So, did you guys hear we caught a terrorist last week?

blackintellectunrefined:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

So, did you guys hear we caught a terrorist last week?

Being that it is part of my actual job, I tend to read a lot news. A wide variety of it, from many different sources. So, when something important happens, like the girl who played Stephanie Tanner on Full House goes to pick up her dry cleaning, or the FBI arrests someone for terrorism, it is usually something I find out about very quickly. However, I somehow managed to not hear a single word about Robert James Talbot, Jr. being arrested for terrorism last week. Which is  weird because usually, when the FBI arrests someone for terrorism, it ends up all over the damn news.

We hear about it everywhere, from everyone– pundits biting their nails and wondering how we will ever feel safe again, people on the street raging against random strangers who happen to share the physical characteristics, religion, or political sentiment of the bastard who wanted to endanger the lives of our American citizens.

Not only that, but we usually end up rearranging our whole lives to account for what said terrorist was trying to do. I mean, we still have to awkwardly take our shoes off at the airport because one dude tried to hide a bomb in his shoe.

But Robert James Talbot, Jr. gets arrested for terrorism and I don’t see a thing about it until days later, until this weekend when I happened upon this article from the Southern Poverty Law Center. So weird! In fact, most of the other articles I’ve been able to find are from local Texas news sources. Very few national outlets have even bothered with the story.

Talbot is a white, radical right-wing conservative who was arrested by the FBI on charges of “attempted interference with commerce by robbery, solicitation to commit a crime of violence and possession of an explosive material.”

He set up a Facebook page, “American Insurgent Movement” in order to recruit five or six like-minded folks for what he called a “a Pre-Constitutionalist Community that offers those who seek True patriotism and are looking for absolute Freedom by doing the Will of God. Who want to restore America Pre- Constitutionally and look forward to stopping the Regime with action by bloodshed.” People, whom he said, must be willing to walk away from their lives to “stop the regime.” His plan was to rob banks to fund his revolution, and then also blow up mosques. He claimed to have already cased several Bank of Americas.

He wasn’t shy about his intentions, and even brazenly posted the following messages to the group’s Facebook page:

“Liberty movement starts this summer for those who are up for anything. Email the admin if your [sic] interested in walking away from your life (we have weapons if you need a weapon) to stop the Regime. We always will be recruiting. …You will be giving your life for a greater nation restoring liberty and the Lord himself. Stopping the New World Order and banking cartels.”

“That is exactly what I will have my men do during the heist. Same goes with the Muslims. Mosques are to be a blast! With three of my guys with FA [full automatic] AK’s [AK-47 semi-automatic rifles], we will send that white house worthless piece of dirt and his Muslim brotherhood a message they will never forget.”

And on March 15th…

“In a few weeks me and my team are going active for Operation Liberty. I will not be able to post no more. We will be the revolution, things will happen nationwide or in the states. They will call us many names and spin things around on media. Just remember we fight to stop Marxism, liberalism, Central banking Cartels and the New World Order.”

He was arrested after meeting with three undercover FBI agents who were pretending to be interested in helping him rob an armored car, and providing him with C-4 explosives. He also told the undercover agents that he planned to locate and kill a police officer who arrested him for drunk driving.

Now, call me crazy, but I have a feeling that if Talbot had been, instead, a Muslim man plotting to blow up Christian churches, that this is something that would have made the news cycle, in pretty heavy rotation. Despite the fact that two people with a similar ideology once committed one of the most tragic incidents of terrorism on U.S. soil, it is highly unlikely that other like-minded folks–like Larry Klayman and friends–will be put on the do-not-fly list anytime soon.

It’s unlikely that there will be any talk about how Fox News, Alex Jones and other right-wing news outlets are inciting potential terrorists by convincing them that they are actually under attack.

You can say that it wasn’t news because he was caught before going through with it, but shoe-guy was caught before he went through with it as well, and we certainly heard a lot about that.

*rubs temples*

Not sure if the person you’re seeing is a terrorist? Consult this handy chart:

  • White man talking like a terrorist, acting like a terrorist and doing terrorist things: troubled loner
  • Muslim man existing: terrorist

/flips table/

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liberalsarecool:

The “I’ve got mine” selfishness of Tea Party/Right Wing politics.

liberalsarecool:

The “I’ve got mine” selfishness of Tea Party/Right Wing politics.

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stfueverything:

hesreallydivine:

"The Right to a Right Life"

EVERYONE NEEDS TO WATCH THIS IT IS THE BEST THING EVER

It’s an ad for Republican birth control, known as “Plan GOP” and it is amazing

this is so fucking funny

[D] Notice that the men did all the talking, and they never used the word “abortion” once? Scary how accurate this is.

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socorro345 asked: How the hell was Reagan racist? I don't remember him creating any racial tension like Obama.

odinsblog:

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I think that your disingenuous question reveals some agency and just how little you seem to know about racism

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If you seriously think that PBO actually “creates racial tension”…smh…if anyone lays ANY of the fault for so-called “racial tension” at his feet, well then, that’s a pretty good sign that they’re probably racist or anti-Black af, because the president hasn’t said or done one single thing thing to remotely make anybody think such fuckery

Were you not so intent on projecting White pathology and pretending that it is President Obama who somehow *creates* “racial tension” (by simply being president-while-black I guess), maybe you would have noticed a little something I like to call a fucking hyperlink that was included in the the original post

For anyone else who is actually interested, HERE is that link again. Please note the part where the link contains very easily verifiable ~*facts*~ like how

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1. Ronald Reagan was against the Voting Rights Act of 1964 and 1965 — Reagan was against Black people having the right to vote — because, among other “totes not racist” reasons, Reagan feared that the law might somehow be “humiliating to the south" (like, that’s what was shameful or humiliating, according to Saint Ronny. Not the soul crushing racism White people inflicted on Black people, not the beatings, not all of the “unsolved” murders and lynchings endemic of the south, but a law finally allowing Black people to vote…that’s what he thought might be humiliating for the south…go chew on that for a while)

2. Reagan very actively opposed ending the racist practice of Apartheid in South Africa, and he placed Nelson Mandela on a terrorist watch list, and even wanted him to remain jailed 

3. Reagan employed well known racist, Lee Atwater, and utilized his intentionally racially divisive tactics of racial code words and ‘dog-whistle politics

4. Reagan knowingly launched his political campaign a scant few miles away from Philadelphia, Mississippi, the very place where James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were murdered for engaging in the Civil Rights struggle. He did not pick that place to heal any of America’s racial wounds. Reagan picked that place to show solidarity with “aggrieved” White southern men 

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5. Throughout his campaign, Reagan frequently employed Atwater’s Southern Strategy in his stump speeches, by repeatedly using phrases like “lazy welfare queens” and “strapping young bucks" when referring to young Black women and men, and ofc he invoked the perennial racist’s anthem, “States Rights

I could go on, but I don’t think you are actually interested in the truth or hearing a real answer -this is the internet in 2014 and facts and answers are easily found and verifiable, without jumping into someone’s ask box to ask questions you likely don’t really want answers to. Such people are more interested in protecting White supremacy and a race baiter like Reagan…literally one of the worst, most economically harmful presidents in recent American history (and I won’t bother re-listing any bullet points, as they are also in the original post)

So I’ll just top off this post for any people who legitimately may not have known about “Saint” Ronny (because they do not teach this stuff in any schools)

Make no mistake…every single Republican president since the Civil Rights era of the 1960s has played some role in actively and knowingly undoing much of the racial progress and social justice which so many people fought and died for, but Reagan was arguably the most pivotal of them all. He and his protege, George H. W. Bush, bridged the gap and carried the torch from America’s Jim Crow era to today. They continued with planting the seeds for an exploding (asynchronously Black) prison population, with a so-called “War on Drugs” and the resulting criminalizing of Blackness and much of the Nixonian level corruption, and economic inequality we that are trying to survive today

Republicans, conservatives or Libertarians who literally try to whitewash and sanitize Reagan’s history, while casually alleging (with no examples, hint: there are none) that PBO is racially divisive are not to be taken seriously

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"But the great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. The provision for defense must in this, as in all other cases, be made commensurate to the danger of attack. Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself."

James Madison, Federalist #51

I love this quote, in that it perfectly highlights the need for balance of “power to” and “power over”. 

Moreover, it spells out that in order to maintain the separation of powers, those in power have to WANT to maintain that separation. In recent years, we have seen power of the government being consolidated into one branch of government: congress. The majority party in the House refuses to let any legislation through that in any way will benefit our first black president, and the minority party in the Senate - the MINORITY party - has sufficient power to prevent any legislation they don’t like to even see the light of day via filibuster.

Why does this matter? Because this:

We know what direction to go. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate. […]

Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.

Add to that a Supreme Court which sill creatively interpret the Constitution to mean whatever will make their handlers the most money, and you have exactly what Madison was warning against.

The 2014 midterm elections are fast approaching. Let’s not have a repeat of 2010. Don’t stay home. This may be the last chance we get to stop the Red Curtain from coming down.

liberalsarecool:


Did it never occur to Congressman Weber that if President Obama really were a “Socialistic dictator”, Weber wouldn’t be tweeting from the floor of the House, he’d be rotting away in a secret prison somewhere?
The sheer stupidity of the extremist right of today’s Republican Party never fails to astonish.

Easy to be brave in the face of tyranny when it doesn’t actually exist and is just a fantasy of yours.

He sounds like a teenager whose mom and dad won’t let him borrow the car past 10 pm. Fuck, all these Tea Party asshats do.

liberalsarecool:

Did it never occur to Congressman Weber that if President Obama really were a “Socialistic dictator”, Weber wouldn’t be tweeting from the floor of the House, he’d be rotting away in a secret prison somewhere?

The sheer stupidity of the extremist right of today’s Republican Party never fails to astonish.

Easy to be brave in the face of tyranny when it doesn’t actually exist and is just a fantasy of yours.

He sounds like a teenager whose mom and dad won’t let him borrow the car past 10 pm. Fuck, all these Tea Party asshats do.

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cognitivedissonance:

highonquacks:

ajamstream:

What do you think of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s statements about decriminalizing marijuana use?http://wapo.st/1dBfTzQFor more stories, visit: http://alj.am/stream

Even a broken clock is correct twice a day

I was just about to say that…

How much you wanna bet that the “people” he’s talking about are white people and only white people?
[D] Considering those are the only people he and his considers “people”, no bet.

cognitivedissonance:

highonquacks:

ajamstream:

What do you think of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s statements about decriminalizing marijuana use?http://wapo.st/1dBfTzQ

For more stories, visit: http://alj.am/stream

Even a broken clock is correct twice a day

I was just about to say that…

How much you wanna bet that the “people” he’s talking about are white people and only white people?

[D] Considering those are the only people he and his considers “people”, no bet.

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On issue after issue—reasonable gun control, women’s rights to contraceptives or elective abortion, marriage equality, easier voter access—a majority of Americans disagree with Republicans, who cannot admit this without losing their fanatical core. They claim they have no war on women, but they cannot change positions on abortion without losing their religious base. They cannot admit any gun restrictions without bringing down the wrath of the NRA. They cannot loosen immigration laws without infuriating the nativists among them. They cannot loosen their voting restrictions or votes on welfare without alienating their Confederate avengers.

Yet in all of this they are protected by their untouchable backers, the rich who can never, never, ever pay more taxes.

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Garry Wills, on the state of the contemporary Republican Party, here. (via politicalprof)

AKA “Why the Republican party can’t change and why they don’t even want to.”

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They don’t stand up to it because they agree with it. White-male-cis-hetero-Christian-normativity is in their DNA. The Tea Party didn’t bring that mindset to the GOP - it just put a huge spotlight on it.

They don’t stand up to it because they agree with it. White-male-cis-hetero-Christian-normativity is in their DNA. The Tea Party didn’t bring that mindset to the GOP - it just put a huge spotlight on it.

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