Daily Archives: November 23, 2009

Is Homeland Security Gun Shy About Confronting Far Right?

Remember back in April of this year when the Department Of Homland Security Issued a report about right wing extremists and the consequences of those radical groups escalating their rhetoric and actions?   Almost immediately, Janet Napolitano, Director of Homeland Security, back peddled when the Right Wing Machine started screaming and yelling about the report. 

 Then shortly after that there were two “terrorist” aka extremist killings by right wing fanatics.  One was the murder of the security guard at the Holocaust Museum  in Washington, DC and the other was the killing of abortion doctor,  George Tiller.  At that point the DHS report seemed to be on point in predicting the two killings.  Whatever happened to that report after those incidents?

Newsweek

The Obama administration didn’t hesitate recently to pick a fight with Fox News, but its Department of Homeland Security now appears to have backpedaled on a report expressing concern about what its analysts earlier this year described as “right-wing extremists.” Back in April, Homeland Security’s intelligence analysis division produced a nine-page “assessment” describing how the nation’s economic problems and the ascent of the first African-American president “could create a fertile recruiting environment for right-wing extremists” and might even lead to violence between such groups and the government. Although the paper was stamped “for official use only” and bits of it were labeled “law enforcement sensitive.” the document quickly made its way  onto the Internet. Its contents provoked howls of rage from conservative activists (some of which was reflected in reports from … Fox News). The report’s critics expressed particular outrage at a paragraph stating that returning veterans “possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to right-wing extremists.” The report stated directly that Homeland Security’s intelligence shop was “concerned that right-wing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities.” (Despite these concerns, the report also acknowledged up front that the Feds had “no specific information that domestic right-wing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence.”) 

After the report became public, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano backed away from it, telling members of Congress that it had been disseminated to state and local officials without proper authorization. She said the department’s procedures for vetting such documents had not been followed. But Napolitano also indicated that the report would be “replaced or redone in a much more useful and much more precise fashion.” After gunmen with extreme right-wing pedigrees separately killed a Kansas abortion doctor and a security guard at Washington’s Holocaust Museum, some liberal activists raised questions as to when Homeland Security was going to produce an updated version of the April report.     More>>>

 

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Palin Supporters Appear To Be Less Informed Than Most On Policy

Why do these people support a woman for President,  who’s political policies they know nothing about?  In fact, Palin herself has yet to CLEARLY define just where she stands on issues like the environment, health care, domestic policy as well as foreign policy.   Oh she’s tweeted some things and posted things on her face book, but it appears she is NOT educating her supporters on the ISSUES. 

It’s like Jon Stewart says…when you peel back the layers of onion…THERE’S NO ONION!  

Where’s the substance from Palin and from her followers.   They are merely repeating what she is saying…NOTHING!  Listen very carefully.  These people simply regurgitate her words and catch phrases.  Amazing!!!

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New Feature: Blog Round Up

Andrew Sullivan: The Daily Dish - The Kate Gosselin of Politics

Oh, For Goodness Sake - Birther Ministers of hate have change of heart.

BadFiction – Where the Tea Parties get it wrong – and right.

Huffington Post – Tea Party Patriots Attack Family Who Lost Daughter And Grandchild

New York Times – An Unsurprising Slide for Obama

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Palin-Beck 2012: SNL’s Vision

I read about this video but couldn’t find the You Tube version to embed here.   However, Raw Story had the video on their site.  Apparently it’s a parody of the movie 2012.    This is Saturday Night Live’s  vison of the Palin-Beck ticket winning in 2012.

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One for the Gipper…2009 Version

See this also.

 

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