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What I will not write about today

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frustrated15Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

drunk flamingos

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VIDEO: A year after winning Ames straw poll, Michele Bachmann’s career is in disarray

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Gee, who could have possibly guessed that an extremist with dubious mental stability would lose popularity, credibility, and what's left of her mind?

Remember this?

Michele Bachmann has been named the winner of the Iowa straw poll, taking 4,823 votes out of nearly 17,000 cast.

FYI, Willard Romney came in seventh, with 567 votes. That was then, this is now.

The Hill:

The political career of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), one year after winning the Ames straw poll, seems to be in disarray.

[...] But since then, her political stock has taken major hits and now it is an open question whether she will be invited to speak at the GOP convention next month.

A diverse group of GOP lawmakers, who spoke with The Hill on background, said the 2012 GOP presidential contender’s recent controversy over questions of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration into the U.S. government is a major distraction in this heated election season.

Her former presidential campaign manager, EdRollins, wrote this:

I have been a practitioner of tough politics for many decades. There is little that amazes me and even less that shocks me. I have to say that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s outrageous and  false charges against a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin reaches that threshold.

Her unsubstantiated charge against Abedin, a widely respected top aide to Secretary  Hillary Clinton, accusing her of some sort of far-fetched connection to the Muslim brotherhood, is extreme and dishonest.

Having worked for Congressman Bachman’s campaign for president, I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is downright vicious and reaches the late Senator Joe McCarthy  level... . As a devoted Christian, you need to ask forgiveness for this grievous lack of judgment and reckless behavior.

It's about time the rest of the country caught up with those of us who saw this coming years ago. Speaking of catching up:

What a difference a year makes.

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VIDEO: Why Keith Olbermann called Rep. Peter King an "asshole" (Hint: He deserved it)

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One more reason to appreciate Keith Olbermann:

If you missed this last night, please watch. Peter King is despicable.

And Keith Ellison consistently rocks:

The "a-word" is at the very, very end.

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CHART, VIDEO: Blowing the rush to blame Muslims for Oslo attack to smithereens.

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Thom Hartmann has been referring his listeners to the FBI website, specifically its counter-terrorism division, even more specifically its chronological summary of terrorist incidents from 1980-2005, which of course includes September 11, 2001.

Now why would he do that? Because immediately after the monstrous attack by Anders Breivik, who held deeply anti-Muslim views, right-wing pundits jumped to blame Muslims and "Jihadists" for them. If that isn't bad enough, Peter King will still target only Muslims in his terrorism hearings.

So Thom did a little digging, and then I did a little digging after hearing about his digging, and I ran across this chart that summarizes the FBI statistics. It pretty much blows all those "Muslish" (see video below) headlines to smithereens:

Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Soil by Group, From 1980 to 2005, According to FBI Database

That's right, Islamic extremists were responsible for only 6% of terrorist incidents. Oh, and there was this:

The majority of domestic terrorism incidents from 1993 to 2001 were attributable to the left-wing special interest movements the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF). Right-wing extremism, however, primarily in the form of domestic militias and conservative special interest causes, began to overtake left-wing extremism as the most dangerous, if not the most prolific, domestic terrorist threat to the country during the 1990s. [...]

The terrorist preventions for 2002 through 2005 paint a more diverse threat picture. Eight of the 14 recorded terrorist preventions stemmed from right-wing extremism, and included disruptions to plotting by individuals involved with the militia, white supremacist, constitutionalist and tax protestor, and anti-abortion movements.

Here's another chart that Think Progress posted:

Which brings me to this must-see Colbert Report video:

We really must stop all that "rushing to accuracy" because it's "safer go with Muslims. That's not prejudice, that's probability." Gold.

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Who influenced Anders Behring Breivik? Fox regular Frank Gaffney, "Atlas Shrugs" Pamella Geller, for starters

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Anti-Muslim activist Brigitte Gabriel presents an award to Rep. Peter King (R-NY)

Think Progress has an important post up about the influence that some anti-Muslim, anti-not-a-Mosque, American activists, aka Islamophobes, had on Anders Behring Breivik, the man who was behind the horrific attacks in Norway last week. Please take a look.

Here's the very abbreviated version:

 – Breivik cites neoconservative Islamophobe Frank Gaffney on opposition to Turkey joining the EU, and reprints a post from Gaffney’s think tank, the Center for Security Policy

Breivik cites blogger Pamella Geller several times in his manifesto, reprints articles praising her

Breivik posts a 45-minute interview with Brigitte Gabriel, a leading organizer of grassroots anti-Muslim activism

Breivik extensively quotes Robert Spencer, a leading anti-Muslim writer sponsored by David Horowitz

Breivik linked ten times to video clips for the movie Obsession, a documentary created by a secretive group called the Clarion Fund

Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo: 

“Frank Gaffney has never been a stranger to the crazy."

Pam Geller's Islamophobia drew this comment from Eric Boehlert of Media Matters:

"She's been instrumental, she has whipped up hatred in the right-wing blogosphere and now that's spilled out into the wider community."

The hatred and blaming of all Muslims for the deeds of a few-- not to mention grouping them together as if "the nation of Islam" (it's a movement, not a country) could be found on a map-- is being spread by people like these, yet we hear so little about that anywhere except in the Blogosphere. I was bombarded with tweets by one such person on Twitter just yesterday, and he actually thought that The Nation of Islam was a place, and that all Muslims were terrorists. All of them.

While the American Islamophobe machine has mostly inspired petty vandalism against mosques and racist demonstrations in the United States, the massacre in Norway is a grim reminder that dehumanizing hate can have dangerous but unintended consequences.

Come on news media, report on this. Do your job. Please.

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Anti-Muslim Discrimination Cases on the Rise

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Made a HUGE mistake in googling anti-Muslim. Ugh.

While the United States isn't imposing a French-style ban on burkas or forbidding the construction of minarets à la Switzerland, "Muslim-Americans continue to struggle for acceptance in many communities," Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez told the American Constitution Society this week at a Capitol Hill event. "It is a sober reminder that there are those in our nation who have not yet realized the full promise of equal opportunity and equal justice." The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has handled 18 separate federal cases of discrimination against Muslims since the 9/11 attacks. But eight of those have been opened in the past six months alone. While issues like the Park51 project near ground zero in Manhattan or the planned torching of a Koran in Florida made headlines, Perez said a more insidious manifestation of anti-Muslim attitudes comes in the form of discriminatory land-use and zoning policies from town and city governments.

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