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mgc1961 Donating Member (874 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-11 08:55 PM
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Extremist Killing Is as American as Apple Pie
The landscape of America is littered with bodies.

Theyve been gunned down in Tucson, shot to death at the Pentagon, and blown away at the Holocaust Museum, as well as in Wichita, Knoxville, Pittsburgh, Brockton, and Okaloosa County, Florida.

Total body count for these incidents: 19 dead, 26 wounded.

Not much, you might say, when taken in the context of about 30,000 gun-related deaths annually nationwide. As it happens, though, these murders over the past couple of years have some common threads. All involved white gunmen with ties to racist or right-wing groups or who harbored deep suspicions of the government. Many involved the killing of police officers.

In Pittsburgh, three police officers were shot and killed, while two were wounded in an April 2009 gun battle with Richard Poplawski, a white supremacist fearful that President Obama planned to curtail his gun rights. In Okaloosa County, Florida, two officers were slain in April 2009 in an altercation with Joshua Cartwright, whose abused wife told the police that her husband believed that the U.S. Government was conspiring against him and that he was severely disturbed that Barack Obama had been elected President.

Read on at http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175342/tomgram:_stephan_salisbury,_the_right_wing_of_killing/
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tularetom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-11 09:01 PM
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1. And all these suckers get their asses thrown in jail, while
The fat cats that prod them to perform these violent acts continue to rake in the cash and tsk tsk at the mentally disturbed loners who would commit such dastardly deeds.

Quite a racket, IMO.
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Monsoon Donating Member (54 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-11 09:14 PM
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2. Somebody forgot 14 dead at Ft. Hood for some reason
14 dead and 31 wounded so make that total

33 dead, 57 wounded.
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mgc1961 Donating Member (874 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-11 09:21 PM
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3. I think the body count in sentence 3 is just for those places mentioned in sentence 2.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-16-11 10:51 PM
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4. Let's not forget Kent State--Official govt. sponsored assassinations
I've seen too much senseless death in time of peace...
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