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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Friday, August 27, 2010 :::

Since there's a theme in my collection of unblogged URLs, here's a domestic political violence roundup:
  • I think the NYC cabbie stabbing has been widely reported while the firebombing of Representative Carnahan's office by a disgruntled ex-employee has not been.

    Some of the comments I've seen (including the comment at the link) seem to take it for granted that the stabber agrees with his employer on the siting of the mosque; given the specific employer, I think this is more reasonable than usual, but I'd still like some confirmation.
  • Dick Armey's group has been collecting death threats. It's hard to judge from that article exactly how serious/numerous they are, but Freedomworks is taking them seriously.
  • 40 years and a few days ago, there was a bombing at the University of Wisconsin.
Also related is this column by Jonah Goldberg, countering the notion that some seem to be trying to gin up that America is violently anti-Muslim:
Let’s put this in even sharper focus. America is, outside of Israel, probably the most receptive and tolerant country in the world to Jews. And yet, in every year since 9/11, more Jews have been hate-crime victims than Muslims. A lot more.

In 2001, there were twice as many anti-Jewish incidents as there were anti-Muslim, according to the FBI. In 2002 and pretty much every year since, anti-Jewish incidents have outstripped anti-Muslim incidents by at least 6 to 1. Why aren’t we talking about the anti-Jewish climate in America?
The number of anti-Muslim incidents in 2001, reported elsewhere in the column, was 481.

::: posted by Steven at 11:37 AM

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