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Republican Congressman Peter King, jackass:  

Rep. Peter King: There are "too many mosques in this country"
New York Rep. Peter King, a prominent House Republican, said there are "too many mosques in this country" in a recent interview with Politico.

"There are too many people sympathetic to radical Islam," King said. "We should be looking at them more carefully and finding out how we can infiltrate them."

When asked to clarify his statement, King did not revise his answer, saying "I think there has been a lack of full cooperation from too many people in the Muslim community."

Congressman King appears to be selective in his desire for the federal government to invade the sanctity of religious worship, as he doesn’t appear to be equally concerned with "infiltrating" non-Muslims'communities and places of worship.  If Peter King were concerned about all religious communities that might be harboring terrorists or fomenting crime and violence, he’d be concerned about the Christian Identity movement and the violent organizations it's inspired, such as the Army of God, whose organizational manual is a "how to for abortion-clinic violence".  There are other groups like the Phineas Priesthood and even small rural churches in the Ozarks like the one that may have influenced Christian extremist terrorist Eric Rudolph.  The Christian ideology of Dominionism is part of a stew of radical ideas that’s helped power the Christian Patriot movement, in which Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and plenty of other lethal terrorists have been deeply involved.  So, if Peter King is really concerned about all forms of religious terrorism, he better call for government "infiltration" of churches.

If we’re going to start "infiltrating" mosques and churches, we shouldn’t leave out adherents to the original of the great monotheistic religions.  Let’s not forget, one of the most toxic influences on Israel politics was radical Jewish cleric Meir Kahane.  Born in New York City, in 1968 Kahane founded a domestic terrorist group known as the Jewish Defense League (JDL), which was still active as recently as 2001, when members tried to blow up a mosque and the office of Arab-American Congressman Darrel Issa.  Kahane moved to Israel in 1971, founded a racist party, became a national figure, and was assassinated in 1991.  (His killer went on to participate in the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.)  The seeds of hate he planted inspired terrorism after his death.  In 1994, a JDL member and emigrant to Israel named Baruch Goldstein shot close to 200 Muslims at the Cave of the Patriarchs in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.  Israel officially outlawed Kahane's political party long ago, but his followers continue to present a serious threat of Jewish terrorism in Israel, and much like the Irish Republican Army, they receive significant funding from supporters in the United States.
So, if Peter King were truly worried about religious terrorism growing here in the US, he would be calling for "infiltration" of not just mosques, but also churches and even synagogues.  But based on his record, it appears that Peter King, well, he just has a thing about Muslims.  As Think Progress points out, this isn’t the first time King has made outrageous accusations about Muslim communities in the US.  Furthermore, from a policy standpoint, King’s prescriptions aren't even sound.  In Europe and the UK, mosques have often become hotbeds of anti-Americanism and fertile recruiting grounds for terrorists.  But in Europe, Muslims are much more marginalized and discriminated against, and thus much less integrated in to society than in the US.  American Muslims are more likely to be economically successful than Muslims in the UK, more likely to be afforded full citizenship rights than in Germany or Spain, less likely to be targets of xenophobic political parties than in Denmark or The Netherlands, and far less likely to be residentially segregated and separated from non-Muslims in the society, as is true in most of Europe but especially in France.

We are fortunate that mosques in the U.S. are not the fertile recruiting stations for Jihadis that they are in Europe.  But more braying from jackasses like Peter King and Virgil Goode could create an environment where American Muslims feel more alienated and less invested in the safety and security of all Americans.  If America is not committed to protecting the liberties of all Americans, not all Americans will remain committed to America.
Like so many Republicans who prattle on about keeping us safe from terrorism (as they do little to catch Osama bin Laden or protect our ports and continue to support the war in Iraq, which is the best recruitment tool the terrorists have), Peter King is playing on fear.  Shortly after the attack on the U.S. by Al Qaeda, George W. Bush and the Republicans began invoking memories of 9-11 and fears of terrorism to intimidate opposition, silence dissent and garner votes, an approach they've continued right up to today.  Peter King’s cravenness is somewhat more imaginative, since his fear-mongering may lead to a few more sales of his novel Vale of Tears, about a Congressman from Long Island fighting terrorism by...sitting in on meetings or something.  It’s apparently not as compelling as Richard Perle’s Hard Line, with such scintillating prose as "[n]ow, he looked at his marriage in much the same way he had examined the intermediate-range missile question."  It doesn’t appear to tap in to conservatives’ long tradition of bad writing about sex, like Scooter Libby’s The Apprentice, which includes examples of healthy sexual desire such as scenes about a necrophillic "stag" party or training a girl for prostitution by arranging for her to be raped by a bear.  [Man, those Straussians and their weird sexual proclivities!]  It doesn’t even appear to have the kitschy raunchiness of Lynne Cheney’s lesbian novel Sisters.  No, according to one of the reviews on Amazon, it’s a book about meetings.  But King’s novel appears to take a page from the GOP playbook, to th invoke 9-11 and provoke fear.  As one of the local newspapers in his district put it, King "brings the fear of terrorism right to Nassau County in his book, as he describes not only what occurred in New York and Washington during September 11 and after, but the possibility of future terrorism not just in New York City, but that terrorists have come out to the Island."

Peter King is doing the same thing with his calls to "infiltrate" mosques: he’s creating and exploiting fear.  Fear of terrorists, fear of tolerance, fear of protecting Americans’ First Amendment rights.  It’s the basis of Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign, for which King is a prominent advisor.  It’s the basis of the GOP’s entire strategy toward the electorate; toss some of them aside (like Muslims), rely on the dead-enders in the Republican base, and try to fool voters not tied closely to the Democrats by scaring the hell out of them.  That worked for a while, and it will always be a cynical but effective approach with some voters.  But lets hope the fear-mongering is losing its potency, and bigoted jackasses like Peter King are tossed out of office so they can spend more time writing their books.

By the way, if you want a copy of Vale of Tears, prices on Amazon start at the laughably low $1.86.  

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:21 PM PDT.

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  •  Peter King (15+ / 0-)


    Don't tell them to end the war! Tell them to END THE OCCUPATION .

    by CTMET on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:15:38 PM PDT

    •  Good Candidate for a MoveOn Ad... (2+ / 0-)
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      serrano, Randall Sherman

      alongside of Virgil Goode: two braying jackasses, with subtitles for translation. They can be racing around an oval track, neck-to-neck, trying to outdo one another with soundbites of bigotry and xenophobia--their actual quotes.

      Bush, Cheney, McConnell, Boehner, and Rove (throw in DeLay, Cunningham, Ney, Stevens, Doolittle, Romney, McCain, Giuliani, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Hannity, etc. as well) can jump up and down in the stands to cheer them on.

      Welcome to the new G.O.P., updated to the 13th century.

      Why not go national with it?

  •  Actually.... (13+ / 0-)

    There are too many Peter Kings in this country. At least one too many, anyway.

    "Now I've heard there was a secret chord / that David played, and it pleased the Lord / But you don't really care for music, do you?" - L. Cohen

    by turnover on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:17:15 PM PDT

  •  when it gets down to less than (1+ / 0-)
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    68 cents, call me. I know some jackasses I might make a buck on.

  •  I hope the terrorists come out on a Friday (5+ / 0-)

    during the summer.

    ...the possibility of future terrorism not just in New York City, but that terrorists have come out to the Island."

    ....they'll be stuck for hours on the LIE

    Don't tell them to end the war! Tell them to END THE OCCUPATION .

    by CTMET on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:19:44 PM PDT

  •  Guess you can move him a bit higher... (2+ / 0-)
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    drmah, ms scarlett leadpipe

    ...on the list of targeted Republicans for '08!

    "Jiminy God!" --Larry Craig, on the shocking notion that anyone might think he was gay

    by rlamoureux on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:20:33 PM PDT

  •  There are too many Peter Kings (4+ / 0-)
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    cosette, Fabian, Salo, MajorFlaw

    Deport him

    klaatu barada nikto

    by JohnGor0 on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:23:08 PM PDT

  •  And he wonders why they hate us (0+ / 0-)

    It's not that they hate us, Congressman, it's that they hate you.

    What a fucktard. And people vote for people like him.

    Your world, upside-down! Visit Sydneysided, my view of the world as a Texan, Aggie and Democrat living Down Under.

    by AggieDemocrat on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:23:37 PM PDT

    •  No we are hated around the world... (1+ / 0-)
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      tung sol

      the author said;

      "But more braying from jackasses like Peter King and Virgil Goode could create an environment where American Muslims feel more alienated and less invested in the safety and security of all Americans.  If America is not committed to protecting the liberties of all Americans, not all Americans will remain committed to America."

      The problem is the Bush administration does not stand for safe and secure they in fact continue to make us less safe with their illegal practices.  

      What we are invested in is the United States Constitution and when the military upholds the Constitution we are safer and more secure. When they do not we are less safe. The fourth amendment and fourteenth amendments as well as the 8th amendment prohibit torture.

      The Bush administration is not interested in upholding the liberties of all Americans what they are interested in is continued conflict. The news that they are considering war with Iran is evidence of that.

      Honor bound to defend freedom. Freedom is long-standing army regulations.

      by RichardG on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 09:55:45 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Dave? Dave Mejias? Are you out there? (5+ / 0-)

    Seriously, can we get someone to ActBlue for already?

    The fact that the former chair of the Homeland Security committee could be this batshit crazy is scary.  Incredibly scary.  Like "lob one in the men's room of the Kremlin" scary.

    The American people are competent. Why shouldn't the government be competent? The people tell the truth. Why should our government lie? -Jimmy Carter

    by JR on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:24:35 PM PDT

  •  Seeing is worse than believing (7+ / 0-)

    You can see the video of his bigotry here.

  •  As a New Yorker (17+ / 0-)

    I am personally insulted that I share a state with King.  He has been the most offensive politician of note in the NYC metro area ever since we rid ourselves of Giuliani, and his utterances are so ignorant and uninformed as to be consistently cringe-inducing.

    I am at a loss as to why we don't yet have a declared Democratic challenger for his district (NY-03) yet.  Someone has got to be ready to step up to take King down.

    Who will rid us of this meddlesome representative?

    •  I cannot live with this shame (4+ / 0-)
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      The Maven, MajorFlaw, Jim P, flumptytail

      I am going to have to move to New Jersey.

      "You are seeing impeachment as a constitutional crisis. Impeachment is the cure for a constitutional crisis." -- John Nichols

      by litigatormom on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:35:22 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Hey, I have to share a state (6+ / 0-)
      with John "Small Price" Bonehead and Jean "Scrunchie" Schmidt. That's pretty dire too. However, we are going to outnumber them in the next election and hopefully oust Schmidt. We'll see. Bonehead unfortunately is safe, but we'll be taking back Deborah Pryce's district now that she's retiring and the Republicans can't seem to find anyone who wants to get their asses kicked by the next congresswoman from Oh-15, Mary Jo Kilroy.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14:

      by anastasia p on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:37:44 PM PDT

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      •  Few States Are Completely Immune (1+ / 0-)
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        Randall Sherman

        There are truly awful Republican politicians in just about every corner of the country.  Your Ohio pals are certainly right down there, but as you say, Boehner's not going anywhere and Pryce is retiring, so you'll be rid of her.  King, now, is just an anomoly in a district barely 10 miles from Queens, one of the most diverse counties in the nation (and Nassau and Suffolk are growing more diverse every day, too).

    •  Okay. Now I'm depressed. (1+ / 0-)
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      The Maven

      I mean, like I might have touched an elevator button he touched.

      Drives me crazy, he could say something in public that everyone around him knows he's out of his mind. Not to say he isn't cunning. But so creepy...

      Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

      by Jim P on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:49:25 PM PDT

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  •  I was originally going to say... (13+ / 0-)'s a wonder that Keith Ellison doesn't walk across the floor and punch him in the nuts, but then I remembered that Keith Ellison is a much better person than Peter King. Or me, because I would definitely punch Peter King in the nuts if I had the chance.

    Your world, upside-down! Visit Sydneysided, my view of the world as a Texan, Aggie and Democrat living Down Under.

    by AggieDemocrat on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:27:17 PM PDT

  •  Is Vale of Tears... (3+ / 0-)
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    AggieDemocrat, The Maven, gatorbot

    longer or shorter than this post.

    Just kidding.

  •  As is said.... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... Mr. Peter King, become what you resist... and all your crazy religious christian the crazy religious islam fundies....
    ...have a blessed day....

    "Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery." ---Jack Paar

    by bic momma on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:27:56 PM PDT

  •  Iranian President didn't do anything wrong (3+ / 0-)
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    Strawberrybitch, tuder, Jason Mannino

    It is childish and silly to keep the Iranian President from visiting "ground zero."  He didn't knock the buildings down; neither did Saddam Hussein.  If culpability is the issue, bush shouldn't be allowed to visit there.

  •  King, Blackwater & the Global Muslim PR Backlash (7+ / 0-)

    Seldom do disparate breakings news stories converge to paint a larger picture. Even as news of atrocities by American military contractor Blackwater rocked Baghdad, Republicans in the Senate blocked the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act, ensuring that the most draconian features of the Bush administration's detainee policies remain in place. Meanwhile, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) lamented the presence of "too many mosques in this country." It's no wonder a recent Pew Research Center poll revealed plummeting approval ratings for the United States within Muslim countries worldwide.

    For the details, see:
    "Blackwater, Habeas Corpus and the Global Muslim Backlash."

  •  It was true in the Irish conflict (2+ / 0-)
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    mcfly, Salo

    and it's true today in many of the conflicts mentioned in this post: Americans pay for an awful lot of hate in other countries. There are extremists we've never heard of, for religions we've never heard of, that raise money here. We're everybody's favorite nutjob ATM.

  •  He's just confused (2+ / 0-)
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    AggieDemocrat, daddy4mak

    What does he mean by "a lack of full cooperation"? That Muslims won't make shit up to show they're involved with terror?

    No, Represetative King. You'll have to torture them for that. Ask Cheney.

    It rubs the loofah on its skin or else it gets the falafel again.

    by Fishgrease on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:30:36 PM PDT

  •  DH, I'm sorry, (7+ / 0-)
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    DHinMI, GOTV, mcfly, sofia, MajorFlaw, jayden, daddy4mak

    but you WILL have to do something about this story.  It's too many words.  Don't you get it?  It's not about analysis, it's about pretty pictures!  Why should we be troubled by fact or history or thoughtful consideration of the complexity of life?  All we need to do is sit like Jabba the Hut and utter Life's Truths.  

    Really, get with the program.  

    It's all fun and games until the Vice President shoots someone in the face.

    by lightiris on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:32:20 PM PDT

  •  Peter King is the (2+ / 0-)
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    AggieDemocrat, MajorFlaw

    lunatic in the lunatic fringe.

    "Parlimentary inquiry Mr. Speaker... does whining come out of my time?"

    by Andrew C White on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:32:29 PM PDT

  •  Meetings? Ugh. (1+ / 0-)
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    The price would have to be a little lower for me to purchase a book about meetings. I have always been a kind of meetings-averse person anyway, preferring to actually DO stuff. I ertainly don't want to READ about them. I go to too many anyway now. One of the downsides of actual off-line activism is more meetings. For instance, I got home from my meeting tonight of the Cuyahoga Democratic Women's Caucus to find a phone message requesting my attendance at a city club endorsment meeting of some kind because they needed a quorum but which I was confused about because there's another imilar meeting next week. I was reminded tonight of a meeting of the Ohioans for Democratic Values on Monday. Last night I went to a voter training meeting held by America Votes in Geauga County; tonight the Geauga County Democrats are forming their branch of the Democratic Women's Caucus at a meeting out there which my best friend is going to but I told her I had to attend my home county meeting.

    READ about meetings? Um, no.

    Anyway, I wouldn't want to support an intelligence-challenged jerk like this by buying his book.

    We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14:

    by anastasia p on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:34:31 PM PDT

  •  fear (3+ / 0-)
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    AggieDemocrat, MajorFlaw, irishwitch

    Reminded me of a recent comment by Kagro X:

    How are we supposed to protect ourselves when our SuperPatriots are constantly shitting their pants?

    Support Thom Hartmann and migratory song birds! Buy shade grown coffee from a sponsor.

    by OLinda on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:35:23 PM PDT

  •  Sure, $1.86 Seems Cheap (1+ / 0-)
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    ....but how much is the shipping?

    And really, do you have enough time to take the shower you'll need to take after you've actually opened the package and touched the book?

  •  ah BS-more faer factor:homeland games... (0+ / 0-)

    He's just putting out a feeler for some domestic terrorism.

    Let there be one event from now to the elections, just one - and I will personally go down to DC and personally impeach the m****ers...

    ...(monsters)...they have every tool in the book to prevent anything happening, and King has to go out and infer that we aren't infiltrating the mosques?  Gimme a break, really suck swine on this one.  VOTE REPUBLICAN OR THEY'LL ATTACK US>

    Iraq Moratorium In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act. -G.Orwell

    by ezdidit on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:37:07 PM PDT

  •  Anybody read the comments on the link (4+ / 0-)

    to politico.... scary.... here's a few

    For every Mosque on American soil, we should have a Christian Church on Middle East soil. If they can't return the favor then all mosques in the U.S. should come crashing down.

    Posted By: Joey | September 19, 2007 at 01:35

    the new nazis, the democrats, now want to make it mandatory to visit a doctor, have health ins, what next, a monthy enema, I guess hillary will come look up all our asses, vote these liberal scum out of power

    Posted By: william sadler | September 19, 2007 at  

    Hello! There are too many mosques everywhere. Be Well

    Posted By: ScaredChristian | September 19, 2007 at 01:38 PM  


    Kudos to Peter King for having the guts to say it like it is. Until we recognize who the enemy is, we will be doomed. If another 9/11 style attack happens again, remember Peter King, remember his warning. Right now...Ameirca is still in the Neville Champerlain mode. King is making the warning just like Churchill did. I hope we listen. it's simple....Stop cutting peoples heads off and furmenting HATE and we'll leave you alone. Watch the movie 'OBSESSION' (it can be viewed online also I think on yahoo or google video). It lays it out REAL clear. Way to go Peter !!

    Posted By: Ronaldus Magnus, from Simi Valley CA | September 19, 2007 at 01:38 PM    


    I think one is to many"

    Posted By: butch | September 19, 2007 at 01:39 PM  


    Don't tell them to end the war! Tell them to END THE OCCUPATION .

    by CTMET on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:37:16 PM PDT

  •  there has been a lack of full cooperation (3+ / 0-)

    ...from too many people in the CHristian community...regarding Radical Christian Terrorism

  •  and need out-reach to youth at risk (1+ / 0-)
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    with emotional problems . . . .before they fall into the hands of exploiters in extremist groups.

  •  Donate to his Dem. opponent n/t (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Out. Farking. Standing. (4+ / 0-)

    You just about got me out of my chair to give you a standing ovation.

    (But then the pootie would look at me funny.)

  •  The Youtube of Peter King's (1+ / 0-)
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    "It's all over but the counting, and we do the counting"--a tipsy Peter King, on the White House Lawn waiting for election results, tells us all.

    See it here I'd embed it but somehow I don't see the option for doing that.

    Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

    by Jim P on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:42:58 PM PDT

  •  Oh Please Peter King is not at fault (0+ / 0-)

    The hacks who promote the incredibly horrific and ignorant teachings of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and any other childish and cavemen believe system upon our society are to blame.

    When we can all just stop the delusional practice of enjoying modern society that is the sole benefit of rational, scientific, ethical, and moral growth learned through scientific inquiry and critical judgment upon our collective history, we can move past this absurd and tragic stage of our evolution.

    It is time for people like Peter King, and all of those who also follow the same drivel from the men who instructed Peter King of the teachings of the Bible, be relegated to a street corner selling pencils from a cup!

    This is ridiculuos that in 2007 we are still trying to rationalize an idiotic thought process so as to not inflict offense upon others who believe and follow the same teachings as Peter King. This blog post would be worth something if you actually spoke the truth, but instead you are just perpetuating the delusion, and farthing the problem!

  •  great diary - thx DHinMI (6+ / 0-)

    If America is not committed to protecting the liberties of all Americans, not all Americans will remain committed to America.

    Well stated.

    It's such a simple, obvious truth. It's shocking how many people fail, rather spectacularly, to grasp it.

  •  It's hare to believe... (4+ / 0-)

    That people on Long Island would keep re-electing this idiot. He's the same critter who contended that the EPA's lying about the toxcicity of air in the City after 9/11 was the truth. I wish a serious Dem challenger to him would emerge next year.

    "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it."--Miguel De Santa Anna

    by GainesT1958 on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:48:56 PM PDT

  •  This guy's in my adjacent district, we're taking (5+ / 0-)

    him out in 2008, no worries, leave it to LI dems :).

  •  I'm less worried by the likes of King (2+ / 0-)
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    than I am about the wackos that vote for him. There will always be nutcases spouting racist xenophobic ethnic bullshit about those they fear to anyone who'll listen but to give an obvious fear-monger such a prominent podium by electing them as your national representative?

    How disgusting. And very unsettling.

    American Christians are becoming less of either

    by jayden on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:51:08 PM PDT

  •  I am very concerned about an (2+ / 0-)
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    AggieDemocrat, irishwitch

    over abundance of dumb fascist Republican terrorists in our Federal Government.

  •  other right-wing romance novelists: (6+ / 0-)

    Newt Gingrich, from his "novel" 1945:

    Suddenly the pouting sex kitten gave way to Diana the Huntress. She rolled onto him and somehow was sitting athwart his chest, her knees pinning his shoulders. "Tell me, or I will make you do terrible things," she hissed.

  •  Peter King (1+ / 0-)
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    Why is anyone suprised by King who thought using an atom bomb in Iraq was alright!

  •  I seem to recall he started the whole (2+ / 0-)
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    MajorFlaw, irishwitch

    Baghdad is no more Dangerous than meme
           In his case it was Manhattan
           Which lead to the Indiana State Fair analogy.

    Be careful what you shoot at, most things in here don't react well to bullets-Sean Connery .... Captain Marko Ramius -Hunt For Red October

    by JML9999 on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:54:09 PM PDT

  •  Peter King and the IRA (7+ / 0-)

    How does this man get to talk about terrorism at all?  He was a known bag man for the IRA for decades.  There is no non-Irish blood in my body, and this fucktard makes me feel shame.  What an asshole.

    •  There are too many pubs in Birmingham (0+ / 0-)

      There are too many Kneecaps on young hopeless men in Belfast too.

      Ah Peter King.

      My novel is full of sex, drink, incest, suicides, dope, horseracing, murder, scandalous legal procedure and ends with a good public hanging--attended by 30,000

      by Salo on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 08:12:06 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Who used to have a .sig line (3+ / 0-)
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    That said "Peter King (NY-03) is an ASSHOLE!"?

    I loved that .sig line.

    Nationalism is not Patriotism.

    by slippytoad on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:57:55 PM PDT

  •  Freedom to a Republican is only means to an end (1+ / 0-)
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    In such a narrow mind freedom is only to protect their ideals, and after that, they have no need for it.

    And at the end of the day, the sad irony is that if those founding fathers they worship so much had truly intended this to be a Christian and only a Christian nation, those founders certainly had all the opportuntiy in the world to put it down on paper. Instead, what they did ultimately put in ink was the freedom to choose our own religion, even none at all, and the Christians are disappointed (some quite pissed) we have actually taken advantage of that.

    Ultimately, our country is a 240 year old experiment in the idea that Rodney King of L.A. riots fame was ridiculed mercilessly for reminding us of:

    Can't we all just get along, people?

    George Orwell is banging on the lid of his coffin and screaming, "1984 was a cautionary tale, you dolts, not a motivational speech!"

    by snafubar on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 08:07:28 PM PDT

  •  Wow, I learn something new on Daily Kos every day (3+ / 0-)

    I totally thought Rep. Issa was Japanese.

    I already knew Peter King was an asshole before reading this post, though. :-)

  •  Congressman King (0+ / 0-)

    Congressman King, sir, I believe there
    are too many Republicans in this country,
    and five million or so of them, mainly
    from Texas and the West, should be deported
    to -- anywhere.  No return tickets.

  •  OT, Link (with links) to youth and religion in US (0+ / 0-)
  •  Republicans don't regard it as terrorism when a (7+ / 0-)

    Christian does it.  And since they are mostly anti-choice (at least publicly; I am sure if their mistresses or daughters get pregnant, they'll make sure they have an abortion), they really don't care about a clinic being bombed, a doctor shot or staff killed or injured.

    I worry a LOT about the dominionist types. I live in the South, and they are well-armed down here.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 08:16:18 PM PDT

  •  This would be staunch IRA supporter Peter King? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    AggieDemocrat, MajorFlaw

    And are we sure this story shouldn't be properly attributed to the Onion?  It's getting hard to tell these days.

  •  Dude.....You can outlaw a political party? (0+ / 0-)

    With a veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate in 2009.....

  •  I wonder if Jackass de Jour knows (5+ / 0-)

    There are practicing Muslims in the United States Army?

    Clueless pieces of sh!t.

  •  King's District has many non wealthy jackasses (0+ / 0-)

    King lives in a district that combines some of the worst stereotypes of Cobb County, Georgia, and Orange County, California.

    About 35-40% of the people from this district are some of the most disgusting, lowest forms of life that you could ever encounter.  They are more conservative than people in virtually any part of the country. The district was heavily gerrymandered to protect King and includes places like Levittown, Hicksville, Oyster Bay, Lindenhurst, West Islip, Island Park, Bellmore, Seaford, Merrick, etc... which are home to many of these bigots.

    They are not a majority though.

    King gets the other votes from idle Republicans who vote REpublican out of habit and with the help of Newsday (which King regularly bashes as liberal) which does it darnedest to portray King as something less than the fascist bigoted jackass and blowhard he truly is)

    I shall not rest until right wing conservatives are 4th party gadflies limited to offering minor corrections on legislation once or twice a year.

    by davefromqueens on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 08:42:00 PM PDT

    •  Um . . . (0+ / 0-)

      King's District has many non wealthy jackasses
      King lives in a district that combines some of the worst stereotypes of Cobb County, Georgia, and Orange County, California.

      Yeah, and me.  

      About 35-40% of the people from this district are some of the most disgusting, lowest forms of life that you could ever encounter.

      And these people shun me.

      The district was heavily gerrymandered to protect King and includes places like Levittown, Hicksville, Oyster Bay, Lindenhurst, West Islip, Island Park, Bellmore, Seaford, Merrick, etc... which are home to many of these bigots.

      I wouldn't put Oyster Bay in with the rest.  Island Park, as you know, was the home of the D'Amato machine.

      King gets the other votes from idle Republicans who vote REpublican out of habit and with the help of Newsday (which King regularly bashes as liberal) which does it darnedest to portray King as something less than the fascist bigoted jackass and blowhard he truly is)


  •  Peter King is an asshole. (0+ / 0-)

    I do not have a congress critter as my district is represented by (see above).  Read it and weep.

  •  ASDF (0+ / 0-)

    Too many mosques in the US... Maybe I need to get new glasses, because I don't remember the part of the Constitution which set limits on the number of mosques.

    The right gets too much mileage out of claiming that American Muslims do not denounce the Islamists to deal with facts. The media gives no airtime to American Muslims who denounce terrorism, which is the way the right wants it.

    Here's some quotes about Islam from that well-known leftist George W. Bush:

    "Islam is a vibrant faith. Millions of our fellow citizens are Muslim. We respect the faith. We honor its traditions. Our enemy does not. Our enemy doesn't follow the great traditions of Islam. They've hijacked a great religion."
    Remarks by President George W. Bush on U.S. Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan
    Presidential Hall, Dwight David Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C.
    October 11, 2002

    "Islam is a faith that brings comfort to people. It inspires them to lead lives based on honesty, and justice, and compassion."
    Remarks by President George W. Bush on U.S. Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan
    Presidential Hall, Dwight David Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C.
    October 11, 2002

    "All Americans must recognize that the face of terror is not the true faith -- face of Islam. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. It's a faith that has made brothers and sisters of every race. It's a faith based upon love, not hate."
    President George W. Bush Holds Roundtable with Arab- and Muslim-American Leaders
    Afghanistan Embassy, Washington, D.C.
    September 10, 2002

    "America rejects bigotry. We reject every act of hatred against people of Arab background or Muslim faith... America values and welcomes peaceful people of all faiths -- Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and many others. Every faith is practiced and protected here, because we are one country. Every immigrant can be fully and equally American because we're one country. Race and color should not divide us, because America is one country."
    President George W. Bush Promotes Compassionate Conservatism
    Parkside Hall, San Jose, California
    April 30, 2002

    "According to Muslim teachings, God first revealed His word in the Holy Qur'an to the prophet, Muhammad, during the month of Ramadan. That word has guided billions of believers across the centuries, and those believers built a culture of learning and literature and science. All the world continues to benefit from this faith and its achievements."
    Remarks by the President George W. Bush At Iftaar Dinner
    The State Dining Room, Washington, D.C.
    November 19, 2001

    "The Islam that we know is a faith devoted to the worship of one God, as revealed through The Holy Qur’an. It teaches the value and the importance of charity, mercy, and peace."
    President George W. Bush’s Message for Ramadan
    November 15, 2001

    "I have assured His Majesty that our war is against evil, not against Islam. There are thousands of Muslims who proudly call themselves Americans, and they know what I know -- that the Muslim faith is based upon peace and love and compassion. The exact opposite of the teachings of the al Qaeda organization, which is based upon evil and hate and destruction."
    Remarks by President George W. Bush and His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan
    The Oval Office, Washington, D.C.
    September 28, 2001

    "I've made it clear, Madam President, that the war against terrorism is not a war against Muslims, nor is it a war against Arabs. It's a war against evil people who conduct crimes against innocent people."
    Remarks by President George W. Bush and President Megawati of Indonesia
    The Oval Office, Washington, D.C.
    September 19, 2001

    "The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don't represent peace. They represent evil and war."
    Remarks by the President at Islamic Center of Washington, D.C.
    Washington, D.C.
    September 17, 2001

    When wingnuts want to rant and rave against Islam just throw these in their faces. Make them decide whether or not they want to agree or disagree with their Dear Leader. The wingnuts have a few options when presented with these quotes. They can change their minds, they can take a different stance that Bush, they can say it is OK because Bush is lying when he claims to hold Islam in high regard or they can cover their ears and yell "I'm not listening!"

    Of course, I don't take Bush seriously on this. He's eagerly embraced people who are 180 degrees away from his alleged views. He's never uttered a peep against the right-wing radio hosts, and instead has invited them to the White House.

    It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.

    by A Citizen on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 09:02:25 PM PDT

  •  Excellent, dead-on piece, DHinMI. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "When shifting paradigms, it is important to put in the clutch." -- Patricia Limerick

    by Meteor Blades on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 09:06:49 PM PDT

  •  I hate Peter King's use of language.... (0+ / 0-)

    because I have a hard time denying the fact that Mosques (and religious establishments of all sorts)  do in fact attract religious radicals.  I've seen it in Europe, the US and in India with respect to Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Sikh radicals.  Just like the FBI successfully infiltrated the mafia by planting people in the communities and within groups where such people hung out, the same thing will have to be done to root out Islamic fundamentalists.  

    I don't think many Muslims as a whole have done enough to discourage fundamentalism over the past 40 years, and it is up to our government to reach out to the Muslim community the way it did to the Italian community to get them involved in the process.  The mafia would not have been curtailed without the participation of Italian Americans.  The same is true of Islamic fundamentalism.  Muslims need to participate and need to have a dialogue and partnership with out government.

    If we look at what Islamic countries and people looked like in 1967 as compared with 2007, Islam was far more progressive in the 1960's.  Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and Pakistan were far more progressive in orientation than today.  Muslims living in the west were also far more progressive than today and less hostile to western ideas and politics.  Moderate Muslims let that happen and they will have to be the ones to change that trend.

    Mohammed Atta had attended mosques across the US for a full year before the 9-11 attack.  It would have made sense for Federal agents to follow-him, and for those who met him and knew of his activities to talk to authorities.  The fact that no one did is a real problem that has to be fixed.

    The US needs to start by cleaning up its act. Get out of Iraq. Get Bush out of office.  Get a Democrat in, and fundamentally change the way we approach our foreign policy in the Middle East, and our methods to confront radical Islam.  

    Alternative rock with something to say:

    by khyber900 on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 09:10:00 PM PDT

  •  he's my rep, God help me! (0+ / 0-)

    I worked my ass off in '06 to get rid of him and we came damn close.  I will work doubly hard the next time around.  He is despicable.

    Be the change you want to see in the world.

    by empathy on Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 09:10:23 PM PDT

  •  Peter King is a racist, xenophobe (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    He should be targeted by MoveOn and any other national campaign.

    King remains in office by stirring up fears of the "other" among his constituents here in the second most segregated area of the country (only 2 counties in West Virgina are more segregated than Long Island).

    He's a nasty sob who needs to get back into private life where he can do less damage.

  •  We Should Take A Closer Look At Peter King (0+ / 0-)

    Because there are too many tough talking clowns like him about who probably have a myriad of skeletons in their filthy closet.

    King has been doing these kinds of bizarre rants long before 9/11 and some media organization should do a Gary Hart on this creep.

    If people don't realize now that the G.O.P. stands for Group Of Perverts,then they possibly never will.

    Larry Craig was the brown tip of the iceberg.

  •  How stupid is the constituency... (0+ / 0-)

    that elected Peter King?

  •  King Is Right (0+ / 0-)

    It's silly to pretend we need to investigate everyone equally. Muslim extremists are the ones constantly plotting to kill us.

    Sure, the Army of God hillbillies are dangerous too but Muslims are the ones we have to really look out for.

    At the airport everyone shouldn't be investigated. Muslims and middle eastern people should be and that's not racism it's reality.

  •  Humor is laughed off as inconsequential Jon S (0+ / 0-)

        I saw a clip by Jon Stewart in his fanatically funny going away tribute to Gonzales. No one questions that Gonzales fucked up as a stooge for Bush, but he is not the only one but I take offense to his ethnic implications .  Hispanics have been the butt of jokes for years from  our glorious media and comedians.  They were not heard when they were offended by cheap shots like Stewart's subtle ethnic targeting.  He equated Gonzales breaking the record of any Hispanic American for short term memory since Cheech.  It is not unusual for Stewart to be quick on the joke trigger with Hispanic put downs, after all he is deflating his ego after his magnificent hosting of the Emmy show.
       I wish for once he would look at his side of the street and ask the question of why are so many accomplished Jewish neocons working for Bush?  We have some who were architects of the Iraq war like Wolfowitz among others.  Or how about Fagan who was one of the architects of the present Surge failure in Iraq?   I am suprised because I always thought that Jews leaned Democratic, so I find it somewhat suprising to find so large a neocon cabal working in the shadows.  There is plenty blame to go around than just one Hispanic Attorney General.  There are quite a few with dirty fingers in this Bush Administration of corruption and war criminality regardless of ethnic background.

  •  He is not that far wrong (0+ / 0-)

    and just pointing out how hypocritical he is does not address his argument,

    There are equally a lot of christian organizations openly attempting to overthrow our constitutuon, quote loudly demanding to pack our courts with judges who will rule in favor of their theocracy and attended by leading politicians.

    They also should be investigated.

    The only thing wrong with his claim is the hypocracy that Islam is the only religion which is a threat to our nation - otherwise, he has it right.

    Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. - Sam J. Ervin, Jr.

    by tiponeill on Thu Sep 20, 2007 at 12:29:37 AM PDT

  •  What? King? (0+ / 0-)

    Stephen King?  Did you say Stephen King?  Oh, Peter King.  For a second there you had me worried.  I thought the Republicans had hired Stephen King to invoke terror in our hearts.  Forgive my confusion.  One is a respected writer of fantasy and horror.  The other is a Republican politician....writing fantasy and horror.   Wait, this can't be right....

  • he is telling it like it is? (0+ / 0-)

    So what?...I mean this some how comes as a shock to many here?.....

    The big print giveth and the small print taketh away

    by spinaltap on Thu Sep 20, 2007 at 08:54:41 PM PDT

  •  One commenter on SSP (0+ / 0-)

    justified agreeing with King. One reason was that the Koran calls for the murder of innocents.

    When I tried replying, I got a very rude response from this bastard:

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