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Gayle in MD
04-12-2010, 10:30 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Jon Meacham
‘I Do Pack, and I Will Not Blink’
The country is in a bad place at the moment. As Evan Thomas and Eve Conant report this week, we are seeing a disturbing number of threats against lawmakers, a grim manifestation of the inchoate political and cultural anger on the American right. It is natural to try to reassure ourselves that the talk is coming only from nuts and small-timers, but nuts and small-timers with guns (or, in the case of Oklahoma City 15 years ago next week, truck bombs) change history. Words matter, for extreme rhetoric creates a climate in which those on the fringe may threaten, or even take, extreme measures, and that way madness lies.

Here is the story of one threat, told through the words of FBI Special Agent Carolyn W. Woodbury of the bureau's Seattle office. Last week, in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington state, Woodbury detailed her investigation into Charles Alan Wilson, who is now charged with threatening to "assault and murder a United States official"—Washington Sen. Patty Murray.

Until March 22, 2010, Wilson, 63, of Selah, Wash., a city 140 miles from Seattle, had apparently been a fairly run-of-the-mill crank, an angry constituent who called Murray's Seattle office at off hours to leave what Woodbury called "harassing" voice mails. A profile in courage, he blocked his telephone number and always spoke anonymously.

On March 22—the day after Congress passed the health-care-reform bill and a day before President Obama signed it into law—Wilson took his rhetoric to a different level. At 10:23 a.m. on the 23rd, he left a message for Murray saying: "By your attempts to overtake this country with socialism, somebody's gonna get to you one way or another and blow your f--king brains out, and I hope it does happen. If I have the chance, I would do it." Five minutes after the message quoted above, there was another from Wilson: "Kill the f--king senator! Hang the f--king senator!" On another call, he said: "This great country that believes in God and guns. Since you've done this, there's going to be some bigger targets on your f--king back…I hope somebody kills you, and I hope somebody kills [the president]. Yes, die, dead."

The messages kept coming, and by my count, the caller used the F word 86 times in the excerpts provided by Woodbury. (Given the other vicious, misogynistic terms of abuse he used, the F word was the least of it.) On March 24 the senator's office contacted the FBI, and in came Woodbury and her colleagues. Checking phone records, the agents learned that the calls in question (except one, which did not appear in the records) had come from a hard line publicly listed to Charles Alan Wilson.

The next step was shrewd. FBI Special Agent Cory Cote called Wilson. Cote said he was a representative of "Patients United Now," an anti-reform group. In the call, Wilson "repeatedly expressed his strong dislike" for the bill; confirmed that he often called Murray and her colleague, Sen. Maria Cantwell; and used language similar to that of the caller to Murray's voice mail. Not one for subtlety, Wilson also told Agent Cote that "they [presumably the bill's supporters] need to be strung up, and I mean put [in] the gallows. I will take no prisoners…And I don't care what they think. They want to come throw me in jail, they can go ahead and do that. That's fine."

A good narrative always has a dramatic ending, and Woodbury has a fine sense of drama. Wilson, she said, also told Cote that he possessed, and regularly carried, a firearm. She then allowed Wilson to hang himself in his own words: "I do pack, and I will not blink when I'm confronted, and that is a guarantee. It's not a threat, it's a guarantee…And I work in a neighborhood where I have to pack…I pack a .38." Woodbury's climactic point: "My investigation has confirmed that Wilson has been issued a valid concealed-weapons permit, and that he has a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver registered to him."

Yes, we have been here before. Yes, the '60s (in both the 19th and 20th centuries) were bloody and chaotic—much more so than our own age. But these are real threats in real time—in our time. If you doubt it, ask Special Agents Woodbury and Cote.

© 2010


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ugotda7
04-12-2010, 11:21 AM
A Liberal Guide to Debating Conservatives
Mar 31, 2010 Author Scot Cerullo

Liberals have long since learned that debating Conservatives can be a challenging endeavor, since Conservatives have a penchant for fortifying their arguments with facts, statistics, history and other elements that create convincing and thoughtful arguments.

Not to worry. The following are several tips Liberals can use right away to begin defeating Conservatives in every debate, every time.

Lib Tip # 1: Drop the Race Card: The moment your Conservative opponent begins crafting a cogent, air-tight argument buttressed in fact, drop the race card. This technique is designed to stifle further discussion, impugns your opponent and puts him on the defensive. Often, this is enough of a distraction to direct attention away from your lack of qualitative, quantitative evidence.

Lib Tip # 2: Impugn the Source: When debating a Conservative, content is less important than character. When your Conservative opponent states a compelling argument, do not address the argument and instead attack the Conservative personally. Since we are all sinners, it shouldn’t take long to find something wrong with your opponent. Use it.

Lib Tip # 3: Social Justice Trumps Logic: Argue every issue from a “Social Justice” or “Moral” high-ground. The Conservative will attempt to show that your ideas are unworkable, unsustainable or downright illogical. Don’t worry about any of that. Just stay on message by arguing from the moral, social justice perspective.

Lib Tip # 4: Exploit the Weakest Link: Define your opponent by his weakest link. If 10,000 Tea Partiers hold a rally, and one guy has a placard that is inappropriate, that is all you need to characterize the entire group as radical, racist militants. See how that works? It’s simple and fun and, most importantly, deflects all those awkward facts and articulate points away from the discussion and leaves the Conservative in a defensive mode.

Lib Tip # 5: Use “New Speak”: If health care is not a right according to the Constitution, and you want it to be a right, claim it is and then raise your voice. Raising your voice is always the best course of action in lieu of a good argument. Redefine words to suit your needs, and always be on guard for any stray, powerful fact or statistic the Conservative may use to support their position.

Lib Tip # 6: State the Opposite of what you believe: If you are in favor of taking money from producers and giving it to non-producers, that’s fine, but make sure your wording is a bit more obtuse than that. Try saying you are in favor of moral and social justice, and characterize everyone who earns a good living as somehow having won the lottery in life, and all those who want as being desperately hard-working folks who have an almost allergic reaction to hand-outs. Never imply or point out in any way that people can change their situation simply by making better decisions.

Lib Tip # 7: Define America by it’s Errors, not its Successes: Taking a cue from Lib Tip # 4, it is important to characterize America by it’s errors in judgement and misdeeds. It is critical that you completely overlook the good things America has done, and the manner in which it has beaten back one dictatorship after another. In fact, you must go to some lengths to divert people from the notion that without America, the world would be a far more dangerous, hostile, sad place. So talk about Indians and Slaves.

Lib Tip # 8: Blame talk radio and FOX news for fanning hate and racism: Avoid at all costs the fact that both talk radio and FOX news stand in defiant refutation of an otherwise fully agreeable media that presents only one template, a liberal template. Also, attempt to divert attention should someone ask why Conservative Talk Radio and FOX news is growing exponentially, while traditional, liberal media is closing offices, thinning their employees and running deficits like, you know, the government.

Lib Tip # 9: Government is Good: Insist that a massive expansion of government is a good thing. Assert that it is our patriotic duty to pay ever more in taxes so that a centralized government comprised of east and west coast Liberal elites can decide what is best for the unwashed masses, since it would be sheer lunacy to allow individuals the right to make decisions for themselves. If you run into problems, see Tips 1-8.

Lib Tip # 10: Assign Blame away from Yourself: Always assign blame to the other guy, preferably a Conservative. This may require rewriting history so that people may one day believe that Reagan did NOT usher in 25 years of prosperity, or it may require still more retooling of the content of public school text books. But over time we’ll get there.

Remember: The ends justify the means. No matter how cruel and violating the means may be, if it results in a mediocre society where all citizens ultimately suck off the the government for their most meager needs, it will all be worthwhile.

There is of course the small matter of where all the money for all these programs will come from. Right now, they come from spirited entrepreneurs, dreamers with drive and other people whose passion poses a direct threat to the new world we want to usher in.

But first things first. Learn the ten tips to squelch free speech, hurt your opponent with the intellectual equivelant of a kick to the groin and avoid facts, statistics and studies altogether, as those will get you in trouble.

Good luck Liberals! Battle on and remember what Dennis Prager said: The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen. Oh wait, no. You don’t want to remember that. My bad. Here, try this: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. Yeah, that’s the one. Whew!

LWW
04-12-2010, 11:42 AM
I love watching leftist hysteria.

LWW

pooltchr
04-12-2010, 03:44 PM
If the lefties really believed all this crap, I would think they would be a lot more reserved in their criticism!

Steve