Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition

Constitutional law professor Eugene Volokh recently declared his desire to overturn the Bill of Rights in order to make America more like Iran, at least in terms of the slow painful public execution of some horrible criminals. He relishes in the pre-execution flogging, and he delights in the strangulation by crane, with the victim kicking above the crowd…

In defense of his vengeful bloodlust, he points out that the Bill of Rights is not likely to be amended (yet) to allow slow painful death by torture.

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Zombies

High school junior William Poole wrote a story in his journal about zombies attacking a high school. His grandparents read his journal and turned him in to the police (it’s Kentucky, so apparently this is normal).

William Poole was arrested, charged with making a terrorist threat, and thrown in jail. The prosecutors asked to raise his bail due to the serious nature of the charge, and the judge agreed, raising it to $5000.
[original story at Lex18 via One Good Thing]

William Poole is 18 years old. At last report, he was being held in an adult county jail, presumably in the literature wing. If he were convicted, the felony would go on his adult record and he would lose his voting rights.

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Heartland

It still shocks me that there are people who openly defend the sickening hate of things like this. I’m not shocked that there are hypocritical defenders of genocide in America. There will always be at least a few people who manage to poison themselves with the stink of their own bile.

What still shocks me is when open calls for racial genocide are waved away as a just wee bit of a rant. Blowing off a little steam. As many times as I see it, I am still shocked when this kind of holocaust-porn is dismissed as normal enough to excuse. To accept. To defend

That’s when a society becomes able to commit the most unimaginable horrors — when these horrors become innocuous things. When calls for mindless slaughter can be easily brushed aside or ignored. When a society is able to remain asleep while enacting its nightmares. That’s when things get truly fucking frightening.

Fortunately there are still conservatives who are sane enough to be frightened too. Scott McConnell at the American Conservative Magazine :

You see it on certain blogs and hear it in the rants of some of the most widely listened to right-wing talk-radio hosts. If the Arabs don’t want to be democratic, we should nuke them. We have no choice but to nuke them for our own safety. It’s a vulgarized neoconservatism –no one from the American Enterprise Institute speaks like this (in public). But this talk is around in the heartland and growing, and it is wind in the sails of the new administration.

[via Daily Kos]

Hopefully it’s not too late to be speaking up….

Gal. 4:16

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

Update — the Stalinist Red State speaks out at Editor and Publisher:

“Their dissent equals treason.”

“Today’s press undermines our troops and supports our enemies.”

“The Patriot Act will put both of you (Al Neuharth and Greg Mitchell) on trial for treason and convict and execute both of you as traitors for running these stories in a time of war”

letter to our enemies – via horsefeathers

Full text of a letter posted on Horsefeathers. In just a few paragraphs, it manages to call for torture, summary execution, internment, church burning, and genocide.

For some reason this solemn promise of random vengeance and gleeful murder eventually provoked a degree of outrage. However several other fundamentalist/fascist blogs re-posted the letter, and apparently continue to support it’s sentiments.

The author of the letter, Martin Kozloff, Professor of Education at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, defended his call for genocide as a poetic hypothetical. He suggested that statements like “We will burn your mosques,” and “If we had enough ammunition and time, we would kill every last one of you” we’re just being taken the wrong way.

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start executing the leftists

From Editor and Publisher readers’ comments regarding Joe Pitts, the reporter who suggested the lack-of-armor question that a Guardsman asked Rumsfeld:

Joe M. Richadson: “The duped soldier should be put at the very front of the action, no armor. The cooperating sergeant’s career should be over and maybe become MIA. Pitts and all his cronies should be executed as traitors. We are fighting a war, the debate is over, you’re either for us or against us, there is no middle ground. I say start executing the leftists in our country, soon.”

via atrios

Fundamentalist Checklist – TOTALLY not gay

Characteristics of fundamentalist fascism:

  • They hate liberated women and all that symbolizes them. They hate it when women compete with men in the workplace, when they decide when or whether they will bear children, when they show the independence of getting abortions. They hate changes in laws that previously gave men more power over women.
  • They hate the wide range of sexual orientations and lifestyles that have always characterized human societies. They hate homosexuality.
  • They hate individual freedoms that allow people to stray from the rigid sort of truth they want to constrain all people. They hate individual rights that let others slough off their simple certainties.

This measure of fundamentalist insecurity turns out to be a helpful way to size up man’s man Doug Giles at TownHall. He firmly (ooh!) expresses his masculinity — without even the slightest hint of defensivenes — by picking on… Clay Aiken.

Yep. That’s how friggin’ hardkore Doug Giles is.
So watch your back, girlie men.

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