It's a FAKE threat while there is a REAL threat to America...

Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee Peter King’s hearing into American Muslim communities was a circus yesterday – with some of the most sensational and baseless accusations being hurled at Muslims. Republicans on the Committee and Muslim-haters who were called to testify tried to say that the hearings were no different than the numerous investigations into Nazi war crimes…huh?! They also argued that our nation’s constitution has been “surrendered to jihadists.”

An LA county Sheriff testified saying that most Muslims, “don’t even know what the Koran is all about.” Another witness argued that it would be “impossible” for the US to ally with a Muslim nation. And Republican Jeff Duncan said he was “outraged” that President Obama has not singled out Muslims as an enemy to America. Yes – this is the kind of insanity taking place within our nation’s government thanks to Peter King and the other hysterical lawmakers within the Republican Party.

Ultimately – it’s nothing more than a distraction to keep the America people petrified of a FAKE threat while the REAL threat to America – the selling off of our democracy to transnational corporations – is ignored.

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gerald's picture
gerald 11 years 47 weeks ago
#1

Our country's trademark has always been to have someone or some group to blame so that a diversion is created and the real scoundrels are not put in the limelight for their sins.

dnarnadem 11 years 47 weeks ago
#2

king is a prime example of a Bigot, A racist and a repug rep in search of a cause!

Totally reprehensible - and the irony of it all it will most certainly jar some lunatics into having a cause to murder Americas! I hope he was shamed yesterday - but does anyone actually believe that repugs like king have shame!

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Dane 11 years 47 weeks ago
#3

For one, these people are bigots, and they feed more hate to others who are bigots, two, this all creates a smokescreen for what they really been doing for 30 years, screwing the American people.

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delster 11 years 47 weeks ago
#4

Today Muslims, Unions, liberals, tomorrow anyone in disagreement with the status quo. In 1960 my Grandfather made the comment that the more the Soviet Union became like the US the more the US would become like the Soviet Union. I believe he was discussing civil rights, and personal liberties.

I do believe democracy was purchased for the transnational corporations and the citizens of this nation will be paying the bill. When the Tea Party folks and those too bias or lazy to pay attention finally get the invoice for freedom being shut down ... it will have already been too late.

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Karl Smiley 11 years 47 weeks ago
#5

This guy is a disgrace to our country. He doesn't know the first thing about being a real American.

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lhebbard 11 years 47 weeks ago
#6

The so-called "hearings" chaired my Rep King are a farce and about as un-American as a congressman may get. I am absolutely outraged that this is going on. What in the world ever happened to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? I think we should all give up "tea" and repeal ALL republicans!

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reasonjr 11 years 47 weeks ago
#7

I believe the last paragraph sums things up in a nut shell and what "delster" wrote is an absolute truth. None of this has ever been about religion, other countries, or terrorism. President Bush was a lying theif and killer in my point of view as are most, if not all, Republican leaders. You can't associate yourself with Satan and stand with God. The American people can continue to look down on Muslim people or anyone they wish to look down on, but when the chips on the table have finished spinning and wobbling, what they are going to realize is that the only terrorist in America were the polititians they voted for in the Republican party - along with idiots like Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck who are nothing but bottom feeding sell outs who value money over life. Keep sleeping America, because I promise you this. . . when you wake up it will be over and everything that hard working men and women fought for before you were in this world will be gone. Now, if that ain't somethin' to be proud of, what is?

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Berry 11 years 47 weeks ago
#8

So Out of touch our leaders are. They just seem to be getting dumber and dumber with each passing day.. I often wonder who they are trying to reach? Who are they talking too? What world are they living in? Perhaps the war is affecting them? So set apart, So far away, almost like ~ Some very old 3rd grade intelligence hardware,thats obsolete. One can call it Articial intelligence ! """Very Very Dangerous!

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Liz Walker 11 years 47 weeks ago
#9

You said it, Thom!

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rogeredwards 11 years 47 weeks ago
#10

There is nothing patriotic about what the Koch brothers and the "super"wealthy" who have allied themselves with the tea party are doing.

Seling the US out from underneath us is exactly what they are doing. Transnational corps have no loyalty to the US, none, and the idiot tea party doesn't know the difference between a true US company, and the transnationals that are funding and manipulating the tea party. It could easily be argued that what transnationals are engaged in is a form of treason.

Transnationals love doing business in China, why? And why is that ok? And why is it looked down on if these same transnationals do business in Cuba or Russia? China is winning this trade war, and the stupid ignorant Tea party is doing all they can to help them win it. NPR says the tea party are idiots, they are!!

You are right on Thom, the issue is the transnationals.

Larry

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FUBOM 11 years 47 weeks ago
#11

And yet we let them keep it up. Where are the millions of voices needed to drown out the lies? Why are we not in the streets calling them out for their lies? Because we are sheep, and they the herders. BAAAAAAAAAA BAAAAAAAAA. We are not very far removed from slavery at this point. Massive numbers are the only thing that might get through to them. Hit the streets people. We can take back this country, if we really want to!

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DAN 1 11 years 47 weeks ago
#12

Right now, I believe both are a threat to Us. I hope I am wrong about the Muslims. I used to admire and respect them, but then I saw a pleading man beheaded with a dull knife and I began to reconsider my relationship with this religion and its followers. I don't like what i am seeing about the inroads of Sharia Law into Our Culture and the Muslim Training Camps cropping up all over the country. I understand that their Koran encourages jihad and extermination of infidels. Sure doesn't seem to be a religion that We can live side by side with. And that is a shame. I wish they didn't hate non-believers so, or be so ready to kill Us. I hope my fears regarding Islam will not prove right. I don't like being bigoted and will study this faith more, but right now they certainly seem to be my enemy.

But even a worse threat, in my opinion is the new world order international banker and corporation treachery to Our Species. If i had to "deal" with one of these threats first, it would be the new world orderists. They definately seem to be the more present danger to what is left of a once hopeful America and any chance of becoming a New Nation in which the government is Truly Of The People, For The People and BY The People. (Direct Democracy)

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Duncan MacLaren 11 years 47 weeks ago
#13

Thanks, Thom, for your unambiguous critique of Representative King. I grew up watching the Army-McCarthy Hearings on television. It is remarkable how similar King's rhetoric and demagoguery are to McCarthy's. The sooner this crank is exposed and discredited, the better off our wonderful Nation will be !

dnarnadem 11 years 47 weeks ago
#14

Rachael Maddow show tonight on MSNBC, 12 March. Two separate cases of Domestic terrorist arrests by the Federal Government - one in Washington State, another in Alaska. The former related to the sophisticated bomb found at the MLK parade (he dreamt of race wars!). The latter, a white Neo-Nazi group who were plotting to kill Alaskan State Troopers!

Now where are the hearings on these WHITE domestic terrorists?

Their bombs and their guns kill as many Americans as any other 'Terrorist Group'? Where is the outrage about this?

What King did is, again, a solely political self-serving stunt!! Shame on the man - and I await him to have HEARINGS on white terrorist groups in this country! Where is he on this one??

Or is it just because these home grown terrorists are WHITE and do not create as much fear as Muslims!

Don’t fret, I’m as white and blue eyed as they come! I just do not have an ax to grind and also believe in fair play, which King the Inquisitor definitely does not!

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fatfax 11 years 47 weeks ago
#15

Another republican head fake to take us off the real issues. Look folks... No Fly Zone Now !!!! Obama's being a bit of a pussy on this issue. Libya has 4 airfields and old soviet sams. Libyan pilots aren't going to fly into certain death, they might be well paid but not suicidal..... Get with it Mr. President.

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ursamoonstone 11 years 47 weeks ago
#16

I am so angry and disgusted about this that I'm almost numb. You are accurate, Thom. This is yet another distraction meant to focus our attention away from the very real acts of economic and social terrorism perpetuated by those who claim to represent the people of this country and the multinational conglomerates that control them.

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making progress 11 years 47 weeks ago
#17

We live in An Age of Moral Nihilism.

The system is so far gone that we cannot depend it to reform itself. Until we have serious campaign finance reform, nothing will change. To Place Faith in Electoral Politics is extremely naive.

We have to define, as best we can define, as goodwill. We have to abandon the Faustian Bargain with Democratic Party and give our country another narrative

It is our task to remember that all of the great correctives in our history never achieved political power.
Wind Beneath their Wings or Circular Firing Squad is Bullshit! It has nothing to do with that! Left, Right, or Center, they will only do the people's will if they are scared of them. Right now they are most afraid of $$$.

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Neuro1 11 years 47 weeks ago
#18

Let us wakeup... we have a disasterious confluence of factors: a deteriorating economy, the destruction of the biosphere, real climate change, the ignorant, republican conservatives, facists, and psychopaths, a massive educational program is needed, psychopaths do not behave, think, or feel like normal people, as history has shown they are dangerous they 'carry disaster in every hand" americans for thr most part do not understand what these terms mean, they have to informed and soon, or there will be nothing left.... the America we once knew is dead, believe it, and no nostalgic looking back to America's dubious past is going to change that, a new evolved Ameica is needed. We don't educate we indulge in name calling, resource: www.Hare.org

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2950-10K 11 years 47 weeks ago
#19

The distraction analysis is right on target. King at the same time is carrying out the real goal of terrorism , the creation of a constant feeling of being terrorized. This reminds me of the Marcus Aurelius meditation # 11, " Not what your enemy sees and hopes that you will, but what's really there", which is the selling off of our DEMOCRACY.

leighmf's picture
leighmf 11 years 47 weeks ago
#20

The wise become foolish.

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Percy Christensen 11 years 47 weeks ago
#21

I believe we need an organization to counter the the Tea Party. We need to go back to what happened under President Theodore Roosevelt. Form a group & call themj the Rough Riders, in his honor, to go head to head with the Tea Party in everything.

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stonesphear 11 years 47 weeks ago
#22

For me it all comes down to segments of the global population incapable of assimilating truth on balance to unsupportably held and outdated religious positions of the ancient past.

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rhollenhorst 11 years 46 weeks ago
#23

No question about it.

"One dollar, one vote."

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Maude 11 years 46 weeks ago
#25

These hearings are much more than a distraction and an attack on the Islamic religion. THAT is what the Republicans and their handlers WANT the public to think. Now that the billionaires have their guy Obama in place and the Koch brothers are coming out of the shadows and are acting with impunity to begin the total destruction of the middle class, they are hoping to take the final steps of creating a oligarchy by instigating another attack on our country. Part of that plan will include fulminating hatred of us by Muslims and hoping it results in some sort of attack that billionaires, their puppets and their guy Obama can use to take away what is left of our civil liberties. Bush/Cheney and company knew that an attack was coming on 9/11 and welcomed it. It was their initial step in destroying our Democracy via the Patriot Act.

And incidently, Thom, your guy Obama has been owned by the nuclear industry since he was a senator. It will be interesting to see his reaction to renewed world wide recognition of the dangers of this industry. I hope you are no longer waiting for his "FDR": moment. It's not coming.

Gr8Anka 11 years 46 weeks ago
#26

Does someone have the number I heard on the ratio of white radical murderous attacks to (attempted) radical muslim conspiracies? I think it's five or ten-to-one? And that's just the published stuff.

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