Right: The damaged glass at Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's (D-AZ) office
- Arizona:Someone smashed the glass in the front door of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' congressional office early Monday morning, the Buffalo News reported yesterday, following a week of telephone calls that were "'more nasty and rude' and laced with profanity than the office had ever received before."
- New York: Someone threw a brick through a window at Rep. Louise Slaughter's Niagara Falls office on Friday, causing $350 worth of damage, according to the Buffalo News.
- New York: Someone threw a brick through the glass doors of the offices of the Monroe County Democratic Committee on Friday, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. A committee spokesman said that the brick was attached to a note that quoted Barry Goldwater's infamous maxim from the 1964 Republican Convention: "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice."
- Kansas: The Kansas City Star reported that someone threw a brick through a floor-to-ceiling window at the Sedgwick County Democratic Party headquarters in Wichita on Friday night or Saturday morning.
- Ohio: Rock thrown through the front window of the Hamilton County Democratic Party. In a separate incident, someone spray-painted the word "DORKS" on the window of the Knox County Democratic Headquarters.
Some or all of these incidents may have been inspired by one Mike Vanderboegh, a former leader of the "Alabama Constitutional Militia" and current right-wing blogger. On Friday, Vanderboegh called for a "Window War" on his blog:
So, if you wish to send a message that Pelosi and her party cannot fail to hear, break their windows.
Break them NOW.
Break them and run to break again. Break them under cover of night. Break them in broad daylight. Break them and await arrest in willful, principled civil disobedience. Break them with rocks. Break them with slingshots. Break them with baseball bats.
But BREAK THEM.
The time has come to take your life, your liberty and that of your children and grandchildren into your own two hands and ACT.
It is, after all, more humane than shooting them in self defense.
It is important--nay, vital--that these attacks be recognized for what they are: terrorism.
If this is not stemmed, if these people are not caught and punished, if the people leading today's Republican Party are not called to account for what they have incited, I guarantee you we will see a repeat of that spring day in 1995 when another "patriot" pulled a Ryder truck up in front of a federal building in Oklahoma City and ended the lives of 168 men, women, and children in the name of his twisted vision of what America should be.
(EDIT: zonk notes that Mike Vanderboegh is also a disabled Social Security recipient. Sometimes it's just hard to know what to say.)
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