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  •  Reveling in hatred is not all they do (none)
    Charles Johnson (the guy who runs LGF) provides a useful service by highlighting news on moslem extremism that would otherwise be ignored.

    Unfortunately, he has no problem encouraging and hosting some of the most disgustingly racist and hate-filled comments I have ever seen.

    More disturbing, these people truly believe they are good and right, and that everyone of us who has posted our disgust at their corruption are the enemy.

    They use overt fascist rhetoric to define the conflict between the people who support Bush's war in Iraq and those of us who criticize it.

    That the WSJ chooses to transmit LGF's amusement to a wider audience is very disturbing. It marks a new low in the coarsening of public discourse.
    •  I realize (none)
      Yes, I have read occasionally over there to catch up on terrorism/security issues, and I appreciate that, but the tone he's encouraging on that site is horrendous, really.  What terrifies me is the fact that relatives of mine (Democrats! liberals!) have somehow, some way got it in their heads that all Muslims are our enemies, basically.  I did not have the heart to tell them that I have several close Muslim friends and figured this was also not the best time to talk about my brilliant colleague from Lebanon.

      I wish there was a leftist site that covered the same issues, minus the hate speech.  I'm worried about this, in a big way.  I recall being shocked that racist groups had to be banned in many European countries, and that there was fear that extreme right-wingers actually would come to have some serious influence on the public (Le Pen..). I thought to myself, we don't have to ban anybody in America because such a thing would never happen.  

      Well, I don't advocate censorship, I do think we all need to pay attention to what's going on out there and speak up against hate.  I love the open source politics of the internet and the way sites like Kos can bring folks together for discussion.. and the way bloggers like Tacitus can spark such interesting debates.. but what are we going to do the day an extreme militant right-wing organization springs from the netroots and appears on the national stage with millions of followers?  Don't tell me it won't happen.

      "The actual term ... is short for Web log. And, you know, you drop the W and you get the blog."

      by daria g on Wed Jan 14, 2004 at 02:34:01 AM PST

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    •  You have GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!! (none)
      "....provides a useful service by highlighting news on moslem extremism that would otherwise be ignored."

      That's like saying Goebbels provided a useful service by highlighting jewish extremism that would otherwise be ignored.

      That site is a sick, genocide-advocating abomination and the only "useful service" it provides is exposing the WSJ as a bunch of heartless assholes and paradoxically also exposes zionist (oops there goes that word now I'll be called anti-semitic) extremism that would otherwise be ignored.

      meet the new boss, same as the old boss

      by galaxyy on Wed Jan 14, 2004 at 12:30:50 PM PST

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      •  I'm not kidding. (none)

        I appreciate your disgust. You also make my point better that I did. It's a good place to keep tabs on those you disagree with.

        LGF was the first place I saw the really crazy shit that General Boykin said in his lectures. (Something about Satan appearing in a cloud over Mogadishu.) You don't get that kind of alarming detail in the corporate-controlled press.

        I think all religious fundamentalism is a threat to our freedoms and way of life, whether it's moslem, christian, jewish, or hindu fundamentalism.

        If Johnson chooses to approvingly publicize this kind of crazy-talk, it's just one more benefit of free-speech.

        •  So it's like Drudge (none)
          Except by murderous lunatics?

          Well, I suppose I can't stomach surfing the white supremacy blogs either and kudos to the Southern Poverty Law Center for doing that dirty task.

          meet the new boss, same as the old boss

          by galaxyy on Wed Jan 14, 2004 at 04:31:42 PM PST

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