Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Remember When...

Today we're going to play Remember When.

Remember when the FBI and Homeland Security came out with a report entitled Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalism and Recruitment?

That was in April 2009. Remember how Rush Limphole and Michelle Mockery hooted with derision about its findings?

Here's Rush:

I mean, the language they use in this report to describe conservatives... We hear all the time that the left is a bunch of pacifists, make-love-not-war types. They don't want violence. They just want to get along, and why can't everybody just be happy together, and yet when you read what a typical leftist like Obama or Janet Napolitano put together in this Department of Homeland Security report, you conclude nothing else that they are extreme partisan radicals, and they're ready to go to war with a domestic enemy, conservatives, that they consider to be a greater threat than Iran, than China, than North Korea, than Venezuela, Russia, or any other nation that threatens the United States. Conservatives are the biggest threat to America. That's the message coming out of Washington from Obama and Janet Napolitano.
Well, Rusty, since the American death toll from all those foreign and smelly countries remains at zero, and the death toll from American-bred wingnuts is something like over a hundred, with a full 25% of those being police officers who were gunned down by white supremacists, I think you need to issue a correction.

Yeah, good luck with that happening...

And let's not forget Michelle:
The “report” ... was one of the most embarrassingly shoddy pieces of propaganda I’d ever read out of DHS. I couldn’t believe it was real.
. . .the piece of crap report issued on April 7 is a sweeping indictment of conservatives. And the intent is clear. As the two spokespeople I talked with on the phone today made clear: They both pinpointed the recent “economic downturn” and the “general state of the economy” for stoking “rightwing extremism.” One of the spokespeople said he was told that the report has been in the works for a year. My b.s. detector went off the chart, and yours will, too, if you read through the entire report — which asserts with no evidence that an unquantified “resurgence in rightwing extremist recruitment and radicalizations activity” is due to home foreclosures, job losses, and…the historical presidential election.
So how's that famous b.s. detector working out for you, Michelle? I think you need new batteries... Maybe you can recycle them from your Steely Dan.

Or better yet, a new Bullshit Detector Watch. It's all the "rage" ... in other words, perfect for you.

As Stephan Salisbury over at Tom Dispatch said, America's political landscape is littered with bodies, victims of the rightwing killing machine.