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March 28, 2004

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How about neither? Dumbasses who assaulted Margolis and company get somewhere from a few days to a few months in jail for misdemeanor battery, crapsacks who hurt the guy in Atlanta get a decade or so for Aggravated Assault (the max for Agg Assault in GA is 20 years - there are probably companion charges that could tack on a few years here and there)

I don't get the comparison, either. Assault takes place at the hands of some wackjobs who take it upon themselves to travel halfway across the country to avenge some photo that 99% of America will never see, nor give a crap about if they do see - clearly a cog in the right-wing wheel of evil.

Meanwhile - people taking part in an organized political rally assault counterprotestors - clearly NOT connected to any larger movement, and to assert otherwise is Fox News spin.

Sorry, I just don't see it.

I guess it seems more obvious now, but the first story sounded sooooo fake.

Yeah, and I pride myself on having a very good bullshit detector, too. [whine]But it was Neiwert!! He's a real journalist!! [/whine]

So I find myself in the odd position of hoping there is some there there, when I should be hoping no one got beaten unconscious.

It was easy for me to doubt. I live in Atlanta, and the fact that nothing even remotely like this hit any news source anywhere rang odd.

Still waiting for an answer to my question, though. This incident, if it happened, apparently said something about the right. Does this incident, being a hoax fabricated to slander the right, say anything about the left? If not, why not?

Still waiting for an answer to my question, though. This incident, if it happened, apparently said something about the right. Does this incident, being a hoax fabricated to slander the right, say anything about the left? If not, why not?

I was hoping the picture would have clarified by now, but it may be it never will, so I might as well stick my foot in my mouth now.

My original thought was to illustrate that the American right has far more of a capacity for political violence than the left does. This may not always have been true (especially in the 60s), but I think it is today. The left's thugs tend to throw paint on fur coats, torch SUVs and break the windows of fast food restaurants and coffee shops. (You could make an argument to include Ted Kaczynski on the left, but I think it's a real stretch.) The equivalent on the right in recent years has blown up buildings, shot doctors, and gotten into firefights with law enforcement. In terms of both lethality and frequency, the right's extremists are much more dangerous.

As to the hoax question, honestly, I can't say one side makes stuff up more frequently than another.

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