How in the world can Obama be blamed for the tragedy in Chattanooga?

From time to time, I surf through the right-wing blogosphere just to see what’s on the minds of people of that ilk — especially the generally overwrought folks who post comments on their favorite websites. Yesterday was the latest such occasion, and the timing could hardly have been more propitious. It was soon after the tragedy in Chattanooga, Tenn., where four U.S. Marines were shot and killed by a young man who turns out to have been a Muslim. The wingnuts were in especially high dudgeon. I expected, of course, that lots of the comments would feature Islamaphobic sentiments, and they did. But I was surprised at the high volume of claims that President Obama somehow deserves blame for the shootings. Oh, I expected at least a little of that sort of thing — some people blame Obama for anything and everything — but I didn’t anticipate that there would be reams of it. At places like Breitbart, the Gateway Pundit and certain other reliably rabid sites, the anti-Obama vitriol was a tidal wave. For example, baseless claims that the president is a Muslim himself were countless. Yes, you would think that widespread debunking of such nonsense a few years ago would have laid the issue to rest. But not so — at least not with these people. There were calls for Obama’s impeachment — on what grounds, I’m not sure — and there were even hints that an armed revolution might be in order. I would recommend that you take your own tour of this underbelly of the right-wing noise machine, especially during this immediate aftermath of the Chattanooga shootings — but not without a warning: The crap you’re likely to encounter is almost funny at first, but it becomes very depressing after a while. On the whole, Americans are good people. But a lot of them are sick in the head....

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Right-wing blogosphere aflame with wacky theories regarding incident near U.S. Capitol

At this writing, no one knows for sure if there was any political agenda involved in the violence this afternoon near the U.S. Capitol. But here’s some speculation I’ve gleaned from comments on far-right websites (with original spellings and punctuation): “I think it was a liberal . . . maybe the same one who went after the Republican Congressman. What’s interesting is that the suspects ALWAYS conveniently die . . . because if they didn’t, they couldn’t carry out all these false flag events as well as they do.” “I bet she was either a democrat muslim or on meds or all the above but no they will say she was a conservative tea partier instead until the facts come out.” “i really do think this is another drama set up for gun control and a new executive order…” “0BAMA, RUN AND HIDE LIKE THE PANSY *** YOU ARE.” “Clearly, once again, the inflammatory rhetoric of OBOZO, dingy harry reid, dingbat pelosi and the other d-cRAT socialist extremists has provoked a catastrophe.” “Union thugs.” “99% of the time it’s a liberal.” “Liberals have a mental disorder and are in fact crazy. They should be the first ones we look at.” “Exactly, who is engaging in destructive rhetoric. 0bama and his minions have been smearing the republicans for a month, and don’t believe for a moment that 0bama didn’t want this shut down. Yesterday a Republican Congressman was assaulted as he left the Capitol building. I’m putting my money on a leftist.” “Isn’t it odd that there’s ALWAYS 2nd shooters, sometimes 3rd, but they always disappear from the reporting by the next day when they are much more careful who they interview.” “When we decide to arm up and take back the capitol, you will never see us...

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Here’s a big roundup of reactions to the Zimmerman verdict in the right-wing blogosphere

Nobody mocks the right-wing blogosphere with the same delicious snarkiness that the inimitable Roy Edroso brings to the task. Edroso’s SURVEY of wingnut reactions to the jury verdict in the George Zimmerman case includes scores of links (the reading of which could take up much of your afternoon) and a few paragraphs of overview, such as these: There has been a slew of commentary on the verdict, some of it actually thoughtful and conciliatory. Needless to say, this does not apply to that of most of our rightblogger friends, who have from the beginning considered the case a terrible injustice toward white people, and are currently pretty happy that someone got away with shooting an unarmed black kid to death. But there’s something spoiling their happiness. No, not concern for the dead kid’s family — come on, look who we’re talking about. It’s mainly the hate and fear that made them so crazy about this case from the...

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Right-wingers fall for bogus report that Saudis warned America in writing about elder Tsarnaev brother

Charles Johnson has the STORY: Every single right wing blogger on the Innernets is freaking out today. Yes, again. Would you believe they’re all falling for yet another unsourced story from UK tabloid The Daily Mail, claiming that Saudi Arabia sent a letter warning about the elder Tsarnaev brother in 2012? Universally falling for it, despite the fact that the Daily Fail’s coverage of the Boston bombings has been absolutely horrible, and ridiculously full of falsehoods? Well, of course they are! Because they see it as an opportunity to attack the Obama administration again, and they have no credibility left to waste, so why not just go nuts? Meanwhile, both the Saudi government and the US government say the Daily Mail has failed again, which really should come as no surprise to anyone with half a brain — which excludes the entire right wing blogosphere. UPDATE: There’s more on this matter HERE. UPDATE II: The last I checked, even Fox News isn’t buying this crap from the Daily Mail. The Fox Web site hasn’t mentioned the...

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Raving kooks of the political right wildly distort Obama’s simple statement of fact

Charles Johnson NAILS IT: The deranged right wing blogosphere is at it again, going bat[bleep] crazy over a completely uncontroversial statement by President Obama. Speaking in Denver, the President made the following statement about gun control, pointing out that the US government is prevented from confiscating guns by our Constitution… “You hear some of these quotes: ‘I need a gun to protect myself from the government.’ ‘We can’t do background checks because the government is going to come take my guns away,’ Obama said. “Well, the government is us. These officials are elected by you. They are elected by you. I am elected by you. I am constrained, as they are constrained, by a system that our Founders put in place. It’s a government of and by and for the people.” Just a simple statement of fact, right? What could possibly be bad about this? Leave it to the raving kooks of the right wing blogs to find a way to distort Obama’s words and read things into them that he never said — in lockstep unison, because that’s how they do everything. Ann Althouse [above] thinks Obama actually was saying he’s not constrained (even though it’s the opposite of his actual words)… The moron at Weasel Zippers thinks Obama was “lamenting” that he was constrained by the Constitution… And the Internet’s Dumbest Man helpfully provides a lame photoshop of Obama and says he was “taunting” gun owners… It’s like this at every single right wing blog today. The hatred is rotting their...

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