Thursday, September 28, 2006

Bob Corker's mother is a stupid bitch

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In his latest political add for U.S. Senate, former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker is shown in a conversation with his mother.

Momma Corker opens the commercial by saying in her idiotic drawl "You've got to be tough on crime, you've got to be tough on the Middle East, you've got to be tough on airplanes."

Bob goes on to brag about how he cut crime in Chattanooga by 50% while he was Mayor. This is a blatant lie, but it's Mom with whom I've got a bone to pick.

Note: I would never go after the family of any public figure until they put themselves into the public eye in ridiculous campaign adds for their incompetent offspring. Then they're fair game.

My question to you Momma Corker is exactly how would you like to get tough on the Middle East? And do you mean the entire Middle East, including all of the innocent men, women, and children who just happen to live there? Perhaps you think that there are no innocent people in the Middle East? Is the Middle East to you simply a large , sandy area filled with with nothing but trouble makers?

Gotta keep them darkies in their place, right Mom?

How, dear Mother Corker would you suggest we " be tough on the Middle East"? Would you suggest that perhaps we should invade and occupy two nations while supplying weapons to another nation in the region to attack and invade a third while threatening a fourth and fifth?

Do you consider that to be "tough"?

And what exactly is it that you have against the poor airplanes? Do we have airplanes sneaking into the country to try and find immigrants to hijack and fly into buildings? Or maybe airplanes are wanting the right to marry? What is it Mother Corker that troubles you so about airplanes?

It's bad enough that we have another mental midget with a grating drawl trying to pass his ignorance off as charm and competence, but to bring his mother and her thinly veiled racism into it is even worse. Just goes to to show which side of the family Bob got his smarts from.

I'm just tired of all of these political adds. I'm tired of the childish, lowest common denominator-seeking lies and innuendo. My God, you people are supposed to be our leaders!

Is this the best we can do?



Update: I've been trying to find the add online so I can show just how condescending and offensive it is, but as of yet, no luck. If anyone happens to run across it, send me a link.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Awwww man....

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Political ads this year seem to be annoying me more than usual. An ad for our local candidate for Senate, Bob Corker, says we need to use our "values" to help secure the borders or some such shit. His opponen Harold Ford has gone so far as to appear in an add in which he addresses the viewer from a church pew.

Sad, stupid, and disgusting all rolled into one. Add to that the fact that these adds seem to actually have an impact on the way people vote and you have one of the many reasons why I'm giving a lot less of a damn about politics this year.

This is all just self -serving politics-as-usual, but it seems some people in other states are trying to see just how low they can go.......

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Friday, September 22, 2006

For my dear brothers

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Some came to sing; some came to pray
Some came to keep the dark away....



Again wrote:

no, i can't tell it, but maybe you understand, why i'm ashamed of myself...

Please do me a favor, my friend:

Never, ever, feel ashamed in this particular forum. You are the inspiration for every blog post I have ever written. In the dark days of doubt and despair, your words concerning growing up in your native land have given me courage, hope, and strength.

I daresay I hope to instill in my son the feeling of responsibility you have inspired in me.

He's growing into quite a joyful and sensitive little man. Despite his health setbacks, he's literally a glowing and smiling joy to know.

I cry just a little every time I have to give him his breathing treatments while being thankful for the ability to do so. It seems wrong to make him sit so still for the ability that so many take for granted....

These are often dark days but I literally wouldn't be here if I didn't have hope.

Hope that darkness will eventually destroy itself and people of courage and strength, who often toil in secret and anonymity, eventually triumph simply by experiencing the joy of life.


I believe this.



Again, you are the greatest mentor and teacher any foolish and confused man could ever hope for.....

You shouldn't be ashamed.

You should be proud.

I am proud to call you friend and teacher.



As for my dear French friend:

I can never know the pain you endure, but please know that if I could take a measure of it for you, I most assuredly would.

I'm thinking of you often, my brother.


Sunday, September 17, 2006

Empire

















The spending for the U.S. Department of Defense for fiscal year 2006 is 441.6 billion dollars.

That's $441,000,000,000.


Why does the United States have such a large military? Is it to protect us against the overwhelming flood of people who want to thank us for bringing them freedom? Are we afraid of being crushed by the stampede of well-wishers?

Why must we spend more on defense than every other nation on earth combined?

Well, obviously to keep larger, aggressive nations from exploiting smaller, less powerful nations.

You never know what power-hungry, war-like nations often driven by religious extremism may do.

Many nations do not hold the rule of law and human rights to as high a standard as we do.
Some nations even have leaders who wage wars because they believe God wants them to,
and there truly needs to be some way to fight back against such oppressive regimes.

It's just good to know that there are nations still willing to stand up to tyranny.

Our astronomical defense budget is obviously money well spent.

And with God and truth on our side, we will prevail!!!!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Quote

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It takes a village to raise a child. But it only takes a van and some puppies to catch one.

And I'm going to keep posting it

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I'm going to keep pointing this out until every last moron in America who says the troops in Iraq are "defending our freedoms" reads it.

From Bush's August 21, 2006 news conference:

BUSH: The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East.

QUESTION: What did Iraq have to do with it?

BUSH: What did Iraq have to do with what?

QUESTION: The attack on the World Trade Center.

BUSH: Nothing. Except it’s part of — and nobody has suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq was a — Iraq — the lesson of September 11th is take threats before they fully materialize, Ken. Nobody’s ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq.


Mr. President, you're a lying piece of shit.



Listen carefully stupid Americans:

I'm really sorry your loved ones are fighting and dying in Iraq. People like me have been trying to tell you since before the war even started that it was going to be a disaster and a useless and horrible waste of human life, but you preferred to believe the lies of a wanna-be cowboy with the I.Q. of a broken chair. Now your family members are coming home from the war without many of the limbs they were born with or else in boxes draped with flags. Even in the face of all of the evidence to the contrary you still insist that the terrible cluster fuck that is Iraq has something to do with keeping America free. You're deluded. You're wrong.

The U.S. military is not fighting for anyone's freedoms in Iraq. The U.S. military is simply illegally occupying a sovereign nation that never did and never could attack the United States.

Now, I know that the people that most need to read this most likely never will. They are too busy listening to Rush Limbaugh and staring in fascination as other men drive cars in a circle really, really fast. Vroom! Vroom!

But if any of you who do happen to stumble across this blog by accident happen to know any of these poor, reality-challenged souls, please feel free to send them a link.

I'm going to keep posting Bush's admission of guilt periodically in hopes of breaking through the wall of stupid that so many Americans sit so comfortably behind.

And when, not if, but when, the United States is forced to leave Iraq in defeat and disgrace, in order to avoid losing my mind, and in memory of all the innocent people your blind support helped kill, I'm going to spend the rest of my days saying to each and every one of you Bush supporters I run across


I fucking well told you so!!!!!!!!


We now return to our regularly scheduled program Paris Hilton Helps Lure Internet Pedophiles and Little Richard and Simon Cowell Teach Them To Dance and Sing

Friday, September 15, 2006

Too Terrible To Contemplate

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I'm a huge fan of Joe Bageant. His brilliant insights into the class struggle and the inevitable meltdown that is in America's future is brilliant and often powerfully moving.

This exchange with one of his readers caught my eye and I thought I would share it.

The painful truth:

I can assure you that "less conservative folks below the center of the food chain" are not only waking up, but are establishing networks and accumulating the materiel required for resistance of a type most of us find too terrible to contemplate. Their perceptions of the causes would strike the left in this country as uninformed and be considered ignorant by middle class liberals. They have never read Chomsky and they do not have the skills to articulate their political positions. But they do have certain skills gained in Nam and Iraq and Afganistan.

Yep.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Wow

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You just can't make this stuff up.

I swear this is a real post from a real blog from a real person who actually believes what he's writing. Thanks to the General for pointing this out.

My favorite line simply has to be:

They mock him for showing the same shock and dismay we all felt. They mock him for being moved near to tears as the realization set in that thousands of innocent Americans were dead or dying and that he, the most powerful single man on the planet, was powerless to stop it.

I mock him because he looked like he couldn't decide whether to shit himself or faint, or both.

Then he ran away and hid until the coast was clear.

Then he let the guy that planned it get away.

Then he went to war against a country that had nothing to do with it.

Then he fucked that up.


But maybe this is all part of Bush's master plan.....

Yes, it flashed through his mind in a heartbeat as he sat there in that classroom with a glazed, catatonic look on his face....

He's just fooling the world into believing he's one of the stupidest men on earth and any day now he's going to spring his trap and all of his thousands of fuck-ups will make sense.....

Jesus H. Tapdancing Christ on a pogo stick, this guy is serious!!!

Must....have....drink....lie...down



Thursday, September 07, 2006

September 11- Through a Glass Darkly

(This post was written as the controversy about ABC's Path to 9/11 was first heating up. I have not seen the "docudrama" but by all reports, it makes my point nicely about the rapid revision of history. This post was written from the point of view of the "official" story of 9/11 simply for the purpose of discussion. Please don't write to me and tell me about Mohammed Atta's Illumunati mind-control implant.)



I don't think it's any kind of overstatement to say that September 11, 2001 is the defining moment of my generation. Believe me, I truly wish it wasn't. I would prefer to go back into the past and view the fall of the Berlin Wall or dream of a future where man steps foot on Mars as more hopeful milestones of the children of the 70's. But unfortunately 9/11 casts it's smoky shadow over past, present, and future and that doesn't look to change anytime soon. Because the disastrous War on Terror and the barbaric and illegal occupation of Iraq follow from that bright and deadly morning, it all becomes one bloody chain of events-inescapable and horrible.

The problem is that to understand where we are going, we must know how it is we got here.

There are three films about 9/11 I want to talk about. They are the made for TV, Flight 93, the big screen United 93 and Steven Spielberg's Munich. I have yet to see Oliver Stone's World Trade Center and I'm confining this discussion to what I've seen and not just word-of-mouth.

Most people in our media saturated culture don't understand just how powerful the messages we receive through film, television, radio, and to a much lesser degree print and the Internet truly are as far as shaping our reality. For many Americans, if it's on television or if it's said to be a dramatization of a true event, then it's The Truth. Period.

I had avoided, until very recently, any dramatized re-enactments concerning 9/11. I've studied the events of that day very carefully. Dozens of book, dozens more hours on the Internet, and close and repeated readings of the 9/11 Commission Report have given me a grounding in the official story of what happened that day. Further reading and study (including hours spent viewing the horrific footage in painful detail) have given me a firm grasp on the so-called "conspiracy" theories. Some of these are ridiculous and easily disproven. Some are entirely plausible and impossible to ignore if you wish to be truly honest about what happened. None of the theories, official or conspiracy, tell the entire truth. I doubt we will ever know the entire truth of these attacks.


When it comes to an event as important to the psyche of the American people as 9/11 it's important to be absolutely painstaking in the portrayal of events. The twin films Flight 93 and United 93 are anything but. Both films in, my humble opinion, are nothing but well done propaganda.

In avoiding the re-enactments of that day I hoped to be able to keep a kind of clinical distance and not be swept up in the emotions surrounding the human tragedy.

However, one evening a few weeks ago, I was bored and the made-for-TV Flight 93 was on. I debated with myself and finally sighed in surrender. It was time to see what Hollywood had done with these important truths.

I watched Flight 93 and it was quite thought-provoking. I'm one of those movie watchers that who has to digest what I've seen to be able to understand it. The emotions in such a wrenching tale made it difficult to analyze at the moment. But later I realized what it was that troubled me: the terrorists.

I've listened to every available telephone conversation that took place between the passengers of Flight 93, airline officials, law enforcement, and families. Not one has ever mentioned the behavior and conversations of the terrorists once they barricaded themselves in the cockpit of Flight 93. No one had access to that information. Yet the film feels free to show us the interactions between the four men. It's great for the dramatic tension and the tale would be odd and disjointed without it.

The only problem is that it's just not true.

So what? Why does it matter that the film shows what the terrorists might have done?

Because their are two scenes. Two scenes that show that are no doubt supposed to show the stark difference between them and us. The difference between the "Islamofascists" and us freedom-loving Americans.

During the scene in which the passengers decide to storm the cockpit the film goes out of it's way to show everyone voting about what to do. All in favor, raise their hands. Good 'ol democracy, right? This is entirely accurate. During several of the conversations, passengers mentioned voting to storm the cockpit. No argument there.

But later, one of the terrorists guarding the passengers goes forward to the cockpit to warn the others piloting the plane that the passengers are "planning something" and asks for instructions. The pilot, and obviously the commander of the operation, snaps to his nervous companion, "You will have to stop them. I need the others in the cockpit with me." The young man begins to question how he is to do this and the commander snaps "Just do it! Get back there now!"

Once again, remember that all of this is fiction. Entirely made up.

The message that comes across is that we do things democratically.

They do not.

Now, how the hell do we know that the terrorists didn't vote on who would face the angry, democratic mob that was about to throw a crimp into the plan? How do we know that the guy didn't volunteer? How do we know that there was just one terrorist between them and the cockpit door?

We don't know. And to portray such important historical events as a cheap infomercial for democracy is unforgivable.

You may think that I'm being a bit picky in my reviews of these films. Remember that despite the fact of repeated investigations disproving a link, and a widely-ignored denial by the President, 43% of Americans still believe Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11.

85% of American troops in Iraq believe the same thing.

Propaganda works.

I had heard that the big-screen, larger budget United 93 was much more harrowing, violent and true-to-life. I waited until it was released on DVD and rented it a couple of days ago.

All doubts about what kind of reality would be portrayed in this one was dispelled during the opening scenes of the film. The first words you hear are Muslim prayers. The first scenes are of the hijackers in their hotel rooms on the morning of September 11 bowing toward Mecca and reading aloud from the Koran.

Very subtle.

Once again, we have absolutely no idea what these men did before they reached their targets. We do know from eyewitness testimony that the hijackers of Flight 11 including Mohammed Atta, the leader of the entire operation enjoyed alcohol (Atta was a rum and Coke man) and the company of exotic dancers just days before the attack. A far cry from the portrayal of the hijackers in United 93.

Another moment that felt as if the director was saying "Look! Religious fanatics!" was an incredibly powerful scene when we see and hear various passengers tearfully praying. It fades seamlessly to the hijackers in the cockpit praying as the camera pans over the blood-spattered control panels.

However, the most unforgivable scenes were of the passenger with the French accent that kept trying to convince everyone to do what the terrorists wanted and to not fight back.

I really wish I was making that up, but it's true.

Not content with portraying the French passenger as a coward, the filmmakers go so far as to have him trying to warn the terrorists that the passengers plan to resist!

There is not one single account in any of the official records showing these particular words and actions. And I'm pretty damn sure that if there had been a French citizen or American of French descent aboard making a fuss about "surrendering", the right-wing media would have already trumpeted it far and wide.

Once again, such a deliberate distortion of the known truth of that day is beyond repugnant.

United 93 does succeed on a purely visceral level. The tension is exhausting as we watch the hijackers wait for just the right moment to attack. The acting is top-notch and the final struggle for the plane is stunningly filmed and almost unbearably tragic to watch. The portrayal of the hijackers in this film is certainly more complex and nuanced than the carboard bad guys of Flight 93 but the opening scene has already given us all the reason and motivation that is required for these men to commit such unspeakable acts.

They're just religious nuts.

Muslim religious nuts.

Reading this you might think that I am sympathetic to the 9/11 hijackers. Nothing could be further from the truth. I simply believe that if you are going to deal with issues of such incredible importance, you should stick with the facts and not try to distort them for whatever message you are trying to send.

I also believe that the reasons why people do things are quite important in understanding how to predict, and if need be, prevent such actions.

I'm just silly that way.

The medium of film is far too immediate and convincing to simply make up what you don't know.

The gaps in what we know about the behavior of the terrorists that day should not be filled with simplistic propaganda aimed at convincing the public that the hijackings were purely motivated by religion.

Some may consider the third film, Munich, an odd choice for a discussion of 9/11 propaganda.

The truth that everyone knows deep down is this: Without unconditional American support for Israel's oppressive policies towards the Palestinian people, 9/11 would never have happened.

To be sure there are other issues. Many others, including American forces being stationed in Saudi Arabia which is considered holy ground by Osama bin-Laden and many of his supporters. But the issue of Palestinian oppression and the role of America in it is what has unleashed the Jihad upon our shores.

This is violently denied by those who wish to believe the fairy tales of poor lilttle Israel fighting for it's life in a land of irrational hatred, their only ally the peace-loving people of America.

Munich tells the story of the Mossad-sponsored revenge against those responsible for the murder of Israeli athletes during the 1972 Munich Olympics. A highly-trained group of Israelis, over a period of years, hunts down and eliminates those responsible for the planning and execution of the attack. The film pulls no punches when it comes to the portrayal of violence that is both state sponsored and that which is carried out by those that feel they are fighting oppression. That is what I truly loved about this film. It shows that bombs and bullets don't care who is right and who is wrong. They kill and maim the righteous and unrighteous alike.

Munich has moments of great beauty, unexpected humor, and terrifying violence. It is an amazing accomplishment in filmmaking.

I was frankly surprised by this film. I'm a great fan of Steven Spielberg but when I heard that he was doing a film about Munich and it's aftermath, my heart sank. The last thing the world needs is another pro-Israel and anti-Palestinian propaganda piece.

Considering Schindler's List is, and rightfully so, the definitive filmed narrative on the Holocaust, a film simply showing good vs evil in the Holy Land, created by such a gifted filmmaker, could be devastating for decades to come.

Then something hopeful happened when the film was released: The right-wing blogs and talking heads hated it. How much a particular political film or book is hated by those on the right is usually a good indication of how truthful it is. The right can't stand to have their version of reality challenged.

Spielberg's main theme in Munich is basically, where does it end? They kill our people. We kill their people. On and on, forever and ever amen. And also that the line between soldier and terrorist eventually blurs and disappears. What angered the right was that the Palestinian cause was presented as just that: a cause. A struggle for a home.

The fact that this film was made by a Jewish director is one of the most hopeful signs in an otherwise dark decade for the Palestinian people.

What most people don't like to acknowledge is that Israel was formed by terrorism and that they stole their lands from the people of Palestine. The Palestinians have been struggling for half a century to get the land back whatever means is at their disposal and are considered savages because of it.

As Avner's mother says to him about the "founding" of Israel, "We had to take it, because no one would ever give it to us."

That the Palestinian people may want their homes back from those that stole them, and that the Middle East is not our private playground was brought home to a mostly clueless United States on September 11, 2001.

The poignant final scene of Munich certainly shows that Mr. Spielberg understands the unchanging law of cause and effect.

I am fearful at the re-writing of history that is occurring right in front of my eyes. The average American will take away from United 93 and Flight 93 that religiously insane anti-democracy thugs filled with hate beyond reason attacked America on 9/11. The filmmakers did not do service to the truth. They simply commercialized ignorant stereotypes and told us to revel in our deepest fears of "the other".

In Munich, we were given a glimpse into the dark heart of humanity's longest and most complex struggle for justice. We have been taking an eye for an eye for decades now and we are now reaping the rewards of our forced blindness. This film offered us a glimpse at how it was that we found ourselves in this place.

What will the story of 9/11 be a decade from now? What sort of atrocities will we be trying to justify with our ham-handed propaganda by then?

I fear for the future of the past.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

More cowards on the Right

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Mr. Greenwald has a very eloquent defense of the Fox reporters that are catching hell from the chickenhawks for their "conversion".

Greenwald has repeatedly shown how well he understands the psychology of these pathetic bullies who just want someone to protect them, no matter the cost, from the ridiculous phantom of "Islamofascism".

Finding Nemo

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Nemo wanted me to tell everyone that he is still alive and well and will be back soon.


He was arrested outside the Pentagon while protesting the war. He was taken into custody not for protesting, but because he was protesting while wearing only a pair of combat boots and a Viking helmet.




OK, that's not true.


He was arrested, but it was for trying to give German Chancellor Angela Merkel a neck massage......while wearing only combat boots and a Viking helmet.



OK, that's not true either.


He's having computer and ISP problems and just wanted me to say hi to everyone and tell you that he shall return........

Wearing combat boots and a Viking helmet.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Take the what out of my what?

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It's always been my policy here at Thorn Tree and past blogs to never, ever reveal the e-mail addresses of people to write to me with either positive or negative feedback about my blog.

I am keeping with that policy yet I simply wished to respond publicly to a couple of recent very colorful messages I received. You will know who you are I'm sure.

To e-mailer number one:

Thank you for the kind suggestion. In the future, I will always take the cock out of my mouth before I begin to write. It really had never occurred to me, and I'm really hoping this will improve my concentration.

To e-mailer number two: Questioning my parentage is not what I would consider an insult. Unfortunately, I know exactly who my father is. Perhaps you should try an insult with the word "cock" in it. It gets my attention every time.

And finally, number three: I'm really trying to figure out if yours was a threat or an offer. If it was a threat, it was a damn good one. If it was an offer, errr.... no thanks.

Twisted

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The mighty General has brings us this story that just creeps me right the hell out.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Fuck Peaceful Coexistence

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In my previous post, which seems to have caught the attention of some incredible examples what passes for thinkers on the right, I made a somewhat misleading statement. Pay attention righties, this is what adults do when they make a mistake. They point it out and fix it.

I stated that The Anchoress did not allow comments on her blog. This was not entirely accurate. The Anchoress does allow comments on her blog as long as she reads them before they are posted and they agree with her completely. The last time I read her at any length, strictly for the comedic value, she was moderating and registering commentors. She may or may not be now, but my point was: With the Anchoress, as with most right-wing blogs, toe the party line or walk.

Before I even had my first blog I ran afoul of the Anchoress. This was before she started censoring her feedback. Reading her site, a cloying mix of religious dogma and right-wing talking points, you can tell rather quickly that she wears her religion firmly on her sleeve. For the most part, I let religious idiots alone and let them talk to their imaginary friends all they like. But if you do wear your faith on your sleeve, I feel perfectly justified in throwing things on it. If you publicly state something really stupid, then I believe I have the right to tell you publicly how stupid I think you are.

So I pointed out to the Anchoress, politely and without profanity, some of the glaring errors in logic that Christianity is just filled with. According to her, this was a personal attack and she labeled me a troll and banned me from commenting. Shortly after, citing trolls, which apparently includes anyone who questions the fantasy worlds that religion has created, she closed comments to anyone but registered users. She was the first person to ever ban me from a blog, and I keep a special place in my heart for her. You never forget your first.

Since then I've been banned from many a nice Christian or right-wing blog for trying to show the absolute stupidity of most people of faith. LaShawn Barber threw me out and the folks at Rapture Ready threatened to pray me into oblivion. It's a heavy cross to bear, being me. Get it? Cross? (sigh)

So in my mind, any blogger that has to review his or her comments and only publishes those that are in agreement is nothing but a goddamned coward. Yes, it's your blog. Yes, you can do what you want with it, but you're an intellectual child if you can't face criticism or challenges to your precious ideas.

As for you right-wingers that seem to find your way here from time to time. I'm not the ubber-compassionate, drum circle, give-peace-a-chance liberal that you might be used to dealing with.

I'm not ashamed to admit I hate, and hate deeply. I don't shirk from physical or psychological violence and I could gun down a Neo-Con at fifteen hundred yards in a high wind if I was so inclined. I would prefer to settle all differences in a civilized manner, but if and when push comes to shove, you fascists are going to get big surprise from the left here in America. We're a lot tougher, stronger, and smarter than you have been led to believe by the so-called liberal elite and the useless Democratic leadership.

Instead of violence I would prefer to simply marginalize your kind of thinking to something that's studied as a historical aberration like I hope most religions will eventually be. I hope it's done at the ballot box and through education but if you primitive mouth-breathers don't want to allow that, fuck it then....let's dance.

Think Iraqi freedom fighters vs. the U.S. Military as an example of what I'm talking about. That went to shit real quick for the occupiers just like any war against people defending their home and way of life.

Now, put that in your hat and smoke it.