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THE POST-NEWTOWN WITCH HUNT (Michelle Malkin)
Human Events ^ | 12/19/2012 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 12/19/2012 2:48:20 PM PST by neverdem


In the aftermath of the horrific Newtown, Conn., school massacre, Americans from all parts of the political spectrum agree that we need to pay more attention to mental health issues. Public death threats and incitements to violence must be taken seriously. The incendiary witch hunt against law-abiding, peaceful gun owners is neither noble nor effective. It’s just plain insane.

Over the past week, I’ve witnessed a disturbing outbreak of off-the-rails hatred toward gun owners and Second Amendment groups. Whatever your views on guns, we can all agree: The Newtown gunman was a monster who slaughtered his own mother, five heroic educators and 20 angel-faced schoolchildren. He ignored laws against murder. He bypassed Connecticut’s strict gun control regulations, and he circumvented the Sandy Hook Elementary School’s security measures. Every decent American is horrified and heartsick by this outbreak of pure evil.

But tens of millions of law-abiding men and women own and use guns responsibly in this country. The cynical campaign to demonize all armed men and women as monsters must not go unanswered. What’s most disturbing is that the incitements are coming from purportedly respectable, prominent and influential public figures.

Consider the rhetoric of University of Rhode Island Professor Erik Loomis. He teaches “U.S. environmental history, the Civil War, late 19th and early 20th century America, labor history, and the American West” in the university’s history department. Online, however, Loomis is a militantly unhinged foe of all things conservative.

This week, the nutty professor took to Twitter to rail against law-abiding gun owners and the National Rifle Association. “Looks like the National Rifle Association has murdered some more children,” Loomis fumed. “Now I want Wayne LaPierre’s head on a stick,” he added. (LaPierre is executive vice president and CEO of the NRA.) Loomis was just warming up.

“F**k the National Rifle Association and its policies to put crazy guns in everyone’s hands,” Loomis tweeted. “You are g*dd*mn right we should politicize this tragedy. F**k the NRA. Wayne LaPierre should be in prison,” he spewed. “Can we define NRA membership dues as contributing to a terrorist organization?”

If all that wasn’t clear enough, Loomis also re-tweeted the following message from a fellow left-winger: “First f**ker to say the solution is for elementary school teachers to carry guns needs to get beaten to death.”

When the conservative group Campus Reform called attention to the craziness, Loomis whined about a “right-wing intimidation campaign.” Sane university professors shook their heads. University of Tennessee law professor and blogger Glenn Reynolds explained the anti-NRA syllogism at work:

“(1) Something bad happened; (2) I hate you; so (3) it’s your fault. This sort of reasoning has played out in all sorts of places over the past century, with poor results. One would expect a history professor to know better.”

Unfortunately, Loomis is not alone. Famed author Joyce Carol Oates also took to Twitter to blame the entire membership of the NRA for one evil-doer’s massacre. “Another NRA-sponsored massacre for Christmas 2012,” Oates wrote. She then accused any politicians who supported the NRA of “felony homicide.” And then she mused hopefully for mass shootings against the NRA: “If sizable numbers of NRA members become gun-victims themselves, maybe hope for legislation of firearms?” Shockingly, actress Marg Helgenberger of the TV show “CSI” cheered her on: “One can only hope, but sadly I don’t think anything would change.”

In Texas, state Democratic Party official John Cobarruvias threw fuel on the fire. Cobarruvias is the Democratic Party precinct chair in Houston, Texas, and holds a seat on the Texas State Democratic Party’s executive committee. On his Twitter feed, Cobarruvias labeled the NRA a “domestic terrorist organization” and called for the assassination of NRA leaders and supporters: “Can we now shoot the #NRA and everyone who defends them?”

So, it’s come to this: Advocating beheadings, beatings and the mass murder of peaceful Americans to pay for the sins of a soulless madman. But because the advocates of violence fashion themselves champions of non-violence and because they inhabit the hallowed worlds of Hollywood, academia and the Democratic Party, it’s acceptable?

Blood-lusting hate speech must not get a pass just because it comes out of the mouths of the protected anti-gun class.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment

1 posted on 12/19/2012 2:48:27 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Any new info on the man wearing camo pants who was brought out of the woods?

Police Walked A Man In Camo Pants And Dark Jacket Out Of Woods: Newtown Conn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovspEgeMXb4


2 posted on 12/19/2012 2:54:28 PM PST by ILS21R (Everything is a conspiracy. No? You're living in one.)
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To: neverdem
Professor calls for murder of NRA president is this like shouting FIRE in a theater? Is it hate speech? Clearly all of those....lock this nut up before he can do bodily harm....just as young Lanza should have been.
3 posted on 12/19/2012 3:02:30 PM PST by yoe
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To: ILS21R

I’m just wondering because it sounds similar to this:

The friend said that no one might ever know what was going on in Adam’s mind before he donned black camouflage, a military-style vest and his mother’s weapons.

“It makes no sense,” he said. “None of this does.”


4 posted on 12/19/2012 3:03:40 PM PST by ILS21R (Everything is a conspiracy. No? You're living in one.)
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To: neverdem
Loomis also re-tweeted the following message from a fellow left-winger: “First f**ker to say the solution is for elementary school teachers to carry guns needs to get beaten to death.”

The solution is for elementary school teachers to carry guns.

OK, sweet cheeks, come beat me to death.

5 posted on 12/19/2012 3:11:20 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: ILS21R

Crickets....


6 posted on 12/19/2012 3:18:37 PM PST by sarasota
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To: neverdem

Michelle Ping!


7 posted on 12/19/2012 3:33:51 PM PST by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: Flycatcher

I say the same thing, and I’ll buy him a plane ticket!


8 posted on 12/19/2012 3:46:34 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: sarasota

I like Michelle but she misses the obvious.... Professor Loomis and all who think like them know fully well that the incident in Newtown is on their hands. Any and all who advocate for “gun free victim zones” are responsible for the creation of a a shooting gallery.

The left is always the most violent when they know they are in deflection mode. They know fully well that they created these deaths and are trying to cover their tracks.


9 posted on 12/19/2012 3:47:29 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Obama has turned America into an aristocracy of the unaccomplished.)
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To: neverdem

Liberalism is so hate filled it boggles the mind.

It has a classic “My way or the highway” attitude. In other words,it does not live up to the traditional definition of “liberal”.

This U.R.I. professor sounds truly insane.

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10 posted on 12/19/2012 3:57:50 PM PST by Mears
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Bookmarking.


11 posted on 12/19/2012 3:59:36 PM PST by RandallFlagg ("Liberalism is about as progressive as CANCER" -Alfonzo Rachel)
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To: neverdem

Y’ know? Something else has gone terribly, terribly wrong in this country when a primary figure in one of the political parties can call for the assassination of another person- ANY person & it is answered by crickets. Can you imagine what would happen if a member of any other political group did that?
As usual, the left is projecting it’s depravity onto anyone who dissents from their radical agenda.

It also strikes me that people like Michelle Malkin, Victor David Hansen, & others are probably people we should be recruiting for Congress. (How I would love to have Mark Levin, but it would be terrible for his health)
I realize that they are doing what they want to be doing, but they are head & shoulders about the “representation” we have had for far too long.


12 posted on 12/19/2012 4:00:38 PM PST by KGeorge (- Proud member of "Nazis" for Newt /Sarcasm)
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To: neverdem
  1. ". . . some key [events] exacerbated the national debate, fraying trust, and national cohesion just a little more each time . . . The two-party system that had governed America . . . begin to fall apart . . . interest in politics took the place of all other forms of news-related entertainment . . . politicians were the celebrities . . . [Politics/ideology] was becoming such a habit, the reactions so automatic, that [journalists] taking sides on every news story became inevitable."

    .. I just can't avoid thinking about this from for Love & Liberty by Robin Young and it's about 1857 America.

  2. 2013: assault weapons are banned and to stop mass killings assault weapon definition is now: all firearms available to civilians.

  3. I think that the crisis that the "progressives" can't afford to overlook -- and one that Lincoln talked about in 1854 -- is here. Abe will explain from "the other side."

    If you could first know where you are and whither you are tending, you could better judge what to do and how to do it. You initiated a policy to tolerate the Marxist-Alinsky radicals and let them rant; not only has it not ceased but was constantly augmented by decades of infiltration and indoctrination. You now have two Americas. In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half statist and half free; I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.

    The question today is either the opponents of statism will arrest the further spread of it and place it on course of ultimate extinction, or its advocates will push it forward till it shall become permanent.

    Have you no tendency to the latter condition?

    Let anyone who doubts carefully contemplate that now almost complete legal combination — piece of machinery, so to speak — compounded of the Republican Party hands-across-the-aisle doctrine and the dreadful actions among statism's chief architects.

  4. ?

13 posted on 12/19/2012 4:03:21 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: ILS21R

<>Any new info on the man wearing camo pants who was brought out of the woods?<>

Nothing new other than:

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/dec/14/nation/la-na-1215-newtown-school-shooting-20121215

Chris Manfredonia, whose 6-year-old daughter attends the school, was heading there Friday morning to help make gingerbread houses with first-graders when he heard popping sounds and smelled sulfur.

He ran around the school trying to reach his daughter and was briefly handcuffed by police. He later found his child, who had been locked in a small room with a teacher.

“The whole reason we moved here a year ago is because when you drive down the subdivision, it’s a happy place,” said his wife, Georgeann Manfredonia. “There’s a ton of children here and the families are very kind and supportive.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6C2YmOLWnM


14 posted on 12/19/2012 4:26:14 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: neverdem

I thought the liberal DemocRATS were happy on November 6th but I’ve NEVER seen them as happy as they’ve been since last Friday morning.


15 posted on 12/19/2012 4:56:02 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Gun control is not about laws. It's about confiscation.)
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To: All

“Can we now shoot the #NRA and everyone who defends them?”

What are they gonna shot us with, rubber bands??? They want to ban guns....


16 posted on 12/19/2012 5:11:00 PM PST by JW1949
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To: All

“Can we now shoot the #NRA and everyone who defends them?”

What are they gonna shoot us with, rubber bands??? They want to ban guns....


17 posted on 12/19/2012 5:11:11 PM PST by JW1949
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To: neverdem
The French did it to the "bourgeoisie."

The Turks did it to the Christian Greeks and Armenians.

The Soviets did it to the "Kulaks."

The Germans did it to the Jews.

The Chinese did it to the "landlords."

Now the American left is scapegoating white, male, consrvative Christian gun owners.

The "bitter clingers" who are standing in the way of the left's latest socialist utopian schemes. We have seen this nightmare before.


18 posted on 12/19/2012 6:04:30 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: neverdem

Let’s face it, we are the new Jews and Gypsies.” B-(


19 posted on 12/19/2012 6:53:20 PM PST by Nowhere Man (I miss you Whitey! (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012). Take care, pretty girl!)
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To: Travis McGee

another vicious utopian
That same mug came up when I googled "pat bagley," but it wouldn't give a usable URL.
20 posted on 12/19/2012 8:56:50 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: Uncle Chip

>>Chris Manfredonia, whose 6-year-old daughter attends the school, was heading there Friday morning to help make gingerbread houses with first-graders when he heard popping sounds and smelled sulfur. He ran around the school trying to reach his daughter and was briefly handcuffed by police. He later found his child, who had been locked in a small room with a teacher.<<

Thank you for the reply.

So he went to an elementary school to make gingerbread houses wearing camo pants? Maybe. There is no accounting for taste. And I suppose he was told to arrive around 9:30. Wouldn’t other parents also be invited and arriving about the same time. Or just him?

I’m trying to keep an open mind about this.

If you watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDrhhb0B5f8 you can clearly see the police running away from the school into the woods. Why would he run away from his daughter (into the woods) if he feared for her life and was trying to reach her?

Or.... at the end 2:00 of the the video I just now linked to, a boy says a man was pinned to the ground in handcuffs. That may have been Manfredonia.

But that still wouldn’t explain the guy in the woods wearing camo pants.


21 posted on 12/19/2012 8:58:25 PM PST by ILS21R (Everything is a conspiracy. No? You're living in one.)
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To: ILS21R
But that still wouldn’t explain the guy in the woods wearing camo pants.

Maybe he was just arriving after being in a deer hunting tree stand earlier in the AM.

22 posted on 12/19/2012 9:23:58 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: neverdem
Erik Loomis

Nutty professor looks deranged

23 posted on 12/19/2012 9:31:51 PM PST by kcvl
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To: neverdem
I actually switched on MSNBC the other night, and caught about 30 seconds of Lawrence O'Donnel. Saying this guy is an unhinged, hate filled lunatic is a huge understatement. I caught his diatribe right before a commercial break, where he said that Wayne LaPierre has the blood of those children and the adults murdered "on his hands."

Mark

24 posted on 12/19/2012 9:34:38 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: neverdem

Eight professors have joined together to issue a statement in support of University of Rhode Island assistant professor Erik Loomis, who last week tweeted that he wanted NRA executive vice president ”Wayne LaPierre’s head on a stick.”

The authors of the statement, posted on the blog Crooked Timber, defend Loomis’ tweet as an example of metaphor and say their defense was “pulled together on an emergency basis” — perhaps explaining why distinguished academics would cite the Urban Dictionary as their source in explaining what “head on a stick” means, as well as their omission of his retweets of other violent metaphors wishing for those who support arming teachers to be “beaten to death” and Dick Morris to be hunted down and skinned for breakfast.

Nevertheless, Loomis has found defenders in academia, who worry that “his lack of tenure makes him vulnerable,” a state of affairs the rest of us who don’t enjoy the defense of “academic freedom” — that is, ”scholars’ freedom independently to express views (even intemperate ones) on topics of public importance” — face every day while arguing our beliefs in the public sphere. The fact that Loomis’ tweets seemingly had nothing to do with his teaching or his field of study further stretches the idea that academics should enjoy special protection from criticism. Meanwhile, the authors of Loomis’ defense call on university administrators to “affirm … the protections of the First Amendment” while overlooking a call for the head of a proponent of the Second Amendment.

We at Twitchy wish harm on no one, but Loomis’ public tweets and retweets were enough to elicit a statement from the University of Rhode Island distancing the school from them. Supporters who made no mention of the ugliness of Loomis’ Twitter activity were quick to call the criticism of Loomis an “ugly, vindictive witch hunt.”

http://twitchy.com/2012/12/19/professors-decry-witch-hunt-rally-around-erik-loomis-in-name-of-academic-freedom/

Pot meet kettle, Professor Loomis. When the heat in the kitchen gets a little too warm the pricks start whining about witch hunts they a started!


25 posted on 12/19/2012 9:40:50 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Mears
Liberalism is so hate filled it boggles the mind.

Today's "liberal" inteligencia are actually Maoists and/or Stalinists, who believe that those with opposing opinions aren't just wrong, but evil. And since they're "evil," they believe that calling for the "liquidation" of millions of their opponents is justified (just a Bill Ayers did). What was the name of that proposed Obama appointee that listed one of her philosophical heroes as Mao? Mao & Stalin were directly responsible for more than 100 million people murdered, combined!

The vast majority of people who believe they're "liberal" would actually be shocked if they only knew the beliefs and plans of those "in charge" of their "liberal movement." And like my step mother, they will refuse to look at the evidence (like direct statements) detailing what their inteligencia are proposing, since it could make them reevaluate their own beliefs, and that's something they simply won't do. Even when those beliefs are diametrically opposite of what their leaders are proposing and doing! Useful idiots are an apt name for them.

Mark

26 posted on 12/19/2012 9:46:13 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Alaska Wolf

>>Maybe he was just arriving after being in a deer hunting tree stand earlier in the AM.<<

Very possible. Good point. Why would he run around the school and into the woods as police arrived?


27 posted on 12/19/2012 9:55:25 PM PST by ILS21R (Everything is a conspiracy. No? You're living in one.)
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To: kcvl

He looks like the nut who shot Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. What was his name, Gerald Loughner?


28 posted on 12/19/2012 10:07:48 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem

“Can we now shoot the #NRA and everyone who defends them?”
******

Yes you can but don’t use a gun. Those are really bad.../sarc on big time


29 posted on 12/19/2012 10:25:57 PM PST by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: neverdem
(Art.) So, it’s come to this: Advocating beheadings, beatings and the mass murder of peaceful Americans to pay for the sins of a soulless madman.

No, Michelle, the "sins" here are not those of the killer -- they couldn't care less about him.

The "sin" is our standing up to these bullyragging haters and telling them to eff off -- and making it stick. They hate that, they hate losing an issue, and they hate us.

30 posted on 12/19/2012 10:31:25 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: MarkL
....he said that Wayne LaPierre has the blood of those children and the adults murdered "on his hands."

Advice to Wayne LaPierre: Lawsuit time. Lawyer up. Then go get Larry, bigtime, for his blood libel.

Drive his car like you stole it. Auction off his house. Drink his liquor, ride his wife, carry away his cash, eat his food, burn his books, and sell his children in the flesh markets of Asia.

31 posted on 12/19/2012 10:39:19 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: neverdem
What was his name, Gerald Loughner?

Jared Loughner, certified Moonbat. Whom ABC News tried to push off on the Tea Party. Implied he was a ninja assassin sent by Sarah.

32 posted on 12/19/2012 10:41:14 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Nowhere Man
Let’s face it, we are the new Jews and Gypsies.”

PBS did a documentary on the "New America" paradigm and asked a young black woman, an Obama supporter, if she understood why whites are getting paranoid (I think they soft-pedaled that just a bit). The young woman answered straight up, smiling apologetically, "Well, I think they understand they're being 'niggerized', to use that word, and they realize what it means." Or words to that effect. Mind, she wasn't being malicious about it, but she put it out there.

33 posted on 12/19/2012 10:46:43 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: ILS21R

There was one in the police car and one handcuffed down at the fire station according to reports.

The more bothersome thing to me though is this interview of Robbie Parker, the father of Emily. Something is not right with him:

http://youtu.be/oMINqFGNr-w


34 posted on 12/19/2012 10:47:51 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: ILS21R

That man is running away from the school. No way I’m buying he’s the father of a little girl in the class and he was just there to make a gingerbread house. WTF?


35 posted on 12/19/2012 10:48:13 PM PST by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: ILS21R; Alaska Wolf
But that still wouldn’t explain the guy in the woods wearing camo pants.

A local birder with incredibly unlucky timing?

36 posted on 12/19/2012 10:49:50 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: JW1949
What are they gonna shoot us with, rubber bands??? They want to ban guns....

They want to ban our guns...Liberals are hypocrites, and they will keep the ones they have (but won't talk about).

37 posted on 12/20/2012 2:09:45 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: neverdem

NRA members arm themselves, so they will likely not be killed by gun criminals. It seems to me that we who are of the so-called “gun culture” outlive liberals who hate guns; they end up killed by robbers and muggers while we won’t just sit by and let bad things happen.


38 posted on 12/20/2012 5:32:54 AM PST by NRA1995 (CNN should be PNN (Propaganda, Never News))
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To: kcvl

He has the same goofy smile the shooters in Aurora and AZ had.


39 posted on 12/20/2012 6:20:23 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: lentulusgracchus
True, it isn't only Whites "being niggerized," (sorry guys) but people who work hard, pay taxes, start business, do the right thing, be a libertarian, worship God, believe in being left alone, and/or so on are part of the group as well. If you think like they do, sponge off the system, turn in your guns and so on, "you're part of the beautiful people."

We need more Marshall Dillon and less kumbaya. A side note, if we do get into a huge war with the mooselimbs, at least they will take care of some of the liberal problems we have. B-P (half /sarc>
40 posted on 12/20/2012 10:22:14 AM PST by Nowhere Man (I miss you Whitey! (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012). Take care, pretty girl!)
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To: neverdem
Please feel free to copy and share these meme images outside of the conservative choir.

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41 posted on 12/22/2012 7:52:53 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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