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Posted at 3:23 PM ET, 03/ 9/2011

NAACP to Pete King: Drop your effort to stereotype Muslims

By Greg Sargent

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is weighing in for the first time on Pete King's hearings into the radicalization of Muslims, arguing that King's plans ignore the history of domestic terrorism in the United States and risk stereotyping Muslims in a manner historically endured by African Americans.

In a letter to King that was not distributed widely to the press, the NAACP invokes the assassination of civil rights figures, and specifically invokes discrimination against blacks as a forerunner to what King is doing:

The NAACP is no stranger to domestic terrorism: as the surviving friends and family of Harry T. and Henrietta Moore, Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, Jr., Schwerner, Goodman, and Chaney, and Emmitt Till, not to mention the 168 killed and 450 injured in the Alfred T. Murrah building in Oklahoma City, and too many others can attest, we are all too familiar with the evil concept. We are also too familiar with the process of being ostracized and demonized because of who we are or what we look like. Finally, members of the NAACP also have a long history of working with and benefitting from the goodwill of people of all races and ethnicities regardless of their background. It is clear that the most effective means of identifying terrorists is through their behavior -- not ethnicity, race or religion.

Factual history has clearly demonstrated that "homegrown domestic terrorism" cannot be relegated to one racial or ethnic group. To do so is to overlook actual historic and current events, which are both riddled with terrorist acts by extremists from a large variety of racial, ethnic, political, social and religious groups. Furthermore, by identifying one group as being largely responsible for current terror threats against our nation, you are promoting misinformation and stereotypes that can only build mistrust among members of that group. This in turn will make it more difficult for members of that group to cooperate with authorities in identifying or reporting genuine threats, and more unlikely that they will. On the other side of the equation, this approach creates misguided hostility towards or Muslims or perceived Muslims by perpetuating stereotypes which incite further misunderstandings or even violence against those groups.

So I must again urge you in the strongest terms possible to rethink the focus of your proposed hearings on domestic terrorism. The United States today clearly faces a wide variety of dangers, from both foreign and domestic sources, and to focus on one group presents not only a disservice to that group, but also to our Nation.

The invocation of American domestic terrorism, and the comparison of King's efforts to discrimination visited on African Americans, amount to a double-barreled shot at the very premise of his hearings, which is that the threat of Islamic terror is unique enough to justify the focus of high-profile Congressional hearings on just this one group of Americans. The letter's larger, if unstated, implication is that King is perilously close to earning his very own spot in American history's hall of shame.

By Greg Sargent  | March 9, 2011; 3:23 PM ET
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Evil has no color, no creed. The evil that men do, whether or not you call it "terrorism" is not a religious thing, not a racial thing. For King to single out any one group for investigation absolutely goes against everything we say we stand for. I hope people see King for what he really is, and turn their backs on this kind of display. Joe MacCarthy died a long time ago, but apparently his legacy still lives on.

Posted by: mjohnson1116 | March 9, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

King, along with many of these Congresspeople are a bunch of show boating dolts. The FBI is already in the background with undercover folks infiltrating groups to weed out potential threats to our citizens. It doesn't require some over the top Congressman's show hearing that will undoubtedly focus a bunch of negative attention on a religious group from a bunch of neo-xenophobes know nothings that have been anti-anyone not a WASP for what has been the existence of this country and beyond.

All this trial will do is give the xenophobes like Kaddafi a chance to expose their hatred in the hopes of stoking up his fellow know nothings into a frenzy. They thrive on this garbage and King knows it.

Or who knows, maybe King is too stupid to realize what he's doing.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | March 9, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/09/AR2011030902821.html?hpid=topnews

RIP David Broder.

I'm not the biggest fan, but he devoted his life to what he did and well recognized by people far more qualified than I to pass judgment.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 9, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

[NAACP drooled: "homegrown domestic terrorism" cannot be relegated to one racial or ethnic group."]

Remind voters again: What "racial or ethnic group" are Muslims?

*Fry Mumia*

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | March 9, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for sharing that important letter with us Greg.

OT:

Where are the jobs bills?

No wait, let me clarify...

Where are the job GROWTH bills?

Posted by: ronnieandrush | March 9, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Damn that is racist kaddafidelendaEst 3:35.

It is my sincere hope that every member that is questioned by Congressman King, instead of answering any of his questions repeatedly ask him how many people he was responsible for being murdered by his support of the IRA.

Posted by: kindness1 | March 9, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Remember that many on the Right were saying precisely the same thing as the NAACP last year, when Homeland Security released its report scapegoating right-wingers for domestic terrorism. It would have been nice to see Sargent arguing against unfair stereotyping back then too, but that wouldn't have been politically useful, I guess.

Posted by: tomtildrum | March 9, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The domestic terrorist in Spokane apparently WAS from the white supremacist movement:

"The suspect is believed to be affiliated with white supremacists, the source said."

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014443763_spokanebomb10m.html

Posted by: ronnieandrush | March 9, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Greg,

A report about how nervous China has become about the threat of internal protests. It is on Niall O'Dowd's website.

"Shanghai St. Patrick’s Day parade canceled over fears of uprising
Irish organizations cancel parade after government demands route change
By
CATHY HAYES
,
IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

Published Saturday, March 5, 2011, 7:31 AM
Updated Monday, March 7, 2011, 9:18 AM

The Chinese authorities have begun a clampdown on activities by foreigners, including the Shanghai's St. Patrick's Day parade, as they are deemed threatening to political stability.

The authorities' decision to initiate the clampdown stemmed from an anonymous Internet campaign urging the people of China to emulate the protests and revolutions that have taken place across the Middle East in recent weeks.

Shanghai authorities have objected to the location of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade which was set to take place on March 12. Over 2,000 people were expected to congregate which pressurized the Irish organizations involved to cancel the event.

The St. Patrick's Day parade was set to take place on a major street near a cinema which had been mentioned in the anonymous Internet campaign. The campaign urged people to gather every Sunday to show their displeasure with the Chinese government.

The Irish consul general in Shanghai, Conor O’Riordan, said concerns over the parade came to a boil on Monday. The Chinese officials had agreed to allow the parade if they found a "more modest" route.

Unable to change the route at such short notice, they canceled the event. A volunteer-run organization will hold an invitation-only, indoor event instead.

Other events being planned by foreigners have also been canceled. One diplomat who spoke to the New York Times said, "We’ve noticed that a somewhat larger number of our cultural and educational programs around China are being postponed or canceled, but we haven’t been notified by Chinese authorities of any specific reason.”

Foreign journalists in Beijing and Shanghai have been dressed down on videotape. They have been warned that they broke reporting regulations, visiting locations that have been selected as protest sites on Internet postings. The journalists were warned that their visas and credentials would be revoked according to a report from the Foreign Correspondent's Club of China and the New York Times.

Officials in Beijing have announced that they intend to monitor the movement of 20 million Beijing residents through the signal transmitted by their cellphones. The officials said the move is an effort to track traffic and subway congestion, but the Chinese media believes this is so they can detect any possible protests of gatherings.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Pay particular attention to the part where the Chinese are going to monitor the cell phones of 20 million people in Beijing.

Nice trading partner we have found.

Posted by: Liam-still | March 9, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Islam is a supremacist ideology with a vicious history of genocidal expansionism against aboriginal cultures including (so-called) "colored" people.

See "The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims"
http://www.andrewbostom.org/loj/

Why on earth is the NAACP defending the very Islamo-supremacist ideologues who (today) mass murder "colored" Christians and animists in Darfur?

Leftists are truly plumbing the depths of absurdity in their ideological witch-hunt against Congressman King.

*Fry Mumia*

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | March 9, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

NAACP ? Isn't that an old organization that once existed for getting "colored people" into colleges and Government ? Who says "colored people" anymore ?

Now I think it is an old folks gathering for retired Black Democrats and white-hating liberals.

Of course they have no interest in an investigation of the behavior or risks of violent domestic extremists...

Did they ever care about William Ayers ? or the Black Panthers ? Old or New ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | March 9, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I just want to say that I find KDE's racist rants to be totally offensive.

Posted by: ronnieandrush | March 9, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"The evil that men do, whether or not you call it "terrorism" is not a religious thing, not a racial thing."

Well I'm glad someone said that.

King still says IRA terrorism (blowing up innocent people to get a political message to a larger audience) was ok. But he says Islamic terrorism is not ok, because it involves blowing up (our) innocent people in other countries, not just their own. Killing innocent people to score political points is terrorism; there is no good terrorism versus bad terrorism.

Peter King is going to lose this fight and he is going to be one more example for the American public, an example of the mistake some of them made in November. Republicans playing House isn't solving any problems.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 9, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"I just want to say that I find KDE's racist rants to be totally offensive."

I am glad to not know what you are talking about. I wouldn't be reading and tapping on the keyboard here if it weren't for Kevin's TH.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 9, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Fill in the blank. Where blank is some hypothetical event where white people aren't the victim.
--------------
Upon seeing ____, a couple of Conservatives were like, "that's kind of racist."
--------------

I can't think of anything.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 9, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I second Shrink. There are only two posters I block, but KDE in all of his incarnations is one of them.

Posted by: Michigoose | March 9, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

It might be time again to mention a piece of software available to people who don't use IE, it blocks the posts of people who are so offensive to you it is no fun to try to keep track of what other people are talking about.

http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/89140

Posted by: shrink2 | March 9, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

OT:

Mini-Civil-War breaking out in GOP camp over tax raises

“I don’t have a bottom line. I’m open to solving our very acute problems,” Coburn said Tuesday, when asked whether he would consider raising taxes.

His GOP partners in bipartisan deficit-reduction talks, Sens. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Mike Crapo of Idaho, are with him, too. “Nobody wants to raise taxes,” Chambliss said. “I don’t want to raise taxes, and I’ve never voted for a tax increase. But it has to be in the mix for the dialogue. The discussion needs to be there.”

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/50905.html

That's the first I've heard any mention of Republicans open to raising taxes.

Posted by: ronnieandrush | March 9, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Peter King is attempting to defend secularists (Muslims and non-Muslims alike) against the creeping sharia of Islamo-supremacists.

Meanwhile, NAACP supports Islamo-supremacists against those who resist the imposition of sharia.

The Left constantly reminds folks there are over a billion Islamo-supremacists-- with a very tiny minority of sharia rejecting secular Muslims.
http://www.centerforinquiry.net/isis/

Clearly, the NAACP comparison of King's investigations with discrimination against minorities is absurdity on stilts.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | March 9, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

[ronnieandrush slandered: "I just want to say that I find KDE's racist rants to be totally offensive."]

What evidence are you prepared to present to support that smear?

I ask again: What "racial or ethnic group" are Muslims?

You can't answer because Islam is not a "racial or ethnic group".

It is, therefore, not "racist" to remind NAACP-enablers of that FACT.

Try harder to avoid slinging idiotic charges of "waaaaacism" through the bars of your mental cage.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | March 9, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I love the Troll Hunter.

Mine has some permanent residents, and some occasional visitors. Once in awhile, I let them out for a little exercise, but not too often. I hope they find the accommodations adequate, because I sure do!

Posted by: suekzoo1 | March 9, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

@KDE I didn't think even you were this stupid...

"(Islam) Christianity is a supremacist ideology with a vicious history of genocidal expansionism against aboriginal cultures including (so-called) "colored" people.

Both religions have committed atrocities!
Perhaps though KDE you are like Bill Maher and against ALL religion. Although I have to say you couldn't really insert Buddhism at the head of KDE's diatribe could you.

Seriously no snark can anybody recall a Buddhist war of agression. I do recall Buddhist monks burning THEMSELVES in Vietnam in protest to the Catholic Diem regimen.

I wish the anti abortionists had the same courage. Think how much better it would have been if Scott Roeder had gone into George Tiller's church and placed the gun under his own useless head and blown HIS OWN brains out in protest. Then I might have been impressed by his passion.

Just another reason I lean towards Buddhism over Christianity or Islam.

Posted by: rukidding7 | March 9, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Greg,

You might want to get on this breaking news.

"WI Senate GOP Leader Admits On-Air That His Goal Is To Defund Labor Unions, Hurt Obama’s Reelection Chances "

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/03/09/scott-fitzgerald-obama/

Excerpt:

"In an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly moments ago, State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-WI), one of Walker’s closest allies in the legislature, confirmed the true political motive of Walker’s anti-union push. Fitzgerald explained that “this battle” is about eliminating unions so that “the money is not there” for the labor movement. Specifically, he said that the destruction of unions will make it “much more difficult” for President Obama to win reelection in Wisconsin:

FITZGERALD: Well if they flip the state senate, which is obviously their goal with eight recalls going on right now, they can take control of the labor unions. If we win this battle, and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you’re going to find is President Obama is going to have a much difficult, much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin."

Use the link to watch the video clip of him saying it.

Posted by: Liam-still | March 9, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

And then Sue drooled...

I love the Troll Hunter.

Mine has some permanent residents,

Just getting a little snarky here Sue. I need to start using it as well...scrolling works pretty well...but when you have to scroll past Bilgey's slave...oops wait now it's KDE/bilgey's "drool".

He really never has been a very creative troll..in fact calling him a troll is actually insulting to our real trolls. ;-)

Posted by: rukidding7 | March 9, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

[rukidding7: "Christianity is a supremacist ideology... Both religions have committed atrocities!"]

Please cite EVIDENCE of supremacists (today) who are actively committing genocide and legitimately justifying those atrocities in the name of Christianity.

You won't because you can't.

+16K deadly (sharia-compliant) Islamo-supremacists attacks since 9/11 don't lie.
www.thereligionofpeace.com/

Don't spit anti-Christian lies and bigotry your whole life.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | March 9, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Troll Hunter is for wimps.

Posted by: Liam-still | March 9, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

King can't possibly stereotype Muslims any better than Muslim stereotype themselves.

Islamic psycho bombers, hyjackers and beheaders have, forevermore, etched the image of Muslims as suicide killers and mass murderers in the collective memories of their hated enemies, the whole non-Islamic world.

Never, in the history of world affairs, has a religious ideology been so rife with revenge, terror, fear, and mayhem as the cult of Islam.

America is so fortunate to have such a tiny Muslim strain in our society.

But, it should be nipped, in the bud, now.

Posted by: battleground51 | March 9, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

"The threat of Islamic terror is unique enough to justify the focus of high-profile Congressional hearings on just this one group of Americans."

Yes! You've got it right!

Posted by: sbj3 | March 9, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Shrink..and Sue

Whoaaa...I just downloaded T.H. Wow. You guys were right. I get to stop losing my temper on a daily basis. :-) KDE is gone foreever...how cool is that. Sorry Liam it is kind of nice to skip past the idiots...KDE..battlegourd...this is great!!!!

Posted by: rukidding7 | March 9, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

10 Senate Dems bolted on their spending plan today. Looks like GOP definitely has the upper hand in the budget fight now.

Posted by: Truthteller12 | March 9, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

What an awakening. T.H. also moves user names to the top of the comment so you can decide who to read. And of course to be able to block the real loons....Congrats to Kevin wherever you are my Memphis friend!

Posted by: rukidding7 | March 9, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

ruk, RE storming the court. Maybe not completely necessary, but it was a win over Duke, so that's always reason to celebrate. And despite the fact that UNC aren't exactly bottom dwellers in, we had a terrible season last year and were just totally lost at the start of the season. The win over Duke wasn't just a win over Duke. It was the culmination of an incredible midseason turnaround. We've beaten Duke before, we beat them a lot. But this game felt so much more special than normal.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 9, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I love the delusional ravings of Bilgeman's Kadaffi Duck Sock Puppet.

Troll Hunter is for wimps.

Posted by: Liam-still | March 9, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

There is a reason no Buddhists live in India, the land of its origin (except a bunch of Tibetan refugees), the massacres were in the millions and that was well before all those zeros behind the numbers of dead became commonplace. The Hindus and the Muslims are as mean as Christians and Jews. Everyone knows Buddhists make great victims. The Japanese are thought to be Buddhists, but that whole WWII Bushido thing was Shinto. There is the Buddhist martial arts tradition, but in the language of debate, that begs the question.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 9, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

OT:

-U.N.: U.S.-led forces killed fewer Afghan civilians last year-

The number of civilians killed by U.S.-led forces and their Afghan allies dropped 26 percent last year, the United Nations reported Wednesday.

But total civilian deaths rose 15 percent, the U.N. said, fed by a 28 percent increase in Taliban-caused deaths, including a doubling of assassinations of government workers and pro-government tribal leaders in what the U.N. called "the most alarming trend in 2010."

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/03/09/110063/un-us-led-forces-killed-fewer.html

Posted by: ronnieandrush | March 9, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

ruk,

**you**

__can__

|hi:embellish|

|red:your|

""writing""

Posted by: shrink2 | March 9, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Well played Lamar!

From Politicalwire.com

Quote of the Day
"I hope it doesn't affect my chances to be his vice presidential pick."

-- Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), quoted by Politico, on saying Donald Trump had "no chance" to win the presidential election in 2012.

Posted by: Liam-still | March 9, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

@shrink

You mean without caps? LOL How did you do that?

@DDAWD

OK I'll give your 'heels a pass this time but if they win the ACC tourney you've had your fun...now pick up another national title and I'll understand. :-)

Posted by: rukidding7 | March 9, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Where was Greg when the Democratic-led Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was holding hearings on "Violent Islamist Extremism: al-Shabaab Recruitment in America," that specifically targeted Somali-Americans?

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/148499-democrats-plead-with-king-to-cancel-hearing-on-muslim-radicals

http://homelandsecurity.tamu.edu/framework/enemies/islamist-extremism/violent-islamist-extremism-al-shabaab-recruitment-in-america.html/

Posted by: sbj3 | March 9, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Also via Politicalwire.com

"Gingrich Explains His Divorce(s)
Yesterday, we noted Buddy Roemer's creative way to discuss being married three times. Today, in an interview with CBN's David Brody, it's Newt Gingrich's turn:

Said Gingrich: "There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate. And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn't trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them. I found that I felt compelled to seek God's forgiveness. Not God's understanding, but God's forgiveness. I do believe in a forgiving God. And I think most people, deep down in their hearts, hope there's a forgiving God."

......................

Newt In A Nutshell;

I was just being a Super Shagging Patriot.

Posted by: Liam-still | March 9, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

@Liam

I don't think Lamarr is that ambitious. :-)

The comment that seemed to pass without notice this week...of course it was probably in observation of our Sarah Palin embargo...but did she throw Christie under the bus or what.

I think that comment, along with the fact that she has scheduled a speech at a "fundraiser" the same evening as the first R primary debate pretty well reveals she has figured out that more than half the country loathe her and so she'll simply continue to make gazillions off the 25% like claw/jake and skippy who still see sparkles when she speaks.

Posted by: rukidding7 | March 9, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

@SBJ

No snark just curious. Are you REALLY a fan of Peter King's and these hearings. You realize the Westboro Baptist Church would just as soon see you dead as any Muslim.

Posted by: rukidding7 | March 9, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate"

that's just politician speak for "I beat you because I love you"

lord what an a#$hole.

Posted by: NoVAHockey | March 9, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

ruk:

""I just downloaded T.H. Wow. You guys were right. I get to stop losing my temper on a daily basis.""

So I guess that means you will be blocking us heartless subhumans (me, qb, McWing)?

Posted by: ScottC3 | March 9, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

SBJ, you can't be that big of an idiot. You just... can't... be... It's almost not possible. I truly feel sorry for paranoid zealots like you.

Posted by: ronnieandrush | March 9, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

@Liam

I don't think Lamarr is that ambitious. :-)

The comment that seemed to pass without notice this week...of course it was probably in observation of our Sarah Palin embargo...but did she throw Christie under the bus or what.

I think that comment, along with the fact that she has scheduled a speech at a "fundraiser" the same evening as the first R primary debate pretty well reveals she has figured out that more than half the country loathe her and so she'll simply continue to make gazillions off the 25% like claw/jake and skippy who still see sparkles when she speaks.

Posted by: rukidding7 | March 9, 2011 4:50 PM |

.........................

Lamar's quip was in reply to Donald T Rump having slammed Lamar for having said that Mr. T Rump could never get elected President.


As for my Little Winkie Poo From The Tundra(see, I am observing the embargo) the latest word is, she is going to base her campaign in Arizona, and that would explain Bristol's house purchase in that state. Of course my Little Winky Poo From The Tundra, might also have decided to move to Arizona, to improve her chances of getting a part in Rango 2.

In the meantime, she does have an upcoming visit to India, and that would appear to signal that she is trying to burnish her international credentials.

Posted by: Liam-still | March 9, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

to make something **bold**, you put two asterisks on either side of it,

to make something __underlined__ you put two (next together) underscores on either side,

to make something red, you have to make a pipe (|) then write the word red and then colon and then after what you want to write, then another pipe, no spaces in between this construction.

If you want to make something red and bold, you put the two asterisks outside the red construction.

__**|red:That makes what you say seem really mad.|** __

enough for now

Posted by: shrink2 | March 9, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, about that domestic white supremacist terrorist...

His name: Kevin William Harpham

"""The Southern Poverty Law Center confirmed that Harpham in 2004 was a member of the National Alliance, which is one of the most visible white supremacist organizations in the nation. It was founded by the late William Pierce, who authored "The Turner Diaries," a novel about a future race war. That book was believed to be the blueprint behind the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh.

"What to me this arrest suggests is that the Martin Luther King Day attack is what it always looked like: A terror-mass murder attempt directed at black people and their sympathizers," said Mark Potok, who is the director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project that tracks and investigates hate groups.

Potok said his organization's records also indicate that Harpham was in the U.S. Army in 1996 and 1997, serving with the 37th Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Lewis."""

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2011/03/the_turner_diaries_again.php

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/mar/09/announcement-expected-break-through-mlk-bomb-probe/

Posted by: ronnieandrush | March 9, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

All, Obama's political operation inserts itself into the budget fight:

http://wapo.st/gZGqFm

Posted by: Greg Sargent | March 9, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

From Gallup:

Of seven possible ways to balance their own state's budget, Americans are most likely to favor cutting back on state programs (65%) and reducing the number of state workers (62%).

Floating more bonds and raising state income or sales taxe garner the least support.


From the above information, it looks like Wisconsin Walker is right on the mark with his plan of action.

Posted by: battleground51 | March 9, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Islam is an ideology, not a race or ethnicity. I wonder why the NAACP doesn't get that?

The current rational for simply tolerating the endless attempts on our lives at the hands of muslim fanatics is that Christianity was mean.

Ok, let's get this right. Because of the crusades and the inquisition centuries ago, Americans today cannot do anything about islam mass murderers.

yeah, that makes sense. No doubt this will console the family members when one of these jihadist madmen open fire in a mall or a theatre. Right shrink?

Or better yet, we can console the grieving families by pointing out that skin head morons placed a bomb in spokane. And because they did, we Americans lacked the moral authority necessary to protect ourselves from jihadists.

All this boils down to a simple statement: Americans deserve to die at the hands of the jihadist so we should just shut up and accept our fate.

I hardly think so. I don't care about muslim tender sensibilities anymore. This problem stems from their faith. If they won't expell the evil doers from among themselves, then others will. It is that simple.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | March 9, 2011 5:30 PM | Report abuse

@ruk and ethan: I *am* sincerely concerned about the potential radicalization of American Muslims and it's my opinion that it is a topic worthy of congressional hearings. (That doesn't mean that I am unconcerned about other domestic threats.)

Posted by: sbj3 | March 9, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Reformation my Arse. Christians slaughtered each other, and people in lands that they invaded, long after the Reformation.

All of N. Africa and South Africa, plus most of the middle east, was occupied by Christian Nations, well into the 20th Century.

Posted by: Liam-still | March 9, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

"Of course they have no interest in an investigation of the behavior or risks of violent domestic extremists... Did they ever care about William Ayers ? or the Black Panthers ? Old or New ? Posted by: pvilso24"

You left a few out: The KKK, the many Aryan and White Supremecist movements.

If anyone has a real history of being attacked by Terrorists, it is the NAACP. They recognize them by their code word behavior. And sometimes their habit of putting on their Sunday best to attend lynchings. And turn and smile for the camera when the deed was done.

Posted by: ceflynline | March 9, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

"Said Gingrich: "There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate. And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn't trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them. I found that I felt compelled to seek God's forgiveness. Not God's understanding, but God's forgiveness. I do believe in a forgiving God. And I think most people, deep down in their hearts, hope there's a forgiving God." ...................... Newt In A Nutshell; I was just being a Super Shagging Patriot. Posted by: Liam-still "

He gives us so much to work with.

was he a passionate Patriot because he was a serial adulterer, or was he a serial adulterer because it put passion in his patriotism?

I did eleven years in the Armed srevices out of what I thought was patriotism. I came home and voted for Democrats and was told that made me a traitor.

Newt stayed home and did unto his neighbor and he is a patriot.
If I cheat on my wife with my neighbor's wife, will that make ME a patriot?

Newt definitely better hope for forgiveness, because he sure looks like he needs it.

Posted by: ceflynline | March 9, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

skip, you have to take it easy.

Nothing you say here will make any difference in the lives of anyone. What you say won't matter to anyone. This is just a place where people trade ideas, links, jokes, lines of argument. The emotion part is, I don't know how to say this more nicely, it is worthless. Or it is funny, to me anyway

Here is an example,

"I don't care about muslim tender sensibilities anymore."

I don't either, I never did, but you might have asked.

"Ok, let's get this right. Because of the crusades and the inquisition centuries ago, Americans today cannot do anything about islam mass murderers.

yeah, that makes sense. No doubt this will console the family members when one of these jihadist madmen open fire in a mall or a theatre. Right shrink?"

This is silly. So it is better to just make a case, don't get mad, just make the argument. There, don't thank me.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 9, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"Just another reason I lean towards Buddhism over Christianity or Islam. Posted by: rukidding7 |"

Not to knock down your value system, but militant Buddhist Thais sacked Angkor and ended the Buddhist Kingdom in Cambodia. Then Militant Buddhist Burmese sacked and nearly leveled the Thai Capitol of Ayudhya. The only things they didn't try to flatten were Buddha images. Neat ruins. If you visit Thailand by all means go see them.

Posted by: ceflynline | March 9, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

"Buddha images"

Don't tell the Taliban.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 9, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Ayudhya had the usual multitude of Buddhist temples, many with golden Buddha images. The Thais covered all the golden Buddhas with concrete. In the several years the Burmese occupied Ayudhya the Thais forgot which Buddhas were the Golden ones. When they drove the Burmese out, Ayudhya was abandoned for a new capitol on the Chao Prya river. In the recent times archaeologists started restoring parts of Ayudhya to attract tourists. A work man working on rebuilding a temple over one of the statues dropped a hammer, chipping off some of the concrete, revealing that that particular statue was a golden Buddha. that set off a big search, with hammers, of course, trying to identify the remaining golden statues without desecrating the non golden statues.

Posted by: ceflynline | March 9, 2011 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Looks like it is time to defund the Race based initiative called the NAACP.
It is outdated, and ordering people around like a tyrant.

Posted by: dottydo | March 9, 2011 11:21 PM | Report abuse

The NAACP is acting precisely the in what the organization stands for regarding these so-called hearings. The new american bogie-man is Islam. Yesterday it was the american-backed so-called dictators in the third world. Then it was the soviets, and communism etc. The bottom line it appears that Caucasians in america are still fomenting white supremacy against all persons whatever there beliefs to remain in power; as they see that power diminishing. As a muslim born and raised in this country, who does not have any criminal record, payes taxes and obeys the laws of this country, I resent this congress person for what he is doing and those that back him. People in america want to always say that "we" are all americans and should be united. However, no onw ever states what the definition of a true american is. And no, wikipedia does not have the true definition of american. Therefore I cal on all fair-minded peopele in this country to speak out against this foolishness that this congress person is creating.

Posted by: 11TO1 | March 10, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

U.S. arrests man in Martin Luther King Day bomb plot

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/10/us-usa-crime-parade-idUSTRE7287A020110310?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews

Posted by: gerbils | March 10, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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