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  •  the message on the cat seems a giveaway (2+ / 0-)
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    The BigotBasher, Oh Mary Oh

    and even if it was put there after a car accident, I'd say it's still political terrorism. That, however, seems far-fetched. You are reaching, and I can understand why ("the Democrat office" is sort of a giveaway). Waiting for facts is usually the best course, and people get burned when they don't. (Remember when Okla City Fed. Bldg. was obviously the work of Middle East terrorists? Or that girl with the backwards B carved on her face?)
      It seems pretty clear here, though you are correct that people like Karl Rove have a reputation for making false attacks on their own people to make the other candidate look bad. Not aware of this behavior being documented on the left, other than people on the right wanting it to be true.

     I assume it was probably just one person, and that person is apparently disturbed. that person also committed an act of terrorism (i.e., the dead cat is not liberal or conservative; the threat is to the campaign manager and his family, and to a lesser extent, presumably other perceived liberals). I don't know whether that person listens to toxic talk radio or not.

    As for why someone would do it, I can only comment on your innocent passage through the world.

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    by wasatch on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 10:49:55 AM PST

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    •  Like "FED" on Bill Sparkman was a dead giveaway? (2+ / 0-)
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      The BigotBasher, subtropolis

      If the conclusion to which everyone is jumping is true, that some right-wing terrorist killed this man's cat in an effort to intimidate anyone, it's certainly not having the intended effect. I salute anyone who stands up to perceived or actual intimidation. However, the response that's actually occurring is foreseeable to even the most dim among us. Who thinks killing a cat is actually going to intimidate anyone?

      People fake crimes against themselves for all kind of stupid reasons, and it is wise to express at least a degree of skepticism about outrageously ostentatious crime scenes. Bill Sparkman's death, originally deemed to be some sort of anti-census hate crime, has been ruled a suicide. The Memphis-area coroner found wrapped in barbed wire likely staged his own kidnapping. Tawana Brawley likely fabricated the story in which she was raped by police officers. A California college professor, Keri Dunn, staged hate crimes against herself. In the case to which you referred, Ashley Todd carved a "B" on her face and claimed a black guy did it.

      It's very sad that people feel the need to do such things to themselves.

      It doesn't help left/right folks get along if we automatically assume that assuming the worst about those with whom we disagree. It's impossible to know who killed the cat or why at this point, so why immediately blame your political opponents? The humble pie you have to eat if you're wrong doesn't taste so good.

      •  sure, but … (1+ / 0-)
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        Oh Mary Oh

        Who thinks killing a cat is actually going to intimidate anyone?

        The people who kill other peoples' cats in order to intimidate them, that's who. That's not to say that it will, of course. Keep in mind that we're talking about disturbed individuals.

        Note that i'm not claiming that that's what happened, just pointing out the flaw in your argument. It's entirely possible that someone did this with the intent to intimidate. Whether that's a realistic presumption on their part in no way precludes the possibility that it could happen.

        All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

        by subtropolis on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 01:06:44 PM PST

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      •  I'm sorry, but (1+ / 0-)
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        Oh Mary Oh

        how many more Jim Adkissons, Byron Williamses, Richard Poplawskis, Scott Roeders, Kevin Harphams, Thomas Gleasons, Jared Loughners, etc., do we have to experience before we can call it a pattern on the right?

        "People fake crimes against themselves for all kind of stupid reasons..."

        Excellent blame-the-victim logic. "Huurrr, these people faked crimes against themselves, so I'm gonna downplay the real and pervasive violence directed at liberals!"

        Right on.

        "On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation." William Lloyd Garrison

        by HoratioGalt on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 01:27:03 PM PST

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