Janet Napolitano is the Blanche DuBois of national security: “I’ve always depended on the kindness of observant strangers to stop terrorists.” In the case of the Times Square deferred-success bomber, it was a tee shirt vendor and Vietnam vet Lance Orton. And while she and Eric Holder love vigilant Americans, you don’t have to be a citizen of the United States to become America’s last line of defense against tea-bagging rightwing militia lone wolves who sport strangely exotic names like Nadal, Abdulmutallab, and Faisal. You can be just an ordinary Dutchman who doesn’t want to get blown out of the sky.
In the meantime, we have found out a few things about the lone wolf disgruntled right-wing teabagger extremist nut job who is probably a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (although perhaps not on our side…) which would account for his mental instability unless he’s suffering from anticipatory PTSD.
Something I don’t know: did he get searched as thoroughly as I did when I was traveling with my daughter to Los Angeles? Sometimes I want to go all Al Sharpton on someone’s *ss and rant about “Guilty of traveling while white, middle-aged, Christian, and female!!”
In other news of social unrest caused by the violent right-wing militia teabaggers, a peaceful demonstration against the Arizona Immigration Bill erupted in hooliganism and mayhem when anarchists Branch Davidians Fundamentalist Mormons these women started destroying property in Santa Cruz. Here’s the AP’s take [h/t Best of the Web]:
Close to 20 businesses were damaged after what started as a peaceful immigrants’ rights march in downtown Santa Cruz [Calif.] turned violent, requiring police to call other agencies for help, authorities said.
Police spokesman Zach Friend said an estimated 250 people started marching through the city around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
It was a harmonious but “unpermitted and unsanctioned event,” he said, until some in the crowd started breaking windows and spraying paint on retail shops that line the downtown corridor.
Friend said he wasn’t sure if the damage was caused by people marching in support of immigrants’ rights, or if the group was “infiltrated by anarchists.”
“Peaceful immigrants’ rights march…” “Harmonious…” How tewwible that this Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood March was infiltwated by those nasty Anarchists.
This is the Santa Cruz Sentinel‘s take:
What started at the Town Clock turned into a march down Pacific Avenue that seemed to attract, according to videos that have been posted, a variety of young people and even some not so young. Many seemed to be proceeding as if it were a party, holding torches, chanting slogans, running onto sidewalks.
Various causes seemed to be espoused — from leftist rhetoric about workers’ rights, to outrage over immigration laws, to the supposed freedom to do whatever the mob wanted to do.
Then it turned ugly.
People dressed in black, some with hooded sweatshirts, others wearing masks, began darting out and throwing large rocks through shop windows.
Others spray-painted graffiti on walls and objects; still others tossed paint bombs.
By the time police were able to respond, at least 18 businesses, some of them small and locally owned, had suffered damages. And downtown had suffered yet another blow — to the bewilderment and outrage of merchants and city leaders.
Huh: torches, slogans, running down sidewalks. Sounds harmonious. Dressed in black, hoods, masks, rocks, spray cans, and paint bombs: must be infiltrators. That’s the only explanation for why things “turned ugly.”
Can I point out the obvious? When you go to a Tea Party rally, there will be elements that most would agree represent an extreme. In Texas, it’s the secessionist yahoos (who seem to have won the lotto, btw.) But Tea Partiers are by definition law abiders. They also are big fans of the 2nd Amendment, which tends to keep things orderly. People who are promoting illegal immigration don’t care much for the rule of law. And people who think that the people of Arizona should just shut up and take it don’t really care about the rights of law abiders and property owners. So, hey- this behavior in Santa Cruz, doubtless carried out by spoiled middle class whities who don’t actually have real jobs unless you count sponging off the ‘rents, is perfectly consistent.
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