Friday, August 17, 2012

Interesting article on right wing terror issues

link to Johnston article

The Republicans politicized it, but the Obama administration also backed down in the wake of the right wing furor over the suggestion that right wing terrorists needed to be investigated.  It sums up where we are in a nutshell.  Sometimes, data doesn't have a political affiliation or, at least, it shouldn't.  I would rather have an administration that would take a principled stand in matters like this.  That, however, does not mean I think we should elect the people who made the trouble in the first place instead.  As a political judgment, Secretary Napolitano was probably making an accurate assessment of what could and couldn't be done.  In the meantime, we can't run around teaching history and science based on the way we want things to be or interpreting weather and other environmental data based on what's good for business.  We need to figure out what the available facts say and make judgments based on that. 

On the other side, there was the Family Research Council shooting.  One difference though is that Lesbian and gay groups quickly condemned the shooting.  I've still never seen a comment from Michelle Bachmann or those saying similar things about non-Christian groups about the Sikh temple killings in the state right next to hers. 


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