Thursday, December 30, 2004


Angry right wingers want to lock-up USA Today founder Al Neuharth. His crime? A column arguing that it is time to bring the troops home.

This act of treason did not go unnoticed. Patriots from all across the blood-red states sprung into action and bombarded the trecherous fiend with a blitzkreig of threatening letters. Atrios showed me a collection and I am astounded.

Some samples:

“Neuharth should be tried for treason along with a lot of other blowhards who should be spending their energies condemning the barbarism of our enemies, the same people who destroyed the Twin Towers.“ -- Duggan Flanakin, Austin, Texas

Wow! There are still people in this country who think Iraq brought down the towers? Even the president no longer makes such claims.

"Mr. Neuharth, thanks to you and your ignorance the terrorists are probably booking their flights to the U.S. now! If we pull out of Iraq with the job unfinished the terrorists will be bombing McDonalds, and blowing up malls and schools here, killing our innocent men, women and children"--Joe McBride, Fort Dodge, Iowa

Yes. The terrorists hate us because we have hamburgers. And having read the Arabic language translation of Neuwarth's column in USAToday they've dropped the insurgancy in Iraq, evaded American troops, found a functioning airport, bought plane tickets, and are at this moment on there way to the nearest food court to make their displeasure known. Excellent analysis, Mr. McBride!

"Apparently it's easier to run with jackals than to stand up for your country when it needs support." --Frank Butash, West Hartford, CT

So what you're saying is, there's no such thing as a loyal opposition. You either start goose-stepping behind the president, or you are a traitor. Mr. Burashm, isn't it boring living in a black and white world?

And the final word, goes to this thoughtful man, who (surprise!) self-identifies as a god-fearing Christian.

The Patriot Act will put... you.. on trial for treason and convict and execute both of you ... Your families should be put in prison with you, then be made to leave and move to the Middle East ...This is a great Christian nation and god wants us to lead the world out of darkness with great leaders like President George W. Bush and Dick Cheney... We own America and all the rights, you people are trash, go back to Russia and Africa.. before we put you on death row...” -- Mel Gibbs

Russia? And Africa? As in only Jews and Blacks would dare question the president's boldly resolute plans? Wow. And you thought the left had bad manners?