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  •  'obama's head needs to roll' rush, 9/10/2008 (7+ / 0-)
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    i've used this eg before but maybe some readers haven't heard it, and it's illustrative of his skill and intent.

    he created an absurd pretext just to deliver that line  (or something very close to it) or maybe  it was 'it's obama's head that needs to roll'.

    anyway, he suggested obama needed to fire his staff (their heads need to roll) for some minor screw up and then since according to limbaugh the  whole campaign was a screw up he got to deliver that line.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 05:18:38 PM PDT

    •  Echo chamber (16+ / 0-)

      A friend told me about his 50-year-old daughter who is a dittohead.  She is well educated and should know better.  She recently got a telephone call from an Obama campaign volunteer asking for her support.  She responded that "he (the President) should be shot."  

      Yes, it earned her a visit from the FBI after the volunteer reported her remark.  The visit lasted for about 4 hours with her being questioned and her husband also being questioned when he got home from work.  

      She calls Rush "entertainment," but then makes a threat to a campaign volunteer.  His idea of absurdity isn't entertaining any more, not when innocent people have to fear for their lives as a result.

      Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

      by arlene on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 05:31:27 PM PDT

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      •  "He should be shot" (1+ / 0-)
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        isn't a threat. The rest of your post I agree with.

        "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

        by NWTerriD on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 06:14:46 PM PDT

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        •  That is not for you to decide (3+ / 0-)
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          whether a statement poses a threat or reveals an underlying threat to the safety of the President of the US. It is up to the Secret Service or the FBI to make that determination, and entirely appropriate to do so.

        •  Apparently the FBI disagreed with you (1+ / 0-)
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          and since I don't know your work background I have no reason to believe you at all.

          Helping a food pantry on the Cheyenne River Reservation,Okiciyap." >www.okiciyap.yolasite.com<"

          by betson08 on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 08:06:33 PM PDT

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        •  I got the story secondhand (1+ / 0-)
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          I wasn't privy to her exact statement to the volunteer.  The Obama campaign staff thought it merited a call to the authorities and the FBI showed up to ask questions.  I'm not privy to what the FBI decided either, however, no one was taken away.

          Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

          by arlene on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 08:50:11 PM PDT

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          •  probably it goes like this: (2+ / 0-)
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            arlene, certainot

            They questioned her and her husband, and opened a file on them, containing the transcript of the Q & A session.  The file was tagged with a code such that in the event of a visit by a president to their city, the file will be routinely pulled up, and their names will be on a list of people to be aware of.  

            They won't know it, and nobody will ever confirm it, but they will not be able to get within shooting distance of a president, for the rest of their lives.  If they try, they will be politely stopped on one excuse or another, and delayed or turned around.   All of this with no publicity.  

            Also if they ever try to fly or (technical information redacted), to a city where a president is speaking, that will also be noted and someone will keep an eye on them long enough to ascertain if they are a threat.  

            All of this entails a lot of very routine and very boring work on the part of people who are used to the dullness of it and hope their jobs never get "exciting."  

            "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

            by G2geek on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 04:27:59 AM PDT

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      •  Excellent. Kudos to that volunteer & the FBI. (0+ / 0-)

        And it's a darn good thing that the volunteer reported what she said, and the FBI followed up.  

        Because you never know who's merely shooting off their mouth, and who has the potential to do an actual shooting.

        She and her huzz can forget about ever being able to get within a mile of a president, without having someone keeping an eye on them.  

        Good.

        "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

        by G2geek on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 04:23:31 AM PDT

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    •  That was hilarious (8+ / 0-)

      you guys don't know how to take a joke.

      Anytime the right advocates killing, they're just kidding. That is until they kill someone. Then it's just a lone wacko, who mistook the joke.

    •  and that should have been prosecutable. (1+ / 0-)
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      There was a time when encouraging others to assassinate a president was a criminal offense.  

      Now, thanks to the Scalia Court, the same court that handed the 2000 election to Bush, that's no longer prohibited speech.

      Interestingly, if I'm not mistaken, that ruling came down during the Obama administration.  

      And yes, it really does have the flavor of "Get that n-----!" to it.

      "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

      by G2geek on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 04:21:18 AM PDT

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