In lampooning their continued harping on conservative political views as providing cover for rightwing political violence, as I did yesterday with a brief post about a crafting organization in Colorado called the Handmade Militia, I was trying to make a point that most readers here got, but they somehow ... missed:
Steve, maybe I missed a post of Cassandra’s, but I don’t think she was concerned about the existence or use of the word “militia.” Rather, the intent behind dangerous right wing extremists in forming “militias” to perform another Oklahoma City Bombing as a means of protest, yeah, that is what concerns us.
And, of course, cassandra was quick to play the wronged virgin:
Thank you, DD. I stopped trying to fix the misreadings of my posts a long time ago. But there is in his post a great example of what I was pointing out — the need bolster victim-cred by any means necessary.
Folks who read my posts in good faith would know that what I care about [is] having law enforcement watch are folks like this or even these guys [original includes links to extremist groups].
Which Steve does know — he was just looking to launch another couple of thousand words in our direction.
Which is bullshit in so many ways that the mind boggles.
Not only cassandra, but the majority of Delawareliberal posters have been advancing the meme for weeks now (in slavish, wannabe imitation of liberal bloggers around the nation) not that law enforcement should be watching extremist groups, but that by advancing specific political positions more conservative than theirs, and by not "calling out" skinheads, Christian identity groups, and militia nuts on tweeter on demand, that anyone not a Democrat is using bullying language and tacitly condoning violence.
This kind of violent rhetoric is exactly the refuge of the worst of the current wingnuts and exactly why they got their outrage on over the DHS report. You can’t protect your own bullying and violent speech without having to cover for the terrorists in your midst too.
Last week’s manufactured outrage over the DHS Threat Assessments deserves abit more information — especially as the remarkable dishonesty around all of this is being used to not just work the refs but to also try to normalize the violent rhetoric that they so like bullying people with.
Note that none of this rhetoric has to do with the legitimacy of law enforcement tracking violent extremist groups [which nobody has actually ever challenged, but you wouldn't know it by reading cassandra], but is centered around the idea that people are outraged by the various skewed law enforcement reports because their political positions and criticisms of current policies are fueling extremism.
jason and nemski:
Both characterized the socially conservative ResistNet as a potentially violent extremist group that should be watched by DHS, despite the fact that absolutely nothing in their published materials or in any media coverage of them suggests any violent intent whatever. Nemski's response? At one point they said, "Keep your powder dry." That's it. To jason and nemski that phrase from a group that specifically advocates peaceful and respectful political dissent converts them into a violent extremist group.
Took a story out of Florida about the hopeless botched arrest of a wife-beating psychotic (who, known to be armed, two deputies attempted to apprehend in the parking lot of a firing range with only a Tazer, and were shot to death because they didn't think to (a) call for back-up or (b) have their own weapons drawn when the subject proved to be "uncooperative"), and turned it into a post about another lunatic Right Wing Cop Killing Nutjob, based on the fact that there is one quote in the original story (to which he did not link) about the guy having said something delusional about Obama and gun confiscation. [You know what the slug was atop the original story? Here it is: Shooting deaths: 'None of it makes sense'--A day after two deputies died in Crestview, an offense report filed against the gunman reveals he was angry Saturday about a missing tube of Clearasil.]
Posted about the rise of extremist groups as tracked by the US government and Southern Poverty Law Center, with the clear implication that we are seeing a dramatic upsurge in rightwing extremism without mentioning the fact that one major driving dynamic behind SPLC's stats is the rise of black separatist groups, which were lumped into the statistics with neo-nazis, skinheads, and militia groups.
If (God forbid!) your sole source of news was Delawareliberal, you would not know that the DHS report upon which they are all basing their fervid, unthinking attacks was:
A) Criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union
B) Criticized by the Boston Globe
C) Criticized by DHS' own internal office of civil rights
D) Criticized by veterans' groups around the country
... and apologized for by the Secretary of Homeland Security as containing inappropriate language.
Which would generally have been enough to convince most objective observers that there was something wrong with the way the report approached its subject matter, and not that there is anything wrong with law enforcement actually tracking demonstrably violent extremists.
Here's the unpleasant fact of the day for the bloggers at DL: Didn't you ever wonder why the Delaware Democratic Party tends not to pick up most of your memes and narratives? Why jason's self-congratulatory post about El Somnambulo's overblown series of faux-insider looks at upcoming State-wide political races is really not the buzz of the Delaware political world?
You live in a State that has essentially had one-party rule for nearly 16 years, and which is demonstably no better off in political or economic terms than any other State in the country.
For which your prescription is: more Democrats, more Statism, more of the same (but with large pay-outs to unions, UD, and select State agencies that send large proportions of their retirees to the General Assembly).
Frankly, if anybody wants to read an actual progressive voice in a Delaware blog, they'd have to go here.