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May 2015 was like a whole century ago in Trump Time
May 2015 was like a whole century ago in Trump Time

It’s been a busy seven days for people who want to protect America from the Muslim Threat! Since Donald Trump announced his completely impossible policy proposal to ban Muslims from entering the USA on December 7, there have been at least 19 attacks (or threatened attacks) nationwide on mosques, Muslim-owned businesses and homes, and on individual Muslims. Now, we should note that several of those attacks occurred on December 7, so maybe they were merely the work of Patriots avenging the San Bernardino shootings on their own, completely free of Trumpian influence.

In California, the Islamic Society of the Coachella Valley was apparently firebombed Friday afternoon while five or six people were inside. In Phoenix, Arizona, some brave patriots shattered windows overnight Wednesday at the Islamic Cultural Center, the site of May’s armed protest against the dangers of Islam.

Happily, Donald Trump can’t possibly have inspired the death of Hamza Warsame, a 16-year-old Somali-American high school student who either fell from or was beaten and thrown from an 8th-floor balcony at Seattle Central College. That happened on December 5, so Donald is in the clear, hooray.

On Friday night, 23-year-old Carl Dial was arrested and charged with arson, burglary, and hate crimes for the Coachella Valley mosque fire. His father, John Dial, told NBC News that he had no plans to help with his son’s $150,000 bail:

We will supply him with money for the commissary. We have no plans to bail him out. He’s an adult … We both said right there, we said to him, I hope you like reading books, because you’re in it for the long haul. He’s a man.

The older Dial said that his son was something of a loner, who spent a lot of his time on the computer:

Dial’s father said his son struggled socially. Carl Dial’s demeanor took an anti-social turn around 2000, and his father said if his son committed the arson he believes some type of psychiatric ailment might be to blame. Carl Dial had seen mental health professionals while younger, he said.

“He was caught up in social media. Social media has produced people like my son, without person-to-person contact,” John Dial said. “I believe he was lacking in social skills.”

Or as Oliver Willis put it in a joke that’s too good not to steal, he was apparently “radicalized online.” Oh, yes, and of course he had psychiatric problems, because he is not a Muslim. Only Muslims commit violent acts out of ideology.

The Coachella mosque fire was limited to the entrance and lobby; but there was smoke damage throughout the building; worshipers gathered Saturday morning to pray in the mosque’s yard while the building was still boarded up and surrounded by crime tape. It was the second hate crime directed at the mosque; in November 2014, five shots were fired at the building during prayers. No one was arrested in that incident, although a reward of $12,000 was offered. Several local officials condemned Friday’s attack; Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez called it a “cowardly act of vandalism that we do not tolerate in our community” and said that it “flies in the face of everything we stand for and believe in as Americans.”

In Phoenix, two windows and an outdoor light fixture at the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix were vandalized; the damage was discovered Thursday morning. While the Phoenix Police hate crimes unit was called to investigate, police told TV station KNXV they didn’t believe the mosque was the target of a hate crime. Nonetheless, mosque president Usama Sharmi said he feared that the vandalism was backlash to the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, and that the local Muslim community is afraid since Donald Trump issued his call for Muslim exclusion. Reassuringly, several people in the TV story’s comments section wisely pointed out that Muslims in Paris and San Bernardino destroyed a lot more than merely some windows, so members of the mosque have nothing to gripe about.

At another Phoenix-area mosque, Scottsdale’s Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley, Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake attended Friday services and spoke out against Trump-style hatred:

We are a better country than has been on display this week […] My hope and prayer today is that the isolated voices calling for division are overwhelmed by the chorus of voices, like those in this room today, calling for acceptance, for tolerance and inclusion.

Flake didn’t mention Trump by name, but we’ll give him credit for actually going to a mosque and calling for inclusiveness; Flake even went so far as to compare Islam to his own faith without bursting into flame himself:

“Early persecution drove Mohammed from Mecca to Medina,” Flake said. “Early persecution drove the Mormons from Illinois to Utah. I have ancestors buried along that trail.”

There’s probably not much else that we’ll ever agree with Sen. Flake on, but while the rest of his party is having a scare-the-proles freakout over Islam, that took some political huevos.

As of press time, Donald Trump has not yet called for Californians or Arizonans to be barred entry to the United States.

[USAUncut / LAT / NYT / NBC News / Addicting Info / Desert Sun / AzCentral]

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  • Brother Yam

    So, what’s the over/under on the date of the Kristallnacht II Muslim Boogaloo?

    • eddi

      January 5 / December 24

  • SnarkOff

    The redneck-looking parents-of-the-crazy-arsonist from California’s trashy desert wasteland actually make a ton of sense.

    • jviscont1

      And junior will finally be moving out of the basement.

      • AntiDerpomeme

        Deleted commenters libel! Or not so much “libel” as “accurate assessment.”

    • Objectifer

      “We will supply him with money for the commissary.”

      They have the terminology down. I suspect this is not young Master Dial’s first visit to County.

      • Boscoe

        Either that, or Dad’s.

  • Pinkham’s Law

    I’ll give the senior Mr. Dial a pass on suggesting there may be mental issues involved. He knows his son’s history, so maybe he has good reason to bring it up.

    • bobbert

      Nice.

  • If one really wants to radicalize Muslims, I can think of no better way than to attack them and make them feel as if they are cut off from the greater American community because of “us vs. them” rhetoric and violence.

    • AngryBlakGuy

      …well look at convo I had the other week on FacePlace:

    • AngryBlakGuy

      ….well look at a convo I had the other week on FacePlace:

      • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

        Ragheads? Dumbucks can’t even come up with a decent slur.

        • Msgr_Moment

          Call them Belgians. That’s bad enough.

          • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

            What do you have against Belgians? Besides mayonnaise and bad plumbing?

          • Mehmeisterjr

            You are awarded an upcaret for the subtle Python reference.

      • LarryHoudini

        Let’s see . . . which person here is the Wonket commenter? [Reads] Okay, here we go: “eat a bag of rat dicks and die.”

        • AngryBlakGuy

          …geez, what gave it away? I was trying hard to blend in!!!

          • Whale Chowder

            It was the color of your…comment.

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …are you kidding me?! He “Fire bombed” mosque?! What red blooded American DOESNT at least by a AR-15 with extended mag and light that sum-bitch up, like the forefathers intended!!!

    • Objectifer

      Get sum!!!1!1!!

    • eddi

      Somebody else took care of that. Luckily they missed the people praying.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      SCOTUS hasn’t made RPGs available for sale to the general public…yet.

      • AngryBlakGuy

        …RPG’s?! You f%ckin COMMIE!!! True Murricans use shoulder fired TOW missles!!!!

        USA-USA-USA!!!

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      He was going for that “glowing sand” effect.

  • AntiDerpomeme

    Can we just cut to the chase and jail Donald Dork as a hate crime? And as a crime against fashion and good taste, also too?

    • Antimassacree

      Crimes against Innanity?

  • Rick Hill

    Iss too early to start drinikin. Can i hava someting assides turnip for breakfast?

    • AntiDerpomeme

      It’s always 5PM somewhere.

      • Rick Hill

        Yeah but my brain’s always here…

    • Antimassacree

      “I’m not drunk enough for this country.”

      –from The Nightly Show

  • freakishlystrong

    Bitch, please, haven’t you heard that rhetoric is never responsible for violence unless it’s a Democrat.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      She made me hit her.

  • JohnR

    Dial is a victim of social media, a loner acting from mental illness, the San Bernardino shooters are Radical Muslim Extremist Terrorists acting out their religious commitment.

    • AntiDerpomeme

      I never understood that one, the insistence that white shooters must be mentally ill, but not the brown ones. Can’t we just agree that anybody of any “color” that decides to solve their problems by violence and killing isn’t balanced?

      • eddi

        A terrorist has an anti-American agenda. An American mental case is not to blame for their actions.

        • Vegetablebrothel

          People with mental illness can have agendas.

          • House0fTheBlueLights

            Especially when you wrap it up with a nice neat paranoid bow.

          • eddi

            True enough. Case in point, the Republican Party.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        White drug users have addiction, brown drug users are junkies.

        • Celtic_Gnome

          During the sixties, the heroin use in the inner city was a problem. When it hit the white suburbs, it became an epidemic.

        • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

          White drug users have substance abuse issues.

      • artem1s

        hahahahaha, and then we will lock up the whole chickenhawk contingent of the GOP and every gunhumper ever and throw away the key to the mental ward. Violent minded haters dangerous and deranged? Then they’d have to acknowledge their fetish. good try though.

    • Vegetablebrothel

      How do you know whether they were, or were not victims, of social media? ISIS moved into the modern day and recruiting through social media. Anyone who allows themselves to be part of an extreme cult obviously is suffering some type of vulnerability.

      • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

        Cuz JohnR’s real smrt.

      • JohnR

        Don’t you know white males are immune to extremist behavior

        • Vegetablebrothel

          /s

          • bobbert

            Welcome to Wonkette.

  • freakishlystrong

    They’re also now trying to blame the “Rise of the Donald” on US. It’s all liburls and Obama’s fault, if we hadn’t been so liberal and Obama-ish. Sorry, assholes, you’ve spend years and billions and billions of dollars creating that hateful, ignorant base of Orcs you call a political party. Own it.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Trump is secretly in the employ of Hlllz and Bamz. Have you no internets, friend?

    • eddi

      Everything is the fault of everyone but them. Is there a proper word for that concept? I cannot recall one.

      • AntiDerpomeme

        Party of Personal Responsibility?

        • eddi

          Rebs got it bad, but there are others. Mostly in jail or mental hospitals.

        • Antimassacree

          Only if we can be sure whenever this is said it is immediately followed with a spit-take.

      • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

        Feckless, maybe. Feckheads, maybe.

        • eddi

          Feckless has a certain air of innocence about it. Feckhead sounds better.

      • Msgr_Moment

        I’ll think about it, but it’s a real project for me to remember anything these days.

      • calliecallie

        I googled some stuff and came up with this: “to so cleverly dodge responsibility/blame AND effectively shift it onto someone else, (and let’s just call it like it is without the sugarcoating – that’s lying; the worst kind), is a component of the group of behaviors associated with sociopathy – especially when this behavior is the norm, (chronic), and not the exception. It is plausible, even likely, this person is a sociopath. At the very least, he/she is ‘borderline’.”

        They also mentioned the term “blameshifter.” But I like sociopath much better in this instance.

        • eddi

          I guess it is a good fit. Sociopath is getting a lot of mileage these days. If it wasn’t already there it would be up OED’s Word of the Year.

      • Boscoe

        I can’t either. I guess we could ask someone from “the party of personal responsibility” only I can’t find a REAL one anywhere…

  • Lizzietish81

    Great this is an even greater way to support ISIS than shopping at Hobby Lobby

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      And without having to put up with that cloying “craft store smell”.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    With the millions of mentally/socially marginalized people in the country, it would be irresponsible for Trump and Arpaio NOT to incorporate them into militias to usher in the new world order. #methlivesmatter, bitches!

    • jmk

      As I read this article about the average Trumpanista, all I could think was yeah yeah we knew that already…

      https://medium.com/@robleathern/who-is-the-average-donald-trump-supporter-3e2c44e37cce#.g8zhm8940

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        Any time I see something with the terms “Trump fans” and “millions”, I break into uncontrollable weeping.

        • jmk

          I experience uncontrollable facepalming. It’s horrible.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            Your friends asking, “so when did you decide to get a tattoo of your own palm on your face? How….interesting”. Did you read Mark Bowden’s piece in Vanity Fair about his ’96 visit/interview with Trump, btw? You’ll facepalm yourself into unconsciousness.

          • jmk

            I suspect that I will need booze to get through that…so it’ll be a weekend thing.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            It’s a short piece; I was able to tackle it without drinking…though the miasma of impending doom still lingers.

  • beatbort

    Maybe he’s a victim of anti-social media?

  • stankbait

    Islam is not the enemy. Our enemies are idiocy, fear, haterd, and bigotry.
    Ya can’t fix stupid!

  • janecita

    During this most holy of seasons, Christians should ask themselves; Who would Jesus fire bomb?

    • Rick Hill

      Aot,K

    • Lizzietish81

      Duh. The money changers.

    • Msgr_Moment

      Both the Pharisees and Sadducees. He was ecumenical that way.

    • Antimassacree

      “Lighting one each week” is meant for Advent wreath candles only.

    • Boscoe

      It’s funny how the ONE OBVIOUS QUESTION every Christian should *always* ask themselves in EVERY situation ever is the one that seemingly never crosses their minds…

  • beatbort

    It sounds to me, from reading between the lines of his father’s comments, that the parents are glad to have their son “institutionalized” in a place where they won’t have to pay any medical bills.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      I actually felt a little sorry for them…like they’ve spent their lives trying to find a solution and realizing that maybe incarceration is the best one.

      • eddi

        A big switch from the usual. “but our child was always such a good boy.”

        • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

          You sound like my parents. Oh, wait…

          • eddi

            When people start saying, “he kept to himself, he was always so quiet.” seek professional help.

          • Msgr_Moment

            Hey, hey, hey! Some of us have a satisfying inner life.

          • eddi

            Sure as Hell beats reality.

          • Boscoe

            Yeah, WTH? First they came for the Muslins, then they came for the introverts…

          • Whale Chowder

            It’s usually too late by then.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        Maybe he could be Trump’s Vice-President.

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      “…where they won’t have to pay any attention.”

    • Toomush_Infer

      I just wanna know what kind of “parade” they were “attending” and why the Eagle cap….

  • eddi
    • AntiDerpomeme

      Good gawd, ‘Muricans are idiots.

      • eddi

        Morans always we are plagued by morans.

        • mailman27

          Who will rid me of these troublesome morans?

          • eddi

            Trump would lead them over a cliff if paid well.

      • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

        Apparently the French are not. Good new about (against) the National Front!

        • AntiDerpomeme

          Ah yes, I am quite relieved! There are still French idiots, but thankfully more that are not.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            I heard that even Marine le Pen think’s Trump is an unhinged douchebag. That’s quite a compliment, coming from an unhin….well, you know.

          • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

            You know you’ve crossed some kind of a line…

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            European fascists are just so much more urbane and cultured.

          • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

            The ones in Leipzig had a real party last night. At least there aren’t many smart Nazis.

          • Boscoe

            Sort of the expected result where intelligence isn’t belittled in favor of athletic prowess and arrogance, and schools aren’t all defunded.

    • Toomush_Infer

      Ball caps from China or GTFO!….

    • Sgt. Gym Bunny

      Why did I initially read the opening sentence as “The current wave of American idiocy…”?

      • eddi

        Because you have set your expectations low enough to step over?

        • Sgt. Gym Bunny

          “American” and “idiocy” just go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly… Not as tasty though.

          • Boscoe

            Must be some kind of weird magnetism. -Like what the flat-Earthers say holds us to the Earth’s flat surface.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      This is bad news for actresses.

      http://www.hqhair.com/blog/tag/turban-hats

      • eddi

        Not to mention head scarves. Oy.

        • Mehmeisterjr

          Babushkas are right out.

          • Boscoe

            And what’s next? How will we identify who the ninjas are if they can’t wear THEIR traditional head coverings?

  • beatbort

    Maybe them Muslims what don’t want their mosques bombed should affix a big “T” (for Trump) in blood on the outside of their front doors. Then the good ‘Muricans with the bombs and grenade launchers and what not will “pass over” them and, like a robber at the Popeyes Organization, go on to the next mosque.
    After all, there is a precedent for this:
    FROM EXODUS:
    “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.”

    • Msgr_Moment

      Tacos will be the unleavened messicanmatzoh.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Available at East Coast area Taco Bells, for Passover only.

  • janecita

    Something that I don’t understand, this man, Carl Dial, is only 23 years old, but his father says that his personality took an “antisocial turn, around the year 2000”. If your 9 year old son is turning into an antisocial, withdrawn kid, turn off his fucking computer and spend more time with him.

    • eddi

      Too much work when both parents work 12 hour days for a bare living.

      • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

        One of you two is undoubtedly correct.

        • Jen_Baker_VA

          why choose? They are both likely correct. Over exhausted parents barely scraping by so hey, let us go shooting, that is a health way to release his aggression.

    • Thepeoplevs.

      Need a fun activity to do with your antisocial, withdrawn kid?

      Buy him a new rifle for Christmas and take him shooting

      • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

        Silhouette targets, not that bulleye horseshit.

    • Zachariah

      There’s more to parenting than giving your kid a computer and feeding them?

      • John Smith

        Some of us might have done better if our parents had done this.

        At least me and the Duggar children.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      It may not always be that simple. I’ve known a few people-good caring parents-who’s children had severe mental health issues. There aren’t a lot of options, and parents often exhaust themselves-emotionally and financially-trying to find a solution.

      • TheOtherHeadlessThompsonGunner

        Knowing “something’s wrong” is not the same as knowing what to do or being able to do it. And this even assumes resources were available to the family.

        It’s almost as if the choices individuals have are influenced by the larger social circumstances around them.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          One couple I knew would literally pray that their son would get picked up and land in jail….that way they would know he was alive and being fed. Heartbreaking.

          • TheOtherHeadlessThompsonGunner

            In the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. (Oh look, here comes China . . . )

    • Biff52

      In Y2K all I had was alt.binary pr0n newsgroups on 28K, far too slow to turn me antisocial.

      • Boscoe

        I dunno, I’d think that waiting nine hours for a 300k pr0n gif to download, only to have the connection drop at the last second would trigger lots of murders of computers and monitors and the occasional drywall collateral damage.

  • Oblios_Cap

    These Xtains aren’t much into lieberal stuff like “love thy neighbor” and “turn the other cheek”, are they?

    Or pretty much anything Jesus preached.

    • AntiDerpomeme

      I’m fairly certain that the whole Rapture tease we keep getting every few years is Jesus changing his mind and deciding he doesn’t want to gather up any of these irremediable “Christian” suckers.

      Or, it could be the fault of modern construction principles.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Future historians record that for the first two years, the only practical application of antigravity technology was Rapture pranks.

        Then someone finally figured out we could use it to colonize space.

        • Mehmeisterjr

          I knew something was up when I kept banging my head against the ceiling!

  • Lance Thrustwell

    Oy vey. These geniuses vandalizing mosques – exactly why, do they suppose, have these Muslims been peaceable all these years, and suddenly now they’re dangerous?

    And even if they were potentially dangerous, exactly why would vandalizing their mosques make them less dangerous?

    How is it that people this stupid can do things like have jobs, drive, or dress themselves – that’s the real mystery.

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      “have jobs, drive, or dress themselves”

      Mmmm, you’ve kinda gone out on a limb there.

    • Vegetablebrothel

      The expression of anger isn’t looking for resolve, it’s looking for release. Sometimes the target is the source of anger and other times it’s a giant scapegoated projection.

    • Boscoe

      Pfft. Stop ruining my perfectly good mindless xenophobic panic with “logic”.

  • Ryan Denniston

    “Reassuringly, several people in the TV story’s comments section wisely pointed out that Muslims in Paris and San Bernardino destroyed a lot more than merely some windows, so members of the mosque have nothing to gripe about.”

    Funny how Muslims have to condemn and be accountable for every bad act committed by anyone sharing that religion, but when a white guy does it, it’s back to lone wolfism. This is fine illustration why we, here at the Wonkette, do not allow comments!

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      Comments? They don’t even let us think. I got yelled at last week for contemplating.

      • John Smith

        Pondering is right out.

        • Mehmeisterjr

          I got banhammered for a fleeting thought.

          • dshwa

            But you got better?

          • Mehmeisterjr

            I don’t know. I’m afraid to think about it.

          • vivian

            Careful, that’s how Descartes disappeared.

          • pstockholm

            Off the charts!

          • Querolous

            Je ne peux pas commenter donc je ne suis pas

    • Msgr_Moment

      If a comment ever occurred at Wonkette, it clearly would be a lone-wolf incident.

      • vivian

        … or a loan-word indecent.

  • LarryHoudini

    You know who else was a hateful garbage spewing windbag who riled up his supporters to physically assault the innocent practitioners of a different religion? ADOLF HITLER. NO JOKE.

    • Ryan Denniston

      Also too, Ernst Röhm.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Hey, Ernst, is that a “long knife” in your back? (*)

        (*) Only metaphorical, he was actually shot in the chest during “The Night of the Long Knives”.

        • Me not sure

          It probably exited the back, so half credit anyway.

      • John Smith

        Upfists for umlaut usage!

    • calliecallie

      W.

    • You didn’t add “insincere”, so I already knew it wasn’t Trump.

  • Msgr_Moment

    Say, you know who else attacked on December 7?

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    “He was caught up in social media. Social media has produced people like my son, without person-to-person contact”

    uh-oh

    • Antimassacree

      Does the person-to-person contact necessarily need to be another person?

      • dshwa

        How about if you just watch person to person contact videos?
        Asking for a friend.

        • Boscoe

          I’m pretty sure that counts as long as you touch yourself to complete the connection.

  • Michael Smith

    Its amazing that after 1300 years, we have finally realized that Muslims are unalterably bent on murdering every infidel. You’d think this would have been something that we would have picked up on earlier in the nearly millennium and a half of Islam’s existence.

    • Dylan Black

      Thats weird, I have several muslim friends and associates and not once have they attempted to murder me. Maybe I’m just not Xtian enough to trigger their Jihad reflex?

      • Michael Smith

        That must be it!

        Back before America became The Greatest Country In the World, the Muslims barely noticed how Christian and Freedom we were. Now that we are so Freedom, we’ve triggered their Jihad reflex.

        • Boscoe

          …Because they saw Kim Davis being all imprisoned for oppressing teh gheys for Jesus and they thought: Yesssssss they are just like us! Let’s bomb them!

          Because reasons.

      • AnOuthouse

        They’re just waiting for the right moment.

  • DahBoner


    “Early persecution drove the Mormons from Illinois to Utah.”

    Who parted the Mississip?
    http://m.quickmeme.com/img/38/385b816c7d3f366509fdb8b9dce523872269e632db49d61a7f391d237253a001.jpg

    • Steverino247

      What? You’re Jewish? Love your nails…

      • Biff52

        Upfist for Zappa ref, and so early on a Monday!

        • Steverino247

          This comes from having seen Zappa Plays Zappa three times in four days, ending Saturday. Great shows!

          • JustDon’tSayDittos

            saw them in Houston some years ago. The Dweez know hiz way around hiz axe.
            Who’s in the band this year?

          • Steverino247

            Kurt Morgan–bass, vocals and some kind of bass synthesizer thing that actually shakes the building.
            Chris Norton–keyboards, vocals and gong.
            Ryan Brown–drums and vocals.
            Dweezil–Guitar and vocals.
            Scheila Gonzalez–Keyboard, saxophones (all of them), flute, slide whistle, vocals, what looks like electric maracas and miscellaneous percussion.
            Ben Thomas–vocals, trumpet, trombone, guitar and misc. percussion. He also plays flute, but Scheila has that duty with the band.
            Glynn Wood–FOH engineer
            Pete Jones–stage manager, vocals (Beefheart, mostly)
            Chris (I don’t know his last name)–Kung Fu grip, drum and guitar tech.

        • JustDon’tSayDittos

          I second the upfist.

  • Relativicus

    In my yoot, I carelessly tossed a ciggy butt out of the passenger-side window while driving around Palm Desert, CA (Coachella Valley). When the vehicle was pulled over and the cop came to my window and asked for my identification, I was a bit dumbfounded, what with not being the driver and all. Then I got hit (rightly, I say) with a $250 fine for throwing an open flame out of a vehicle while driving around in a desert. I’ll bet the fine is at least $255 for fire bombing in the same area. Deserts tend to be very dry.

  • dshwa

    Mosques are the new Black Churches.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Why not have blind rage against both?

      • They are wanting for someone to give the “command” to find out which scapegoat thry’re supposed to irrationally hate today (Wing ain’t much for independent thought, ya see. )

    • Malcolm X agrees!

  • Hutch

    Just leaving this here.

    Tip o’ the hat to Patrick Chappette.

  • dshwa

    Rep. Flake is generally less of a asshole than his compatriots in the tea party.

    • zerosumgame0005

      that bar is so low a worm needs a microscope to find it

  • Cranky Man

    Here’s a nice shot of my best side, the rear. Attending a vigil yesterday.Over 1000 humans of various faiths chose not to watch the Broncos lose to the most pathetic AFC west team, instead standing outside at the local Islamic center. I may have been the token Atheist. ( I amuse myself by capitalizing Atheist)

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      That was a weird game. I think someone must have spiked the gatorade on both sides. My team won, so it’s all good in the ‘hood, but that was hot mess. As we say in the Shire.

      • Cranky Man

        It’s an ancient tradition in Denver professional sports, play to the level of your opponent.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Regarding the Mormons, to be fair, during their time in Illinois, they gave as good as they got in terms of violence. That part of the state was practically consumed in civil war before they moved to Utah.

    Not that this justified any of the violence against Joseph Smith or any other Mormon, but they were not 100% innocent victims either.

    • Biff52

      Mountain Meadows–nevar forgit!

    • Calli Arcale

      Yep, and in fairness to them, the Mormons aren’t the only group who came to their current place seeking religious freedom after bloodshed where they were before. A lot of the immigrants to these shores came fleeing religious persecution, and in many cases it was after despairing of fighting for it back home. For instance, in America, we remember the Puritans who came over on the Mayflower, but generally don’t learn about the Puritans who, back home in England, were busy overthrowing the monarchy.

  • mailman27

    I wonder if those parents made him sit on the other sofa with all the stuffed animals.

  • clubseal

    We run Patrick Buchanan (yep, he’s still alive) in our newspaper (that too!) every week because he’s one of the few available in the stable I have to choose from. He has gone full on apologist for the people who want to turn Muslims into 1/8 of a person. I’ve started giving him snarky headlines though, just to see if anybody notices. Small victory.

    • chascates

      As Molly Ivins said of his speech at the GOP convention “it was better in the original German.

      • lovelydestruction

        I miss her

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  • TheBidenator

    “Look if Muslims wanted violence to stop happening to them they’d stop going by funny names and would just convert to Christianity”
    – Da Trumpenfuhrer

    • Trademark that now, so that Trump will owe you royalties when he eventually offers that excuse.

  • WhyFelicia

    There’s an Islamic Society of the Coachella Valley?

  • Gee, I wonder why that charming fellow was so “socially awkward” when he seems like such a loving and compassionate person.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    Funny how all these mentally ill lone wolves fixate on Muslims as the source of their anger considering the lack of prompting in that direction from politicians and the media.

    Is it just coincidence that, before cable teevee and the internet, these types of idjits were obsessed with UFO’s and CIA mind waves?

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