Monday, November 17, 2008

American politics... the worst.

Well, no, that is a bit harsh. But it says little for the nation that holds itself out as the last bastion of Democracy.

From the Herald this morning
since the November 4 election, law enforcement officials have seen more potentially threatening writings, internet postings and other activity directed at Obama than has been seen with any past president-elect, said officials aware of the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the issue of a president's security is so sensitive.

Earlier this week, the Secret Service looked into the case of a sign posted on a tree in Vay, Idaho, with Obama's name and the offer of a "free public hanging". In North Carolina, civil rights officials complained of threatening racist graffiti targeting Obama found in a tunnel near the North Carolina State University campus.

And in a Maine convenience store, an Associated Press reporter saw a sign inviting customers to join a betting pool on when Obama might fall victim to an assassin.

The sign solicited US$1 (NZ$1.79) entries into "The Osama Obama Shotgun Pool," saying the money would go to the person picking the date closest to when Obama was attacked. "Let's hope we have a winner," said the sign, since taken down.


One of the most popular white supremacist websites,, got more than 2000 new members the day after the election, compared with 91 new members on election day, according to an AP count.

On Saturday, one Stormfront poster, identified as Dalderian Germanicus, of North Las Vegas, said, "I want the SOB laid out in a box to see how `messiahs' come to rest. God has abandoned us, this country is doomed."

How sad.

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