Li: ritual, propriety, etiquette. Hsiao: love within the family (parents for children and children for parents. Yi: righteousness--the noblest way to act in a situation. Xin: honesty and trustworthiness. Jen: benevolence, humaneness towards others. Chung: loyalty to the state and authority. --Confucius (Kong Fuzi)

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I believe the past is relevant, sometimes more than others of course. In most cases we are seeing history being repeated, so it is most relevant.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Other Examples of Fearful Rhetoric: Updated

by Glenn Littrell
continued from
TOTW: The Role Of Fearful Rhetoric

If I could stand this person enough to follow her I know I could find even more examples…

…but like Beck and Limbaugh; the hypocrisy, revisionist history, low-level animosity for all things and people unlike or ‘lesser than them’ and their un-American version of patriotism I can not stomach or justify more than an occasional gasp at what comes out of their mouths. GlennDL

“In case you don't want to listen to the whole spiel, here's the relevant quote from Coulter: "So at the moment anyway, I mean I don't know what's going to happen in New York today, but at the moment I'm not really worried of a movement like SDS which really swept a lot of the college campuses... taking over. Of course if it does, just remember the lesson from my book: it just took a few shootings at Kent State to shut that down for good." And here's another, just in case you weren't convinced: "This is the first time they got bullets back... and that put an end to the protests pretty quickly." If you'd like to read the full transcript, MediaMatters has it here.”  12-2-11

 

“Conservative commentator tweets a threat to kill recall volunteers”

“Invoking the newly-adopted “castle doctrine,” which allows homeowners to kill intruders in their home without fear of legal liability, Wisconsin blogger and conservative pundit Kevin Binversie posted this not-so-veiled threat to his Twitter account:

Or better yet Senate Miller, how about I “Castle Doctrine” a few guys coming to my house w/ recall petitions?

Mr. Binversie blogs at Lakeshore Laments, and has worked for the Heritage Foundation and the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.”

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"I love the Republican Party but I don't want to take a bullet for anyone."

A nasty battle between factions of Legislative District 20 Republicans and fears that it could turn violent in the wake of what happened in Tucson on Saturday prompted District Chairman Anthony Miller and several others to resign.

Miller, a 43-year-old Ahwatukee Foothills resident and former campaign worker for U.S. Sen. John McCain, was re-elected to a second one-year term last month. He said constant verbal attacks after that election and Internet blog posts by some local members with Tea Party ties made him worry about his family's safety.

Bill O'Reilly wants my head – literally:

“On Thursday night, the Fox News host asked, as part of a show that would be seen by 5.5 million people: "Does sharia law say we can behead Dana Milbank?" He then added, "That was a joke." Hilarious! Decapitation jokes just slay me, and this one had all the more hilarity because the topic of journalist beheadings brings to mind my late friend and colleague Danny Pearl, who replaced me in the Wall Street Journal's London bureau and later was murdered in Pakistan by people who thought sharia justified it.”  Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Conspiracy theorists find validation from Glenn Beck:

"I would've never started watching Fox News if it wasn't for the fact that Beck was on there," says this friend, Byron Williams. "And it was the things he did, it was the things he exposed, that blew my mind."…  according to court documents, he said he had been on a mission to kill people at the liberal Tides Foundation, which happens to be a favorite Beck target.

Marianne Williamson's Plea To Sarah Palin: Words Have Power:

“…But no one needs to be "re-loading" now, and our political opponents are not "enemy territory." In a free society, we do not have to agree; in fact, that's the point of freedom. "Shoot with accuracy; aim high and remember it takes blood, sweat and tears to win" is a frightening statement, Sarah. It is not funny; it is threatening….”   April 1, 2010

Mike Huckabee jokes about Barack Obama getting shot:


Alabama Tea Partier 'Gather Your Armies' TV Ad

"If ballots don't work, bullets will." Joyce Kaufman, Tea Party gathering, July 2010.

“She said she didn't care if this made it to YouTube or not. Cue to the 6 minute mark and listen to Joyce Kaufman's July speech in which she encouraged gun violence.”  C.Russleburg

Democrat Manchin ‘Dead Aim’ Ad:

“After finding himself unexpectedly trailing his Republican opponent John Raese as the campaign entered its final month, Manchin released a 30-second TV spot, which featured him literally shooting the federal cap-and-trade bill - an unpopular piece of legislation to which Raese had sought to link his Democratic opponent.”

Republican House Candidate: Violent Uprising Is 'On The Table':

Stephen Broden, a Republican running for Congress in Texas' 30th District, said he would not rule out a violent overthrow of the government if the midterm elections don't cause a change in government, saying that "our nation was founded on violence" so "the option is on the table."

Gregg Harper: I Hunt Democrats

“Gregg Harper says at the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, 'we hunt liberal, tree-hugging Democrats, although it does seem like a waste of good ammunition.”

Tea Party Activist And Senate Candidate: 'If We Don't See New Faces, I'm Cleaning My Guns And Getting Ready For The Big Show'

SC Candidate Holds 'Machine Gun Social' Fundraiser:

“A candidate for state office in South Carolina drew 500 people to a fundraiser Saturday that included the giveaway of a $700 AK-47 semiautomatic rifle.”

Tucson: Time for Another Examination of Conscience, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

“…Neither Beck, Hannity nor Savage nor the hate merchants at Fox News and talk radio can claim to have invented their genre. Toxic right-wing vitriol so dominated the public airwaves from the McCarthy era until 1963 that President Kennedy, that year, launched a citizen's campaign to enforce the Fairness Doctrine, which required accuracy and balance in the broadcast media. Students, civic and religious groups filed more than 500 complaints against right-wing extremists and hate-mongering commentators before the FCC…”.

Mark DeMoss[Rep] Disbands 'Civility Project,' Citing Conservative Attacks, Grim View On Discourse:

"The worst e-mails I received about the civility project were from conservatives with just unbelievable language about communists, and some words I wouldn't use in this phone call," DeMoss told The Times. "This political divide has become so sharp that everything is black and white, and too many conservatives can see no redeeming value in any liberal or Democrat. That would probably be true about some liberals going the other direction, but I didn't hear from them."

Glenn Beck’s Ten Worst Quotes of 2010:

* “God will wash this nation with blood if he has to.” (August 25, 2010)
* Putting “the common good” first “leads to death camps.” (May 28, 2010)
* “Women are psychos” (January 20, 2010)
* Beck’s election-coverage goal was to “make George Soros cry,” which is “hard to do,” as Soros “saw people into gas chambers.” (November 2, 2010)
* Uncle Sam is a “child molester” who is “raping our wallets” and “destroying our families.” (April 16, 2010)
* Beck mocks President Obama’s daughters’ “level of education.” (May 28, 2010)
* “We have been sold a lie” that “the poor in America” are suffering. (November 30, 2010)
* “Charles Darwin is the father of the Holocaust.” (August 20, 2010)
* Social Justice is a “perversion of the Gospel, “not what Jesus was saying.” (March 11, 2010)
* Beck likens himself to “Israeli Nazi hunters”: “To the day I die, I am going to be a progressive hunter.” (January 20, 2010)

 

NOTE 1: I have not included every mention/video of guns or second amendment rights. The context, probability of the statements or actions being taken out of context and the emotion of, repetitive nature of and delivery of the message we’re used in picking which items to post. For example I excluded an ad for Agriculture Commissioner because it was just silly. I also excluded an ad of Arizona candidate Pamela Gorman firing several weapons and touted as “…a conservative Christian and a pretty fair shot.” because her NRA endorsement and the remainder of the video did not associate her message with any rhetoric or suggestion of human targets, violence or action. I can’t ever figure out the suggestion of a link between Christianity and guns though? Nor was her opponents '”…knock the hell out of the place” remark worthy of posting.

NOTE 2: If you have links to similar statements by the left I will post them here.

NOTE 3: 1-13-2011 All future updates will be posted to the ‘comments’ section [link below] for this post. Fell free to post your own comments here or on Facebook. Comments are not moderated before showing, but they are reviewed for civility. Please do not use the ‘Anonymous’ option, use the ‘Name/URL” option with a nickname if you wish to remain anonymous. This will allow responses to you in the comments section to not be confused with anyone else. Thank you: GlennDL.

For full text of Robert Kennedy’s speech “Mindless Menace Of Violence” click here.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

New Black Panthers Party Case

by Glenn Littrell

links:

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/14/the-new-black-panther-party-is-the-new-acorn0.html  

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/07/second-thoughts-on-the-new-black-panthers.html 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/06/ex-official-accuses-justice-department-racial-bias-black-panther-case/  

https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usccr.gov%2FNBPH%2F05-14-2010_NBPPhearing.pdf%23page%3D17 

http://mediamatters.org/columns/201003020001

My view of the case against NBPP is that they should be prosecuted. Their are no different than the many cases and accusations

 

Every election there are instances of loonies across the spectrum, from far right wing extremist to these guys, who show up at polling places. Sometimes there are even Poll workers who take on the role of ‘intimidators’ at some level. Many of these people, like the NBPP in this case, rise to a level that should be prosecuted, but quite often after the initial uproar they are not. This doesn’t excuse the NBPP for me, but it is why such an irrelevant group shouldn’t be afforded national attention which only serves to provide them with free publicity and recruitment tools.

The problem with Adams, besides the possibility that he comes with his own ‘baggage’ is that he withholds specifics [in his interview with M.Kelly] and seems to have toned it down in front of the commission. Plus, his accusations of partisanship and defense of career attorneys in the Civil Rights division ring hollow when his hiring occurred during the conservative house cleaning at DOJ under Bush.

Fox as usual promotes the dismissal of the charges as unprecedented and proof of anti-white racism by liberal appointees, Holder and of course, Obama. Yet they ignore the testimony of AGG Thomas Perez before the Civil Rights Commission in regards to the difficulty of prosecution under Section 11b of the Civil Rights Act. He points out cases of failed prosecutions and failure to bring prosecutions in cases that appear to be just as much of a ‘slam dunk’ as the NBPP case.

Two of the four examples given:

“…regarding events in Pima, Arizona in the 2006 election when three with well-known the  anti-immigrant advocates affiliated with the Minutemen, one of whom was carrying a gun, allegedly intimidated Latino voters at a polling place by approaching several persons, filming them…”

“In 2005, the Division received allegations that armed Mississippi State investigators intimidated elderly minority voters during an investigation of possible voter fraud in municipal elections by visiting them in their home, asking them who they voted for, in spite of state law protections that explicitly forbid such inquiries.”

Of course these occurred pre-Obama, is old news and would undercut the FOX racial preference narrative.

The whole reason the NBPP case receives the attention at FOX that it didn’t elsewhere is that it fits their prime criteria for promoting that narrative:

1. It posses elements that FOX can promote as examples of ‘reverse racism’.
2. It provides an opportunity to play six degrees of separation in connecting Obama to nefarious characters, causes or events.
3. Everyone else has deemed the story back page material allowing FOX to control the source material that is used.

Like other cases where the above criteria has been met FOX presents the claimed transgressions as further proof of their Obama/liberal conspiracy theories.

The NBPP case, by itself, is a theory in search of a conspiracy. Adams provides the ‘smoking gun’ but not the ‘magic bullet’, but even so it contributes to the ‘connect the fuzzy dots to make a suspicious pattern’ game that FOX so loves.

The NBPP nuts, the Arizona idiots and the Mississippi investigators should all be locked up…together. That would be front page material.

GlennDL

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/14/the-new-black-panther-party-is-the-new-acorn0.html

Updates:

TPM:   …Voter fraud "exists, and anyone who denies it has no credibility," J. Christian Adams told TPMmuckraker recently. "But it doesn't affect the outcome of elections as much as people say. I don't think that if there's 100 or 1,000 dead voters in, let's say, Texas ... I don't think it's going to affect the outcome of statewide elections."…

Indianapolis Times: …Outgoing Republican Secretary of State Todd Rokita has made a career of lecturing about clean elections. If he doesn't agree to look into White's case, as Democrats have requested, he will look like he is taking care of one of his political buddies.”…

Monday, June 6, 2011

Can someone explain to me why…

by Glenn Littrell

UPDATE:  Having asked the question on several issues it is apparent that an answer is not forthcoming, and neither is the Tea Party. Like the 1st time voters in the 2010 election they went home after the election and expected that everything they wanted would happen, only to find that you have to stick around and monitor, encourage and demand that your expectations be met. The end result being that the loonies they elected had their own agenda: pro corporate, pro-big and interfering government at the state level and a unannounced love of social issues that were covert during the election. The end result is that the legislative bodies have done nothing on jobs or the economy outside of more tax breaks for the rich, corporations and further attacks on the working class. De-funding Planned Parenthood, NPR and destroying unions was more important than strengthening schools. All four of the bills mentioned below were passed [amended] in Indiana.

…Tea Partiers aren’t marching on the state capitol with the rest of us in opposition to bills that:

House Bill 1538: Makes local government units servants to state government mandates by barring them from setting a minimum wage higher than the state’s minimum wage? The argument for ‘states rights’ evidently doesn’t carry over to local rights. Strong centralized government control is ok at the state level but not the federal?

Senate Bill 001:  …limiting local control of teacher evaluations. There is no appeal process under this bill if a teacher is fired unjustly. The [state] Superintendent of Public Instruction may revoke a teacher’s license at will. The bill also includes a provision to require that only 50 percent of the teaching staff at some schools be licensed as teachers. Big brother at the state capitol knows what’s right for schools more than the local school boards? Who can teach, who can be stripped of their license [without appeal] while allowing more teachers to teach WITHOUT a license?

House Bill 1002: The bill allows for acquisition by a non-government entity [ie., charter schools] of under-utilized buildings for $1 per year for up to 20 years. The school corporation must maintain the building. The non-government entity [ie., charter schools] have first option at any under-utilized building, meaning the corporation cannot choose to sell it if the non-government entity wants the building. The free acquisition of local government property without compensation to the tax-payer and without even assuming the cost of maintaining that property? Eminent domain in reverse?

House Bill 1003: Allow public money to be diverted to private entities [schools] to the tune of $110 million. The only difference between this and the federal bailouts is that the private entities aren’t failing financially. With Obama and GM its socialism but with Daniels and Indiana its ???????

Evidently taking their country back meant giving it to the state level republicans so they could do to state economies what the national level republicans did to the national economy. Or could it be that without their corporate sponsored umbrella groups telling them what to do their grass roots movement is lost? Or is it that since unions start all their meetings with a prayer and the pledge without demonizing others they can’t get fired up enough to care? Not enough Hitler and Nazi paraphernalia or gun toting to make them feel comfortable? Too much peaceful coexistence? Too many people?

notaxes

“…Between 1998 to 2005, GAO found that about 72 percent of large foreign controlled companies and 55 percent of large U.S. controlled companies reported zero tax liability for at least one year. About 57 percent of foreign controlled large companies and 42 percent of U.S. large companies paid no taxes in two or more years, and a third of the foreign companies and one quarter of their U.S. counterparts paid no taxes for at least four of those years. Just 45 percent of large U.S. companies and 28 percent of foreign companies reported a tax liability for each of the eight years. The report defined large companies as those with at least $250 million in assets, or at least $50 million in receipts…”

Yet, Tea Partiers objection to taxes is limited to attacking wage earners? GlennDL

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Leave Medicare Alone:

“Robert Reich knows a thing or two about the economy, having served as labor secretary under Clinton. Check out his plan to fix the budget—without destroying the safety net that working Americans rely on.”

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fight On!

"Most poor folks are not on welfare, they work every day. They catch the early bus. They work every day.. . . They clean the streets. They cut the grass. They rake the leaves. They work hard every day. They raise other people's children. They work in hospi­tals. They mop the floors, and clean up the germs. They wipe the bodies of those who are sick with fever, rub their bodies down and when they get sick, they clean out their commodes." Jesse Jackson, 1988

Continue the effort, fight the Republican/Wall Street attack on the working middle class!
Can someone explain to me why…

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Can Someone Explain To Me Why…

“…Tea Partiers aren’t marching on the state capitol with the rest of us in opposition to bills that…”

I asked this question in a previous article [click here] concerning the absence of Tea Partiers at the statehouse marches in light of the anti-local government aspect of the bills being protested. Now on a larger scale Thom Hartmann further addresses the similarities between the progressive objections to big business subsidies and the motivations of the Tea Party, or at least the truly grass roots element of the Tea Party.

GlennDL

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I Pay Taxes…

As Congress debates cutting essential programs that affect our future, let's investigate why we have a deficit and a debt problem.  Let's face it: our tax code is full of loopholes created and exploited by big corporations. They spend the millions that they don't pay in taxes to control our gov't with their army of lobbyists on K St.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

How does your religion address the issue of same-sex marriage?

from Indianapolis Star: Faith Forum: 3-6-2011

A bill before the Indiana legisla­ture would amend the state con­stitution to ban same-sex mar­riage.
During hearings about the bill, sup­porters said it would preserve values; op­ponents said it would codify discrimina­tion. Some people believe that homosexuality is immoral and that same­-sex marriages should not be permitted.
Others argue that same-sex marriage should be permitted because everyone has the right to be treated equally.
Which teachings in your faith tradition offer guidance?