Guns, White Terrorism, & American Madness
I'm writing this because I want to address, amongst several other things, two issues that have been pissing me off about the AZ terrorist shooting & how it's being covered in the media. It's clear that domestic "home-grown" terrorism poses the most severe criminal threat in this country. This form of terrorism is typically characterized by xenophobia/white supremacy & extremist nationalism, amongst other factors. Yet, conservative whoremongers & the lying media would have us believe rather, that Muslims, immigrants, young Black men, eco-activists, & "socialism" were some-how a far greater danger!
A re-cap: On Saturday January 8th 2011 Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in an assassination attempt during a public event in Tuscon,AZ. Six other people have been murdered & nearly 20 others injured. This was Giffords first public event since narrowly winning re-election to a 3rd term in November. Giffords is a Democrat who is considered 'centrist' by most accounts. The criminal is Jared Lee Loughner, a neo-nazi, teabagger, registered Republican, & college drop-out. Loughner also suffers from [some] mental issues, so it's amazing that he wasn't shot to death by police. The weapon he used was a semi-automatic glock, capable of holding 31or 33-round clips. The reason why someone with his history was LEGALLY allowed to buy, own, & carry this type of weapon with such an ammo capacity, I'll explain later. Loughner also at one point tried to enlist in the military but wasn't allowed, which I find utterly amazing! It must've been a super-bummer for Loughner that he wasn't able join the army, so he could go over-seas & massacre a whole bunch of Brown-skinned people w/ govt. approval. Then again, it does kind of suck that he wasn't able to join. Most likely Loughner would've gotten his legs blown off, as he would've deserved it, then he wouldn't have been able to hurt anyone else... the miserable son-of-a-bitch.
One thing that annoys me regarding the coverage of this incident is that seemingly NOONE outside of a few radical voices has had the damned nerve to call this guy a TERRORIST, nor his crime an act of TERRORISM. Why is that? Is it something to do with the means by which certain crimes are perpetrated - guns as oppose to bombs, or vice versa? Joshua & Bruce Turnidge were both convicted of setting off a bomb in Woodburn,OR in 2009 that killed two cops. Yet I don't recall these two White men ever being referred to as terrorists, nor were they charged/convicted of terrorism. Apparently NO White man can possibly be a terrorist, no matter what he does; it's always either some anti-govt. horseshit or he's a "crazed loner". So the media narrative in this [latest] domestic attack is typical & predictable: despite being an active teabagger w/ connections to White supremacy, Loughner is NOT a terrorist - he's a lone, crazed gunman who acted alone. A nut who acted all by himself. Well sure, he ACTED all by himself. But he also spent years having his brains beaten in by right-wing neo-nationalist propaganda that spoke to him [like a dog whistle for neocons], in code* that would've been eagerly received. So all these excuses are propagated about how "crazy" Loughner was & how he just acted all by himself. Meanwhile, the right-wing commentators who've been pulling his strings get off scot free, as if they had no part to play in any of it. Just think of what would be happening had this shooting been done by a Muslim? What do you all think would happen if, say, a Muslim Imam had put a graphic on his website with a list of politicians' names & crosshairs over their districts telling people to "LOCK AND LOAD" "GO GET 'EM!" "DON'T RE-TREAT, RE-LOAD!"? What do you all think would be happening to THAT guy about now?
Right-wing prostitute Sarah Palin, beyond any doubt, has blood on her hands. Why she is not facing Conspiracy charges, goes beyond all common sense. She puts up an ACTUAL HIT-LIST on her site doing the exact same thing - Giffords' name happening to be on that hit-list. It stays on her site for months until someone finally ACTS upon that list, THEN she takes it down & scrubs her website clean right afterwards! This is an admission of guilt; she's getting rid of evidence! Alas, not a goddamned thing will happen to Palin, because she is afforded the same protected status that's given the ANTI-ABORTION TERRORIST groups who put hit-lists on their sites w/ doctors' names, photos, addresses, etc. And when a doctor ends up being murdered by a zealot, ohh fucking well...
Speaking of which, has anyone else noticed how all the "pro-life" cowards have been conspicuously dead silent about the fact that a 9 year old child had been murdered? These people claim to care about precious children soo damned much, how come they're not speaking up about the murder of this little girl NOW? It just goes to show you what a bunch of goddamned hypocrites these people are - typical!
Jesse Kelly is a former marine/neo-nazi teabagger who ran against (& lost to) Giffords for Congress last year. HE ALSO should be facing federal criminal Conspiracy charges. He's held political rallies vomiting hate speech, shooting off M-16 assault rifles & telling all his little goose-steppers to "Take Giffords Out". Yet somehow, the police/feds aren't questioning him & he's off the hook like that. It use to be whenever a bunch of right-wing lunatics held a public rally, shooting guns & shooting their mouths off about how "certain" people or certain "types" of people should be "taken out", they would be discredited as freaks & dismissed right away. Since then the thugs have been smart enough to change out of their brown shirts, leave their white sheets at home, & adopt a new code* language for communicating to a larger American populace. These tactics have allowed them to re-brand themselves as "patriots", "tea-partiers", & "concerned citizens".
The other aspect of this which annoys me is this narrative throughout corporate media that there's "extremist rhetoric on BOTH sides"; this myth that BOTH sides of the political spectrum have engaged in hate & extremism. This is a load of bullshit, of course. This false equivalency myth being told & repeated ad-museum by conservative politicians, commentators & their neo-liberal counterparts simply lets right-wing whoremongers off the hook for something that THEY are in part responsible for! These CONSERVATIVE WHOREMONGERS - the radio hosts, book-writers, bloggers, think-tank analysts, professional talkers, etc., are nothing but obscenely over-paid carnival barkers to a massive freak show. They gleefully manipulate & play to the fears, xenophobia & racism of poor & middle-class Whites. They deliberately shoe-horn in these stupid meaningless wedge issues like gay marriage & abortion, in order to hoodwink millions of buffoons into thinking their problems are anything but ECONOMICAL! The so-called teabagger movement is the latest bi-product of such manipulation, but by no means the first. Fact is, conservative opportunists have been playing this scheme of pitting the poor against each other since the 17th century when poor indigent White & Black servants were working alongside each other in the colonies. It was just this sort of race exploitation from which a racial caste system of slavery was created, & Jim Crow/Apartheid after that. And it was conservatives who got everyone to think that communism was somehow something to be worried about, in a post-war era when the Military/Corporate Industrial Complex was being created & the U.S. was crushing poor harmless countries straddling the Equator left & right. It is conservatives who have made this country what it is today - indeed, what it's always been - a fetted cesspool of racism & total madness. Since 2008 (that would be the year Americas' first Bi-racial president was elected) violent & politically-tinged hate crimes have skyrocketed. Motivated by naked racism more than anything else, the teabagger movement came into being. And over the past several years, anti-immigrant/anti-Muslim hatred has reached a high crescendo. Such a radioactive climate of bigotry has, among other things, made Arizona the state it is today.
AZ, more-so than most other states, has become a searing hotbed of hardcore xenophobia, gun fetishism, & general nationalist fanaticism. It really shouldn't be to anyone's surprise that such an act of brazen right-wing terrorism would occur in Tucson - though the same could very well have happened in just about any other part of the country. This is where I get back to Jared Loughner, because AZ makes a perfect breeding ground for violent reactionaries just like him. As it stands, AZ has a high number of White supremists including the "Minute Men", so Loughner has lots of company. Actually, this explains why Loughner was treated so well by police - since many AZ cops (like sheriff Joe Arpaio) are also White supremists. AZ is also one of the most gun-crazed states there is, as years of heavy lobbying by the NRA have paid off. For example: in 2009 Gov. Jan Brewer (who's a Lutheran, btw) signed into law SB 1113, which allows pretty much anyone to carry loaded (though concealed) guns into bars - BARS, & restaurants. Also in 2009 Brewer signed SB 1243, which basically allows someone to walk around in public displaying their firearm - right before they decide to blow someone away. But it has to be holstered. In 2010 Füher Brewer signed SB 1108, which got rid of the license requirement for gun owners. As it stands now, you don't even need a PERMIT to have & carry a gun in AZ. Related note, Füher Brewer herself is a zealous supporter & member of both the NRA & Arizona Gun & Rifle Association, aka Arizona SS. Plus, there are NO mental health screenings for weapons purchasers in AZ, & it just so happens that Loughner wasn't already a convicted felon - not that the state necessarily checks for that sort of thing either. So all this explains why a violent, anti-govt. skinhead like Jared Loughner was easily able to buy a gun, then go to Wal-Mart & buy all the ammo he wanted: because the state's Republikkkan Lutheran governor pulled up ALL the stops to lock & load.
On a side note, Jan Brewers' son Ronald Brewer is a criminally deranged VIOLENT RAPIST who's been locked away in an asylum since 1990. This is ironic, because Governor Brewer has actually CUT services to mental health over the past few years. Thus, fewer options for the 22 year old Loughner to have gotten help years ago, when it might've done him some good. To be clear, even a generous funding of AZs' mental health services most likely wouldn't have prevented the massacre he committed. Louhner has apparently been mad since high school, if not most of his miserable worthless life. But some help [early on] might've done [some] good. Btw, Loughner is also a ferocious anti-semite, & Gabby Giffords happens to be a Reformist/progressive Jew. Therefore, the implications of this being a hate crime are quite clear. The fact that she's also a Democrat & a woman probably didn't help... in the eyes of this angry White male. Loughner also has connections to an obscure White supremist publication called AMERICAN RENAISSANCE, with views on anti-immigration, violent anti-govt. resistance, & anti-semitism. Additionally, Loughner has threatened Giffords before. Giffords herself has been targeted by violent teabaggers in the past, mostly over her support of healthcare/insurance reform. Prophetically, she's grimly foretold of her own [possible] demise as recently as last year. Giffords responded months ago to Sarah Palins' hit-list chart w/ crosshairs over politicians' names (Giffords' included). Palin refused to take that shit off her site even then. She hasn't apologized or taken responsibility for what's she's done or said since.
Here's a list of the people who were murdered by right-wing teabagger Jared Loughner:
Judge John Roll - of the 9th Circuit Court
Gabe Zimmerman - age 30, aide to Giffords
Dorwin Stoddard - age 76, innocent by-stander
Christina Taylor Green - age 9, born on Sept. 11th 2001
Phyllis Schneck - age 70, innocent by-stander
Dorothy Morris - age 76, innocent by-stander
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