interview. “She had been in the kitchen alone getting ready to go to dinner and she heard pounding on the front door and screaming. ... Someone started throwing himself against the front door and actually cracked the front door.”

His wife, thinking it was a home invasion, locked herself in the pantry and called 911, Carlson said. The couple have four children, but none were home at the time.

But it wasn’t a home invasion. It was a protest.

According to now-deleted social media posts shared by Smash Racism D.C., a local anti-fascist organization whose members have been tied to other demonstrations against prominent Republican figures, activists showed up outside Carlson’s home Wednesday and they had a message for him.

“Tucker Carlson, we are outside your home,” one person could be heard saying in the since-deleted video. The person, using a bullhorn, accused Carlson of “promoting hate” and “an ideology that has led to thousands of people dying.”

“We want you to know, we know where you sleep at night,” the person concluded, before leading the group to chant, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!”

“It wasn’t a protest. It was a threat,” said Carlson, who is often denounced by critics, particularly liberal ones, for his rhetoric about immigrants and minorities on his Fox News show. “They weren’t protesting anything specific that I had said. They weren’t asking me to change anything. They weren’t protesting a policy or advocating for legislation. ... They were threatening me and my family and telling me to leave my own neighborhood in the city that I grew up in.”

(me: I agree with Carlson. It wasn't a protest, it was criminal.)

Nov 8, 2018, 1:14pm Top

>43 2wonderY:

I agree. Carlson is a jerk but this kind of activity is very obnoxious and just plays into the "I'm the real victim" discourse of many Trumpers.

Nov 13, 2018, 7:15pm Top

Huh. Dailykos reports that Tucker Carlson embellished his report of protesters at his home.


Nov 15, 2018, 10:24am Top

‘Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!’ Outburst Disrupts Intermission At Baltimore Performance Of ‘Fiddler On The Roof’

{Jounalist, Rich) Scherr gave a statement to his home paper, saying, “People started running. I’ll be honest, I was waiting to hear a gunshot. I thought, ‘Here we go.'”

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes quickly implied that the person responsible for the outburst had been motivated and empowered by President Donald Trump, tweeting sarcastically, “I swear it’s the strangest thing the way Nazis and racists and bigots of all stripes invoke the name of the President as an expression of their evil.”

Nov 24, 2018, 6:51am Top

Feds Bust (more than 80) White Supremacists (in FL and GA) With Meth, Counterfeit Bills, and a Rocket Launcher
Kelly Weill | 11.20.18

...On Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa, Florida announced the arrest of 39 people affiliated with two major white supremacist gangs. The groups, which are involved in drug-trafficking, were caught with meth, fentanyl, and 110 illegal weapons including pipe bombs and a rocket launcher. On Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Georgia’s southern district announced a bust of 43 members of a different white supremacist gang, the Ghost Face Gangsters, who were caught with meth, a sawed-off rifle, and counterfeit dollars.

...The Unforgiven gang and the Aryan Brotherhood are white supremacist crews with roots in the prison system. Both glorify racial violence, and incorporate Nazi imagery into gang tattoos.

...Separately on Friday, police in Green Bay, Wisconsin responded to a domestic disturbance call and discovered an underground laboratory full of explosive materials. The lab’s alleged owner has large swastikas and Nazi SS lightning bolts tattooed on his stomach, mug shots from a prior arrest reveal.

A report by the Anti-Defamation League found that 20 out of 34 murders by extremists in the U.S. last year were committed by right-wing extremists.


Nov 26, 2018, 2:46pm Top

>47 margd: ...and we have to keep out those "bad guys" coming over the border from Mexico and Central America.

Dec 2, 2018, 1:19pm Top

American Terrorists: Why Current Laws Are Inadequate for Violent Extremists at Home
Jason M. Blazakis | December 2, 2018, 10:00 AM

...It is not enough to label acts committed by people like (Cesar Sayoc (pipe bombs) and Robert Bowers (mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue)) as hate crimes. These acts were hateful, but they also were designed to push a political objective—a key attribute of terrorism. Hate and terrorism are not mutually exclusive. This false distinction has festered for too long and it has shielded people like Sayoc and Bowers from the terrorist stigma we’ve long reserved for foreign jihadist groups.

...Any domestic terrorism statute must preserve legitimate free speech while providing an opportunity for a federal agency to sanction U.S. citizens. Sanctioning U.S. citizens would not be new. Anwar al-Aulaki, a U.S. citizen and high-level member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was sanctioned during the Obama administration. Sanctioning an American without links to a foreign organization, though, would be novel. First, the criteria and processes for determining how the U.S. government sanctions and officially labels an American as a terrorist must be developed. What could this look like? First, the organization or individual must be primarily based in the United States. Second, the group must engage in terrorism or terrorist activity, or have the capability and intent to do so. Third, the organization’s terrorist activity must have a political objective, so as to distinguish it from criminally motivated groups, such as drug cartels. For example, the final criteria could be met if the motive of a group’s violence is to create an Aryan nation by killing Jews and Muslims.

...in addition to stigmatizing acts previously not formally identified by the U.S. government as terrorism, should provide at least three other concrete benefits. First, ... blocked from the formal financial system. ...

Second...make it harder for domestic terrorists to find safe haven.

Third...provide Silicon Valley the legal hook it needs to take down content associated with these actors...

...the new law must also be directed at all forms of domestic terrorists, not just groups animated by right-wing violent extremist views.


Edited: Jan 9, 11:45pm Top

Liberty Counsel, an evangelical nonprofit, thinks it shouldn't be a federal crime to lynch someone because of sexual orientation.

Evangelical group wants gays removed from anti-lynching bill

"The old saying is once that camel gets the nose in the tent, you can't stop them from coming the rest of the way in," Staver said in an interview with conservative Christian news outlet OneNewsNow. “This is a way to slip it in under a so-called anti-lynching bill, and to then to sort of circle the wagon and then go for the juggler (sic) at some time in the future."

Jan 10, 6:16pm Top

The most important info here, I thought, is that he has attended 46 Trump rallies, confirming a theory I've been wondering about.

Trump fan arrested at Elizabeth Warren rally is an ex-con former crack addict with 72 criminal convictions

Jan 10, 8:46pm Top

Tarrant County GOP set to vote on whether to remove vice-chairman because he's Muslim

Dorrie O’Brien, one of the precinct chairs leading the charge to recall Shafi, did not respond to The Tribune’s request for comment. She’s previously said, however, that her support for ousting Shafi stems not from his religion, but whether he supports Islam or is connected “to Islamic terror groups,” according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“We don’t think he’s suitable as a practicing Muslim to be vice chair because he’d be the representative for ALL Republicans in Tarrant County, and not ALL Republicans in Tarrant County think Islam is safe or acceptable in the U.S., in Tarrant County, and in the TCGOP," O'Brien wrote on Facebook, adding that "there are big questions surrounding exactly where Dr. Shafi’s loyalties lie, vis a vis Democrat and Republican policies.”

Jan 10, 8:58pm Top

#52--O'Brien is no doubt an idiot but you have to wonder about Shafi too. When it's clear that these people think he might be a terrorist just because he's a Muslim why would he even want to hang around with them? or even be a party to any of their bullshit?

Jan 11, 6:38am Top

>53 lriley: ... " why would he even want to hang around with them? or even be a party to any of their bullshit?"

Uhm, could it be because he's a politician?

and, as a politician, for a very simple reason that is rather well-understood--and not only in Tarrant Co., Tx. : if you want a shot at getting elected to public office at all, in many places in Texas, Tarrant Co. included, you're _much_ more likely to win election as a "Republican" than as a "Democrat".

Jan 11, 8:37am Top

Jan 11, 8:45am Top

>55 rastaphrog: That's quite a large block of racists.

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