JABbering Stooge

Monday, August 15, 2005

Liberals are the ultra-violent ones, indeed

Man fires shotgun in view of Camp Casey; Blogger embarrassed to be from Texas

Full report at MSRNC.

There are so many things wrong with the situation that I don't know where to begin. How about the fact that this man, Larry Mattlage, shot off, in more ways than one, during a religious service?

CRAWFORD, Texas - A man fired a shotgun into the air as about 60 anti-war protesters held a religious service on the road to President Bush’s ranch.

Then there were his ominous comments about "dove-hunting season," and the ironic contrast with his claim that he wasn't threatening anyone.

"I ain’t threatening nobody, and I ain’t pointing a gun at nobody," Mattlage said. "This is Texas."

He said he fired his gun in preparation for dove-hunting season but when asked if he had another motive, he said, "Figure it out for yourself."

But what is really outrageous is the rather lenient treatment he received from the Secret Service.

Sheriff’s deputies and Secret Service agents in the area of the demonstration site Sunday rushed to the home of Larry Mattlage after the shots were fired but did not arrest him.

Let's get this straight. The Secret Service, charged with protection of the President of the United States of America, hears gunshots barely five miles from Bush's Crawford ranch, and THEY DON'T EVEN ARREST THE GUY?! They don't have any qualms about hassling student artists over disfavored artwork and other anti-Bush paraphernalia. They have even gone so far as to arrest on disorderly conduct charges those who manage to sneak into Bush's carefully scripted photo-ops and heckle The Most Holy. But strangely enough, they have no problem with Bush supporters who are a little loose with their gun control and people who pose as Secret Service in order to keep Bush's speaking tours "ideologically pure."

As Mr. Mattlage put it, "figure it out for yourself."

Former (Republican) OKC Mayor supports man caught with pipe bomb on plane
Turns out that potential pipe-bomber Charles Dreyling has friends in high places. His landlord, former Oklahoma City mayor Kirk Humphreys (R - OK), has personally vouched for Dreyling, who is now free on bail.

If you compare Dreyling's situation to that of say José Padilla, whose arrest as an "enemy combatant" comes without any evidence that he did anything more than THINK about terrorist activity, it's obvious that there's a double standard at work here. If you're a member of the "wrong" race and/or "wrong" religion, you'd better think that every single thing the U.S. does is 1000000000% perfect, or it's off to Gitmo for you. If you're a conservative Republican extremist with good connections, and you get caught with actual bombs, don't worry - you'll just get a slap on the wrist and "Isn't that cute?"

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