Connect the dots…

This book is No. 1 on amazon.com:

 This is from The Associated Press today:

Homeland Security officials are warning that right-wing extremists could use the bad state of the U.S. economy and the election of the country’s first black president to recruit members to their cause.

In an intelligence assessment issued to law enforcement last week, Homeland Security officials said there was no specific information about an attack in the works by right-wing extremists.

The agency warns that an extended economic downturn with real estate foreclosures, unemployment and an inability to obtain credit could foster an environment for extremists to recruit members who may not have been supportive of these causes in the past.

Homeland Security spokesman Sean Smith said the report is one in a series of assessments issued by the agency’s intelligence and analysis unit. The agency describes these assessments as part of a series published “to facilitate a greater understanding of the phenomenon of violent radicalization in the United States.”

In February the department issued a report to law enforcement that said left-wing extremist groups were likely to use cyber-attacks more often in the next 10 years to further their cause. And in September, the agency issued a report that highlighted how right-wing extremists over the past five years have used the immigration debate as a recruiting tool.

The latest assessment started making its way into the mainstream press after conservative blogs got wind of the analysis.

In this report, the agency warns that imposing new restrictions on firearms and returning military veterans who have difficulties assimilating back into their communities could lead to terror groups or individuals attempting to carry out attacks. The returning war veterans have skills and experience that are appealing to right-wing groups looking to carry out an attack, according to the report.

The agency cites the April 4 killings of three Pittsburgh police officers as an example of a the type of violence spurred by right-wing rhetoric.

“Despite similarities to the climate of the 1990s, the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years,” the report said.

In the 1990s, the report said, a resurgence in right-wing extremism was brought on by the poor economy and the outsourcing of jobs, with extremist groups targeting government facilities, law enforcement officers and banks.

The growth was slowed after intense government scrutiny of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings, according to the report, but the Internet now gives extremists more access to information about making bombs and weapons training. The new technologies also make it easier for extremists to communicate, the report said, and make it more difficult for law enforcement to detect or prevent an attack.

In November, after Barack Obama‘s election, law enforcement officials were seeing more threats and unusual interest against a president-elect than ever before.

One of the most popular white supremacist websites got more than 2,000 new members the day after the election, compared with 91 new members on Election Day, according to an Associated Press count. The site, stormfront.org, was temporarily off-line Nov. 5 because of the overwhelming amount of activity it received after Election Day.

Right now this book is No. 41 on amazon.com:

This book’s description is as follows:

Part novel, part survivalist handbook, Patriots tells of a small group of friends facing every American’s worst nightmare — the total collapse of society. The stock market plummets and hyperinflation cripples commerce and then a seemingly isolated financial crisis passes the tipping point when an unprepared government fails to act.

Practically overnight, the fragile institutions of democracy fall apart and every American is forced to survive on their [sic] own.

Evading mobs of desperate, out-of-control citizens who have turned Chicago [what a coincidence] into a wasteland of looting and mayhem, this novel’s protagonists make their way to a shared secure ranch in the wilds of northern Idaho [yet another coincidence!]. Here the survival-driven group fends off vicious attacks from the outside [let me guess: attacks from same-sex-marriage-demanding zombies who want to take away the patriots’ guns and give their women partial-birth abortions!] and eventually assists in restoring order to the country.

The compelling, fast-paced action-adventure novel has readers jotting notes and referencing the book’s impressive index for informative survivalist tips on everything from setting up a secure shelter to treating traumatic flesh wounds.

Nice! I can’t wait for the movie!

This undated photo released by the Pittsburgh Police shows Richard ...

Associated Press photo

Richard Poplawski, 23, pictured above, gunned down three Pittsburgh police officers with an AK-47 earlier this month. A white supremacist gun nut, he apparently believed that his right to bear arms was jeopardized because of the election of Barack Obama.

Surely the wingnut noise machine had nothing to do with his actions. People never listen to propaganda and then act on it. Ideology never leads to actual actions!

Yes, that appears to be a tattoo of a bald eagle splayed across his chest…

What a patriot!

More articles of interest:

So when George W. Bush & Co. blatantly stole the presidential election of 2000 and then proceeded to run the nation into the ground — laying waste to the economy and stretching the military dangerously thin — it was all A-OK with the wingnuts.

But now that we have a president who actually was democratically elected by an actual majority of the American people, because their candidate lost the election, the wingnuts are screaming “tyranny” and are claiming that they are “patriots” who want to overthrow the democratically elected government.

These nutcases are looking for any reason to start their attempted violent overthrow of the democratically elected government of the United States of America.

For most of them, it probably never will go any further than rantings and ravings on wingnut blogs. But there are plenty of those, like Richard Poplawski, who can become unhinged. And they have home arsenals.

Far from being “patriots,” those who are crying “tyranny” are traitors at heart and it is they who wish to be the tyrants, as were their former unelected leader, George W. Bush, and his henchpeople, such as Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

More dangerous now to Americans than are members of al-Qaeda or any other “Islamofascist” terrorist group are the stupid white men who, because a stupid white man no longer leads the nation, are contemplating domestic terrorism (in the name of “patriotism”) against the will of the majority of American voters, which they call “tyranny” instead of what it is: democracy.

It is ironic that the new federal department that the wingnuts created, the Department of Homeland Security, now, apparently, has to protect us Americans from the wingnuts.

OK, let’s end on a (nervous) laugh.

You know, all of this reminds me of this:

“A Brief History of the United States of America”

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