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Monday, April 27, 2009

Hey Malkin, Fox, Townhall, et al. About Your Reaction To The DHS Memo


A man was arrested for making threats via Twitter about the Tea-Baggery in Oklahoma City.

An Oklahoma City man who announced on Twitter that he would turn an April 15 tax protest into a bloodbath was hit with a federal charge of making interstate threats last week, in what appears to be first criminal prosecution to stem from posts on the microblogging site.

Daniel Knight Hayden, 52, was arrested by FBI agents who identified him as the Twitter user CitizenQuasar. In a series of tweets beginning April 11, CitizenQuasar vowed to start a “war” against the government on the steps of the Oklahoma City Capitol building, the site of that city’s version of the national “Tea Party” protests promoted by the conservative-leaning Fox News.

“START THE KILLING NOW! I am willing to be the FIRST DEATH!,” read a tweet at 8:01 PM that day. “After I am killed on the Capitol Steps, like a REAL man, the rest of you will REMEMBER ME!!!,” he added five minutes later. Then: “Send the cops around. I will cut their heads off the heads and throw the[m] on the State Capitol steps.”

Hayden’s MySpace page is a breathtaking gallery of right wing memes about the “New World Order,” gun control as Nazi fascism, and Barack Obama’s covert use of television hypnosis, among many others.

Michelle Malkin had recently posted a letter from serveral Republican Senators requesting data on "right-wing extremism". I think that Daniel Hayden is pretty good "data-point" to start with.

Also interesting to note that Malkin equated "extremism" with "conservativism" and even attempted to joke that you "might be a radicalized rightwing extremist" is you attended one of the tea-bagging parties. Turns out that she was correct about the later.

On Fox"News", Hannity & James Dobson pounced on the report. And blogs such as Hot Air and Townhall are beside themselves that this report was even considered.

Hate to break it to you guys, but your batting average is pretty low this season. You might want to take a step back and evaluate the situation before you react.

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