Friday, February 12, 2010

Quiet Riot Roundup

Yesterday was the birthday, tonight is the celebration. Not sure about the lack of blogging though -- it's not like I was busy.

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Right-wing mob urges the lynching of Attorney General Eric Holder -- ironically, because Holder wants to uphold rule of law.

The Winter Olympics start tonight, and Ghana will be representing for the first time.

In sadder news, a Georgian luger died hours before the opening ceremonies in a crash during a practice run.

Voters like gays and lesbians; homosexuals, less so.

Liberal Democrat (UK) MP Baroness Jenny Tonge was sacked from a high profile party position after demanding Israel undertake investigations of completely unsubstantiated allegations of organ theft in Haiti.

Meanwhile, this is a good post on the longevity and impressive staying power of organ theft rumors (not just about Jews or Israelis).

Jews face the highest rate of hate crimes of any religious group in the United States (Blacks are the most targeted overall).

A Tennessee Muslim community is the subject of a sensationalist CBS report questioning whether it is a secret terrorist training facility. It isn't, but gets hit with vandalism anyway in its wake.

It's nice that Glenn Beck disavowed 9/11 troofer-flirting candidate Gloria Medina, but to call it impressive would be to lower our expectations bar underground.

Hedging Hollywood -- a brilliant scheme to induce bad filmmakers to actively try and make their movies worse.

3 comments:

joe said...

Medina's answer to that question was pretty much a mirror image to Glenn Beck's take on the question of FEMA labor camps, so there you go...

Someday there's gonna be a book, with that asshole's picture right next Father Coughlin's.

Lester Hunt said...

"Right-wing mob urges the lynching of Attorney General Eric Holder -- ironically, because Holder wants to uphold rule of law."

I went to the linked article and, wow, was this line ever misleading!

In a liberal democracy, we make a distinction between demonstrators and "mobs.

Further, one nut yelling "Lynch Holder" does not amount to the mob's "urging" his lynching.

Most importantly, the "rule of law" certainly does not require Holder to try KSM in a civilian court in southern Manhattan.

Sheesh. I coulda thought I was reading The Daily Kos.

David Schraub said...

Most importantly, the "rule of law" certainly does not require Holder to try KSM in a civilian court in southern Manhattan.

Most importantly, yes, it kind of does. Rule of law means that even bad people get the benefits of legal processes. In fact, I'm not sure what other definition there is of "rule of law" aside from "everyone gets the benefits of legal processes, as opposed to arbitrary detention and railroad justice".