Better Know Your Right-Wing Fringe: The Oath Keepers

The Las Vegas Review-Journal introduced me to a new right-wing fringe group, The Oath Keepers. With a motto of "Not on Our Watch", the group bills itself as a "non-partisan association of currently serving military, reserves, National Guard, peace officers, fire-fighters, and veterans who swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic." You can imagine who the domestic enemy is.

Founded in March of this year by Stewart Rhodes, a former staffer to Texas GOP Congressman Ron Paul and a former Army paratrooper with a Yale Law degree, the group is targeting law enforcement and military personnel for membership. The group, whose membership in the thousands, is to hold its first convention in Las Vegas beginning October 24th.

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Tom Tancredo Goes for the Jugular

If former right wing Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo only spoke on subjects he had a certain expertise, we might never hear from him again. Unfortunately for us, Tom Tancredo is now on the lecture circuit speaking up storm on topics he knows nothing about. This past week, his traveling circus of insanity went to George Washington University to speak to rabidly right-wing group, Young America's Foundation. In his speech, Tancredo went for the jugular but succeeded only in slitting his own throat.

David Frum's New Majority provides the coverage:

Tancredo played some of his oldest hits for the crowd, repeating remarks he first made about nuclear retaliation in a July 2005 radio interview. Tancredo proposed that if an Islamic terrorist attack was launched on the United States, the best policy for the U.S. would be to use nuclear weapons on Mecca and Medina, because you have "to go for the jugular."

"Well, what if you said something like -- if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites," Tancredo argued.  The former congressman told students that mutually assured destruction was the best policy for preventing attacks from "Islamo-Facists." Tancredo insisted that Islamic terrorists would be greatly deterred from launching an attack on U.S. soil if they believe we are "crazy enough" to "take out" Mecca and Medina.

During the course of the event, New Majority also asked Tancredo his thoughts on the current state of the Republican Party. He replied, "Bipartisanship is overrated, we don't need moderates in the party, we need principled conservatives."Tancredo is looking for another Reagan, "a politician, who can inspire." However, he does not see anyone who currently fits that mold.

During the speech, Tancredo also played a new tune for the audience, addressing fears about global warming.  When asked if the G.O.P. needs to adopt a platform on climate change and current environmental issues his response was quite eloquent in its brevity: "We have a position, its bull**."

Tancredo's old hits about bombing Mecca were not well received.  Those statements were met with mixed reactions from the crowd. Many students' jaws dropped in amazement after he made the comments. Some looked around in awe and asked "Is he serious?" Others defended the need for such crazed action by saying "there is no other option."

I pity David Frum, I really do. There is no place for David Frum nor Olympia Snowe in today's GOP. Listening to Tom Tancredo talk about being "crazy enough" to "take out" Mecca and Medina and it becomes disturbingly clear that today's GOP is just plain insane and beyond redemption.

In case you're interested, Tom Tancredo has joined up with Bay Buchanan to form a political action committee, Team America, 'dedicated to securing our nation's border.' Can someone please form a PAC to secure Tom Tancredo's sanity?

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You can't reason with a Paranoid

A paranoid lives in an alternate universe where facts hold different meanings. There is nothing intrinsic to paranoia that dictates paranoids can't be intelligent. Some paranoids can be compelling in their alternate universe assertions. Some deftly conjure up whole cloth fabricated reality as cohesive and compelling as Tolkein's history of Middle Earth. The human mind truly is amazing with its power to interpret reality according to its will. There is a strong element of paranoia on the political right in America today, and it is not subject to a reasoned debate.

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How Obama Can Win Utah (Without a 20% National Victory)

By: Inoljt, http://thepolitikalblog.wordpress.com/

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Democratic candidates in Utah must feel as if they're facing an impossible task. The state is often considered the most far-right Republican stronghold in the United States. Winning Utah is akin to slaying a mighty dragon with only a bow as one's chosen weapon.

Like all dragons, however, Utah has a weak spot. The year 2012 may be a ripe time for Obama to shoot an arrow through it.

The majority of Utah's voters are Mormon; the religion is a heavy influence on daily life in the state. The vast majority of Mormons are also conservative, because Mormonism is an inherently conservative beast. In every presidential election so far, Mormons have proved to be strongly Republican.

Mormons like to think of themselves as average, normal Americans. They're good people. They help with the community. They love their children and teach them traditional values. Nobody cares if they have a different religion.

Except many people do care very much indeed, especially the type of person who tends to vote Republican. Many would never vote for a Mormon.

Imagine the following scenario, below the flip.

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Redstate Brings Race Into The Nobel Prize Award

The unexpected news that President Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize has drawn varied reactions from around the world.   But here in the United States it drew exactly the reaction you'd expect from the unhinged, extremist right wing of our political spectrum.

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