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Nobody is dying in Iraq.

That’s the impression the Bush Administration obviously would like us to have. That’s why Bush has refused to attend a single funeral for a dead soldier. And why images of flag-draped coffins are not a staple of our daily media diet, even though our soldiers are sacrificing their lives in our name every day.

Now that they have been proved wrong, the extremists in the pro-war camp have turned even more inward and blinded themselves even more to reality, because there is so much more to ignore. And some of them have signalled their cult-like desperation with threats against those who do not choose to drink their brand of Kool-Aid.

At one popular pro-war site (InstaPundit-approved, according to the site), they’re not afraid to use threats of physical violence to prove how serious they are about striking out against those who highlight unpleasant realities such as U.S. casualty figures. Here is the response of the proprietor of the site, who hides behind the pseudonym “Emperor Misha I,” to a Flash animation created by Eric Blumrich:

Lil’ Eric obviously thinks that the reactions to his little peace [sic] of treason and pissing on dead heroes’ graves is funny, or maybe he’s just pretending to be laughing, to hide the fact that he’s got shit running down the legs of his pants.

Here’s a hint to you, Eric: The gov’t can’t do anything to you over that ad, but that’s the extent of your protection under the First Amendment.

The rest of us, however, aren’t the gov’t, in case you’ve forgotten, and quite few of us would be more than happy to wipe that nervous little grin off your traitorous mug – with a belt sander.

Not saying anything in specific, mind you, but we’d be damn careful about showing our face in public if we were you. You just never know who that perfect stranger behind you in that alleyway might be. Could be a sibling or other relative of one of the fallen soldiers that you just took a dump on the grave of, and G-d only knows what might happen then.

Eric may not be famous enough to be a pick for the 2004 Dead Pool, but there’s another signed Imperial Mug for the first LC to inform me that Eric Blumrich has died in a “tragic” accident.

(I provide no link to the blog entry on purpose–see note below.)

According to Blumrich, the menacing “hints” did not end there:

Little did I know the extent to which these people held a grudge. They have since posted, via their site, my home address, my phone number, and elements of my own website that even I was unaware of.

It gets worse….

Further elements have been added to the site- a map of my neighborhood, with a red star over my (and my roommate’s) building, has been added. In recent hours, a map from Fort Dix to my apartment has been featured, along with posts simply contaning the words “ROAD TRIP!!!!!”

And what was it that the “anti-idiotarians” thought justified this extreme and possibly illegal reaction? This Flash animation.

Death threats in response to political speech are a natural progression from the right’s overt attempts to equate dissent from their views with “treason.” As David Neiwert puts it, “Treason is, after all, a serious crime — one that once instantly warranted hanging…”

(I see now that David Neiwert has the death-threat incident covered, too, in a typically thoughtful post.)

Progressives such as myself are often criticized for suggesting the U.S. is headed in a direction that leads to fascism. For critics of such a suggestion, I ask you: If we are not currently making this turn, what would such a turn look like?

There’s never been a better time for those on the right to stand up and say that the rhetoric coming from their side has become so extreme as to be dangerous to the United States as a free country. Violence may have been the right’s chosen recourse for the problem of Iraq, but it should never be an approved method for dealing with fellow citizens who simply disagree with you about politics.

The incident above is just one minor example. The “dissent is treason” meme is truly dangerous because it naturally, even logically leads to such results.

Being for the war in Iraq is not treasonous. Being against the war in Iraq is not treasonous.

But promoting the idea that certain policy views cross a magic line where they constitute treason against the United States is a deeply un-American action. It contradicts the most important values that the Framers of the Constitution held dear. The promotion of this meme would surely sicken them.

If you are on the right and you promote these views, or you sit approvingly or idly while others express them, you should be ashamed of yourself. You are partly to blame for the incident above, and the incidents to come.

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NOTE: I don’t want to provide a link to the original site, as it still contains Blumrich’s personal information. Below is the complete blog entry as of this posting.
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December 10, 2003

Kucinich Bitch-Slapapalooza!

We’ve already mentioned Kucinich doing the polka over the body of our fallen in yet another pathetic attempt of his to get another vote, the cock-sucking, motherfucking, sister-molesting, goat-felching, traitorous, should’ve-been-hanged-fucking-years-ago, ghoulish son of a mangy, syphilitic, three-legged bitch (and these are the nicest things we could possibly say about the crazy sack of shit known as “Kucinich”), but we certainly weren’t the only one to take notice.

The Imperial Armorer isn’t too pleased either. Not pleased at all.

Baldilocks (and if you don’t know her, you’re missing OUT!), is about fit to be tied, but His Majesty would much rather let her loose on Dennis the Fuckwit Ghoul’s scrawny little ass and assorted tender parts of his anatomy, equipped with a bunch of dull, rusty implements.

Harvey is, of course, short, sweet and to the point.

Blackfive, in his own inimitable way, opens up a 55-Gallon Whoop-Ass Oil Drum of Death all over Dennis the Needle-Dick AND the designer of the ad, one Eric Blumrich. Lil’ Eric obviously thinks that the reactions to his little peace of treason and pissing on dead heroes’ graves is funny, or maybe he’s just pretending to be laughing, to hide the fact that he’s got shit running down the legs of his pants.

Here’s a hint to you, Eric: The gov’t can’t do anything to you over that ad, but that’s the extent of your protection under the First Amendment.

The rest of us, however, aren’t the gov’t, in case you’ve forgotten, and quite few of us would be more than happy to wipe that nervous little grin off your traitorous mug – with a belt sander.

Not saying anything in specific, mind you, but we’d be damn careful about showing our face in public if we were you. You just never know who that perfect stranger behind you in that alleyway might be. Could be a sibling or other relative of one of the fallen soldiers that you just took a dump on the grave of, and G-d only knows what might happen then.

Eric may not be famous enough to be a pick for the 2004 Dead Pool, but there’s another signed Imperial Mug for the first LC to inform me that Eric Blumrich has died in a “tragic” accident.

Accidents DO happen, you know, and that’s the kind of news that would definitely make my entire day.

[UPDATE: Well, it would seem that Mr. Blumrich isn’t quite as fond of publicity as he claims to be. It also seems that his reading comprehension skills are as limited as is his sense of morals, in that he has decided that the above constitutes a “death threat”, and has sought legal recourse for the “crime” of publishing publically available information on the Internet. Then, in his second email to yours truly, he seems to regain his composure and decides that he loves publicity after all and backs down from his temper tantrum.

While we’re waiting for Mr. Blumrich to make up his obviously confused mind, we might as well make a few things clear to him:

There is nothing published here that isn’t easily accessible by anybody capable of [method deleted]. No private information has been divulged, nor would I publish any information of a private nature even if I DID have access to it. That would be illegal, you see, and I don’t walk around breaking the law, no matter what Mr. Blumrich might think about my actions.

Second: As to the “death threats”, I’ve read through the above post at least a dozen times by now and, try as I might, I simply cannot locate any threats made by me against Mr. Blumrich’s life, unless you call “you’re a rat bastard swine and I’d like to kick your ass seven ways from Sunday” a “death threat”, in which case I’m sure that Mr. Blumrich will find that rather a large number of such threats have been issued lately, publically and otherwise.

Using our war dead as props, without their permission, in an attempt to gain votes for a twit that’d sell every one of us down the river in three seconds flat, were he ever to gain power, DOES tend to evoke some rather powerful emotional responses from people.

Pissing on people’s graves and then turning around to bitch and whine when people get pissed off because of it is as stupid and cowardly as it is hypocritical. Deal with it. Piss people off and they will get angry. Cause and effect, you know.

But I’m a nice guy, so just in case somebody out there really IS as stupid as Mr. Blumrich and have somehow interpreted the above to mean “go kill Mr. Blumrich”, here’s a free lesson in civics, irony and personal responsibility:

Killing people is illegal. “Illegal” means “breaking the law”. Breaking the law is a Bad Thing™, and is something you shouldn’t do or you WILL reap the consequences, with no-one but yourself to blame.

There. I much doubt that anybody around here don’t already know that, seeing as how it isn’t really hard to comprehend, but never let it be said that we’re not helpful.

Oh, and since Mr. Blumrich has stated that he ISN’T interested in publicity (except when he is, unless he isn’t, he seems a bit confused on the subject himself), and since the point has already been made, we’ve decided to bump the map from the front page. Not because we’re under any obligation to do so, unless Mr. Blumrich wants to shut down Yahoo.com as well, which is where it came from, but because we’re so fantastically nice that our good nature is legendary already.

There you go.

Oh, and one more time, since the concept seems to confuse the likes of Mr. Blumrich to the point where they can’t quite distinguish anger and hyperbole from conspiracies : “Thou shalt not murder”]

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  • http://wizbangblog.com Kevin

    There’s never been a better time for those on the right to stand up and say that the rhetoric coming from their side has become so extreme as to be dangerous to the United States as a free country.

    If you will admit the same. Finding the same level of rehetoric in your posts should be ridiculously easy.

    Pot, kettle, black…

  • http://www.slumdance.com/blogs/brian_flemming/ Brian Flemming

    Finding the same level of rehetoric in your posts should be ridiculously easy.

    You go, Kevin!

  • http://conservativecrust.com Chase

    Brian,

    If you are making the point that rhetoric goes too far to the point of being dangerous, then you should not have used as an example flash animation titled “Their Blood is on Bush’s Hands.”

    Let me ask you a question, If stating that one’s president is responsible for murder is not treasonous, then what would treason look like?

    I think that calling the president a murderer is not moderate rhetoric (look no further, Kevin). And if there is blood on his hands, then there is tenfold the amount on yours and your ilk’s.

    The foolishness of making such a statement as “their blood is on Bush’s hands” disqualifies that person as treasonous because it already qualifies him for an insane asylum. Granted. Somehow, however, I don’t think that was your point.

  • http://www.whiterose.org/michael/blog/ Michael Croft

    Treason is defined in the Constitution:
    Art III, Section 3 “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”

    The nutbars who created the Clinton Death list (http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/outrage/clinton.htm) weren’t traitors for accusing the president of murder. They were, like Blumrich, committing acts of sedition.

    In 1800, the clearly unconstitutional Sedition Act was a major factor in electing Republican Thomas Jefferson to the White House.

    Seditious speech can be despicable, and it can be wrong, but it can never rise to the standard of treason and anyone who thinks it can has some fundamental problems understanding freedom.

  • Mike S.

    “…in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”

    How does the Constitution define “aid” and “comfort”?

    I hope it is more specific than Webster’s Dictionary. Otherwise, we have a massive treason problem on our hands.

  • http://www.whiterose.org/michael/blog/ Michael Croft

    Damn. My source was cut off. It’s Art VIII, Sect 3.

    so, here’s a description from ‘LectLaw:
    (http://www.lectlaw.com/def/a173.htm)
    AID AND COMFORT – The U.S. Constitution, Article VIII, Section III, declares, that adhering to the enemies of the United States, giving them aid and comfort, shall be treason. These words, as they are to be understood in the constitution, have not received a full judicial construction. They import, however, help, support, assistance, countenance, encouragement. The word aid is explained by Lord Coke as comprehending all persons counselling, abetting, plotting, assenting, consenting, and encouraging to do the act, (and he adds, though not applicable to treason; who are not present when the act is done).

    Even with this, it’s probably best to defer to case law. Did General George McClelland commit treason by encouraging the enemy by not winning the Civil War in 1862? Did George Bush commit treason when he explicitly encouraged the enemy by saying “bring ’em on”? Did John Kennedy adhere to the enemy when he proclaimed “I am a jelly donut?” Is George Clinton a traitor for (allegedly) buying illegal drugs?

    If this clown and his pals manage to really diminish the meaning of ‘treason’ to be the equivalent of ‘dissent’, then it will be a blow to the rule of constitutional law. It’s hard to blame anyone who defines himself as an ‘anti-idiotarian’ (http://www.eod.com/devil/anti-idiotarian.html) for his failing, but certainly those who value freedom should reject both his trivialization of real treason and his implied threats of violence.

  • http://wizbangblog.com Kevin

    Well Chase made the case so well, but here from a quick glance at your greatest hits are a few.

    There is the summary of your play, promoted here.

    The logical conclusion at which Flemming arrives is a brutal and darkly comic story in which the prisoners Fair and Balanced turn the tables on their tormentor, Bill O’Reilly, put him on trial, and then torture, rape and kill him. They then turn to the audience and sing a short song informing the audience that “You can rape and kill O’Reilly, too,” at which point the actors toss copies of the play into the audience, so that audience members can go out and keep telling the story of Bill O’Reilly’s rape and murder.

    “It’s technically a happy ending,” says Flemming. “The heroes get what they want. But they also become Bill O’Reilly in the process, because he forces them to.”

    Or this post title:

    “We need to blow up the White House with a nuclear bomb”

    And that’s just for you. If you’re going to make sweeping generalizations there is plenty of hateful speech coming from places like Indymedia.

  • http://www.slumdance.com/blogs/brian_flemming/ Brian Flemming

    Hmm…I wonder why you didn’t include a link to that “We need to blow up the White House with a nuclear bomb” post. Could it be that the post is actually about Pat Robertson and a guest on his show talking about blowing up the State Department?

    Nah.

    On the Fair & Balanced issue, I plead guilty–I did indeed write a play that took Bill O’Reilly to his logical conclusion.

  • Andrew

    Following is another in a long line of absurd and moronic assertions by Mr. Fleming:

    “Progressives such as myself are often criticized for suggesting the U.S. is headed in a direction that leads to fascism. For critics of such a suggestion, I ask you: If we are not currently making this turn, what would such a turn look like?”

    To characterize himself as a “progressive,” as distinguished from the total useless idiot that he is, is as moronic as the rest of the quoted excerpt. His posts typically have as much gravitas as the hole in a donut. The subject of his ire pales into insignificance when compared with the disgusting and vile posts that appear daily on his beloved sites, such as Democrat Underground and Indymedia, not to mention the blog that prompted the nasty reaction that triggered this brouhaha, Bushflash, or some such word.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Brian, you may be right that this particular writer on this one website has crossed the line. Calling Bush a “murderer” rates as intellectually disreputable, but clearly not an act of treason or even vaguely any type of crime.

    I mostly support the president’s foreign policy, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to twist logic to justify every act by every schmuck who happens to agree with me on the war in Iraq.

    I will even go so far as to defend you against the criticisms in this thread equating your Fair and Balanced play with publishing this guy’s address. You’re not really calling for actual violence against O’Reilly, and you’re not putting his address up.

    However, it is illegitimate to pick out one obscure jackass who does something wrong, and use that to smear everyone who supports the war. This would be equivalent to saying that the Unabomber represents the true colors of all environmentalists.

    And it is just plain silly for you to claim that this incident is proof that we are “sliding into fascism.” Please.

    If we are not currently making this turn, what would such a turn look like?

    Hmm. Well, if newspaper editors started being thrown in jail for criticizing the president, that would be a sign. Some jackass publishing someone’s address is bad, but it is not a sign of the end times.

    In short, quit being such a drama queen.

  • http://www.shortstrangetrip.org Joe

    If you are on the right and you promote these views, or you sit approvingly or idly while others express them, you should be ashamed of yourself. You are partly to blame for the incident above, and the incidents to come.

    Dude, you really have joined the “Christian Coalition of the Left.” From Blumrich’s site it would appear that he’s reveling in the additional attention he’s garnered. And spare us the mock indignation, it’s not as if you’ve never posted someone’s personal info on this very site. Given, those instances were much less extreme than the example you cite, but the difference of the action is only in degrees.

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