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    The lone wolves have emerged

    Last spring, conservatives were in an uproar over a Department of Homeland Security report that warned homegrown, right-wing extremists could commit terrorist acts within the United States. Nearly a year later, that report appears to have been very prescient.

    The report, "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment," particularly identified "lone wolves" as potential dangers.

    Conservatives wailed that the report unfairly singled them out. The more conspiratorial-minded saw it as justification for a government crackdown on dissent.

    In retrospect, they had nothing to fear. If anything, the right wing today is more vocal than it has been in a generation, thanks to the Tea Parties.

    Yet DHS was right. Since last spring, there have been several lone wolves fueled by racism and anti-government ideology.

    In Pittsburgh, a gunman killed three police officers.

    In Washington, a white supremacist killed a guard at the Holocaust Museum.

    In Austin this week, a man whose anti-tax, anti-government views dated back decades, flew a plane into Internal Revenue Service offices.

    Even Southwest Virginia felt the sting when a gunman in December took hostages at the Wytheville Post Office.

    Someone owes DHS an apology.
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    I guess they didn't read the manifesto. Nothing in there suggests this nutjob was "right wing." Quite the contrary. Unless the media is completely absorbed in the narrative that ANY opposition to ANY government policy makes one an "anti-government right wing extremist," the editorial makes no sense.

    And still no mention of the left-wing extremist Dr. Amy Bishop....

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    ...as opposed to those inner-city hip-hop rap-crap drug thugs and gangstahs who lurk and prey and roam through no fault of their own?

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    I recall veterans being the most upset by the report because it implied they were some sort of highly trained would be terrorist wacko recruits...

    Lots of terrible things happened before the report too. Shall we blame the report for those incidents as well? Let's blame the Civil War on the report! After all, the south was a bunch of "right-wing extremists could commit terrorist acts within the United States".

    Odd the editorial missed the George Tiller murder... it is not even well researched.
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    Agenda.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nutz4utwo View Post
    I recall veterans being the most upset by the report because it implied they were some sort of highly trained would be terrorist wacko recruits...

    Lots of terrible things happened before the report too. Shall we blame the report for those incidents as well? Let's blame the Civil War on the report! After all, the south was a bunch of "right-wing extremists could commit terrorist acts within the United States".

    Odd the editorial missed the George Tiller murder... it is not even well researched.
    The report isn't to blame for any act, and I don't think anyone is implying such. A lot of us had issues with the report because it did nothing but serve a political agenda and proved, in my opinion, that DHS is ignoring the 800 lb gorillas in the room. Namely, Islamic extremism within our own borders.

    Lastly, I think you're a bit confused on your history regarding the War Between the States. Unless, of course, you blindly subscribe to the same meme in the media today, that being the idea ANY opposition to ANY government policy or action makes one "right wing." If that's the case, then the Bolsheviks were a bunch of right wing nutjobs, as were the Colonists, ditto for the Nazis, likewise with Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, and so on.

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    Wow, just saw this protest:

    Moe Lane Pitchforks, torches now acceptable for political demonstrations.

    They're using real pitchforks and torches, which is clearly a threat of violence aimed at the target of the protest. Will these Teabagging right wing nutjobs stop at nothing in their zeal to hurt those with which they disagree?

    Oh, sorry, my bad. These were lefties protesting private businesses. Move along...nothing to see here. Extremism and violence by the populist masses SUPPORTING more oppressive government is acceptable. Sorry for the interruption. We can get back to slamming the usual bogeymen now.

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    Yet DHS was right. Since last spring, there have been several lone wolves fueled by racism and anti-government ideology.
    There have always been lone wolves fueled by their biases and ideology. There always will be. Whether it's a religion, governance, the environment, or hygiene trends that anger them.

    Yet there are hundreds of thousands of hard-core, career criminals bent on violence against innocents. Let alone the large threats.

    But we're to fear the lone wolves and accept the career violent criminals as the norm. Hm.

    When will the law enforcement / threat enforcement leadership pull the finger out, exactly?
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    Their editorial process???

    Lets see: 1) There are 300 MILLION citizens in America. 2) Things are going to happen. 3) Lets find a couple (never mind if there is any evidence to support any connection) 4) Then lets claim big brother's justification is justified.

    Be sure to leave out the liberal, Harvard educated, woman prof. who killed 3 people in Alabama.

    Let's find someone to hold a sťance to contact the pilot to ask him what his political views were. His view of the IRS was documented, but not his voting preference.

    Hey it's close enough. Print it.
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    I think half of Virginia would like the Roanoke Times to act on their liberal ideals instead of spewing them meanlessly: Stop printing to save paper and the rainforest.

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    No doubt....I think Dan Casey is read by more people OUTSIDE VA than in. Whenever I get his insipid columns sent to me, I can't wait to send them to all my friends outside the Commonwealth. He's exhibit B in the pantheon of hysterical, anti-gun zealots, right behind Bloomberg. Roanoke is somewhat of an anomaly in VA...a blue stronghold in a red area. Bless their hearts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holger View Post
    The report isn't to blame for any act, and I don't think anyone is implying such. A lot of us had issues with the report because it did nothing but serve a political agenda and proved, in my opinion, that DHS is ignoring the 800 lb gorillas in the room. Namely, Islamic extremism within our own borders.

    Lastly, I think you're a bit confused on your history regarding the War (Between the States) of Northern Aggression. Unless, of course, you blindly subscribe to the same meme in the media today, that being the idea ANY opposition to ANY government policy or action makes one "right wing." If that's the case, then the Bolsheviks were a bunch of right wing nutjobs, as were the Colonists, ditto for the Nazis, likewise with Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, and so on.
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