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Cowboy Cliven and Hopalong Hannity at the not-OK Corral

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From page A12 | April 27, 2014 |

That hissing sound you hear is Fox “News” anchor Sean Hannity’s credibility evaporating into thin air.

It’s not a long hiss.

Credibility? Hah! Fox “News” is a bottomless pool of ignorance and calculated misinformation, and Sarah Palin is their Lady of the Lake. There’s no “news” presented on Fox. They merely cherry-pick sparkly Red things and string them together to hypnotize their avid, mindless minions, and Hannity’s dangling the string. Never has this been more painfully obvious than in Hannity’s recent packaging of Cowboy Cliven Bundy as a patriot’s patriot.

The Nevada rancher has been illegally grazing his cattle on federally owned property for 20 years, and hasn’t paid any grazing fees. When the U.S. government came to recoup its property, a band of hyper-paranoid militia members rallied to Bundy’s side, and the Feds backed down. Hannity couldn’t not pounce on that mouse: These patriots are taking our country back!

Oh, my goodness, did the “Daily Show’s” Ginsu-sharp Jon Stewart slice Hannity to shreds! Being foolish (and megalomanic) enough to attempt a rebuttal, Hannity was gleefully minced to pieces again by Stewart the following night. And oh, did he have it coming. Hannity painted Cowboy Cliven as an all-American hero when in fact he’s nothing but a two-bit, no-account cattle-land thief, and it blew up in Hannity’s self-righteous face when ole C.C. Bundy started sharing his wisdom on what’s best for “Negroes.”

And that sound you hear is the thundering rumble of all the Right-Wingnuts who previously supported Bundy racing for the exits. Careful not to step in a cow patty on the way out.

Fox thought it heard “true patriot” and after that, all Hannity could hear was, “blah blah blah TREAT blah blah blah TREAT blah blah blah…”

Yes, I’m mixing my cat and dog metaphors here, but I like to keep it fair and balanced.

Honestly, I’m stumped. Even for Fox. Cowboy Cliven was inarguably breaking the law, the government had exhausted all its legal channels, and had no other option than to resort to law enforcement. What sort of mental gymnastics have to happen to twist this common criminal into a patriot? The color of the “patriot,” maybe? If Cliven was a Mexican-American, and he and his heavily armed amigos staked a claim on federal land along the Arizona border to graze their chivas, the Fox crew would be convulsing in pseudo-Patriotism, and Hannity would be labeling them lawbreakers.

But Cowboy Cliven — ain’t he a purty picture for patriotism, in his clean, white Stetson, proudly standing in front of the American flag. And also a federally funded overpass, his pockets stuffed with money made from the illegal use of federal lands. Oh, and also declaring that he doesn’t believe the U.S. government even exists. Now, most thinking people would have a little cognitive dissonance over that scenario: “Now, wait just one cotton-pickin’ minute,” but “thinking” isn’t what Fox is all about. Nevermind them pesky details. Just drown them out with chants of “USA! USA!”

Lest you think I’m just pounding on Faux News again just for sheer pleasure, consider this: Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck both broke ranks and hinted that Bundy was a lawbreaker — not a patriot. So, we have a first: Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and me — all nodding our heads in unison.

Hey, there’s a pig flying past my window right now!

Sean Hannity, however, didn’t listen to his more rational (did I just say that?) colleagues. Nope, he yanked off his red, white and blue skivvies and hopped right into bed with old Cowboy Cliven, and right about the time they had their tongues down each other’s throat, C.C. started explaining what “Negroes” need.

Oooh, ouch. What looked so sexy last night is coyote ugly this morning. Start chewing, Sean. Tastes a lot like crow, doesn’t it.

I loved Stephen Colbert’s summary of how Hannity henceforth will be inextricably linked with Bundy and racism, given that Hannity elevated him to celebrity status: “You go together like Ku and Klux.”

Not merely funny, but also accurate: How will Hannity wiggle out of this one? Stewart and Colbert are surely pulling out their whetstones now.

Ah, but enough fun and games, and easy, cheap shots at a news facade worthy of a Hollywood movie lot. What’s really been spotlighted in Hannity’s “Brokeback Mountain” moment with Cowboy Cliven is not merely that Fox is careless in gathering “facts,” it wantonly manipulate its minions with them. If you are one of Fox’s friends, how does it feel to be a tool? That’s all you are to Fox: a nice Red tool.

To be fair, that’s why I abandoned MSNBC, because they turn viewers into tools too, and whether the tool is Red or Blue, a tool’s a tool. The only show I watch anymore is “Morning Joe,” where conservative Joe Scarborough often comes off as a pompous ass and liberal Mika Brzezinski sometimes seems humorless, brittle and shrill. And yet, they suck it up, sit side by side, and try to get along. This is “fair and balanced” I can live with.

As for Cowboy Cliven comedy, the heart of this story isn’t funny at all: A group of armed citizens grabbed federal property and defied the U.S. government … and the government backed down. Surely, the government feared another Ruby Ridge or Waco disaster. Just saying “Ruby Ridge” gives those militia whackadoodles a flaming erection. In Cliven Bundy, those gun-sucking separatists thought they’d get another shot at Uncle Sam. But no, he blinked. This is downright alarming. We can’t even control our own citizens, let alone someone else’s.

Once upon a time, when people openly rebelled against the government and brandished weapons to claim federal property, it was called “treason.” Those who stood at Bundy’s side are no better than the 9/11 terrorists. Fox News and Sean Hannity call them “patriots.” I call them “traitors.” And they should be dealt with as such.

 Email Debra DeAngelo at debra@wintersexpress.com; read more of her work at www.wintersexpress.com and www.ipinionsyndicate.com

Debra DeAngelo

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  • Greg JohnsonApril 27, 2014 - 10:11 am

    Consider this example. You're sitting in the park having a picnic, and you spot 4 fraternity guys sitting nearby, making some noise and drinking beer in a public place. A police car pulls up and 2 cops get out of the car, grab their clubs and start beating the guys. You are outraged at the abuse of power (at least I would be). Later, you find out those kids are violent criminals, a fact which was unknown also be the police at that time. Does that now make their action appropriate? The anger that people felt (a lot of people) was about government overreach. Bundy was not screened or selected to be a hero. He was just a guy who was in a situation people could relate to. And, he was a guy who was on the wrong side of someone or some situation. Ask yourself how many times mass numbers of federal agents have been dispatched to deal with an old cattle rancher who didn't pay his taxes or grazing fees. Something else was behind it. Geithner didn't pay his taxes and they made him Treasury Secretary. So, Bundy is an old racist cattle rancher who owes the government money. That does nothing to diminish the fact that the federal government is too big, out of control, and selective in its application of force. I work every week with retired career military people and a good majority of them agree on that.

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  • Puddin TaneApril 27, 2014 - 11:15 am

    Ha ha, oh man, that was a great read! I almost found myself sympathizing with Bundy's struggle against Big Gub'mint after reading your response, until I remembered that he owes about 20 years worth of grazing fees, which he refused to pay on the grounds that he only recognized the State of Nevada and not the US Government. You can try to defend his legal position if you want, but I suggest you read Article 1, Section 2 of Nevada's Constitution. As for the seizing of his cattle, it's called repossession, and it happens to deadbeats who don't pay taxes all the time (well, except Mitt Romney or Geithner, but that's because money buys the best tax havens). And you add the mysterious "something else was behind it" innuendo to boot! How's this for a theory: the BLM knew Bundy was hostile towards the federal government, and wanted to ensure that they could get his cattle off federal land? Nailed it!

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  • Greg JohnsonApril 27, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    Puddin, if you read what I said, I was not defending Bundy in any way. I simply stated 1) The federal government is too big and intrusive, and not even-handed in their actions, and 2) There is more here than we're seeing. An intelligent person such as yourself should know that the government does not routinely spend much money than they're owed to get cattle and some land which apparently has little productive value. Please tell me you can see that.

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  • Greg JohnsonApril 27, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    P.S. And, yes, I find it ridiculous that he doesn't recognize the US government.

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  • ontApril 28, 2014 - 10:33 am

    "Something else was behind it."------------------------------------------ More Greg Johnson gold. Black helicopters maybe were behind it. The only protection from those is a multi-layered tin foil hat secured with a strong chin strap so the rotor wash doesn't remove your protective shell. But you already knew that.

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  • ontApril 28, 2014 - 10:44 am

    So the Johnson Principle is that our laws shouldn’t be enforced whenever the cost of enforcement exceeds the dollar value of any individual act of theft. This fits nicely with republican orthodoxy of whoever has the most money should be afforded the most deference and privilege in society, not to mention their might makes right philosophy. If you’re a lawbreaker, all you have to do is raise the cost of enforcement by abusing the legal system, and if that fails, form an armed mob to raise the cost of enforcement some more. This is all great as I no longer have to pay my landlord. If he goes crazy with zealous and selective enforcement of my back rent by calling the police, I can simply meet them at my door with a pistol and threaten violence if they try to evict me. Boom, just like that I raised the cost of enforcement beyond the value of my rent and the evil government must now leave me alone. Faux News and Greg Johnson will no doubt rush to defend me should anything go awry because I will be a patriotic martyr of The Government.

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  • Greg JohnsonApril 28, 2014 - 7:24 pm

    It looks like that 4/20 haziness is still lingering. Hang in there brother!

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  • ontApril 28, 2014 - 9:23 pm

    What happened too much metamucil in the saucer of gruel you had for dinner wake you up at this late hour? Well at least you managed to type out "marijuana!". Good for you. It must be tiring trying to find a government-hating hero who isn’t a flaming racist. Keep working on it, there must be another right-wing moocher out there who also doesn’t recognize the legitimacy of the United States and who pals around with domestic terrorists, but at least knows enough to conceal his racism. Keep your head up, buddy!

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  • Greg JohnsonApril 29, 2014 - 6:24 pm

    Where did I type out "marijuana"? I think you hallucinated that. I can see it now--ONT sitting by his coffee table, both hands wrapped around the bong, wearing his tie-dyed T-shirt and bandana around his head, watching msNBC through glazed, bloodshot eyes, a bowl of Cap'n Crunch (no milk) at the ready. On the TV placed in front of the Obama poster, Ed Schultz come and says "C'mon people we've got work to do". There is a little irony in the statement as for most of his viewers, this is the closest thing they do to working, ever. The dude abides!! However, you are correct Ont, it would be hard to find another right wing "mooch". Most people on the right work for a living while a good chunk of the progressive base vote for a living. Smoke 'em if you got 'em!!

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  • ontMay 01, 2014 - 7:32 am

    Hey, that’s some story there grampa. Now, don’t worry about finding the next right-wing seditionist moocher to lionize. It will be easy. Just head to any red state. You see, the tax dollars from the blue states flow down to the red moocher states. Find another angry white guy, say with a confederate flag flying from his pickup. Then I suggest you jump on that bandwagon again asap. Utilizing the methods of Hannity and other prominent Republicans, just defer the due diligence on the racism until later. I don’t see how anything could go wrong.

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  • April 27, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    You'll never read an article from Debra about the IRS scandal, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the spying on AP reporters and the many other black eyes the Obama administration has. Why is that Debra?

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  • April 27, 2014 - 8:20 pm

    "Those who stood at Bundy's side are not better than the 9/11 terrorists"?! You should be ashamed yourself, Debra. Any 'educated' criticism and thought you put into this entire article is completely washed away with that comment you leave the readers with.

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  • April 27, 2014 - 8:21 pm

    *no better*

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  • Greg JohnsonApril 28, 2014 - 8:12 am

    I have to admit that statement is more than over the top!

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  • April 28, 2014 - 10:15 am

    Exactly! I am not even condoning what Bundy is doing but you cannot compare this situation, or the people involved to 9/11.

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  • Puddin TaneApril 29, 2014 - 4:05 pm

    I find Debra's criticism partially valid. Cliven Bundy and his supporters, including Sean Hannity, promoted sedition and took up arms against the US Government, much like John Walker Lindh did as a terrorist when he fought in Afghanistan. Since Lindh fought for the Taliban, and the Taliban helped to orchestrate the 9/11 attacks, and since Lindh stayed with the Taliban after the attack to fight US forces, then you could make the argument that Cliven Bundy and his supporters (including Sean Hannity) are no better than Lindh and the 9/11 terrorists. Realistically, the better comparison would be with the Confederates, as both are racist white men who wish to rise up against the gub'mint because they feel entitled (which is hilarious, given Bundy's critique of African Americans). The big difference here is that the Confederacy was at least clever enough to come up with its own flag, unlike Bundy, who was riding around with Ol' Glory after declaring that he didn't recognize the US Government. Really, I would just like to thank Sean Hannity for promoting Bundy and rallying the Tea Party around him. What a hoot!

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  • Greg JohnsonApril 29, 2014 - 6:16 pm

    Maybe we could compare Bundy to Obama because neither of them recognize the US constitution. Or, we could compare Bundy to the early colonists who revolted against England. Either of these would be less absurd than comparing him to the 9/11 terrorists. C'mon Puddin Please!!!

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  • Puddin TaneApril 29, 2014 - 6:39 pm

    Wait, you want to compare Bundy, a man who doesn't recognize the US as even existing (his words) and thus doesn't recognize the principles of the Declaration of Independence or the legitimacy of the Constitution, to the colonists and by extension the Founding Fathers? Wow Greg, that's rich, even for you. I noticed you didn't attempt to even refute the comparison to the Confederacy. I wonder why? (No, not really, it's obvious you don't have one) It's funny, you constantly try to belittle ONT by saying he's high and thus his opinions don't matter, yet you're the one making illogical posts about Bundy's patriotism(that's why you compared him to the, right?)colonists/"Christian persecution" (the Mozilla ex-CEO)/the Fox talking points du jour. I guess Fox is more damaging to the brain than pot is, no wonder they're legalizing it state by state. And before you start some rant about MSNBC, it's terrible too, just not as dishonest or inaccurate as Fox. A real news program looks like the BBC, CBC, NPR, and/or PBS.

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  • Greg JohnsonApril 29, 2014 - 7:38 pm

    Puddin, racism is irrelevant in terms of the principles of this situation. If he were otherwise a saint, the basics of this situation would be unchanged. There are several reasonable questions: 1) Did he have a leg to stand on? I say no. 2) Did the government overact? I say yes. 3) Was there anything behind that overreaction? I say yes (You may disagree), and 4) (a very silly question I believe) Were he and those who stood with him domestic terrorists or comparable to the 9/11 terrorists? Did they try to kill 60,000 innocent people? No. Do they hate the US and everything it stands for? No. Are they jihadists? No. And, most importantly, did they hurt anyone? NOO! There is NO comparison. To make one is bastardizing logic, just as the examples I responded with. I'd love to take a poll (even in Davis) to see how many would agree to that absurd comparison. And, if you want to know why I respond to Ont that way, you'd have to see the history of our dialog and read what he writes. I treat you with more respect because you seem (somewhat) reasonable.

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  • Puddin TaneApril 30, 2014 - 8:18 am

    I'm "impressed" that you're still hanging on the racism thread, given that I used it once in the comparison to the Confederacy. I'm also amazed that you think the government overreacted with their repossession of Bundy's cattle, given that Hannity and the right wing rallied up an armed posse for him. I guess going unarmed against a violent group like that is ok to you. I'm very amused at your insistence that there is some grand conspiracy behind it all. Is it a Chinese solar company, as Fox falsely suggested? Ooooooooh! The burden if proof is on you and the right wing, otherwise there is as much fact to your claim as there is with the Birthers. I refer you to my "theory" above, which is supported by over 20 years worth of BLM and court documents.

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  • ontMay 01, 2014 - 7:41 am

    “1) Did he have a leg to stand on? I say no” ------------------------ Backpeddlin’ time I see, now that you’ve apparently withdrawn your previous inane claim that Bundy had his land grabbed. That's a tiny step forward on the extremely long road back to establishing that you're not 100 percent cracked in the head. At least you're headed in the right direction fo r a change. Now, just finish cutting and running by admitting that the government did not overreact to Bundy's armed band of traitors when they simply attempted to enforce a court order against this deadbeat that didn't pay his rent for a full 20 years. If you need some help figuring out why you’re coming off as even more delusional than usual, I invite you to take a look at this blog by a Reuters photographer: ““I’ve got a clear shot at four of them,” the man with a rifle beside me said, as he aimed his weapon in the direction of U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officers.” http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2014/04/23/nevada-showdown/

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  • ontMay 01, 2014 - 7:43 am

    “1) Did he have a leg to stand on? I say no” ------------------------ Backpeddlin’ time I see, now that you’ve apparently withdrawn your previous inane claim that Bundy had his land grabbed. That's a tiny step forward on the extremely long road back to establishing that you're not 100 percent cracked in the head. At least you're headed in the right direction fo r a change. Now, just finish cutting and running by admitting that the government did not overreact to Bundy's armed band of traitors when they simply attempted to enforce a court order against this deadbeat that didn't pay his rent for a full 20 years. If you need some help figuring out why you’re coming off as even more delusional than usual, I invite you to take a look at this blog by a Reuters photographer: ““I’ve got a clear shot at four of them,” the man with a rifle beside me said, as he aimed his weapon in the direction of U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officers.” blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2014/04/23/nevada-showdown/

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  • B. WareApril 29, 2014 - 4:24 pm

    The funniest part about this whole mess was watching Rand Paul and the other politicians who were Cliven Bundy fans jump off the bandwagon when the racist stuff came out!! As soon as I saw this guy on tv I knew he was a nutjob. Hannity, Paul and the other tea party bozos deserve this guy, they can have him. Maybe Hannity should adopt Donald Sterling as his new cause, he seems to have a thing for clueless bigots!!!

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  • Rich RifkinApril 29, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    "As soon as I saw this guy on tv I knew he was a nut job." ........... I rarely watch TV news, so I had not seen Mr. Bundy before he said his idiotic theory about the benefits of slavery (which I read online.) But well before his supporters abandoned him, I was squarely against his so-called cause. As I understood it, he had been grazing cattle on government owned land, and for more than 20 years he had not paid the rent he owed the Bureau of Land Management. In effect, he was an illegal squatter who was cheating the taxpayers. What makes this even worse is that the fees charged by the BLM are extremely low compared with market rates. (That's the result of the corruption of our campaign finance system, where the corrupted representatives of these rich ranchers vote to rip off the taxpayers by setting below market rental rates to pay off their donors.) So even without his racist commentary and his other stupid ideas about the United States government, I would never have thought of this sort of scofflaw and corruptor of our democracy a hero. It's all the more shameful that the right-wing cable shows embraced him for his illegal activities.

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  • Greg JohnsonMay 01, 2014 - 9:08 am

    Rich, as a person I see as very rational and respected on this site, I ask you 2 questions: 1) Do you see the Bundy supporters as "no better than the 911 terrorists"?, and 2) Do you think the response with large numbers of heavily armed federal agents was a) a wise choice, and b) a typical response, i.e. one not driven by any business, personal, or political factor not apparent?

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  • Puddin TaneMay 01, 2014 - 9:48 am

    Your appeal to authority re: Cliven Bundy and his position is just a tad ironic, Greg.

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  • Rich RifkinMay 01, 2014 - 10:43 am

    GJ: "1) Do you see the Bundy supporters as 'no better than the 911 terrorists'?" ................. To the best of my knowledge, none of his supporters has murdered anyone. So I say 'no.' I should add that I have not followed this case closely at all. As a result, I don't know too much about Bundy's supporters or their behavior. ................. GJ: "2) Do you think the response with large numbers of heavily armed federal agents was a) a wise choice, and b) a typical response, i.e. one not driven by any business, personal, or political factor not apparent?" .............. Again, I don't know enough about this to say. I did read that for over 20 years--I think his illegal squatting began in 1993--the government peaceably tried to collect its rent; and that failed for 20 years. So at some point, it was likely they would have to use force to enforce the law. Whether the force they used was excessive, I don't know. However, I suspect, if Mr. Bundy's large white, Mormon clan in Nevada had instead been a large black, Muslim clan in Detroit or Chicago, and the latter had been illegally squatting on government property for more than 20 years, most of those who now say the government was wrong to use force to enface the law would have been silent on the matter, or even supportive of the government action. At the same time, those who always stand up for black radicals, who have been silent on this issue, or opposed to Bundy, most likely would have sided with the illegal squatters and probably called the government action racist. In other words, we have a lot of people whose anti-government beliefs are inconsistent, depending on whose ox is being gored.

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  • Greg JohnsonMay 01, 2014 - 11:36 am

    Thanks for the response. If I were in the government's position and involved in the decision, I would have seen a lot of downside scenarios and a small upside. I would like to know the cost of the operation. It could have gotten really ugly and I just think it was a poor decision. Just an opinion. I also think that what once was a fringe of the public that feared an out of control federal government has grown many fold. I was talking to a retired green beret, a very rational and intelligent man, and he believes the government was far too aggressive. Most of the retired military people I know (randomly, not through some selective channel) also feel that way. Thanks again and take care.

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  • Puddin TaneMay 01, 2014 - 12:07 pm

    So Greg, on the subject of an aggressive and inappropriate action, do you think that Hannity and the right wing media played a part in rallying an armed posse to Bundy's aid? As I see it, they escalated the situation to the point where the BLM had to send in armed agents, as Bundy had threatened them in the past and now had an armed posse to do his bidding. A good deal of the Millennials I know are concerned about the rise of a small groups of armed citizens who promote anarchy by stealing from the public, and they are even more concerned by the fact that Hannity and Fox News was able to whip them up into an armed frenzy. It really seems like a new aged version of Shays's Rebellion.

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  • Greg JohnsonMay 02, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    Puddin, I don't know if media attention stirred the pot. Certainly possible but I don't think they were trying to incite violence. The media influences everything. In terms of being "aggressive and inappropriate" I think that defines a good portion of media coverage across the political spectrum, but the government should have a higher standard. In terms of calling in "an authority", since Rich commented on this story I was curious about his opinion since he is bright and level headed. The millennials concern with "the rise of small armed groups" Hmm…… Well, let's consider that we have unprecedented federal debt, state debt, global government debt (100 trillion reached recently), demographic problems in all the major countries, China on the brink of a crash, a 35 year high in the labor participation rate, stagnant GDP growth, a trillion plus dollar student loan bubble, all the world's crazies being emboldened by a war-weary US with a weak president, 40 percent plus of new college grads getting jobs that don't require degrees, and a similar percentage moving home to mom and dad's house after college…………I'd say the millennials concerns are misplaced!!!

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  • ontMay 02, 2014 - 10:41 pm

    Interesting question, Puddin Tane. I have to say, all media is to blame if any portion of it is so let’s not get crazy and single out Fox and other right-wing outlets. Remember, the lies of Fox et al. are needed to balance out the fact-based world. When a Sean Hannity speculates on his program about the government killing rancher Bundy, that is appropriate as far as I can tell because wild, baseless speculation that he knows will trigger outrage in his government-hating viewers is what is expected by Roger Ailes. However, the government must be held to a higher standard. By this I mean not enforce the law and generally acquiesce to any right wing mob which may form after being worked into a lather by right wing media (peaceful left wing protesters, however, should be walloped with billy clubs on sight, then sprayed down with a thick layer of pepper foam). When a militia freedom fighter, who merely believes in the use of violence to get what he can’t win through democratic elections, trains his rifle on federal rangers and says "I've got a clear shot at four of them", the feds need to button up their kevlar vests and generally not do anything to annoy the militia man exercising his 2nd amendment rights. Likewise, when gun wielding militia dudes set up checkpoints on public roads and demand IDs be shown by passing motorists, the government must be held to a higher standard and not cause any disturbance at these patriotic checkpoints (they really should be called “Freedompoints,” don’t know if Fox has renamed them yet). After all, the Freedompoints were established by Americans who are fed up with a government that they have determined is not structured to their liking. Finally, let’s remember what we should always keep foremost in our thinking: By definition, our government is evil when controlled by Democrats and any inconvenient facts that contradict this principle need to be ignored/denied/buried/distorted. Related to this bedrock principle, no action by a right winger is cause for condemnation when said right winger is motivated by Obama derangement syndrome. Also. Nothing would be better for the right wing outrage machine than manufacturing a few martyrs that RNC TV (Fox) can then tout endlessly as “Obama’s Waco!!!!”. Women and children to the front, please!

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    Area sports briefs: Heintz returns to UCD

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    MLB roundup: Duvall, Kontos help Giants beat Phillies

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    Arts

    ‘Grease’ is the show at WOH

    By Bev Sykes | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    Winters Fourth Friday Feast celebrates cycling

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Lincoln Highway rolls into Central Park

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

    Rock Band campers perform at E Street Plaza

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Acme Theatre to present ‘The Rememberer’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Video highlights walking The Camino

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    Comics

    Comics: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

     
    Comics: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7