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Trayvon and Zimmerman: The Structure and Elements of a Disinformation Campaign
American Thinker ^ | May 3, 2012 | Scott Swett

Posted on 05/03/2012 2:01:19 AM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome

"Trayvon," of course, is Trayvon Martin, the black 17-year-old who was killed two months ago in Florida. "Zimmerman" is George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot him. Referring to Martin by his first name and Zimmerman by his last is just one small tactic in the national media campaign to make Martin's death an enduring symbol of white racism.

The Trayvon campaign is accurately described as "disinformation" because deception is a fundamental part of its planning, strategy, and implementation. Leftist disinformation campaigns are common but not widely understood. This article is intended to make them easier to recognize, and to provide a framework for additional research and investigation. Whether or not George Zimmerman was justified in pulling the trigger is outside the scope of this analysis.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


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This article deserves reading in its entirety.
1 posted on 05/03/2012 2:01:25 AM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome
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To: LucyT

This article deserves reading in its entirety.


2 posted on 05/03/2012 2:04:29 AM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (If not you, who? If not now, when?)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

Did the continent of Africa sink below the waves while I was at my doctor's appointment yesterday? If the United States of America is this hugely racist, oppressive, unfair and evil place, why not emigrate back to one's homeland? I imagine that a collection could be taken up or a congress member could put forth a bill to pay for the exodus.

3 posted on 05/03/2012 2:32:50 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism."
~Thomas Sowell
4 posted on 05/03/2012 2:52:09 AM PDT by South40
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

Thanks for posting this. You might be interested in this...

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2012/04/30/update-13-the-trayvon-martin-shooting-the-julison-communications-racist-agenda-and-trail-to-washington-dc/


5 posted on 05/03/2012 2:53:55 AM PDT by sueQ
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

Good read. Thanks for posting!


6 posted on 05/03/2012 3:10:18 AM PDT by cartan
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome; Interesting Times
Reading the entire article is imperative to fully understand the strategy of the Left.

The author of this comprehensive and informative piece is a long-time freeper.

Leni

7 posted on 05/03/2012 3:28:17 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

Keep in mind that while this case shows how the media and left can create a campaign in alignment with their ideology, they could also do this in an effort to bait conservatives as well.

We all know the left wants violence. So far, we have shown every violent event to be perpetrated by a nutjob or leftist (or both).

It is a good lesson to keep your powder dry and your emotions in check.


8 posted on 05/03/2012 3:36:01 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: South40
"If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism." ~Thomas Sowell

I have several of Dr. Sowell's books, including The Thomas Sowell Reader, which is a great compendium of his essays. The man's a national treasure.

9 posted on 05/03/2012 3:40:41 AM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (If not you, who? If not now, when?)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

Good article, thanks.

All of this convinces me that the media wants a race war to report on.

Only problem is, as two reporters in Norfolk found out recently, their press badge is not going to save them from “Justice for Trayvon.”


10 posted on 05/03/2012 3:46:14 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now.)
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To: Erik Latranyi
"It is a good lesson to keep your powder dry and your emotions in check."

Wisdom itself, FRiend.

11 posted on 05/03/2012 3:52:58 AM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (If not you, who? If not now, when?)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome
I have several of Dr. Sowell's books, including The Thomas Sowell Reader, which is a great compendium of his essays. The man's a national treasure.

That he is. But unfortunately, he will never get his due accolades as he is not a liberal.

Thanks for the tip on The Thomas Sowell Reader. I'll have a look.

12 posted on 05/03/2012 3:55:42 AM PDT by South40
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome
Excellent, well-thought-out, and very comprehensive. But, alas, won't sway a single race baiter.
13 posted on 05/03/2012 3:57:23 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I imagine that a collection could be taken up or a congress member could put forth a bill to pay for the exodus [to the African "homeland.]

That was tried a long time ago. Immigration to Liberia has since slowed.

14 posted on 05/03/2012 4:00:39 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Molon Labbie

“All of this convinces me that the media wants a race war to report on.”

This has become the “Gleiwitz Incident” for the negro nazi party running America.

Hitler had to make it look like Poland started the war to get public opinion behind it.


15 posted on 05/03/2012 4:02:22 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome
I have several of Dr. Sowell's books, including The Thomas Sowell Reader, which is a great compendium of his essays. The man's a national treasure.

No argument, but who reads him except white people and a few black conservatives.

16 posted on 05/03/2012 4:03:02 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: luvbach1
"who reads him"

Apparently, many libs. Playwright David Mamet was an arch-lib for many years and mentioned Sowell as one of the key figures in his transformation from liberal to conservative. I'll bet millions of libs read Sowell's columns and deep down know he's right. But many of them don't have the integrity to admit they wrong, like Mamet did, and change.

17 posted on 05/03/2012 4:24:20 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome; The Shrew

It’s all disinformation and propaganda now, coming from ABCNNBCBS.

They are an arm of Gangster Govt Inc.


18 posted on 05/03/2012 4:27:42 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: MikeSteelBe; Joe Brower; CodeToad; Lazamataz; Lurker

I am reading the next chapters in this upcoming novel already. A 13% minority can’t win a Tutsi/Hutu-level tribal/racial civil war. That much is clear.

So why are the MSM and the ‘Rats provoking Those Hip Urban Guys (thugs) into what will surely result in many shoot-on-sight situations?

If the “Reginald Denny” scenario is repeated often enough (whites dragged from cars and beaten to death), then proactive tactics will be applied to groups of blacks loitering at intersections. That is, firepower will be applied to disperse the mob before the mob is close enough to hurl bricks at a car. This will happen.

It will be very dangerous for groups of black men to be seen anywhere near a potential “ambush site.” Whites will not suicidally drive into ambushes. If they can’t make an early U-turn, they will drive full speed over the mob, or open fire from 100+ yards away to disperse the mob.

It will be this “white backlash” that will suddenly be the critical problem, and reason enough for a martial-law type clampdown.

Naturally, there cannot be elections during a race war. Naturally, the federal govt will have to do something about those white maniac murderers and their millions of guns.

So why whip up a race war that blacks will lose, badly? They are using black anger like the trim tab on a rudder, to power up the big move from the other side. According to the MSM and the Rats, the white reaction to black mob violence will be the main story, the main threat to civil society.

That’s my theory of “why.” And it fits with their “Fast And Furious” modus operandi, ie, cause a massacre over here, to effect a political result over there.

Black ops at their finest, by Gangster Govt, Inc.


19 posted on 05/03/2012 4:46:00 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Actually wasn’t the nation of Liberia created for just that reason? To re-patriate the freed slaves back to their homeland?


20 posted on 05/03/2012 4:46:51 AM PDT by Mr. C (Take Back America!)
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To: Travis McGee
We certainly live in interesting times, Travis. "It's dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." And things are very, very wrong.

I remember well the Reginald Denny incident. I remember my first thought was "WTF did he get out of the truck?" If that had been me, they'd still be picking bones out of my front grille.

As it was, I had a little encounter of my own in Oakland during the Rodney King riots, and if I hadn't been prepared beforehand, I would be dead.

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

21 posted on 05/03/2012 4:54:15 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Mr. C

Yes and President Lincoln was putting together a colony somewhere in Latin America, I forget where. I tend to think that’s why he was assassinated.


22 posted on 05/03/2012 4:54:59 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

Next step: Portray those who argue that the media narrative
was intentionally dishonest as tin foil hat lunatics.

23 posted on 05/03/2012 5:00:43 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s the first time I heard about the colony in Latin America but I’m not surprised. I know it’s useless to speculate on how different things would be today if all that had worked out.

There have been some interesting developments lately which further displays the duplicity and bias of the media. Like those two reporters in Virginia attacked last week-end and others scattered around the country. If it wasn’t for Fox News and otehr sources I don’t think anyone would have known about them.


24 posted on 05/03/2012 5:03:32 AM PDT by Mr. C (Take Back America!)
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To: Mr. C
“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.”

~Abraham Lincoln

Fourth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858 (The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume III, pp. 145-146.)

25 posted on 05/03/2012 5:08:34 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome
The media is the enemy. We also saw this so clearly when Palin was selected as VP.

The term "disinformation" is not strong enough and doesn't reflect the evil being done.

26 posted on 05/03/2012 5:21:31 AM PDT by The Truth Will Make You Free
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To: Joe Brower

Yep, an 18 wheeler should be used as it’s own weapon. That won’t work for little cars, but maybe SUVs, with sufficient clearance. In any event, I’d rather drive over folks than get pulled out and beaten to death. Just don’t stop, no matter what.


27 posted on 05/03/2012 5:31:39 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

Great read.


28 posted on 05/03/2012 5:47:25 AM PDT by YourAdHere (Spike Lee's films are boring and unoriginal.)
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To: Erik Latranyi
The Left has been perpetrating violence. As you so adroitly point out.

So when do we fight BACK? Never?

That doesn't sound like a "winning" scheme....

29 posted on 05/03/2012 5:55:53 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

For later.


30 posted on 05/03/2012 6:18:22 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: driftless2
I'll bet millions of libs read Sowell's columns and deep down know he's right.

Good points but if they're reading him and know he's right I'd say they were already in a state of transition.

31 posted on 05/03/2012 6:32:24 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome
In short...
Neither accept nor believe a lie.
Rather, rise up of your own accord and
look out the window and see for yourself
if it is or isn't actually raining outside
when you have been told that it is.

And if it isn't actually raining outside
you, of necessity, have to ever after
question the veracity of everything
the speaker of such lies says else you
will always go about umbrella in hand.

32 posted on 05/03/2012 6:38:23 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

America has been there, done that, see the histor of Liberia.


33 posted on 05/03/2012 6:39:48 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

America has been there, done that, see the histor of Liberia.


34 posted on 05/03/2012 6:40:01 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
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To: Travis McGee
Black ops at their finest...
Don't leave out PSYOPS. That's what this article is all about.
People are being psychologically manipulated and they don't even know it.
35 posted on 05/03/2012 6:43:42 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Molon Labbie

They were similarly surprised in Egypt. All for a newsworthy revolution, then the on-the-street reporters were stunned that they, not being one of the revolutionaries, were targeted.


36 posted on 05/03/2012 7:20:17 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Travis McGee

“A 13% minority can’t win a Tutsi/Hutu-level tribal/racial civil war. That much is clear.”

They can when only 13% of the other side opposes them. Nearly 100% of blacks would ban together. Maybe 13% of the remaining population would stand against them. It would be nearly an even match as far as numbers but just who would perform the most violence to win is another matter. All hypothetical, of course; just saying not to discount a 13% minority if they act together against an opposing force where only 13% participate.


37 posted on 05/03/2012 7:31:11 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome
While the Zimmerman/Martin ‘white’ on black killing is covered 24/7 on the MSM with an outpouring of rage and charges of a racial hate crime, where is the concern- where is the rage about the home invasion, torture, beating, rape and murder of the elderly white couple by a gang of feral blacks in Oklahoma just a few weeks ago?

The 90 year old war veteran husband was beaten and his jaw broken. He was shot in the face numerous times with a BB gun and sent to the hospital in critical condition.

The 85 year old partially blind wife was RAPED and then BEATEN TO DEATH.

Can you just imagine the pain, the humiliation, the horror that dear old lady experienced being gang raped by that pack of feral animals?

(the autopsy states she was raped. Don’t think all of these animals didn’t all participate)

And can you imagine the pain, the horror of that dear old husband having to witness this?

There’s a lot more involved here than a home invasion and robbery.

WHERE ARE THE CHARGES OF A RACIAL HATE CRIME??

90 year old husband’s jaw broken and shot in face with a BB gun numerous times?

85 wife year old semi blind wife RAPED and BEATEN to death??

Why does it take a foreign press to enlighten America as to this henious crime?

WHERE IS THE NATIONAL OUTRAGE?


38 posted on 05/03/2012 8:36:58 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

Great article — thanks for posting.

The very last part about how a trial now might not be in the best interests of the race-hustlers is intriguing.


39 posted on 05/03/2012 8:54:45 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Dead Corpse
So when do we fight BACK? Never?

I did not say we should not fight back.

We destroyed the Martin-Zimmerman lies.

We destroyed the Dan Rather National Guard lies.

We destroyed the John Kerry war hero lies.

So, we are fighting back.

However, violence on our part is not an urgency....yet

40 posted on 05/03/2012 8:57:57 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: MinuteGal; Interesting Times; zot; Travis McGee
This is from the comments section of the article at American Thinker:

But Rich Lowry, Editor of Natinal Review, stated authoritatively on March 23rd, that "Al Sharpton is right", the prosecutors are wrong, and George Zimmerman should be indicted. It was very impressive and Lowry promoted the virtue of his opinion on other sites, so all could see how serious National Review is about attacking white racism where it exists. Surely Rich Lowry, head of the conservative thought leader National Review, would not be suckered into believing Marxist propoganda manufactured by the same disreputable machine that created the Tawana Brawley and Duke Lacrosse lies. Or, is it the case that today's establishment conservatives in fact covet the acceptance of the very mainstream media that manufacture the Marxist propoganda Scott Swett so accurately describes in this post. Can political correctness be so powerful that it now determines National Reviews opinions on matters like this? And maybe even Presidential politics. Very sad to see the mighty and good fall so low.

Well stated!

TS

41 posted on 05/03/2012 9:28:39 AM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: Erik Latranyi
Oh... Ok. that makes everything all right. We've won a few skirmishes... So let's just keep doing what we've been doing. That'll work out well, right?

Yeah... About that...

42 posted on 05/03/2012 9:29:08 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: Erik Latranyi
So, we are fighting back.

I'll believe it when I see Al Sharpton in cuffs for inciting a riot and penniless after losing a defamation case along with the Media Matters and crew.

43 posted on 05/03/2012 9:57:20 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RINOcrat Party is still in charge. There has never been a conservative American government.)
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To: The Shrew

Thanks for the ping. I’ve been looking forward to seeing this article.


44 posted on 05/03/2012 11:57:09 AM PDT by zot
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To: zot; Interesting Times
It's an incredibly impressive article. It comprises the type of 'outside of the box' thinking that I would think Roger Aile's or a major publication would pay big bucks to have on their staff. Sorry, no such luck right now. Tell all hello for me. I'm doing my best to keep the faith. I hope life is well.

Regards,

TS

45 posted on 05/03/2012 1:04:22 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t think most countries on the dark continent offer EBT cards and such.


46 posted on 05/03/2012 1:46:43 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: Travis McGee
Preemptive Trayvonning.
47 posted on 05/03/2012 1:47:00 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Howlin; eddie willers; cajungirl; wirestripper; Southflanknorthpawsis; Peach; prairiebreeze; ...

Disinformation analysis ping...


48 posted on 05/03/2012 2:24:38 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: The Shrew; Interesting Times

Best article I have seen on this whole debacle. Thanks for writing it IT... I have to say, I read the article posted elsewhere first and only saw the author at the end of the piece. I wasn’t surprised to see it was IT. ;-)


49 posted on 05/03/2012 2:35:09 PM PDT by abner (I have no tagline, therefore no identity.)
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To: Travis McGee

“It will be this “white backlash” that will suddenly be the critical problem, and reason enough for a martial-law type clampdown.”

Are there enough people in the police and military with the values like the group Oathkeepers to not confiscate firearms?

No wonder Obama wants a civilian police force as strong as the military.

Perhaps he will deputize New Black Pampers and the rest of “Holder’s people” as Federal police to create his own ghettostapo.

Crackers are the new Juden in America’s Warsaw ghetto.

If the war turns Civil, the side fighting for state’s rights will be on the right side this time.

I do not see another election fixing this Republic anyway, so such a good crisis should not go to waste.

Inspector Callahan said:

“There is nothing wrong with a little shooting, as long as the right people get shot.”

The problem with war is that too many of the wrong people end up getting shot. Jefferson understood this when he commented on the watering of liberty’s tree.


50 posted on 05/03/2012 2:36:25 PM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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