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I get it: they lost (again) and they’re pissed. HCR is now the law of the land, but this is nothing less than terrorism:

Federal and local authorities are investigating a severed gas line at the home of U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello’s brother, discovered the day after Tea Party activists posted the address online so opponents could “drop by” and “express their thanks” for Perriello’s vote in favor of health care reform.

The gas line to the home’s propane tank was slashed, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The incident is being viewed as an attempted threat to a member of congress, sources said….

Danville Tea Party leader Nigel Coleman was one of the activists who posted the home’s address online Monday.


Yet another escalation in the ever growing pattern of racially charged imagery, violent rhetoric, and paranoid conspiracy theories born of the GOP’s so-called ‘grassroots’ supporters.  If these are grassroots, this nation needs a healthy fucking dose of Round-Up.

But the Teabagger is stunned, I say, stunned:

Coleman said he is “shocked” and “almost speechless” at the possibility that someone would sever the propane line to Perriello’s brother’s house.

“I obviously condemn these actions,” he said. “I would hope that people aren’t thinking about doing anything crazy. We just wanted people to get close to the congressman and have their voices heard. Violence is not going to answer anything. I’m a little shocked and amazed.”

Coleman added that he is not certain that the incident is related to the posting of the home’s address. “Of course, we don’t know this is a related event,” he said.

Yeah, right.  Bullshit:

To recap, a blog run by Lynchburg tea party organizer Mike Troxel published the home address of Perriello’s brother (thinking, incorrectly, that it was the congressman’s address) encouraging teabaggers to “drop by and say hi and express their thanks regarding his vote for health care.” In case you missed it, that’s teabagger “humor,” since Periello voted for reform.

Shocked alright. So much so, he adds:

When Coleman learned the address was actually Perriello’s brother’s – Politico reported he and his wife have four young children – Coleman commented on another blog that the mistake was “collateral damage.”

“Do you mean I posted his brother’s address on my Facebook?” Coleman wrote. “Oh well, collateral damage.”

This event comes on the heels of other violence tinged asshattery from the likes of Sarah Palin:

Sarah Palin is targeting — yes, with gun sights — House Democrats facing tough reelection fights who voted for health care reform.

Palin’s Facebook page now carries a map featuring 20 gun sights, one for each of the Democrats targeted this year by her political action committee SarahPAC. Three of the gun sights, those where incumbent Democrats have already announced their retirement, are colored red.


Palin directed Agrosaurs to Facebook (her megaphone of choice) via Twitter.


The Facebook post reads:

We’ll aim for these races and many others. This is just the first salvo in a fight to elect people across the nation who will bring common sense to Washington. Please go to and join me in the fight.

Emphasis: Aim. Salvo. Fight. Fight.

Republican leaders and officials have actively courted this nutzoid element with their fear-mongering, coded racism, talk of tyranny, treason, and Armageddon.  The GOP must face down this monster they have helped make, before they are lost forever, mired in the fever swamp.  Should violence befall the innocent at the hands of some cretin inspired by by the GOP’s onslaught of supercharged bullshit, may all those that have contributed to such senseless rage be held culpable.


  1. fogiv

    The news of Coleman’s post and its apparent result followed the boasts earlier in the week from Mike Vanderboegh, a former Alabama militia leader who last Friday called on enemies of health reform to smash the windows of local Democratic Party headquarters around the country. Vanderboegh’s threatening blog post, which suggested that civil war could be around the corner, was followed by bricks or stones being thrown through party offices in three states. The offices of two Democratic congressmen in New York and Arizona were similarly attacked.

  2. That’s where it’s going.

    A guy flies a plane into a building?  Well, what do you expect when the government is using tyranny led by a foreign usurper determined to kill your grandmother?  Some gas lines cut?  I’m shocked – shocked I say! – to find there is terrorism going on (“Your pipecutters, sir.”).

    Sarah doesn’t care, she is hoping for the end of the world, anyway.  Her greatest hope is to be President where she can help Israeli break the Seven Seals (or she wants to blow seven seals, or whatever the hell her witchdoctor tells her).  Glenn will lead a cult into a buried schoolbus and hold off the BATF with machine guns.

    Yeah, the Tree of Liberty may well be watered with the blood of patriots, and they will have been killed by Sarah and Glenn’s loyal followers.

  3. HappyinVT

    “The Republicans knew all that stuff [about health care] was completely false, but they tried to stoke public anger based on that, and the anger has taken some very, frankly, predictable forms that I don’t think they can’t walk away from and explain,” he said.

    “[Republicans] are going to own part of that,” the DNC chair added. “They’re going to own part of the slurs cast at members of Congress, people vandalizing members of Congress’ offices. Twice Republican members of Congress, sitting in the well of the House, behaved in rude and outrageous ways, yelling at a president in one instance with Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), and then with [Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Tex.) yelling ‘baby killer.’] When it’s okay for leaders to do the rude, outrageous stuff like that, it sure sends a signal that the followers should do it too.”

  4. HappyinVT

    …pro-life Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-OH) who voted for final passage–has had to deal with more than his fair share. Last week, the anti-reform advocacy group the Committee to Rethink Reform published an ad in The Cincinnati Enquirer featuring a photo of Dreihaus with his children. (Both the Committee and the Enquirer have retracted and apologized for the ad.) Now, conservatives are planning a Sunday protest outside of his house, after a conservative blog put his address–complete with directions–on the Internet.

    Speaking to me and another reporter outside the House chamber this afternoon, Driehaus said Republican leaders are to blame for the vitriol–and implied that they will bear some responsibility if reform opponents’ anger bubbles over into violence.

    “I think if you look at some of the language that has been used by leaders on the Republican side, one shouldn’t be surprised,” Driehaus said. “Unfortunately many of us are now receiving threats, death threats.”


    “These comments that have been made by Republican leaders can serve as–I don’t know if I want to say an excuse or perhaps permission for people who may be unbalanced, who may be calling with these threats,” Driehaus added.

    Driehaus, a vulnerable member whose district includes part of Cincinnati, took explicit issue with House Minority Leader John Boehner, who represents a neighboring district. In an interview with National Review Boehner intoned that, if he voted for the bill, Driehaus would be a “dead man.” Boehner was talking politics, but for Driehaus, it’s become all too real.


  5. Shaun Appleby

    The Columbus Dispatch has tracked down the guy who threw the dollar bills at the Parkinson’s afflicted protester a while back:

    “I wanted this to go away, but it won’t and I’m paying the consequences,” Reichert said.

    He said he’s fearful for his family after reading comments about his actions on the Internet.

    “I’ve been looking at the web sites,” he said. “People are hunting for me.”


    “That was my first time at any political rally and I’m never going to another one,” Reichert said.

    “I will never ever, ever go to another one.”

    Catherine Candisky – Health-reform rally heckler says he’s sorry and scared Columbus Dispatch 24 Mar 10

    One down, 12,999,999 to go.

  6. creamer

    We are on the verge of a catastrophe. Some fool pumped up on political rethoric will shoot some one. Maybe a Democratic congressperson, maybe a staffer, maybe some bystander who gets in the way. I’m not sure that person exist.

    I remember when John McCain took his microphone back from the woman who call Obama a Muslim. McCain corrected her. But he never corrected his running mate.

    All of the crazy talking points: death camps, re-education camps, Obama wants your guns, socialist, communist, the list goes on. For a Republican pol to walk back the crazies he has to disavow all of that. He has to say “those where just words, we didn’t mean them. DOn’t you understand politcal rethoric.” They have equated Democrats with traitors and nazi’s and even the antichrist.And now they need to tell their most rabid followers that they didn’t really mean it.

  7. fogiv

    Dan Aykroyd as Louis Winthorpe III in Trading Places:

    I had the most absurd nightmare. I was poor and no one liked me. I lost my job, I lost my house, Penelope hated me and it was all because of this terrible, awful Negro.

    Parallels, anyone?  

  8. HappyinVT

    Anne Caprara said the calls came on Saturday before the House cast its final vote on health care reform. She said in the first, the caller said to one of Markey’s staff members, “better hope I don’t run into you in a dark alley with a knife, a club or a gun.”

    In another instance, a caller said something like “better tell your boss that she better be careful when she comes back here to Colorado.”

    via TPM

    I don’t think her Republican opponent has conceded the election yet, either.


    have the emotional age of two-year-olds.  What causes adults who don’t get their way to begin flinging poo and breaking things?  Perhaps their potty training didn’t go well.

  10. Jjc2008

    Maybe it’s because I am older and have seen so much violence..

    or maybe it’s because I cannot wrap my head around the fact that people like Michelle Bachman got elected to ANYTHING?

    People that voted for her are either extremely angry, extremely hateful, extremely stupid or all three. (and that’s a really bad combination).

    In 2006, I was working for a democratic candidate for Congress.  My district is overwhelmingly republican/conservative.  I knew that.  But we had the perfect storm.   Our republican congress man was retiring.  And the man who somehow got the republican nomination was incredibly dull, stupid and without an ounce of charisma.  

    My candidate was essentially a blue dog: centrist; retired airforce colonel.  We raised more money than any democratic candidate ever had.  

    And still this dolt, Lamborn, who was devoid of any ability to debate (he came off as a pathetic fool); who could not give a coherent speech; who looks like Elmer Fudd, won.   He had the backing of Focus on the Family and the fund raising capability of ultra conservative groups around the country.  We even had a group of long time fiscal republicans here give fund raisers for my candidate because they were literally embarrassed by Lamborn who publicly said he was going to be “God’s man in Washington.’

    So no surprise.  Here, Tea Partiers gather and cheer the worst, the most stupid and I know when they get together they all have concealed weapons, perfectly legal here.

    I have no illusions that there are plenty of McVeighs in among these folks.  

    How do we fix this when elected leaders (like Bachman) reflect these nut cases and when the ones we thought were, at the very least, decent (McCain), continue to insist these people are regular folk.

    Sad and scared for our country…

  11. I understand he’s a political creature only interested in winning at any cost, but what a mealy-mouthed f*@&.  FOX (interestingly) was the only cable channel covering (albeit briefly) his press conference on the violence that his party has been propagating, and the best he could say is “both sides have been doing it”.

    Certainly he isn’t going to say “we’ve gone too far”, but watching someone do the “I’m sorry other people made me act poorly” apology dance is always disgusting.  I don’t care who’s doing it, it’s exactly the kind of dishonest cowardly crap that makes me the most furious.

    You screwed up.  Own it.  Stop prevaricating and covering your ass, take responsibility and be a man about it.

    I wouldn’t take that sort of crap excuse-making from my kids under any circumstance whatsoever.  There isn’t anything my kids could do that would get them in more trouble than standing in front of me trying that shit (that’s Wrath of God time).  Every parent in the country (who isn’t a Tea Partier) who sees that crap from him and other GOP leaders is going to have the same reaction.

    There really isn’t any way the GOP can play this well.  At least none that they will take.

  12. creamer

    “What we do know is that when leaders on either side of the aisle go with this over-inflated rhetoric and they tell us it’s the end of the world, it’s Armageddon, the Marxists have taken over Washington, it’s the end of the world as we know it, we’re moving into socialism,” he said, “when they say things like that, that maybe some of them don’t believe, and then the fringes believe it, and then they go out and do stupid things…Well, I mean, it’s all kind of tied together isn’t it?”

    That from todays HuffPost.

    Every so often the journalist at FOX poke the beast.

  13. I just can’t imagine exactly how.

    Did she actually put a plug for her employer in that speech?  People want “Fair and Balanced” media?

    And I am not accusing the crowd of inciting violence, you idiot, I’m accusing you.  You are the one – with your friends – who are inciting violence in the crowds you preach to.  Not that you give a flying fuck who gets killed in your personal quest for, whateverthehell you’re questing for.

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