Not the King: Democrats Expose King’s Hearing

This week Peter King had his radicalization hearing despite the warnings from other House members. During the 4 1/2 hour hearing King tried again to spread falsehoods, smear Muslim Americans and stir up more fear and hate in the ranks of the right.

From Think Progress:

King’s own words at the hearing were full of misstatements and outright lies. In his opening statement to the committee, King claimed that the reason he decided to single out Muslim Americans is because the threat from them was particularly unique. He explained, “Indeed, by the Justice Department’s own record, not one terror-related case in the last two years involved neo-Nazis, environmental extremists, or anti-war groups.” King’s statement would be surprising to residents of Fall River, MA. This past December, white racist and neo-Nazi sympathizer Justin Vieira “broke a natural gas line and threatened to blow up a three-decker” house and was arrested shortly after by police. Additionally, there have been at least four other neo-Nazi or neo-Nazi sympathizer terror plots since September 2009. Throughout the hearing, King’s Democratic colleagues — including Reps. Bennie Thompson (MS), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), and Laura Richardson (CA) — brought up the fact that the congressman said in 2007 that there are “too many mosques in this country,” prompting him to say that he “never said” such a thing, a clear lie as ThinkProgress documents in a video fact check.

Thankfully this doesn’t seem that it will be going too much further. King failed to drum up support for his cause and the left in combination with some of his witnesses exposed it as a witch hunt before it progressed further. At least someone was thinking.

Peter King’s action was base purely on xenophobia and racism; his goal was to create a climate that he could label any one he chose a threat and get away with it. If he were successful we would be seeing a new era of people being arrested for speaking out against the right-wing hate machine.

Lastly, there are always going to be threats to the United States. Focusing on one group based on bias is not only foolish; it is dangerous as well as it will lead to individuals and potentially state departments ignoring larger threats from other groups.

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Peter King and Joseph McCarthy: More than Just Wishful Thinking.

Joseph Raymond McCarthy.

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The connection between McCarthy and Peter King (R-NY) goes further than just the idea of this hearing. As a lawyer in his younger days, Peter King worked with Roy Cohen,  the counsel that helped Joseph McCarthy prepare for his infamous trails.

So is King channeling McCarthy?

That depends entirely what side of the fence you sit on.

Fox News and other right-wing propaganda spewers are feverishly trying to promote the hearings as just “part of Kings job”, which also denies the existence of right-wing extremism and responds to reports of their rising in anger, ridicule, or downplays the situation.

Other outlets on the other hand aren’t exactly quick to point out the similarities and connections of King and McCarthy, but they at least attempt to recognize that there is probable cause for concern.

And lastly there are bloggers who are quick to tie King to McCarty to sink him, which is precisely what congress and the media should be doing.

Peter King is trying to sell the existence of a new brand of Red Scare, a sale that’s gone over pretty easily in the realm of the right, especially with the help of Fox, Glenn Beck and the rest of the bigot crew and it is something that is easily noticeable upon visiting the comment sections of any right-wing catering sites and the many bigoted fear mongering post on the Blaze and Fox Nation.

Kings actions are also something to be concerned with. If this trial really is about the threat of terrorism then why is he refusing to investigate other groups such as the “Sovereign Citizen” movement, which has recent violent activities which have been tied not only to this movement, but to Beck’s 9/12 movement as well.

Moreover, King’s plan for this hearing is to use only Muslim’s at witnesses so the media “cannot attack the Muslim messenger“, but I think it is far more likely it’s being done to railroad these witnesses as McCarthy railroaded his witnesses. This is a calculated attempt to demonize people and create a false cause for oppression.

Lastly, King’s own words speak louder than anything. He is fear mongering and pushing the myth’s of radical Islam in the same way that McCarthy did during the Big Red Scare, the only difference here is that it is a religion and color of skin instead of a political ideology. It is intentional dehumanization and fear mongering to create a sense of fear and urgency of the invisible boogie man who is always probing for ways to end your way of life.

And this is precisely what McCarthyism was all about.

Logo Conspiracy… Again

I found this on another blog that I am not going to pingback because it is full of filth, hate and Palin worship. At some point the right-wing will need to grow up and stop seeing conspiracies in every little thing and, of course, stop being racist.

Yes, I am saying that they are seeing this because there is a black man sitting in the White House and for some reason that terrifies them. Moreover, it is racist to assume that Muslims are evil individuals, especially when they know absolutely nothing about the religion aside from what ever has been spoon fed to them by Glenn Beck and echoed back to them by the Tea Party. And it doesn’t stop with Islam.

A few examples for Glenn Beck:

For Fox News:

This is not coincidence, this is calculated propaganda just like it was when it was used against African-American, Irish, Asian’s and, of course, Jewish individuals.

Sharia Banning: Why its Racist and Stupid

This is a topic that I have been trying to avoid on this blog, but frankly it has gone entirely too far and their is no reason for this amount of hate, fear propaganda, oppression and racism of people for the color of their skin and religion. There just isn’t and I really didn’t think I would live to see the day that Americans were acting more like Nazi’s than Americans. Stop it, now.

First off I would like to point out that the man behind these bills is a White Supremacist and sexist who has made such statements as “there’s a reason the founding fathers did not give women or black slaves the right to vote” and has openly stated that he thinks “whites are genetically superior”.

Next, it is racist because people are attributing this sick thought line that any one with brown skin is an “evil Muslim torrorist”. Knee jerk generalization out of fear of people of color or country of origin has been incorrect each and every single time it has been done in history (there are many many more examples). We haven’t gotten as far to say “OMGz they are gonna marry our wommanzzz” yet, thankfully though I am sure that’s not far behind.

White men, sit down and shut your faces.

Lastly this Saria law banning is absolutely stupid. There is no other word for it other than stupid. It is like they have never once read the Bible which condones:

  • Burning women for being “promiscuous” or not being a virgin at marriage.
  • Cutting off the hand of women for trying to protect their husbands.
  • Raping women and female children.
  • Frowning upon and murdering female children.
  • Keeps women as inferiors to men.
  • Killing witches.
  • More rape.
  • Stoning women for adultery.
  • Silencing women.
  • Murdering the children of non-believers.
  • Forcible abortions on “unfaithful” wives.
  • Murder of women who have orgasms.
  • And of course more rape.

Now, since these are not obviously followed any more because they are illegal in the United States and if you did do them you would be going to jail regardless of your religious freedom and beliefs common logic would follow that the same principle would apply to Islam and Sharia Law. So, in short, there is absolutely zero reason for any of this legislation to be taking place; unless of course we can legislate to ban Biblical Law. No? Then shut up.