This is the very real legacy of the hateful rhetoric of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, AM hate radio and Rupert Murdoch's hand-picked team of lie spewing stormtroopers -- also known as Fox News:
OAKLAND, CA (KGO) -- There is new information about a man charged for a shoot-out with the highway patrol on 580 in Oakland in July. The man says he hoped to start a revolution by killing liberal activists and ABC7 obtained tapes of a jailhouse interview with Byron Williams.
It really is just a matter of time before the right wing media screechers have even more innocent blood on their hands. I say "even more" because they already do have innocent blood on their hands:
On July 27, 2008, a politically motivated fatal shooting took place at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. Motivated by a desire to kill liberals and Democrats, gunman Jim David Adkisson fired a shotgun at members of the congregation during a youth performance of a musical, killing two people and wounding seven others. ...
Adkisson's manifesto stated that he intended to keep shooting until police arrived and expected to be killed by police. Adkisson had a waist satchel with more ammunition, totaling 76 shells of #4 shot. The following books were found in Adkisson's home during a police search:
* Liberalism is a Mental Disorder by radio talk show host Michael Savage
* Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism by talk show host Sean Hannity
* The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life by television talk show host Bill O'Reilly
In his manifesto, Adkisson also included the Democratic members of the House and Senate, and the 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America of conservative author Bernard Goldberg in his list of wished-for targets.
It was just pure luck that law enforcement intercepted Byron Williams before he had a chance to implement his terrorist attack on the ACLU and The Tides Foundation. But at some point, that luck is going to run out and death and destruction will come at the hands of a fellow American - who by any fair definition of the word - is a terrorist. And my only hope is that those right wing media fuckheads who are egging on the Tim McVeigh wannabes and exhorting them to take matters into their own hands will be held fully accountable when their words lead to violence and the death of innocent Americans.