About those lynch mobs on the campaign trail.

Above, a roadside sign in West Plains, Missouri about the democratic presidential candidate. (Source: Caricature prompts racism allegations: News-Leader.com, via Racist Obama Billboard Causes Outrage: Current). See also: "Obama Bin Lyin'" sign at McCain rally. Here's another example, and here's another.

And below, a snip from Frank Rich in the NYT today:

[W]hat has pumped up the Weimar-like rage at McCain-Palin rallies, is the violent escalation in rhetoric, especially (though not exclusively) by Palin. Obama “launched his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist.” He is “palling around with terrorists” (note the plural noun). Obama is “not a man who sees America the way you and I see America.” Wielding a wildly out-of-context Obama quote, Palin slurs him as an enemy of American troops.

By the time McCain asks the crowd “Who is the real Barack Obama?” it’s no surprise that someone cries out “Terrorist!” The rhetorical conflation of Obama with terrorism is complete. It is stoked further by the repeated invocation of Obama’s middle name by surrogates introducing McCain and Palin at these rallies. This sleight of hand at once synchronizes with the poisonous Obama-is-a-Muslim e-mail blasts and shifts the brand of terrorism from Ayers’s Vietnam-era variety to the radical Islamic threats of today.

That’s a far cry from simply accusing Obama of being a guilty-by-association radical leftist. Obama is being branded as a potential killer and an accessory to past attempts at murder. “Barack Obama’s friend tried to kill my family” was how a McCain press release last week packaged the remembrance of a Weather Underground incident from 1970 – when Obama was 8.

We all know what punishment fits the crime of murder, or even potential murder, if the security of post-9/11 America is at stake. We all know how self-appointed “patriotic” martyrs always justify taking the law into their own hands.

And a few grafs down, a reference to something we blogged about here on Boing Boing a couple of weeks ago:
No less disconcerting was a still-unexplained passage of Palin’s convention speech: Her use of an unattributed quote praising small-town America (as opposed to, say, Chicago and its community organizers) from Westbrook Pegler, the mid-century Hearst columnist famous for his anti-Semitism, racism and violent rhetorical excess. After an assassin tried to kill F.D.R. at a Florida rally and murdered Chicago’s mayor instead in 1933, Pegler wrote that it was “regrettable that Giuseppe Zangara shot the wrong man.” In the ’60s, Pegler had a wish for Bobby Kennedy: “Some white patriot of the Southern tier will spatter his spoonful of brains in public premises before the snow falls.”
The Terrorist Barack Hussein Obama (New York Times)

Previously on Boing Boing: American Fascist Writer Westbrook Pegler


  1. [ding] Apologists, you’re up. Response?

    I’m guessing you’ll go for a combination of, “Palin isn’t responsible for how some folks interpret her rhetoric” and “Boing Boing is biased and is going to start feeding Republican babies to the lions, with the God-fearing Christians going next” and maybe a smidgen of, “That’s photoshopped!” for seasoning.

  2. maybe we can somehow induce an early ‘rapture’ – that’d get rid of ’em. peace and quiet for the rest of us.

  3. Why hasn’t the power of the police state built over the past eight years come down on those who make death threats the way they swiftly and every time did when some working slob in a bar muttered “Someone ought shoot that Bush”?

  4. I feel bad for McCain.

    Sort of.

    Well, not.

    He might have had a maverick and reformer vibe at one time, but Brand McCain(tm) was circling the drain before he brought into his campaign the same crowd of high-power lobbyists and sleaze meisters who played kingmaker for Bush.

    Maybe he thought he could control them. Use their skills to get into office and then change things.

    Instead . . . he’s the one getting used. And he won’t be able to wash off the filth.

  5. it really terrifies me that we might elect this dangerous, dangerous ticket and give these evil, hateful people more power.

    Seriously. These people are simply disgusting.

  6. So many things to say about this.

    If Obama wins — and I’m still cautiously optimistic that he will be — then what we’re looking at now is the coming counterrevolution.

    The far right will try to claim that Obama’s presidency is somehow not legitimate. “He’s a Muslim/terrorist/traitor/European socialist” (my personal favorite, that last). The liberal media didn’t tell the truth. Black and brown people brought down the stock market. Obama’s community organizers stole the election. You can see where this is going.

    They will try to do to him what they did to Bill Clinton, multiplied by … well, think of a number. Obama is too smart to get Lewinsky’d, but charges against him do not need to be true to be effective. (“Travelgate,” “Whitewater”… remember those?)

    The best insurance is to make the Dem win as big as possible, not just for Obama but also for Congressional races. Ridding Congress of wingnuts like John Shadegg will send a clear message. So if you have a few pennies to spare, please to to Act Blue dot com.

    Also, AFTER the election — and I’m sorry it’s all politics all the time — we need to be ready to get Obama’s back. Good proposals from his White House should be followed by overwhelming shows of support via phone, email, you name it.

    The far right is already trying to impose Shock Doctrine tactics on the U.S. just as they did in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Poland, China, Russia — well, that’s as far as I’ve gotten in Naomi Wolf’s book.

    There will be demands for balanced budgets, massive cuts in existing social programs, and the privatization of everything. The right wing has always hated Social Security, Medicare, the FDA, the FTC. This is their chance.

    That’s all the manifestoing I have energy for today.

  7. Lots of intelligent men have gotten Lewinskyed. Intelligence has nothing to do with it, especially when it’s an entirely different head doing the thinking.

  8. I wish I could find a decent photo of McCain’s appearance in Lakeville, MN the other day. A supporter in the crowd got the mic for a question, and said that she couldn’t trust Obama because he was an Arab and a Terrorist.

    The photo of McCain lunging towards her and wresting the mic from her hands before the statement started to ramble any more was pretty good.

    To his credit, McCain took her (and the crowd) to task for perpetuating these perceptions. He was roundly booed by the crowd for what I considered to be an admirable expression of decency.

  9. So. . . is Vegas taking odds on assassination attempts yet?

    (To any Secret Service agents reading this– I’m not advocating anything, and if Vegas were taking odds I wouldn’t be placing any bets, because I wouldn’t want to win, OK? You got that?).


  10. Yeah, I don’t blame McCain for the fact that a bunch of his supporters are worthless racists. He doesn’t seem such a bad guy. I seriously doubt he’s happy about that angle of things at all.

  11. As soon as I saw this posting, I did three things: 1) bought a gun; 2) got a NASCAR tattoo of Daryl Waltrip; 3) went to the dentist to have a front tooth removed. When the shit goes down, God knows I don’t want to be an easily identifiable target.

  12. Can we have a war on ill-informed jingoist muckrakers?

    Driving through PA yesterday, there were plenty of ‘Drill Here, Drill Now’ type billboards. I looked up ANWR, and it seemed like we’d have 3 months of oil at last year’s usage, if we emptied the whole thing.

    There’s got to be a way to capitalize on this, but only Joel Osteen comes to mind, and I don’t look that good.

  13. Oh, and has there, or has there not been off-the-charts antipathy and “weimar like” rage against bush from the Left?

  14. I am always astonished at such willful ignorance, sometimes from what otherwise seem to be reasonable people. My own parents would believe that sign and have sent me worse in forwarded emails. Even when faced with undeniable corrections they will accept the corrections but find other ways to believe the lie.

    After I plow through my disgust of the lies and hate and think about it I am actually a little disappointed Obama isn’t a Muslim. That would make him even more interesting and in a stronger position diplomatically.

    I told that to my Mom and she exploded into an incoherent, right wing, turgid denial that ended in a description of the Second Coming. That made Obama even more interesting and compelling to me.

    BM 08!!!!!

  15. Fresh starch on my brown shirt, and a new pair of black steel toe boots, and I am ready to go!

    “Where them white women at!?!”

  16. Can’t we just let them have missouri and the rest of us can live in peace? Maybe throw in Alabama as a bonus incentive or something? They can have their assinine hatemongering little world and the rest of us can stop fretting.

  17. #8, Tomaq: See HuffPo re: your counterrevolution. I think you’re right, but I also think those attempts will fail. Also, you’ve gotten your intellectual (and very attractive) authors whose names begin with “Naomi” mixed up. Shock Doctrine was written by Naomi Klein. Naomi Wolf is a nonfiction author and former political advisor to Clinton (1996) and Gore (2000).

  18. #18 I don’t think anyone’s accused him of being an arab terrorist. This is an accusation that is patently untrue, yet people are bandying it about as an excuse to spew vitriol.

    Most of people’s issues with Bush are true :P

  19. “Wiemar like” rage against bush from the Left? towards Bush? @18

    Is that a joke? Bush in 8 years has done his best to destroy what it is to be an American, if anything the so called “Left” has given him a free ride considering. If we the slandered “Left” really wanted to “Weimar” Bush there would have been one hellava Crystal nacht in his honor.

  20. Hey. . . if the wing-nuts think he’s a Muslim, well then they SHOULD vote for him in order to hasten the glorious “Last Days”– never gonna get to the apocalypse until the Antichrist appears, and this might be their big chance to send their sinful neighbors to an eternity at Lake of Fire Resort whilst they rise to heaven with a smug look on their faces.

  21. #25: that’s hard to say, but I’m willing to bet if he was white, you wouldn’t be hearing those accusations (cant prove this naturally, just gut feeling)

    There’s an undertone of hate to it that has nothing to do with his political leanings.

  22. For some reason my “obama 08” sign off on #17 got shortened to BM. While bm may be necessary I don’t feel the need to cheer for it.

    Was I getting too political?

  23. the same thought occurs to me Talia. If Obama is anointed, where will the racist core supporting McCain go? There has been speculation about how many Americans would emigrate due to a McCain victory but not so much about the other way. Which state is likely to become bigot central of the planet? Or will they flee to South America?

    This is well worth considering since there is substantial profit potential in anticipating the rise and fall of real estate prices. I imagine such a concentration of ignorance and hate will also produce a defacto secessionist local government. Again, much profit potential in sales of guns, bibles, clubs, whips, bedsheets, creation textbooks etc.

  24. Talia: Recall that Clinton was attacked by wing-nuts his long list of bogus “disappearances” and people who died mysteriously on his watch.

    If Denis Kucinich (who seems as liberal as Obama) were as popular, I’m sure you’d see the same amount of rage.

  25. #32: not in the same way. I really don’t think so. Obama isn’t even ALL that liberal. Kucinich is MUCH more liberal.

    Speculating about politicians being up to misdeeds is nothing new.

    Speculation about politcians being arab terrorists based on nothing but a funny name and perhaps his race?

    those two things dont quite equal out imho…

    and nothing Malkin has ever posted is relevant. She’s just another ann coulter who twists everything and posts hateful bullcrap.

  26. @34

    I suppose Malkin is relevant to the discussion of unhinged racists because she’s a prime example of one.

  27. Takuan: I imagine the racist supporting core will stick around to act out hatefully. I’m a little concerned will see more of a rise in hate crimes as a result.. people acting out of revenge, or something.

  28. So anyway, if you do some searching at some conservative partisan sites, you can find a pretty good list of equivalent rage against bush/mccain/conservatives.

    No Obama is not an Arab, or a Terrorist.

    There actually is a picture of Obama wearing something like a turban, which the wing-nut right has seized upon. Its not “nothing but a funny name” though its about as stupid.

  29. #32: Denis Kucinich . . . isn’t he the one who beat a puppy to death with a satanic bible during his wedding to an Islamic guy?


    But seriously: I don’t think Kucinich would have inspired as nearly as much fear and hatred as Obama. I’m reminded of Colin Powell’s description of why he didn’t pursue the GOP nomination; his wife told him she didn’t want to see him shot. Being a Republican wouldn’t be much of a an excuse for the inbred room temperature IQ crowd.

    * * *

    There’s a whole publishing / paraphernalia industry for wingnuts. They’re going to be raking it in the next few years.

  30. Let’s see how many people we can get to adopt Hussain as a middle name. Let’s normalise it to fuck.

    [Can I just say how much I hate (hate hate hate) people saying “Obama is an Arab” or “Obama is a Muslim”….. which naturally leads his supporters (and sane fact-check-capable non-supporters) to say “he’s NOT an Arab” and “he’s NOT a Muslim”, which trips nice people up into implying that there’s something inherently wrong with being Arab and/or Muslim.]

  31. Dear Talia
    no doubt, which means the issue should be raised now so those responsible for actual public safety (as opposed to imaginary bed-beneath-bin-ladens) don’t have any excuse to not be prepared.

  32. #38: I suppose the concern comes in in that the Bush hating crowd is much, much, much less likely to contemplate shooting him then the ultra rabid hatemongering anti-Obamaists.

    #39 no, that was me. I mean, uh…

  33. #40 the fact that there’s a large contingent of the stupid moron population who think all muslims = terrorists sickens me.

    Sometimes I seriously want to go live in a cave and give up on the human race.

  34. So anyway, if you do some searching at some conservative partisan sites, you can find a pretty good list of equivalent rage against bush/mccain/conservatives.

    False equivalency.

    “Obama bin Lyin'” signs are being waved around at official McCain/Palin rallies. I have yet to see a “John McVeigh” sign.

  35. The picture I saw in print was actually a bit better- that picture looks like it could be a bad expression as he’s leaning awkwardly.

    The print version was an angle that seemed to actually capture a split second of “OMG I can’t believe you’re saying that and I need to get this out of your hands NOW before this becomes soundbite hell.”

  36. The funniest thing about this is that as of yesterday, Intrade bets are on Obama taking Missouri by a slim margin:


    Which kinda gives you hope. The only person I ever knew from Missouri pronounced it “Misery.”

  37. Obama is white, and Tiger Woods is Chinese, Dutch, Amerindian, and Thai, and both of them are American. They both also have African ancestry, so Obama could be called an Afro-European and Woods could be called a Sino-African.

    But not in America.

    In the United States of America, you got any of that Africa in you, and you’re Black. That’s the way it works here. Any touch of the tar-brush is enough. Nobody on the street says “Hey, you see that Tiger Woods, hell of a swing for a Chinese guy” and nobody says “That Obama felly sure has big ears for a white guy” either.


  38. @49

    #43: “I suppose the concern comes in in that the Bush hating crowd is much, much, much less likely to contemplate shooting him then the ultra rabid hatemongering anti-Obamaists.”

    Hmm. Maybe.



    Results 1 – 10 of about 6,650 for “shoot bush”. (0.15 seconds)

    Results 1 – 10 of about 22,600 for “shoot obama”. (0.14 seconds)

  39. Please note that these racist attacks and shouts are not in just the Southern states. I’ve seen reports from Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio…none of them considered Southern. To call racism a strictly Southern trait is to over-estimate our enlightened northern brothers and sisters.

  40. @Charlie/51

    OT, but Woods referred to himself as “Cablanasian” (Carribean/Black/Asian)…right up until he and Nike decided to promote him as African American.

  41. For purely descriptive purposes, its much much easier to classify someone as black, white, asian or whatever than whatever diverse pedigree they might actually have.

  42. Isn’t it weird that the Republicans are trying to dig up some dirt and this racist ridiculousness is all they can come up with?

  43. Charlie, #51, makes a convincing point. To me, the way Americans add up the fractions of an individual’s heritage leads to frequently coming up with only three fifths.

    Anonymous at #53, you’re absolutely right. This ties into the Conservative fantasy of the “Small Town.” A “Small Town” knows where it stands, kind of like Sundown towns, which were far more prevalent in northern states such as Illinois and Connecticut. The racism under the surface in these places is far more pernicious and dangerous because it’s hard to pinpoint and discuss openly.

  44. The thirty-eighth President of the United States actually had Lynch for a middle name. Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. How spectacularly dry is it to change your entire name, but keep the Jr?

  45. My dad lives about 25 miles from West Plains, MO. It’s not a well educated place, and never will be (if you get an education, you don’t want to go back there because there’s no jobs except at WalMart). Everyone is Pentecostal or Assembly of God. Poverty is everywhere. They think it’s odd if a girl isn’t married and/or pregnant before their 20th birthday. And it’s very very white. Basically, Obama represents everything they never see and have almost no first hand experiences of, which makes him very different, which makes him very scary. I’m not trying to defend these people (my dad surely doesn’t), but this is the world they are coming from. I feel sorry for them, because they’ve been manipulated to think like they do, and are just as trapped in a cycle of ingorance and poverty as anyone in any ghetto is. At least in a ghetto you can walk down the street and see someone different than you. Where this sign is, it’s almost impossible.

  46. I don’t see how the sign is racist, unless it was placed by racist people, then the racism is implied. The caricature is no worse than many newspaper illustrations. The turban along with the goofy face could seem racist to Arabs I suppose.

    I’m sure that race is a major factor for both sides in this election. You guys do realize that racial bigotry exists for both sides right?

  47. 1) You all need a few more political parties down there. Nothing allows centrism, like having a a few fringe parties to hive off the extremists.

    2) I see nothing wrong with anything on that billboard. In fact I would vote for him specifically after seeing that billboard. What a perfect message.

    3) Canada will now be accepting applications for select regions of the United States. Start making yourselves look pretty.

  48. #10: I also approve of what McCain said at those specific points in the rally, and I don’t think McCain is a bad guy, but when it comes down to it, he is helping fuel these ideas that Obama is linked to a terrorist. Remember: McCain’s the one approving the messages that say that Obama is BFFs with Ayers, something that is simply not true. Although McCain isn’t overtly labeling Obama as a terrorist, if you trust Palin and think that Obama “pals around with terrorists,” and if you’re an Islamophobe and already under the mistaken idea that Obama is Muslim, then it really isn’t that totally irrational to jump to the conclusion that Obama himself is a “terrorist.” It’s easy to say it’s not McCain’s fault that some ignorant, incredibly racist people in the US happen to be his supporters, but the fact is McCain and Palin have some responsibility in this. Obviously McCain doesn’t think Obama is a terrorist, and I believe that McCain does have respect for Obama, but he and Palin are increasingly using fear tactics in their rallies and advertising–spreading false information that is very scary to many people.

  49. @62: 2) I see nothing wrong with anything on that billboard. In fact I would vote for him specifically after seeing that billboard. What a perfect message.

    No one wants more abortions or additional taxes for additional taxes’ sake. I assume you’re joking there. I really wish Obama were for equal rights for gays–not separate but equal, which of course isn’t equal at all. I can’t decide if he really is for equal rights but has to pretend like he isn’t, or if his religious background has tainted him in that respect like it has with so many US politicians.

  50. PAH! McCain has a absolute duty to call a press conference,condemn the racism and other slanders and flat out TELL those people he DOES NOT WANT their votes if that is why he is getting them. That is the only way McCain could prove he actually believes in the putative ideals of the country.

  51. @67: PAH! McCain has a absolute duty to call a press conference,condemn the racism and other slanders and flat out TELL those people he DOES NOT WANT their votes if that is why he is getting them.

    Should Obama also say that no one should vote for him because of his race?

    1. Should Obama also say that no one should vote for him because of his race?


  52. it’s not fair to broad-brush ALL missourians, either. that sign (while thoroughly sickening) is in a very rural place. the metropolitan areas are MUCH more clear-seeing. just saying.

  53. 4 dictionary results for: racism
    Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) – Cite This Source – Share This
    rac·ism /ˈreɪsɪzÉ™m/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[rey-siz-uhm] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
    1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
    2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
    3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
    [Origin: 1865–70; < F racisme. See race2, -ism] —Related forms racist, noun, adjective

  54. also note that there was a grand total of 36 black people at the republican convention – 36 in a sea of white faces.

  55. Takuan @71 -I guess it’s racist because it has Hussein in quotes? I know what racism is, I live in the deep south if you recall – I’m surrounded by it by both sides. I tend to think of racism a black and white thing. If you’re talking about the caricature of Obama, I admit, if I were an Obama supporter, I’d be pissed at yet another attempt to link him to Muslim terrorists.

  56. you should be pissed at a lie, Obama supporter or not.

    This is not a sports contest, it is about right and wrong, good and evil. Everyone gets to chose.

  57. Obama’s a Sikh?
    Also, makes wonder how far off Rep. Lewis’ remarks were.
    Seriously, someone send this to the McCain campaign. Though I wonder what they’d even do…

  58. Oh, silly me… failed to mention… my middle name is “Hussein” as well… (not bad for an Irish boy)…

  59. by no means am i saying most republicans are racists but i think it’s pretty safe to say most (american / white) racists are republican. (providing they haven’t abandoned the process altogether to start a militia).

    1. @solarwolfman, consider it scratched. I don’t think it’s accurate. Racism expresses itself in many ways — not always the overt, headline-grabbing, sheet-wearing ways. Republicans and [other] don’t have a monopoly on it.

  60. @ #50: Actually, the default pronunciation is “Missourah”, but “Misery” is more accurate. In more ways than one.

    I’ve lived in Missouri all my life, and I hate it. And seeing crap like this makes me hate it even more. I don’t want to be grouped in with a bunch of bigots who’ve never set foot out of the state let alone the country, who think that the whole freaking universe revolves around their stupid little microcosm. I pray to whatever merciful deity is out there that I can escape before we ban contraceptives and put a 10-foot high fence around the state to keep out the godless terr’ists and immigrants.

  61. I grew up about 100 miles NW of West Plains and was raised as quite the little white supremacist. Black families were not allowed to live in the county and it really wasn’t even safe for them to be present after dark. We’re talking about in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, mind you. The one black family who moved there had their house burn down within a couple days when the gunshots didn’t scare them off.

    When you get outside of Kansas City, St. Louis, Columbia, and the like then you go back several decades in regards to social issues. Even Springfield is quite behind the times. My parents and brothers are still a bunch of racists to this day. (I am not any longer… I had the good fortune to spend a year in Baton Rouge, LA when I was 15 at a school where *I* was the minority. I learned that other races can be my friends and what a load I had been taught all my life.)

  62. Sisyphus @ #21, thank you for the correction on the name of the author of The Shock Doctrine. I only had it right here next to my right bloody elbow.

    Still, it’s an excuse to plug her book again. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by the fantabulous Naomi KLEIN, www dot naomi klein dot org, NY: Picador, 2007 (paperback in ’08), 701 pp.

    She was also on The Colbert Report a week or so ago:


    OK to post that?

    My work here is done, except for looking up that HuffPo post. Thanks for that, too.

    And yeah, the best response to “ZOMG Obama’s a Muslin” would be “So what if he is?” A lot of people outside the U.S. seem to know that there’s no religious test for public office in this country. I wish more of my fellow citizens knew it too.

  63. Then there was the people saying “Stone him!”

    Oh, wait. That was one man saying “Let’s stone her, old style.” “Her” being Sarah Palin.

  64. so jim dandy, is sarah palin the biblical adultress? constantly stoned? or does she just come off that way?

  65. I am scared of what could happen this month…
    Everything is possible with red-necks…

    What the F !

  66. Well, it’s obvious that in the US, as in the UK, racism is still pretty endemic, if largely unspoken.

    There’s part of me that thinks it may ultimately be a positive thing for the previously repressed racism amongst certain quarters of the US populace to be dragged out into the open for everyone to see. Let these people spout their prejudice, bigotry and bile (as long as they’re not actively advocating violence), and let everyone see a) that racism still exists in America, and b) how repulsive and idiotic it is.

    If people are going to voice these views in public, then in an aggregate way, they’re going to have to answer for them, too.

  67. #87 – one dumbass saying something outside a hockey is not even close to the same thing as someone at a political rally where the candidate is present calling for the other guy to be killed. Not by a long shot.

    Nor, for all the other Republican apologists here, is a blog posting, a blog comment, or something you think you heard in a dream.

  68. Now that the cold medicine has worn completely off (sniff), let me type what was really on my mind…
    Tom, I’m confused. How can racism be just a black/white issue? In this case, clearly, the sign is trying to paint Obama not as a black man but clearly as a Muslim, who are equally (if not perhaps more) disliked by the obvious intended audience. The “Hussein” in quotes only adds to that.
    No, it is clearly racist. I grew up (and am currently living) in the Deep South; everyone I went to school with was racist in some degree, as were there parents. I was fortunate in that my family was similarly put upon when my ancestors arrived here from Ireland and Wales and settled in western Virginia; they sympathized.
    In short, if it ain’t white it ain’t right in the minds of those bigots.

  69. A Muslim is is an adherent of the religion of Islam. It isn’t a race. And, I wasn’t defining it as a black/white issue, I said that’s what I tend to think when racism is mentioned.

  70. #93 – Tom Hale, Islam may not be a race, but it is obvious that anti-Islamic bigotry and racism are combined in some of the anti-Obama protests. To deny otherwise (which you may not be doing) would be a little blind.

    In fact, I think racism plays a much bigger part here than anti-Islamic attitudes. The fact that these idiots make a direct link between dark skin, the name “Hussein” and Islam is an indication of this. They perceive colour and name, and the conclusion they reach is “MUSLIM!”.

    My first reaction to these reports is not outrage (that comes shortly after), but depression and exhaustion. Although I realise I am fortunate to have been brought up in a relatively open, progressive environment (not to say that the UK is without racism, of course), I find these kinds of attitudes, and this kind of mean-spirited hatred and/or aggression totally baffling and depressing.

    How can these bigots not realise that their absurd proclamations don’t make Obama look bad, but in fact reflect incredibly poorly on their own characters and intellects?

  71. @#20
    “Can’t we just let them have missouri and the rest of us can live in peace?”

    Not everyone from Missouri thinks like the people who posted this sign. I was born in Southeast Missouri, myself, and will be voting for Obama. I haven’t been back for a while, though.

  72. Hey, Antinous, how is it that we go about becoming Husseins? Because I’d like to be “Oh the Husseinity” if I could, plz.

    I tried to mention this idiocy to my Republican grandparents.

    Fox news circulated the pictures of Obama with a turban / in Middle Eastern clothing with captions of him meeting with terrists and suchnot. Fox news and the anchors responsible should be charged with libel.

    And lynched.

  73. #97

    Let’s not call for undue violence, lest you lend an air of evil to your moniker, Hussein in the membrane.

  74. Crazy Hussein! Got no brain!

    That last was tongue-in-cheek.


    God almighty. That link to sundown town information has inspired some angry, satirical poetry from Tenn. You’ll be blamed when my English teacher has a heart attack by the end of the semester.

    I want to be ‘Tenn “Oh The Husseinity”‘ plz. Make it be, Ant-san!

  75. I guess one could create a new account that makes it obvious who you are, so as not to be a confusing “sock puppet”. That way you could post using the new handle, and still revert back to plain old Tenn. It’s like a temporary tattoo. I don’t know if that’s kosher, though.

    I know you to be a stand up person, Tenn. I assume good will in your comments. It just struck me that I would want to tread lightly if I wished to remove negative politics from a name by absorbing it.

  76. hey there dorkyfork, first time posting i see. are you a right wing astroturfing sockpuppet? or are you here trolling for mccain points?

  77. Antinous, I take it you are the moderator of this thread? I don’t understand why my comment has been deleted. I apologize if I came off a bit snarky, but I didn’t think I was overly snarky, and thought I made cogent points.

  78. also, anti, i want a ‘hussein’ middle name. in the membrane. like a freight train. in the rain. near spain. whooping crane. xeni’s to blame.

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