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I find it mind boggling that preferring local and state authority to federal is considered right wing extremism, and gets you lumped together with racist hate groups (from the washington times article linked on drudge).

Steve, if you oppose Barack Hussein Obama in any way, shape, or form, you are a racist terrorist and deserve to have your civil rights suspended.

From FOX News:

A gunman wearing a bulletproof vest and "lying in wait" opened fire on officers responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday, killing three of them and turning a quiet Pittsburgh street into a battlefield, police said.Police Chief Nate Harper said the motive for the shooting isn't clear, but friends said the gunman recently had been upset about losing his job and feared the Obama administration was poised to ban guns.

Poplawski feared "the Obama gun ban that's on the way" and "didn't like our rights being infringed upon," said Edward Perkovic, his best friend. Poplawski had once tried to join the Marines, but was kicked out of boot camp after throwing a food tray at a drill sergeant, Perkovic said.

Another longtime friend, Aaron Vire, said Poplawski feared that President Barack Obama was going to take away his rights, though he said he "wasn't violently against Obama."

Maybe we have nothing to fear but fear itself.

But I think we should be afraid of some other things. Right wing wackos with assault rifles and bullet proof vests who are afraid that Obama will take their guns away. Right wing militias using racism and fear to recruit nice people like Richard Poplawski into their ranks.

You don't think our Homeland Security department ought to be concerned? I certainly do. I'm glad our Homeland Security folks think the radical right needs to be monitored for potential violence.

If you've got some kind of personal grudge or hatred for Janet, find some other issue to use. On this issue, she's right.

The slain officers were Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle, and Paul Sciullo III. They leave behind two widows and five children. Donations to help their families can be made here:

http://kdka.com/local/Fallen.Officers.Pittsburgh.2.977215.html#Pittsburgh%20Fallen%20Heroes%20Fund

K.J.

"Right wing militias using racism and fear to recruit nice people like Richard Poplawski into their ranks."

Did you really mean to say "nice people" to refer to someone who killed three police officers?

To clarify using rational thought: No "nice people" can be recruited using racism and fear. Those are called "stupid people" - before they are called "evil people who kill others."

Irrational thoughts lead to bad things: See above.

Ya know. Prejudices like these are grounded in some truth as I'm sure there are some crazy bastards like the guy who shot those police officers but they are the severe minority just like eco-terrorists are a minority of environmental people.

This bulletin DHS put out was just plain stupid. Sure its kind of true, but why make such a big deal of it? Why cause all the drama?

Sadly, the Founding Fathers were radicals who were considered traitors.

K.J.,

If Janet is so right on this issue, why did her report cite no statistics? No studies? No hard facts of any kind to support her accusations. Certainly someone as smart as Janet is (I mean that sincerely) would realize that her report would look like a political swipe at the opposing party and include some support for her accusations. Nope. Nada. Nothing. Just rhetoric. Because I believe Janet is so smart, my speculation is that this report is her attempt to make peace with the leftist establishment after her center-leaning governship here.

Unfortunately, Janet's authority to clamp down on people her party views as dangerous is empowered by the Bush Administration's assault on civil liberties in the name of the war on terrorism. In a sense, the R's built a Orwellian-leaning federal government to fight terrorism and J-No is poised to use that system to fight the "radical right."

Your use of 1984's reference to "Big Brother" and that picture of Napolitano = priceless.

The report is over the top but right wing wack jobs have terrorized the US in the past-Oklahoma City bombing, Atlanta Olympic bombing, the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church shooting, to name a few. If you read some of the comments to stories about Obama they drip in prejudice and fear. To simply ignore it because it comes from the dreaded Obama Administration is unwise.

James - I am not advocating ignoring obvious security threats (there are wack jobs that pose threats on both sides of the aisle) but I am disgusted by both parties' attempts to resolve debates by name-calling rather than rational discussion.

During the Bush years anyone who disagreed with their war on terrorism was branded unpatriotic or not in support of the military.

Now Obama, who was supposedly elected to promote change, is following the same tactic by calling anyone who dissents from his policies a "right-wing wacko." See his attack on Rush Limbaugh as another example of this tired tactic. This strategy is not meant to further a discussion or resolve problems. They are meant to end the discussion and declare victory by using boogeyman names to portray the other side. Disgusting.

I know that Comment #2 above was written by an impostor, not by Column InChes, because she would not have inflicted the point with such cruel succinctness.

Hey, maybe I'm wrong, but I always thought the term "terrorism" implied some sort of concerted action, or at least some kind of systematic action in support of a particular cause.

This is going to get fun. We're going to have Janet running around like Barney Fife after lone lunatics, and the local police bringing in Al Qaeda through the city hoosegow.

Sheriff Joe even has a tank.

We don't need no stinking army. Arm yourselves and LET'S ROLL!

"I am disgusted by both parties' attempts to resolve debates by name-calling rather than rational discussion." Agreed.

my question is why did the Bush administration commission this study a year ago?

JAmes L.

The Oklahoma bomber was a registered Democrat with a strong antipathy to the military. He was also a lapsed Catholic.

Sounds like a pretty typical Democrat to me -- antimilitary, left-leaning and atheistic!


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