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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 03:51 PM
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'Brown Shirts'? Town Hall teabaggers' ranks are indeed riddled with right-wing extremists



Rep. Brian Baird of Washington (whose district includes Olympia and Vancouver) has announced that, rather than run the risk of intentional disruption by the teabagging invaders at recent town-hall meetings, he is going to take another approach:

Instead of appearing in person, where "extremists" would have "the chance to shout and make YouTube videos," Baird said Wednesday, he's holding what he calls "telephone town halls" instead.

Baird said he's using the new system because he fears his political opponents may be planning "an ambush" to disrupt his meetings, using methods Baird compared to Nazism.

"What we're seeing right now is close to Brown Shirt tactics," Baird, D-Vancouver, said in a phone interview. "I mean that very seriously."

Baird's acute observation set off all kinds of predictable whining from the usual suspects on the right.

Indeed, the response from the right-wing media -- particularly on Fox -- so far to suggestions that extremists are manipulating these "tea party" protests has been to snort and roll their eyes.

Of course, these are the same right-wingers who had a conniption fit over a Homeland Security bulletin about right-wing extremism by somewhat tellingly conflating its contents to include them -- only to have those warnings come starkly true. The same right-wingers who have been doing their damnedest to whitewash out of public view the very existence of these same far-right elements.

The reality is that, in western Washington, there is very much a substantial presence of right-wing extremists with whom Baird has had to deal over the years. Including, yes, neo-Nazis and skinheads of various stripes.

More frequently, however, it's come from the far-right "Patriot"/militia movement -- descended but distinct from white supremacists -- whose presence in the region appears to be resurging in recent months. This is the same element that came surging to the fore in the last go-round of "Tea Parties" on July 4 nationally

http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/brown-shirts-to...
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create.peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:05 PM
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1. we had up close and personal at antiwar march sept 2007
the new brownshirts: the veterans for freedom, free republic, gathering of eagles, etc, showed their incendiary side during our march, and then got invited to the wh, for breakfast. cheney, bush, condi, karen hughes, etc, all there. they are itching for conflict, vocal or physical. this pic is not linked to one of their own sites, btw, and there are more at the site.

http://news.webshots.com/photo/2393865560040384252sAAZN... >
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:09 PM
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4. Hey
Did you read about my experience this morning??

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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create.peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:23 PM
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5. great! shows how simplistic they are....love the petition idea, a!
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Hoopla Phil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:12 PM
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2. Why is he hiding behind a telephone. This is no time to back down. The
AFL CIO has said that they will provide protection.
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eShirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:55 PM
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3. AFL CIO?
Where are the POLICE to do their job (you know, "keeping the peace")?
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Hoopla Phil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 11:30 PM
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8. Do you really trust them? They arrested the SEIU members in St Louis!
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:29 PM
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6. My son was complaining about Baird's wimping out on IM earlier today
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 09:31 PM by starroute
Him: god my congressman is a dink
I'm looking at his webpage

Me: who is your congressman?

Him: Brian Baird

Me: I don't even know that name.

Him: exactly
he is the most generic moderate democrat ever

Me: sigh.

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subcomhd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:52 PM
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7. then score one for the brownshirts n/t
never, never back down from a bully.
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