News Roundup for 3/2/10

According to conservatives, these are just normal people

Headline of the day-
"New report finds that right-wing extremist groups have grown 244 percent in the past year."

Remember how, when the Department of Homeland Security produced a preliminary report warning of the rise of right wing extremism? Remember how that was the worst thing ever? The report was actually warning of right wing groups like neo-nazi skinheads and paramilitary militias, but the right took it personally, so they decided to identify themselves with neo-nazi skinheads and paramilitary militias -- I guess because they didn't have enough to whine about. That the election of the first black president might make racists a little upset didn't occur to them and the whole thing was just an attack on conservatives.

Well, guess what? According to Southern Poverty Law Center, "Hate groups stayed at record levels — almost 1,000 — despite the total collapse of the second largest neo-Nazi group in America. Furious anti-immigrant vigilante groups soared by nearly 80%, adding some 136 new groups during 2009. And, most remarkably of all, so-called 'Patriot' groups — militias and other organizations that see the federal government as part of a plot to impose 'one-world government' on liberty-loving Americans — came roaring back after years out of the limelight." All told, right wing extremism has increased by 244%.

Identifying with right wing extremists doesn't seem all that smart in retrospect, does it? (Think Progress)

-Kill 'em all!-
You ever notice how people who quote the Bible a lot are generally goofy in the head? The right wing American Family Association does it, so I'll cite them as an example. In trying to justify the death penalty on biblical principles, AFA argues that everyone who owns SeaWorld must die.

See, it works like this: the Bible says that if your animal kills someone, you've got to stone the animal. If you don't and the animal kills again, then everyone has to get together and stone the animal and you. So having a trainer who was killed by a killer whale who'd killed before means everyone at SeaWorld's gotta die. It's right there in the Bible.

I know what you're thinking, that's about the dumbest damned thing you've ever heard. And why this is a good argument for the death penalty is kind of a mystery. But there ya go.

Like I said, goofy in the head. (Right Wing Watch)

-Bonus HotD-
"World Net Daily Folks Release Crappy White People Rap Thing."

Wow, is it ever. It's got pies and racism and an autotune -- which is the worst thing to happen to music since the invention of bagpipes. If you want to check it out, follow the link. I'm not posting this crime against humanity on my blog. This is Molotov Mitchell, a psychopath who otherwise spends his time arguing that gays have to die.

Seriously, there nothing about this that's any good. (Wonkette, with video)

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