Clements was the latest victim of increasingly active violent right-wing extremists. While American politicians and the U.S. public continue to focus on the threat from jihadist extremists, there seems to be too little awareness that this domestic form of political violence is a growing problem at home.
From 2002 to 2007, only nine right-wing extremists were indicted for their roles in politically motivated murders and other types of ideologically motivated violent assaults. But between 2008 and 2012, the number mushroomed to 53, according to data collected by the New America Foundation. (Click on chart on the left for the data.)
Fifteen right-wing extremists were indicted in 2012 — including six who were involved in a militia in Georgia that accumulated weapons, plotted attacks on the government and murdered a young U.S. Army soldier and his 17-year-old girlfriend, who they suspected were planning to rat out the group to authorities. Seven claimed membership in the anti-government Sovereign Citizens movement and allegedly murdered two policemen in Louisiana. And two had gone on a murderous rampage the previous year, killing four people before they were arrested in California, where they told police they were on their “way to Sacramento to kill more Jews.”
I’ve seen this kind of weird thinking before, but it’s still a little amazing to encounter people who blithely give themselves permission to use racial slurs, and then deny there’s anything racist about it: Exclusive: Seller of Controversial Anti-Obama Sticker Says It’s Not Racist.
Paula Smith of Hinesville, Georgia has a company called Stickatude.com. And they’re selling their own version of an anti-Obama bumper sticker that reads “Don’t Re-Nig 2012.” Ms. Smith told me in a telephone conversation on Saturday afternoon that the bumper sticker has been in their inventory since June 2010, but just in the last few days it’s started selling. The price is $3. Ms. Smith insisted that the bumper sticker is not racist. I asked her about the “N” word, for which “nig” is the shortened version. “According to the dictionary [the N word] does not mean black. It means a low down, lazy, sorry, low down person. That’s what the N word means.” …
Ms. Smith — who has an affable disposition and a hearty laugh–said she thought the website was “dead” and up until recently none of her bumper stickers was selling at all. Another site, called Stumpy’s Stickers, was originally credited with selling the Obama sticker. Ms. Smith says however she doesn’t own that site and didn’t know anything about it. She said Stumpy’s Stickers could have linked to their site, but she didn’t sell them any that they could have re-sold. Where did Ms. Smith find the sticker in the first place? “We just found it on the internet, and thought it was cute. It’s been up there since he’s been president.” …
The Smiths own a well known paint ball field in Hinesville — a town near Savannah. Mrs. Smith said customers come from all over the world. Ms. Smith said she is not racist, she just wants Obama out of office. She tells me she doesn’t have a preferred replacement candidate. “And besides Obama is not even black. He’s got a mixture of race. It’s his choice of what his nationality is. I’m a mixed breed. I call myself a Heinz 57,” she says, referring to an ancestry that’s part of French, Scottish, and German. …
I asked her if she thought the “N” Word was a bad word? “No,” she said, ” because I don’t use it.”
“I don’t use it?” No — she just sells racist merchandise that uses it.
Good grief. This is a mental illness.
Today’s ridiculous news is not finished yet; now a Georgia judge has ordered President Obama to appear in court for a Birther hearing.
ATLANTA - A judge has ordered President Barack Obama to appear in court in Atlanta for a hearing on a complaint that says Obama isn’t a citizen and can’t be president. …
An Obama campaign aide says any attempt to involve the president personally will fail and such complaints around the country have no merit.
The hearing is set for Thursday before an administrative judge. Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi on Friday denied a motion by the president’s lawyer to quash a subpoena that requires Obama to show up.
Not mentioned in this AP article — the attorney for the plaintiff is the queen bee of the crackpot Birthers, Orly Taitz: Orly Taitz and David Farrar: Hold on for the ride, Birthers at it again - Atlanta 11th Circuit Court.
The Office of State Administrative Hearings Docket, in short, states that Dr. Taitz, Esquire of California, will conduct a Direct Examination of President Obama based on the following questions:
- Is the candidate’s birth certificate an authentic one issued by the State of Hawaii?;
- Is the candidate an Article II natural-born citizen of the United States as established in Minor v. Happersett, 88 U. S. 162 (1874); and
- A challenge on O.C.G.A. (Official Code of Georgia) regarding the ‘making of false statements generally,’ i.e., is the candidate’s social security number authentic?
Republican Georgia State Rep. Judy Manning is supporting Newt Gingrich because she’s afraid of Mitt Romney, him being a Mormon and all.
But she does have to admit that even a scary Mormon is “better than a Muslim.”
These are the people making laws in the state of Georgia.
State Reps. Sharon Cooper (R-east Cobb) and Judy Manning (R-Marietta) have both endorsed Gingrich. …
By contrast, Manning believes Rick Santorum doesn’t have the seasoning to unseat Obama, and Mitt Romney concerns her.
“I think Mitt Romney is a nice man, but I’m afraid of his Mormon faith,” Manning said. “It’s better than a Muslim. Of course, every time you look at the TV these days you find an ad on there telling us how normal they are. So why do they have to put ads on the TV just to convince us that they’re normal if they are normal?”