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President of NOM Tries to Capitalize on Shooting Incident, Demands Free Pass on Hate

No, I won’t stop calling out haters
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The president of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage wasted no time capitalizing on the Family Research Council shooting incident, attempting to make it illegitimate to refer to groups like his as “hate groups:” Shooting Spurs Heated Debate on Gay Rights, ‘Hate Group’ Label.

Brian Brown, the president of NOM, pointed to a recent blog post by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), one of the largest gay-rights groups in the country. The post, “Paul Ryan Speaking at Hate Group’s Annual Conference,” called attention to the vice presidential candidate’s scheduled appearance at the FRC’s national summit next month.

“Today’s attack is the clearest sign we’ve seen that labeling pro-marriage groups as ‘hateful’ must end,” Brown said in a statement issued following the shooting.

So just for the record, the shooting attack at the Family Research Council is awful, and I totally condemn it without reservation. I couldn’t possibly disagree with the FRC more, but violence is no answer to what they’re doing; in fact, as you can see, it only gives them an excuse to play victim.

Nevertheless, make no mistake: the Family Research Council is, and remains, a far right hate group, trafficking in bigotry and religious fanaticism in order to deprive gay people of human rights. “Hate group” is the correct term for what they are, and no one should stop referring to them as such.

Devo: Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Seamus Unleashed)

Deal-breaker
Music • Views: 26,988

Rolling Stone has the data: Song Premiere: Devo, ‘Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro (Seamus Unleashed)’.

Devo’s Jerry Casale wants it to be known that their newest song, “Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro,” isn’t meant as a partisan statement – even though it viciously mocks Mitt Romney for strapping his Irish Setter, Seamus, to the roof of his car for a 1983 family vacation.

“This isn’t a red-state thing or Devo stumping for Obama,” he says. “But I think any animal lover that hears the story will learn so much about the character flaw of Romney. It’s just a deal-breaker about the man. My God, the world is a scary place with seven billion people. What you want in a leader is a guy with some humanity at his core. I just don’t feel that Mitt does.”

UPDATE at 8/15/12 2:28:46 pm

Ry Cooder actually had a song about Seamus first, featured here last week:

Interview: Ry Cooder: ‘Mitt Romney Is a Dangerous Man, a Cruel Man’.

Fox Nation Commenters Spew Paranoid Hatred, Call for ‘Mass Attack’ at DNC

Violent paranoid fantasies about civil war fill the Fox Nation comment section
Wingnuts • Views: 26,528

I haven’t looked at Fox Nation comments in a while, but when I happened to see a tweet about their article on the Family Research Council shooting, I clicked through — and I think they might be getting even more insane and full of rage, if that’s possible.

Fox subtly titled the article: SOURCES: Gunman With Chick-Fil-a Bag Opens Fire at Conservatives - Family Research Council - Fox Nation.

Commenters immediately started spewing a deluge of hatred, racism, homophobia, and paranoia. This is a tiny selection from the flood.

Note that one of the comments I saw in the first page seems to be advocating a “mass attack” on the Democratic convention. (And notice again how they deliberately misspell certain words like “black” in order to avoid the automatic word filters.)

You have to wonder why the media is already squashing the fact that is was a big angry BLLACK man that did the shooting.

[…]

Out of work OWS ho mo. The DNC convention might be a good place for a mass attack.

[…]

Napalm. ;-)——

[…]

Here’s a question: considering how violent and intolerant leftist liberals tend to be, how much do you want to bet that if Obama loses in November, there will be riots across the country?

[…]

that will probably be the only way some of them will ever own a flatscreen tv. rioting and looting.

[…]

It is past time for America to declare war against these deranged, DOPE HEAD leftist loons.

[…]

Be prepared the civil war has begun….the left will go nuclear when Obama loses…blacks will find an excuse to riot…homo’s will become more militant, unions will bully and intimidate and act like thugs Its coming be prepared to defend and protect your family

[…]

Obama’s organization is creating a campaign of terror against American citizens so that Obama will appear “justified” when he deploys his “Department of Homeland Security”—-which has purchased a BILLION ROUNDS of ammunition in the last year—-to disarm American citizens.

[…]

this is just a practice run for Obama, he’s getting a feel for which way to cause the national emergency. I still say he’s planning a failed assination attempt on himself, and will declare the elections off. DHS has been stockpiling ammo for months. Travel with papers is headed our way . martial law !!!

[…]

you better find a gød to pray to, that there isn’t a “civil” war in 2016, or any time in your future, because You’re gonna be primary targets, and we’re gonna be able to find you.

Goes on and on and on. There are already over a thousand ranting illiterate comments in this ugly vein.

Sen. Rand Paul: A Fan of Conspiracy Wacko Alex Jones

Libertarian nut enjoys anti-government conspiracy theories
Wingnuts • Views: 28,083

One of the amazing things about the rise of the far right (and not in a good way) has been the concomitant rise of conspiracy peddler Alex Jones, and today an elected United States Senator, Rand Paul, revealed that he’s a reader of the twisted dishonest rubbish Jones disseminates: Senator Rand Paul Touts False Claim From ‘9/11 Truth’ Conspiracy Site.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is no stranger to extreme positions or conspiratorial thinking. But Paul sunk to a new low last night, using his Senate Twitter account to promote a false report from one of the world’s most noxious conspiracy websites.
Paul appeared amused by an article on infowars.com suggesting the National Weather Service is stockpiling ammunition.

This story is false (a point that Business Insider, who also linked to the story, should correct). In reality, the ammunition was ordered by the NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement, but a clerical error in the paperwork indicated otherwise. Worse, the article that Paul linked to was published on the homepage of what the Anti-Defamation League calls “The Conspiracy King.”

Rand’s father Ron Paul is a frequent guest on the Alex Jones show, so this really shouldn’t surprise anyone — but it’s seriously bad craziness just the same.

Shooting at DC Office of Family Research Council

Security guard wounded
Crime • Views: 27,816

Another shooting incident today, this time at the office of the anti-gay religious right hate group Family Research Council: Security Guard Shot at Family Research Council in Downtown DC.

A security guard at the Family Research Council was shot and wounded Wednesday morning after a scuffle in the lobby of the group’s headquarters in downtown Washington, authorities said.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the shooter walked into the lobby of the building at about 10:45 and was confronted by the security guard as if the guard was asking him where he was going.

The man then took out a gun and opened fire on the guard, Lanier said. The guard and others wrestled the man to the ground, disarmed him and waited for police, she said. The guard was then taken to the hospital and is in stable condition, the chief said.

The shooter is in FBI custody and has not yet been charged, authorities said.

“The security guard here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned,” Lanier said. ”He did his job. The person never made it past the front.”

Authorities did not identify the shooter or the security guard. They also would not say what kind of gun the shooter used or whether the security guard was armed.

The Family Research Council is a conservative organization that deals in issues of faith, family and freedom, according to its Web site. The site says the organization is against abortion and euthanasia and considers homosexuality to be a sin.

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