When Safari starts to take up >2 GB of RAM and bog down, I know it’s time to get back to blogging because I have too many saved pages open.
First up in the list is a story that made the rounds a few weeks ago, that the GOP (that’s Republican to non-Americans not in the know) candidate for the Florida House, Joshua Black, called for President Obama to be executed. Also for those who don’t know, we do have something called “Freedom of Speech” in America, but for about 150 years, a job of the Secret Service is to investigate threats against the President that are made by those exercising their free speech.
Specifically, Mr. Black re-tweeted what someone had twat on Twitter, “I’m past impeachment. It’s time to arrest and hang him high.” and added “Agreed” to the end. When questioned, he replied, “Execution is the appropriate punishment for traitors” and later added a bit, “The execution should come after a lawful conviction, by both the Senate and a jury.” As Chelsea Shilling’s WND article write, his opponent in the primary called him out on this:
Chris Latvala, a Republican candidate for House District 67, shot back: “You aren’t seriously calling for the killing of Obama are you? I know you are crazy but good heavens. U R an embarrassment.”
Black then replied, “Execution is the appropriate punishment for traitors. Don’t you have a race? Don’t you have a primary? #MindYourOwnBusiness?”
I’m fairly sure it’s clear what his intention was. The fallout was:
GOP State chair Lenny Curry tweeted that Black’s comments were, “Deplorable. Despicable. Hateful.” He added, “He should go home and stay home.”
Local GOP chairman Michael Guju blasted Black’s comments: “It is impossible to accept this statement. This is wholly unacceptable and unduly provocative.”
Black resigned from the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee at Guju’s request.
According to WTSP-TV 10, Curry, Latvala and Florida Gov. Rick Scott have called for Black to drop out of the Florida House District 68 race.
But Black said he won’t leave the Republican Party or the race: “I do not take orders from the governor. I’m staying in the race.”
It’s almost as if the Tea Party wants to lose.
In this case, WND had two articles on this, one written by “commentary editor and staff writer” Chelsea Schilling, “Republican: Obama Should Be Hanged,” and the other a snippet from the Tampa Bay Times pointing out, “Secret Service Visits ‘Hang Obama’ Candidate.” Yeah, not surprising. The first article had 1,768 ratings (wow!) with an average of 4.86/5 stars, and the second a more paltry 23 ratings for 4.4/5 stars. The former also had a whopping 1562 comments, and the latter 51 comments.
Probably needless to say, the comments that are popular on these stories on WND are pro-Joshua Black.
As a little addendum, Right Wing Watch points out that Mr. Black “that all Democratic politicians should be prepared for such a fate after the second American Revolution”. Just a bit of icing on this little cake.