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The Mirror Crack'd

Two interesting incidents have happened in the last week or so, related to disturbed individuals, threats of violence, and the presidential campaign. And while they are unrelated, they form most interesting (to me, at least) counterpoints.

First up, the infamous Ashley Todd, who fabricated a mugging story that involved a supposed Obama supporter carving a "B" in her face after seeing her McCain-Palin bumper sticker. Then we have the arrest of two skinhead neo-Nazis who planned to assassinate Barack Obama.

The left, naturally, is having a field day with these two stories. They fit their narrative perfectly -- the Right threatening violence to get their way, while also faking Left-inspired violence to excuse their own behavior.

I see it slightly differently. (No surprise there.)

The Todd story shows that this young woman has serious issues. More importantly, she needs to get psychiatric help AND face justice for filing the false report.

But what I find interesting is that her story is, as the Left is famous for saying, "fake but accurate."

Violence and suppression of McCain-Palin supporters is going on all over the place.

A McCain office in Denver was sent a packet of white powder -- the old "fake anthrax" stunt.

Another McCain office, this one in South Carolina, was broken into and trashed, with "Republican means slavery" spray-painted on the walls.

A McCain campaign bus was shot.

Sarah Palin is being hanged in effigy. (Don't get too excited; since she's white, this is not a hate crime.)

George W. Bush is being beheaded in effigy.

Of course, this is all dwarfed by one or two loons shouting "Kill him!" about Barack Obama at a McCain or Palin event, in that special tone that reporters can hear and Secret Service agents can't.

And then we have the two neo-Nazi assholes who were planning on assassinating Obama. Their threat was more sincere than the non-attack on Todd, but considerably less plausible.

Apparently these two geniuses intended to secure money, weapons, and ammunition by robbing gun stores, and the assassination of Obama would be a part of a killing spree of blacks and other minorities.

At first, I was glad these two assholes were caught. But then, as the details emerged, I found myself regretting that the ATF was uncharacteristically efficient in busting them. Had they actually tried to pull off their cockamamie scheme, there would have been a good chance some gun store owner would have dealt with them for us, saving us all the costs of their trial and incarceration.

Ashley Todd's attack: fake, but plausible.

The skinheads' plan to assassinate Obama: sincere, but extremely implausible.

Here's hoping all three spend a very, very long time out of circulation.


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Comments (19)

It's well worth a look-see ... (Below threshold)

It's well worth a look-see at Jay's last link. Zombietime would be proud.

Please Note: According to t... (Below threshold)
Bob:

Please Note: According to the FBI, there is no evidence to support the claim that someone shouted "Kill him" (or is it "Him"?) at a Palin or McCain rally. It's just a BS rumor spread by the MSM to help The One.

Somehow two white neo nazis... (Below threshold)
Judith:

Somehow two white neo nazis dressed up in white tails and top hat waltzing into a predominantly black high school to kill 102 black students (and oh, by the way, assasinate obama) gave me quite a guffaw....thanks.

The skinheads' plan to a... (Below threshold)

The skinheads' plan to assassinate Obama: sincere, but extremely implausible.

And yet the AP stories are describing the nutball scheme of an 18 and 20 year old to cross the country killing and beheading blacks before culminating in the murder of probably the most highly guarded person in the country as a legitimate plot.

Meanwhile, every time Bush announced another busted terrorist plot, the press fell all over themselves explaining, in great detail with reference to experts, how unlikely their plot was to succeed and how incapable those involved were of likely pulling it off.

Ashley Todd has been report... (Below threshold)
twolaneflash:

Ashley Todd has been reported to have fomerly been a Ron Paul worker and supporter. Enough said about her mental status.

No one is surprised to read about thug behaviour and the Obama campaign. Many of us across America, myself included, have been set upon by a group of angry blacks objecting to something they find offensive to their Messiah. In my case, it was in the workplace with accusations of racism. My crime-against-Obama was having a marketing image of a black male model which was insufficiently in keeping with "the Barack Obama image and the all the Changes he is bringing". Crews of these Obamabots have been roaming America for weeks seeking the opportunity to be offended, demanding businesses and people submit to intimidation by Obama's crips & bloods. I did not submit and sent 4 well-dressed angry, bitter black people stomping away disappointed. How was your interaction with the new "Opinion Police"?

First, if these were all re... (Below threshold)
MrsDi:

First, if these were all real they would have taken pictures and put them up on the Web asap - right... so I think this is pulling another Ashley Todd lie and it is stupid to keep repeating the same failed tricks. Olbermann condemned the effigy idiots publicly lastnight - and they are stupid.

Second, Adam Smith the father of modern Capitalism is the source of Barack Obama's economic philosophy and incidentally the philosophy of our entire taxation structure:

"It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more in proportion."
Adam Smith Book 5 of The Wealth of Nations

"It is not very un... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
"It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more in proportion."
Adam Smith Book 5 of The Wealth of Nations

And the U.S. has been doing that from the inception of the Federal income tax. The question is, how close are we to the tipping point, that once reached, causes a permanent economic downturn?

"First, if these were al... (Below threshold)

"First, if these were all real they would have taken pictures and put them up on the Web asap - right... so I think this is pulling another Ashley Todd lie and it is stupid to keep repeating the same failed tricks."

Three of those links have pictures if you'd care to look. One does not have a picture but is verified and one has not been verified.

So I'll give you a 1 out of 5. Happy?

MrsDi:"Public expe... (Below threshold)
cirby:

MrsDi:

"Public expense," in the Smith style, is more on the lines of roads, military, and actual things that are necessary to the functioning of a country, not "taking huge piles of money from rich people and handing it out to poor people."

Make that 1 out of 6.... (Below threshold)

Make that 1 out of 6.

Funny how you left out <a h... (Below threshold)

Funny how you left out Nancy Takehara. And your false-equivalence of actual violence and harrassment against Democrats by Republicans (with and without victim-blaming) and false accusations (just like your buddies Francisco Nava and Justin Zatkoff!) with threats - as if the right hasn't been leading the charge with sign stealing, sign defacement, tire slashings, smashed windows and effigies and sending, yea, powders too from the start of the anthrax business - is so typical of the intellectual dishonesty and moral bankruptcy of the self-styled "Right".

But honesty has never been part of the conservative movement. Thank God I figured it out despite all the childhood brainwashing! Too bad you haven't.

Let's see if you dare let this stay up, or if like typical cowardly conservatives you censor it...

The question is, how clo... (Below threshold)
Brian:

The question is, how close are we to the tipping point, that once reached, causes a permanent economic downturn?

And going from the Clinton top rate of 39%, to a Bush top rate of 36%, and then back to a 39% top rate is what's going to cause a permanent economic downturn?

You found Todd's story plau... (Below threshold)
mantis:

You found Todd's story plausible? That an armed thug in Pittsburgh, after robbing an ATM patron, would follow her around and then decide, instead of getting the hell away from the scene of the crime, to hold her down and carefully trace a backwards "B" on her face, all without drawing any blood from the fighting victim?

You found that fucking plausible? Seriously Jay, I know you don't want Obama to win, but you have pretty much thrown any intellectual integrity you may have had out the window in recent weeks.

I don't think in hindsight you'll be very proud of this post, Jay. "Our deluded fantasies and lies are more convincing than your reality, lefties, therefore we win!" Pathetic.

At first, I was glad these two assholes were caught. But then, as the details emerged, I found myself regretting that the ATF was uncharacteristically efficient in busting them. Had they actually tried to pull off their cockamamie scheme, there would have been a good chance some gun store owner would have dealt with them for us, saving us all the costs of their trial and incarceration.

Yeah, it's too bad the ATF took them down before they had a chance to commit any violent attacks, because they might have been killed in the process. How many people's lives do you think should have been risked for that "good chance" of a quick-on-his-feet gun store owner?

Also, it's nice that you recognize the deplorable things that people have done against the McCain/Palin campaign this election, but don't you feel like a lying hack when you reduce the actions on the other side to "one or two loons shouting "Kill him!"?

Four George Fox University students have admitted to hanging a cardboard cutout of Sen. Barack Obama from a tree last week

Tires slashed during Obama rally

St. Paul Obama Campaign Offices Vandalized

McCain Supporter Hangs Obama in Effigy in Ohio Neighborhood

...

Hit the link limit, but the... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Hit the link limit, but there's so much more:

Wisconsin man attacks Obama campaign worker (I know "fake but accurate" is now somehow better than just plain accurate, but this violent attack actually happened)

Sacramento GOP advocates torturing Obama

Envelopes with suspicious powder an "Kill All Obama Supporters" written on them sent to LATimes and Obama Campaign office (apparently "the old 'fake anthrax' stunt" doesn't count if it's done to a Democrat or media outlet).

Two supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama found handwritten death threats in their mailboxes...

Shall I continue?

Wow, I can't believe how mu... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Wow, I can't believe how much work they put into that guillotine! I hope we don't have a big mess on election day with these incidents taking on an escalated format. People just put to much effort into protesting, sometimes, rather than making sound choices.

Poor old mantis.... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Poor old mantis.

mantis - "Shall I conti... (Below threshold)
marc:

mantis - "Shall I continue?"

No.

You hit the "believability limit" by writing "You found Todd's story plausible?" and totally discarding/not understanding J's direct quote: "Ashley Todd's attack: fake, but plausible."

What is it about J calling the "attack" FAKE that eludes you?

What is it about J calli... (Below threshold)
mantis:

What is it about J calling the "attack" FAKE that eludes you?

Nothing. I was discussing the plausibility. Anyone who saw the photo and heard Todd's story and believed it to be plausible as told is a credulous dupe.

Is this another mantis-the-... (Below threshold)

Is this another mantis-the-avenger episode which will be followed by a "civil" email to Jay that won't include unflattering descriptions of his character?

I wasn't aware of the republican actions against democrats, but then I wasn't aware of the ones of democrats against republicans either. Except the Ashly Todd fakery.

I'm glad when these people get caught and have to suffer public embarrassment, and when the actions are particularly egregious, the punishment. It really makes us all look bad. We're better than this.




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