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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lynching=Terrorism SO O'Reilly= Terrorist

“American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it”
James Baldwin.


I was disgusted to see the story of O'Reilly's horrific remarks about Michelle Obama on Tuesday. Check out the Olbermann piece for the details...

I am besides myself upset with O'Reilly right now... How irresponsible? Are there even words to describe how upsetting these words are to me.

1) Michelle Obama is the coolest woman on the presidential trail. I really think she's amazing and I cannot believe the heat she's gotten in the last few days, really, did you see the entire comment? I agree with her and would have said it exactly the same way. She also didn't apologize thank goodness! She has nothing to apologize for, she was right on.

2) Lynching was a terrorist movement.
terrorism - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear

domestic terrorism - terrorism practiced in your own country against your own people; "the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City was an instance of domestic terrorism"

state-sponsored terrorism - terrorism practiced by a government against its own people or in support of international terrorism

lynch tr.v. lynched, lynch·ing, lynch·es To execute without due process of law, especially to hang, as by a mob

Lynching in America: Carnival of Death

Lynching in America wasn't just a bad idea that got out of hand. It was a domestic terrorism tactic by Americans against Americans and it was calculated, state sanctioned (they used to have lynching picnics where families would go to the park to watch the festivities with food and drink and their children...), and used to intimidate and strike terror (not just fear, terror) in an entire population within the United States. More people died than on 911 and it went on for nearly a century in this country before the outrage was finally unsanctioned by the intervention of the government. It happened well into the 1970's none-the-less and my own parents were threatened with it for being a mixed couple in the south when I was little...

This is nothing to joke about. This is nothing to quip about. This is in itself a form of terrorism and Bill O'Reilly by invoking terrorism is himself a terrorist.

Barack Obama, his wife and children received the earlier Secret Service detail of any presidential candidate in history because of death threats that came as soon as he announced. He continued to run and I voted for him yesterday because his courage is exactly what our country needs right now.

Through all of that, he and his family have stood up and shown this country who we are again.

Taught us how to dream again.

Taught us how to hope again.

Through it all, the death threats don't and won't stop.

What O'Reilly said was in flat terms an attempt to incite the crazy people out there who have threatened Mr and Mrs Obama. He CANNOT and should NOT be allowed a pass on this one. He has literally put their lives in danger with his hateful and irresponsible rhetoric. He should be ashamed of himself. He should make it clear that what he said was wrong (instead his producer tried to explain that it was an innocent off hand remark...what an idiot) and then he should go away from the public airwaves forever for suggesting that a violent terrorist act could be acceptable against a woman, an amazing woman, our country and our democracy.

Right NOW he has 4 story links on his front page attacking Michelle STILL! Disgusting, unChristian, horrifying...

I am so appalled and disgusted!

This hate mongering MUST END NOW!!!

Email O'Reilly at oreilly@foxnews.com to tell him to step aside... I did.


Georgia said...

Bill O'Reilly sure is the authority on lynching - look how many politicians he's lynched on Fox.

He's an ass - and should be fired. Short of that - and considering he works for Satan - he should just QUIT now before both of his feet are so impacted in his throat he chokes to death.

Anonymous said...



Anonymous said...

Where in the World is Jessica McBride?

What we have here is truly, “Failure to Communicate”

She seems to have gone the way of fellow right wing activist mover and shaker Todd Robert Murphy.

Remember Todd (my mother named me Todd Robert)?

Kingmaker, avid fund raiser for political insiders, panel member on the Belling Sunday morning show, a non indicted associate of many involved in the Bielinski “affair.” Some believe he was NGRR (Not Guilty by Reason of being Republican).

But back to Ms. McBride. I wonder what reason she gives the fertile young minds she fills with unbiased knowledge for her sudden cessation of blogging?

This, an election year, ripe with topics for columns full of her wit, wisdom, wishing, wondering and whitewashing but little from the Mistress of Spin but an occasional Henny Youngman one- liner accompanied by a link to someone else’s work.

John McCain goes from impossible recipient of the Republican nomination to the man that lost to the first African American President of the United States and Ms. McBride is not to be heard?

No comment on voter fraud/voter ID, Walker vs. Taylor or Gableman vs. Butler from the Mistress of Spin?

Truly, the silence IS deafening.

Anonymous said...

One the Lena video...

Did YOU follow that? It was REALLY confusing and it is refreshing to hear a politician admit she's confused and ask for clarification instead of just plowing ahead without knowing what the hell is going on like most politicians do everyday...

YES! I want Lena Taylor to run Milwaukee County! Walker has been a disaster and I'm finished with the damage he's deliberately done to County government.