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FYI, a page by Rich Kane about Wade Michael Page's career in Orange County.  I live there now, and am from Beaver Dam, WI.  

1)  My mom lives minutes from Oak Creek, and my ex lives minutes from Aurora.  We're all liberal.  WTF?

2)  I have yet to meet anyone who has heard of the Oak Creek massacre.

3)  Join the splc.  

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    jbob, Aunt Pat

    by jm1963 on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 10:59:32 AM PDT

  •  I find #2 almost impossible to believe (3+ / 0-)
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    Villanova Rhodes, Aunt Pat, grover

    Maybe some don't connect with the "Oak Creek", but would with Milwaukee, or Sikh temple?

    from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

    by Catte Nappe on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 12:19:42 PM PDT

  •  Surf-Nazi legacy (2+ / 0-)
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    trumpeter, Aunt Pat

    I was born & raised, then spent much of my adult life living in the beach communities of OC. The idyllic image of Surf City hides an ugly, dirty little secret about the birthplace of the John Birch Society---really nothing more than a West Coast version of the Klan. There's not alot I miss about OC but it's tolerance for these loathesome hate-worshippers was one of the many reasons i'm happy to have escaped back in the '90's...

    •  Tolerance? I don't know about that. (1+ / 0-)
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      Prof Haley

      I grew up in San Diego, birthplace of White Aryan Resistance, a truly evil bunch.

      That doesn't mean we liked them. It doesnt mean we tolerated them. It certainly doesn't mean most San Diegans are racists (fiscal conservatives, yes; bigots/racists, no).

       Heck, if you ask around San Diego, i assure you the vast majority of citizens have no idea that WAR was up there in Fallbrook. Those that do know it because its founder tried running for political office.

      There's been a resurgence of KKK activity in Northern CA wine country, usually seen as some of the most liberal country in the nation.  I've read that the KKK gets more money from the SF East Bay area than any other region.

      So what?

      Racists are everywhere in this country. Like roaches, the hide under rocks and scurry out when the lights go out. And as with roaches, decent people are so shocked when they see them and realize what's living among there, they may too stunned to act. By the time they regroup, the roaches have scurried back into darkness.

      But that doesn't mean the community tolerates hate groups.

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 06:28:13 PM PDT

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      •  I'm happy for you (0+ / 0-)

        but that wasn't my experience in Huntington, Newport and Laguna Beachs, which is where I lived for over 30 years; I was about 12 years old when the news radio reported MLK's assassination in my family's kitchen. My stepmother's reaction?
        "they finally got that nigger!"

        So you see, evidently, I experienced a different side of Surf City than you did, my friend.

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