From This ain't Hell [H/T Blackfive]
(U//LES) The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing* terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.
BH: [A researcher] Hey man
ME: Wassup dude?
BH: You tracking the Holocaust Memorial shooting?
ME: Yeah, horrible.
BH: Yeah. Did you see on _____ and hear where FoxNews said this was a vindication of the DHS report?
ME: Nah, I was listening to the radio mostly.
BH: Well, it really pissed me off, hope someone blasts them for that crap.
ME: Blasts them?
BH: Yeah, online, points out that this doesn’t vindicate the report at all, since it doesn’t address any portion of the report that anyone disagreed with. It comes as no surprise that there are racist assholes out there who do racist asshole things. The problems with the report had nothing to do with anti-semitic retards.
Me: How’s that?
BH: Let’s say I put a post up on my blog yesterday that said based on my research that last night there was a heightened chance that police would apprehend you performing fellatio on a Panda, that Josh Beckett would get shelled for 15 runs by the Yankees, and that serious storms would hit Virginia. What would you have said?
ME: I would have kicked your ass. Beckett hasn’t given up any runs in three games, and I don’t a) live near a zoo, nor b) do I like pandas, and c) I don’t perform fellatio.
BH: But it did storm last night.
ME: So what?
ME: That shit makes no sense.
(U//FOUO) The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.
ME: Hey JT.
JT: [Congressional Staffer] Hey, what’s up?
ME: You covered the whole DHS report debacle right, I have a few questions.
JT: You know they pulled that report, right?
ME: Yeah, I heard that, but why did they pull it?
JT: Because everyone went batshit over it.
ME: Like who?
JT: Well, veterans groups for one. Also all the Tea Party people, a whole host of blogs, most GOP Senators and Congressmen. But, really, it pretty much got pulled when Bennie Thompson the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committe came out and said that “this report appears to raise significant issues involving the privacy and civil liberties of many Americans — including war veterans… As I am certain you agree, freedom of association and freedom of speech are guaranteed to all Americans — whether a person’s beliefs, whatever their political orientation, are ‘extremist’ or not.”
ME: Any idea how long he’s been active in the white supremacist movement?
ME: You there?
JT: What the hell are you talking about? He’s a black democrat from Mississippi who’s on the Congressional Black Caucus.
ME: Does he hate Jews?
JT: Is this going somewhere?
ME: I’m just wondering who complained on behalf of the racists who were in the report so that it got pulled. Anyone stand up for the Klan or anything?
JT: I’m going back to work now.
ME: One last question. How many people stood up for the rights of previously incarcerated wackjobs who tried to kidnap federal officials?
Much more hilarity here.