Excremism and Terrorism

23 Mar

During the past few days, bricks have been thrown through the windows of the Monroe County Democratic Committee’s Headquarters, and that of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s Niagara Falls district office.

Vandalism in the name of teabaggery is just a bit of harmless fun, right? A misdemeanor, tops. Hardly worth the police effort.

But it turns out that these acts weren’t mere vandalism. They were homegrown, semi-literate acts of terrorism.

(Updated)*: The brick thrown through Slaughter’s office window was accompanied by a recorded phone message stating,

Assassinate is the word they used…toward the children of lawmakers who voted yes

The brick thrown through the Monroe Democratic Committee’s HQ window was accompanied by this note:

Apparently, the terrorist brick-throwing (what else do you call it when it’s accompanied by an assassination threat?) was prompted or otherwise egged on by an Alabama-based teabagging site called the “Sipsey Street Irregulars”. Get it? Like a militia. Its author explains his rationale behind calling for these acts:

Wake up and understand what is happening in this country. You need to start listening to people who you think you didn’t have to pay any attention to, because sooner or later they will get your attention,” he says.

The ultimate predictable irony of the whole story is that the author of the Sipsey Street blog is a chap who lives on Social Security Disability. We in the teabagging movement call that a “government handout”.

Nice movement, there.

*I originally wrote that the brick thrown through Slaughter’s office window in the Falls had a note attached to it. In fact, the assassination message was left on the office’s answering machine.

43 Responses to “Excremism and Terrorism”

  1. mike March 23, 2010 at 8:10 am #

    Is this our own Kristallnacht?

    • Gabe March 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

      My grandma still remembers what happened to her Temple on Kristallnacht.

      It’s only a matter of time before some super-charismatic wingnut outside the direct control of the corporate media is able to seize this “movement” and fast-track it into a hate-fueled fascist political force that will ironically result in all of us having a hell of a lot less “freedom” and “liberty” than we do now.

      • Jon Splett March 23, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

        So basically, once FOX can no longer control Glenn Beck…

  2. Brooks March 23, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Will you carry the same broad brush of outrage when discussing a gang rape perpetrated by illegal immigrants?

    • Alan Bedenko March 23, 2010 at 9:20 am #

      That might possibly be the silliest comparison ever made.

      • Chris from OP March 23, 2010 at 9:42 am #

        Pundit, don’t you remember when all those Democratic congressmen held up signs saying “gang rape the bill” during the immigration reform debate?  Maybe you don’t because they were “en espanol.”

      • Brooks March 23, 2010 at 9:43 am #

        Broad-brush thinking will do that…

      • Gabe March 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

        If we haven’t all figured it out by now, “Brooks” = troll.

        Oh and that reminds me. Where has Hank been these days?

    • Gabe March 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

      “When people are backed into a corner by tyrannical oppression the survival instinct kicks in.”

      …backed into a corner…bwahahhahahaaa….yeah, maybe when these people’s SSI checks stop coming in the mail.

      Careful what you wish for Mike. These are the same riled-up dolts that would certainly use government to enforce their own “values” on the rest of society if they gained any sort of true power. I know as a well-read libertarian, you see these people as being cannon fodder for your movement. I’m sorry to inform you, but that cannon ain’t in your battlefield anymore.

  3. Mike in WNY March 23, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    I find it much more reprehensible when people like you try to paint a large group of people with the brush defined by the actions of a few.  That indicates the lack of a substantive refute of those opposed to immoral and unconstitutional acts.  Marginalization has never been a logical argument, but it has been perfected by progressive liberals (yes, that is a broad brush comment, it is also self-evident).

    As far as the acts brought to light in your post, it is not surprising to see some people taking extreme actions.  When people are backed into a corner by tyrannical oppression the survival instinct kicks in.

    Personally, I think well organized wide-spread civil disobedience is in order.  If that doesn’t work, then no one should be surprised if things escalate.  The alternative is what you see in Europe, riots when the people think the government is not “giving” them enough.  Progressivism is destroying humanity and the time to stop it is now.

    “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.”
    -Thomas Jefferson

    • Alan Bedenko March 23, 2010 at 10:18 am #

      Shorter Mike : I’m an asshole because a teabagger incited another teabagger to undertake understandable terroristic actions.

    • Stan P March 23, 2010 at 11:50 am #

      People with views like Mike scare me. He would definately have been on J Edgar Hoover’s watch list with a post like that. Maybe Bush was right, give the Feds free reign to protect us against subversives like Mike and the Tea Party

      • Mike In WNY March 23, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

        People like J Edgar Hoover scare me.

      • Alan Bedenko March 23, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

        He’s dead.

    • Gabe March 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

      wait, my comment should have gone here. …..

      “When people are backed into a corner by tyrannical oppression the survival instinct kicks in.”

      …backed into a corner…bwahahhahahaaa….yeah, maybe when these people’s SSI checks stop coming in the mail.

      Careful what you wish for Mike. These are the same riled-up dolts that would certainly use government to enforce their own “values” on the rest of society if they gained any sort of true power. I know as a well-read libertarian, you see these people as being cannon fodder for your movement. I’m sorry to inform you, but that cannon ain’t in your battlefield anymore.

  4. Jen March 23, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    “The ultimate predictable irony of the whole story is that the author of the Sipsey Street blog is a chap who lives on Social Security Disability.

    Haha, nice one.

    That note with the brick is disgusting.

  5. Jonathan March 23, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    When I think Tea Party people I think of these guys

  6. jesse March 23, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    ROFL

    Oh noes!! I r scared of the people who disagree with me! A few of them are doing illegal stuff! They r all terr’rists!!

    Just keep denigrating your opponents, Alan. I know you hate the idea of personal liberty and can’t imagine that people could honestly feel oppressed by the shit going on in DC, but to lash out like a poor-man’s Olbermann is just sad.

    • Alan Bedenko March 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

      Thank you for your vigorous apologia for brick-throwing assassinationist nihilism.

      • jesse March 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

        Oh noes!! Alan r scared of us!

        I don’t give a shit about some brick throwers. I care about the fact that you cheerlead a ridiculous giveaway that noone understands, will push us closer to the brink of financial ruin, and all you can whine about is some brick throwing?

        All because your side thinks it got what it wants. Wait until you see the unintended consequences of this beast, Alan. More pages than the Constitution has words, and you guys think you know what it’s going to do to our economy?

        I sure as shit don’t. I’m not stupid enough to make that claim.

        But keep whining about the brick throwing retards. They is mighty scary, they is.

      • Alan Bedenko March 23, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

        I’m sorry you think it’s a “giveaway” that “noone understands”. Perhaps this might help you to understand it. Or this. Or this. Or this.

        It isn’t really about getting what one side “wants”. The fucking bill went through a solid year’s worth of debate, hand-wringing, negotiations, and was a fully inclusive process to any congressperson who wanted to be included.

        What will it do to the economy? Probably make it so that health insurers can’t arbitrarily drop premium-payers in bad faith when they get sick. Probably make it so that you can more easily move around from job to job – even make it more easier to become self-employed – thanks to the consumer protections in the bill. Probably, it’ll make sure that if something catastrophic happens to you, you won’t have to sell off your worldly possessions to qualify for Medicaid and instead continue to cover you even if you do hit that magical $1MM lifetime policy cap, which has now been abolished.

        Notwithstanding your trite comments, this will add people to the system – people who will pay premiums. Risk will be apportioned over a greater population, and the exchanges will guarantee access to quality insurance. By doing so, you no longer have people relying on emergency rooms for primary care and other dumb shit in our fucked up system.

        I can’t for the life of me understand why or how someone can look at the current-before-today system and think, “gee, everything’s swell”. Much less, “gee, we need to completely de-regulate this shit so that even more people can get screwed completely by the unscrupulous”. It’s one thing to be sold a defective widget and be able to sue for damages. It’s another to have a malignant tumor in your head, a dollar in your pocket, and a rescinded insurance contract.

        And more to the point, yeah, when a congressperson does something you disagree with, you don’t throw a brick through their fucking window or call in a death threat to their offices. You can apologize and make excuses for it all you want – you and Rebmann and Ostrowski and all of the other big swinging fucking dicks of the local libertarian movement, since co-opted completely by Carl Paladino. They send out retarded missives entitled “A CALL TO ARMS!” and expect no one to take them seriously and actually start shooting stuff up? For what, some sort of misguided anger based on lies?

        Keep whining about people getting more secure health insurance. I hope the Republicans run on repealing the bill. It will hasten their irrelevance.

      • Mike In WNY March 23, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

        The bill didn’t pass on the merits, or anything close to that. It passed because Obama, Pelosi, Reid and their gang made most, not all, of their fellow democrats believe that not passing the bill would be a bigger disaster for the Democratic Party than not passing it. Even with that, it took backroom deals combined with a flawed rushed preliminary CBO report to put the icing on the cake. There was deceit and deception at every turn.

      • Alan Bedenko March 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

        It passed because the system was broken and people were dying. The Republicans could have had a hand in doing this bipartisanly, but they went all-in on the “Obama must fail” platform, and lost. Sucks to be them.

      • STEEL March 24, 2010 at 12:36 am #

        Funny I don’t remember you being so concerned about the Bush gang’s deceit and deception and they were masters of that.

      • Mike in WNY March 24, 2010 at 8:07 am #

        Short-term memory loss, perhaps you should see your doctor.

      • Brooks March 24, 2010 at 8:37 am #

        DEMAND to see a doctor… You’re paying for her.

      • jesse March 24, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

        “I can’t for the life of me understand why or how someone can look at the current-before-today system and think, “gee, everything’s swell”.”

        NICE strawman, Al.

        You are a tool. They bought shitty legislation. The fact that you think this bill is somehow going to make health care delivery in America somehow “better” is humorous.

      • Alan Bedenko March 24, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

        It has nothing to do with “health care delivery”, asshole. It has to do with health care access.

        You also conveniently omitted,

        “Much less, “gee, we need to completely de-regulate this shit so that even more people can get screwed completely by the unscrupulous”.

        My strawman just fucked yours in the ass.

  7. Jon Splett March 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    The worst part about this is the refusal by the media to take the very real threat of Tea Bagger terrorism seriously.

    Remember the anti-tax guy in Austin who FLEW A PLANE INTO A GOVERNMENT BUILDING? The got a total of TWO DAYS coverage. This will probably get even less.

    • Brooks March 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

      Jon,
      The Reichstag is on fire… go grab your squirt gun.

    • STEEL March 23, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

      Amazing how people are so willing to make excuses for this kind of thing.

      • Brooks March 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

        …like Amy Bishop’s fanatical support of Obama?

      • STEEL March 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

        I can’t think of any threat of violence with regard to Obama and if there was I would not be defending it or condoning it and I certainly would not be celebrating it. I really don’t understand your position on this at all.

    • Mike In WNY March 23, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

      You lefties have had your fair share of extremists, including the SDS, the Weather Underground and the Black Panthers.

      • Alan Bedenko March 23, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

        “Had” – past tense. As in 40 years ago. Shorter Mike in WNY: two wrongs make a right.

      • Mike in WNY March 24, 2010 at 12:03 am #

        A more recent example would be the damage done in Seattle in 1999 at the WTO meeting. Currently the FBI considers left-wing terrorism a latent, but potential threat.

        Since the terrorists are able to strongly influence Congress and the President, terrorist activity is unnecessary.

      • STEEL March 24, 2010 at 12:29 am #

        Yea, I love those Pundit posts where he comes on here defending left wing radicals and terrorists.

  8. Eisenbart March 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm #

    I hope they catch the scumbags that have done these things.

  9. Mike Walsh March 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    Some of you must have failed math. A year from now, when it’s evident that premiums have gone through the roof, you’ll see that this bill will have done nothing but make the situation worse and more complex. Congratulations to the democrats. You’ve just handed 40 million more customers to the health insurance industry.

    • Jim March 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

      The math is good – read the bill and consider this: 30 million additional people on the insurance rolls with the requirement that 80 – 85 % of all premiums must go to pay claims or else the premiums go down. Now, do you really think premiums are going to sky rocket? Some the people coming in are very sick – the vast majority? Young healthy people that currently don’t have insurance. Do the math.

  10. tim March 24, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    Its rather sad that you would crop that picture of Congressman Lee to act as if he helped incite this. But then again, Eric Massa resigned for health reasons

    • Alan Bedenko March 24, 2010 at 10:21 am #

      I think it’s abhorrent that a congressman would hold up a sign reading “KILL” to egg on tea party demonstrators who had just a day earlier hurled epithets and spat on members of congress with whom they disagree. He disrespects his office, he disrespects the house, and he disrespects constituents who disagree with him.

      And, of course, the irony is that without health insurance, people actually do die.

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