Monday, April 27, 2009

The "tea parties" really did bring the nuts out of the woodwork

Here's the coverage from David Neiwert:

In spite of all that voluminous airspace on Fox News that was devoted to promoting and then reporting on the 'Tea Parties' on April 15, I'll be willing to wager that they won't ever include this in their reports:

Oklahoma Man Arrested for Twittering Tea Party Death Threats

In a series of tweets beginning April 11, CitizenQuasar vowed to start a “war” against the government on the steps of the Oklahoma City Capitol building, the site of that city’s version of the national “Tea Party” protests promoted by the conservative-leaning Fox News.

“START THE KILLING NOW! I am willing to be the FIRST DEATH!,” read a tweet at 8:01 PM that day. “After I am killed on the Capitol Steps, like a REAL man, the rest of you will REMEMBER ME!!!,” he added five minutes later. Then: “Send the cops around. I will cut their heads off the heads and throw the[m] on the State Capitol steps.”

Hayden’s MySpace page is a breathtaking gallery of right wing memes about the “New World Order,” gun control as Nazi fascism, and Barack Obama’s covert use of television hypnosis, among many others.

Here's a sampler of his tweets:

Here's his blog, too.

Given how close this loonie's behavior comes to the anniversary of the Tim McVeigh bombing of the nearby Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building back in 1995, in addition to the fact that he was documenting everything on Twitter, my first thought was "what the fuck was he thinking?" This wouldn't be that much different from some asshole threatening to open fire on people or bomb a building in Manhattan at some point during the month of September. That aside, here's something to keep in mind - folks like Glenn Beck have been doing whatever they can to foment right-wing extremist behavior (at some point when I have the luxury of a few moments, I'll distinguish between radicals and extremists - short story, there is a difference and it would behoove us all to be aware of that difference), and succeeded in creating a space in which right-wing extremist behavior does occur. Fortunately for us, the goon who tried this in OKC broadcast intentions loudly enough for someone to stop him.

And for the record, I was on the Fox News website, and could find no mention of this particular "tea party" success story anywhere.

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