Waymon Hudson

Time to Call the FBI: Stoking the Fires of Hate

Filed By Waymon Hudson | October 13, 2008 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, Media, Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, election 2008, John McCain, negative attacks, noose, racism, racist politicians, Sarah Palin, terrorists

We've talked a lot here on Bilerico about the disgusting negative attacks coming from the McCain campaign and the right. Our community knows better than most how using inflammatory rhetoric that plays into bias and hate can cause very real and deadly consequences. And while McCain himself may have "backed off" slightly - he told a woman that Obama wasn't an "Arab" (he just pals around with terrorists) - Palin, his campaign surrogates, and campaign ads all continue to use the politics of fear.

That's why it should be no surprise that the racist fires they are stoking are now burning brightly for all to see.

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Let's take a look at the disturbing atmosphere, including an explanation of the horrific ad you see here, after the jump.

Obama and the Noose

"The Libertarian Conservative" posted that disturbing graphic of Obama and a noose with these words:

Asphyxiation: a breathless experience

The Fucking Solution: Do not consult a doctor. Tie the rope tight. Do not try this at home; go somewhere where no one will find you. Do consumer alcohol while using this treatment. Do no sedate yourself. Do not care. Do not say goodbye. Do it now.

The blog was later taken down by moderators, much to the anger of the ad creator, who had this to say:

The point of the posting was being lost and the post itself was becoming the story. Which I never wanted to happen.

The point is, I made the far left have a knee jerk reaction. I also gave them something to talk about.

Again, as I stated in the actual posting itself, I never, ever wished any harm come to Obama, at all. I was simply making a point and doing exactly what the left is doing to Sarah Palin.
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We're at war folks, and I intend to fight this war until my dying breath. We're at war against terrorists that want to destroy this country and everything it stands for and we are war against godless liberals who hate the very values and freedoms that this Nation was founded upon.

I will not submit to a "Political Correct" fascist agenda, which wishes to restrict my freedoms.

You have been warned.

I'm hoping the FBI and other authorities are knocking at this guy's door as we speak. If that's not an open and very real threat, I don't know what is. You can see the entire disturbing post reprinted at Washington Scandal. Warning - you won't sleep for days after reading it.

The Monkey Man

littlehussein.jpgPam Spaulding has been covering the crazy Monkey Man at a McCain rally. This nutbag bigot was seen proudly waving a monkey doll with an Obama sticker around its head while saying:

This is little Hussein; little Hussein will deceive truth and good Americans.

Here's some scary video of it:


iPhone users: Click to watch

Obama and Osama

And who can forget the Chairman for Virginia's Republican Party Jeffrey M. Frederick's attempt to connect Obama to Osama bin Laden at a canvassing meeting (as reported by Time's Karen Tumulty):

[Frederick] climbed atop a folding chair to give 30 campaign volunteers who were about to go canvassing door to door their talking points -- for instance, the connection between Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden: "Both have friends that bombed the Pentagon," he said. "That is scary."

The response from the McCain camp?

While Barack Obama is associated with domestic terrorist William Ayers, the McCain campaign disagrees with the comparison that Jeff Frederick made.

Wow. Way to take a "strong stance"...

Even McCain couldn't resist stoking the terrorist fears in his so-called "rebuke":

I have to look at the context of his remarks. I have always repudiated any comments that have been made that were inappropriate about Senator Obama. The fact is that William Ayers was a terrorist and bomber and unrepentant. I don't care about that. But, Sen. Obama ought be the candid and truthful about his relationship with Mr. Ayers.

How can it be called repudiation if you repeat the same claim? It must be some new version of "straight talk" that I've never heard of.

More Racism and Homophobia from Virginia GOP

Bobby May, who previously chaired McCain's Buchanan County branch in Virginia, penned a vile-filled missive to a local paper in which he imagines what an Obama administration would look like. In it, May says that saying Obama would have rapper Ludacris paint the White House black and would transform the national anthem into the "Black National Anthem." He also says Obama will "coddle sexual perverts" by allowing marriage equality and would revoke "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." (h/t Queerty)

Here are some of the highlights:

Mandatory Black Liberation Theology courses [will be] taught in all churches - raise taxes to pay for this mandate. Put Rev. Jeremiah Wright in charge. Condemnation of homosexuality from the pulpit will become a Class 1 felony.
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A queer in every foxhole and a camouflage sex toy in every backpack.

While the McCain Campaign did fire May, one has to wonder where these underlings are getting their ideas from...

Playing with Fire

McCain's newfound "respect" for Obama and calls for civility are way too little, too late. You can't run the most disgusting, racist, divisive campaign in modern history and then act like you want a "more respectful tone."

This is especially true when your campaign and surrogates are continuing the dangerous attacks.

Civil rights icon John Lewis said it best:

What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse. George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights. Because of this atmosphere of hate, four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama.

As public figures with the power to influence and persuade, Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all. They are playing a very dangerous game that disregards the value of the political process and cheapens our entire democracy. We can do better. The American people deserve better.

This McCain Campaign is indeed playing with fire.

And McCain stands at the heart of the fire, like Nero fiddling away while we all burn.


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Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | October 13, 2008 5:20 PM

Come on Waymon! How can McCain be a part of the racist, homophobic and xenophobic tactics that the GOP regularly uses to win elections? Don't you know that he is a "maverick" who has taken on his own party? At least according to Sarah Palin's talking points he is.

Besides he was a POW. That's P-O-W.

He's a real "maverick" all right... He bucks the trends of decency and honor.

Yes, McCain is was Prisoner Of War. What a hero, he was CAPTURED. War Hero... Hero's don't get captured or set their command on fire so their 4 star admiral dad can bail them out. He's an racist rotting corpse with anger issues.

Curtis Morton | October 14, 2008 4:18 PM

Time Bomb, regardless of whether or not you agree with McCain, he is a war hero just like every American soldier who fought for our freedom in the American Revolutionary War to the current wars in the Middle East. Despite whether you agree with the wars or not, our soldiers are heroes.

Additionally, McCain said no to leave a POW camp because the men that arrived before him were not able to leave with him, and not many people in the world could do that, especially when doing so means being beaten and tortured more. I am not saying McCain is a good politician or that he would make a good president, I am just saying he was a good soldier.

You know, political and communications experts know that pictures trump words. So maybe the "noose ad" might say that it's not meant for Obama (sheesh - that gave me chills to even say), and only in fine print at that, but nobody will see it. Only the pictures will resonate.

Andrea Mitchell famously told the story about Reagan's men thanking her for a great story she did when she was White House correspondent. She was stunned, because she thought it was a very hard hitting story, and was actually afraid that they were going to be upset with her.

Well, the "hard hitting" part was all voice over narrative by her. What was on the screen were all the great photo op pictures that Michael Deaver had staged and wanted the world to see, showing beautiful, sweeping pictures of patriotic vistas. He told her, "they didn't hear you". That's when she realized that she had been had. She fell into their trap.

BTW, the appropriate federal agency to investigate this is the Secret Service, not the FBI. Making a threat against a federal elected official is illegal.

They have the Secret Service guarding all of these candidates. Why aren't they doing their job? If I was in charge of a Secret Service unit and I heard threats in the audience, I would have had someone weed those people out. Seem the SS is useless unless they have to kill someone.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | October 13, 2008 11:53 PM

The only time security seems to weed people out is during the conventions. Oh, but they were holding up "end the war" banners.

The other scary part of this is the rant of the poster after the piece was taken down.

At war with godless Liberals and terrorists?

If you look closely at the rant, it is easy to read between the lines. Freedom and liberty for all, as long as you worship our god and conform to our ideas. Otherwise you are either a terrorist, or godless liberal, so you don't count.

Seems to be a rpevailing attitude among some in the republican base.

Karl Rove must be happy about now. His influence on american political campaigning is alive and well, and practiced to perfection by the republican party.

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | October 13, 2008 7:27 PM

A queer in every foxhole and a camouflage sex toy in every backpack

Not to trivialize the vitriol coming out of the borderline-fascist GOP, but you gotta love this one!

The world would sure be a hell of a lot better place if we had more vibrators and less guns.

Make love, not war, eh?

The world would sure be a hell of a lot better place if we had more vibrators and less guns.

I couldn't agree more, Brynn. ;)

I was thinking the same thing when I read that.

"A queer in every foxhole"? Sounds like a great way to support the troops!

I know! I think I have that video somewhere...

I want to be surprised by that picture. I do. However, I am not. Don't get me wrong, I'm effing outraged by it. I'm just not surprised by the depths people will sink to.

When Barack Obama announced he was running for president, I made a comment to a long-time friend of mine about the fact that someone eventually would do something like this. He told me I was being silly. I hate the fact I can now say "I told you so." For once in 16+ years, I wanted him to be right.

I had the same conversation with my friends, Kat. As much as I had hope, I knew that the worst of people would come out. Even I didn't realize, however, the extent to which the GOP would inflame those biases and fears.

Oooh, camuflage sex toys, that just sounds too good to be true.

Being able to take a dildo to the woods and not scare away Bambi.

Leave it to the republicans to think of that.

LOL- Why do I picture you running around the woods with a vibrator chasing deer? ;)

Hey, someone has to do it. Better than chsing them with a bulldozer!

Dear, chase me. *winks suggestively*

I would love to Bil, but unfortunately you are not my type, that whole penis thing you know.
;-)

Also your partner would get jealous.

While it's incredibly difficult to read the vitriol rhetoric of the right wing and their rather bizarre assortment of supporters, sadly it seemed inevitable. Civilization just feel very civilized just now, does it? African Americans have been fighting for equal rights and against discrimination for what feels like an eternity, yet here we are in 2008 with the same old hatred baring it's teeth. Using that ad as a barometer for racial hate, my heart sinks a little knowing that the LGBTQ community has a long, long road ahead before such hate for us subsides.

As for dildos, camouflage is out as is drab green: Both are too visable against desert sand. I'm hoping they apply the light bending, invisibility technology to dildos, then we can more easily stuff them in both holes, either to keep people happy or quiet their idiocy, even if for just a moment.

So my glow-in-the-dark dildo is out of the question? I like it because it gives a certain 'night vision' effect... (Also it's hard to lose under the covers unless, well, then you'd know where it was.)

Curtis Morton | October 14, 2008 4:16 PM

While I am an Independent voter, I tend swing to the right on most fiscal issues, and on the fence about social issues (I am for gay rights, of course, but against abortion unless the mother's life is in jeopardy or she was raped, and so on – I’m not trying to debate topics, just showing where I stand). I am also a former Republican, as recently as the last election, who finally became sick of both parties’s BS and went Independent. Regardless of my political opinions, I think that these hateful displays are utterly despicable, regardless of what side of the fence they’re on! These people are as bad as Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Cult, oops I meant Church. Completely sickening!