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JANUARY 10, 2011 6:56PM

Right & Left Violence: Timeline

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UPDATE, 01/11/11, 6:48 PM 
I realize this is all or nothing, that my love and compassion for all of you, even those with I whom I differ, requires me to commit to refining this. 
There are more than
2 columns to life.
In all, at 64 comments, I have been treated decently, given how my criteria remains poorly articulated. So I will change this, over time, and improve it. 
Since we are all free to do this differently, I will "win" only if I compete well with a fairly applied, logical set of criteria. 
The facts will tell. Life changes. So ideally there should be hands-on controls over it, as data. Turn the prism, as it were, add and subtract parameters. 
Ahem, volunteers. 
Can we agree: in the next one hundred years, we will average out, as heroes and idiots. 
I love human beings. What we are trying to do is hard. 
This is what civil engagement looks like.

This chart is limited to actual violent acts (in black text), and a select list of milestone news and data (in dark grey). However, not all incidents are included, and I made some difficult choices. I chose 1990 as the start date, as this coincides with late 80s re-birth of the militias, and is concurrent with the spread of personal computers (and, in 1995, the web). I quote directly from the sources cited, so the texts and facts are not mine, except for minor edits. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and others are to be credited with the heavy lifting, and I gladly do so here. But I found no comprehensive list, filtered as I do, here. We need this list, so that no one skews the narrative toward "equivalency".

I also selected incidents that are pertinent to the kind of violence that was used in Tuscon: individuals inspired by hate rhetoric, whether they are "deranged" or not, and violence that is arguably a response to the right's current campaigns. Most notably, I do not list the astonishing rise of violence against gays and lesbians, which according to the SPLC is as much as 75% of hate crimes in the US ("Anti Gay Movement Fuels Hate Violence", and this). I do include the brutal murder of Matthew Shephard in 1998, but not the thousands and thousands of "routine" crimes against gays and lesbians, because most are hard to directly prove as this special category of rhetoric-inspired violence. They belong in this chart, nonetheless.

I will add ANY credible examples from media sources of right or left violence that meets my simple criteria .I know I missed things. I will extend benefit of the doubt as needed. I do so here (see dark grey) in order to have anything on the Left side of the ledger at all. And I support the idea that there is a middle ground of confused left/right Libertarians, like Joe Stack, who had more aspects of extreme Libertarianism than either right or left, per se.

I have posted a short editorial article about this chart on dtms ( My heart must heal from the last two days of poring over these tragedies. The Council on Foreign Relations is the best single link, and they note that leftwing violence in the US during the last 25 years has been against property; right wing violence is against human beings. (And it is worth noting that I saw dozens of survey articles on domestic US terrorism in the last 48 hours and not one covers the pattern of right wing hate I document below. (for example: this, this, and this).

Violence works. It has effectively shut down access to legal abortions throughout the US, and violent rhetoric by the Tea Party and the Republicans has crippled our deliberative democracy.

Condemn all of this, on both sides.

Left/Libertarian – Far Left
Far Right – Right/Libertarian



January 6
John Troy Davis, 44, is arrested after threatening to set fire to the office of Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and shoot members of his staff. The threat comes when Davis calls Bennet's office to complain about his Social Security benefits, telling a staffer that he is schizophrenic and "may go to terrorism." "I'm just going to come down there and shoot you all," he declares. Davis is charged with assault on a federal employee. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

Gunman opens fire at grocery store; Congressman Giffords critically wounded, Judge John Roll and five others dead, including 9-year-old girl who wanted to be a politician; 14 others wounded. The gunman's writings reflect some Far Right & Libertarian views, with strong correlaries to RW media talking points but his mental illness is emerging as the essential issue; ; authorities seeking an accomplice, older white man in his 50s. Authorites now say this was a cab driver (here, and this might mean that this incident moves into a proposed middle column, pending) (thanks, temp123)



Indictments issued to 11 members of Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) movements, for property attacks all of which occurred between 1996 and 2001.
-- No personal injuries in these attacks.


Comedian Sarah Bernhard says Palin should be "...gang-raped by my black brothers" (youTube, listed item on Michelle Malkin's page)

"Secret Service agents visited a California home, in October, where a mannequin of Sarah Palin hangs from a noose. " (MSNBC, video at top)


Vandals spray-paint swastikas and graffiti on a Catholic church in San Francisco in protest of Prop 8 (other defacings and vandalsism reported in California with similar messages) (ABClocal, listed item on Michelle Malkin's page)

SEATTLE (AP) — Two radio station towers near Seattle that have generated intense local opposition were toppled Friday in an act of sabotage that appeared to be linked to the radical Earth Liberation Front.
-- No personal injuries in these attacks. Times article re: Seattle 1999: "no serious injuries among protesters or police"

Radio personality Montel Williams call for Michelle Bachman to slit her wrists, then cut herself higher ("start at the collarbone") (youTube, listed item on Michelle Malkin's page)

Eight arrested (six non-students) for breaking windows and throwing torches at UC Bekeley Chancellor Robert Birgenaeau's campus residence during a protest over fee hikes and budget cuts. (listed item on Michelle Malkin's page)


The New Black Panther Party -- can someone help me here? I find no credible sources, just right wing sites referencing eah other. And this on Salon from Joan Walsh

March 4John Patrick Bedell, a California resident, travels to Arlington, Virginia, and opens fire on police officers at the entrance to the Pentagon. Bedell is armed with two semiautomatic firearms and "many [ammunition] magazines." Bedell injures two officers before he is killed by return fire. Reports reveals Bedell to be a Truther who believed that the U.S. government had been taken over by a criminal organization in a 1963 coup. In an Internet posting, he writes, "This organization, like so many murderous governments throughout history, would see the sacrifice of thousands of its citizens, in an event such as the September 11 attacks, as a small cost in order to perpetuate its barbaric control." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

March 29
A Northeast Philadelphia man, Norman Leboon, is charged with threatening the life of Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA). Leboon, 38, is arrested by the FBI after posting a YouTube video in which he referred to Cantor's family and threatened,"bulllets...will be placed in your heads." Leboon made hundreds of YouTube videos with anti-government themes, and threatened others, including President Barack Obama, the Democratic Leadership in Congress, and the Pope. Leboon has a long history of mental illness, but was able to obtain a concealed handgun permit in Pennsylvania, which alarmed his family. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11, placed on BOTH SIDES)

December 8
A tomato is thrown at Sarah Palin at a booksigning in Minnesota; it misses and hits police officer; no followup on what his political issues are if any but this is a gimme (it's very likely he is a liberal). (here)


While driving in Montauk, Luis Ochoa, the president of Solidaridad Latino Americana (Latin American Solidarity), an advocacy group, is run off the road by Mark Dombrowski, a former firefighter, who then pulls Ochoa out of the car and beats him while shouting ethnic slurs, according to police reports. In May, Dombrowski is charged with third degree assault as a hate crime, a felony carrying a maximum four year prison term. The case is later dismissed after prosecutors conclude that the assault did not cause injuries severe enough to warrant a felony prosecution. (Newsday, Nov. 11, 2005) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)


April 29
Three Latino teenagers are lured into a shed in East Hampton by a neo-Nazi skinhead teenager and then threatened and terrorized with a chainsaw and a machete. The victims are held for 90 minutes while the skinhead and his friends yell racial slurs, including “White power!” and “Heil Hitler!” “This is how you run across the border,” one of the skinheads shouts as he chases the Latino youths around with the running chainsaw. The skinhead is later charged as a juvenile with reckless endangerment and menacing. (The New York Times, Oct. 23, 2006) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY))

May 4
Jonathan Cedillo, who is of Mexican and Native American ancestry, is attacked while having lunch in Southampton Village by cab driver Robert Rossetti. Rossetti slaps Cedillo’s sandwich from his hand while calling him derogatory racial names. Rossetti then allegedly rams his taxi into Cedillo, whose right knee is injured. “He was cursing at me, telling me I’m an immigrant and to get out of this country,” Cedillo tells reporters. Rossetti is later convicted of misdemeanor aggravated harassment. (The Associated Press, May 6, 2006) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

June 12
Two Mexican men fishing at a jetty in Rocky Point are asked for their green cards, then beaten and robbed by four teens. The teens punch and kick the men, take their money and accuse them of stealing jobs from U.S. citizens. All four are charged with felony robbery and assault as hate crimes. Daniel Sturgis eventually pleads guilty to thirddegree assault as a hate crime and second-degree robbery and is sentenced to two years in state prison. Nicholas Provenzano is convicted of charges related to the attack, but his sentencing is deferred. The two others are charged as juveniles. (The Associated Press, June 15, 2006) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

Sept. 10
Thomas Nicotra and Kenneth Porter stab Carlos Rivera, a construction worker from Honduras, multiple times outside a bar in Hampton Bays, yelling racial epithets during the attack. Nicotra and Porter, who witnesses say also yelled racial slurs at patrons a night earlier, are charged with felony robbery and assault with hate crime enhancements. Porter is sentenced to one year in jail after testifying against Nicotra. Nicotra pleads guilty and is sentenced to nine years for assault and robbery. (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)


March 6
According to Newsday, County Legislator Elie Mystal of Amityville says of Latino laborers gathering for work, “If I’m living in a neighborhood and people are gathering like that, I would load my gun and start shooting, period. Nobody will say it, but I’m going to say it.” (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

April 3
Ecuadorian immigrant Juan Campoverde calls 911 to report that a group of teenage boys on bikes surrounded him and that one hit him hard enough to break his nose. When Campoverde spots one of his attackers a few days later, an officer reportedly tells him that he can't arrest him because he is a minor. (New York Times, Jan. 8)(immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

July 14
Four young men ranging in age from 15 to 21 attack Carlos Angamarca, an immigrant from Ecuador who had lived in the U.S. for 13 years, and a friend, Luis Sanango. Both men are hit from behind while walking down a street. Angamarca escapes while the attackers continue to beat his friend. As lights come on in houses on the block, the attackers flee. When Angamarca goes to the police station to report the attack, he says an officer asks him why he didn’t stay in his own country. (The New York Times, Jan. 9) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

Sept. 22
More than a dozen teens throw rocks, sticks and logs at Sergio Yanza’s house in Patchogue as he and others sit on the porch. The teens also shout disparaging remarks about “Spanish” people. Yanza is hit in the back of the head with a rock and suffers a cut requiring eight stitches. (The New York Times, Jan. 9) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

Sept. 23
Kevin Shea, who is later implicated in the 2008 murder of Marcelo Lucero, allegedly attacks a Latino man, Luis Piña Tigre, in Patchogue. (Newsday, Jan. 29) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

Dec. 2
Jeffrey Conroy, Jordan Dasch, and José Pacheco, all later implicated in the Lucero case, allegedly attack a Latino man, José Hernández, in Patchogue. A week later in Patchogue, Hernández is again assaulted, this time allegedly by Conroy, Pacheco and Anthony Hartford. (Newsday, Jan. 29) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)


March 17
Anthony Hartford, later implicated in the Lucero murder, allegedly attacks a Latino man, Javier González, in Patchogue. (Newsday, Jan. 29) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

June 24
Jeffrey Conroy allegedly attacks a Latino man, Robert Zumba, in Patchogue. (Newsday, Jan. 29) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

June 26, 2008—The case of District of Columbia v. Heller is decided by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling. The opinion not only endorses the National Rifle Association’s “individual right” interpretation of the Second Amendment; it also affirms that one of the purposes of the right is to “assure the existence of a “citizens’ militia” as a safeguard against tyranny.” The NRA’s amicus brief in the case had argued that “the Second Amendment refers to the utility of an armed population in preventing government tyranny.” (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline)(added 01/12/11)

Two Ecuadorian men, Carlos Bonegas and Carlos Chuchuca, are attacked by a group of teenagers around midnight in Patchogue. Bonegas is punched in the lip and Chuchuca kicked in the face. (The New York Times, Jan. 8) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

July 11
Mauro López, an Ecuadorian immigrant who has lived in the U.S. for eight years, is attacked in Patchogue by six teens while walking home on a dark street. The teens spray his eyes with a stinging chemical and kick him and hit him with bats, breaking his nose and two teeth. They rip off López’ clothes and rob him. (The New York Times, Jan. 8) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

July 14
While walking home in the dark in Patchogue, Carlos Orellana is attacked by about a dozen teenage boys on bikes. They hit him on the back of the head and knock him to the ground while shouting racial slurs. After Lucero’s murder, Conroy and Pacheco are charged in connection with the attack on Orellana. (The New York Times, Jan. 8) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

July 27, 2008—Jim Adkisson shoots and kills two people at a progressive church in Knoxville, Tennessee, wounding two. Adkisson calls it “a symbolic killing” because he really “wanted to kill…every Democrat in the Senate & House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldberg's book,” but was unable to gain access to them. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline)(added 01/12/11)

Brandon McClelland, 24, a black man, is dragged to death beneath a truck driven by two white men in Paris, Texas. See similar crime in 1998.

A group of white teenagers walks by the house of a Latino immigrant in Farmingville while his neighbor’s children, who are also Latino, play outside. The “Americanos” enter his neighbor’s yard and break all of the toys as the children watch. A few nights later, on Halloween, houses occupied by Latinos are egged and dirt is thrown on cars in their driveways. (SPLC) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

Oct. 3
Orlando, a 23-year-old immigrant from Guatemala, and a few friends are hold ing a low-key birthday party around a barbecue when a drunken neighbor approaches, complaining about music and smoke from the grill. The man begins yelling racial epithets and hits Orlando and a friend over the head with a flashlight. Orlando says he and his friend both sustain head wounds and need medical treatment. Police ask if he wants to file charges, but Orlando declines, saying he doesn’t want to cause more trouble. (SPLC) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

Oct. 8
Conroy and Christopher Overton, another teenager later implicated in the Lucero murder, allegedly attack a Latino man, Joaquín Gutiérrez, in Patchogue. (Newsday, Jan. 29) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

"Authorities at the University of Kentucky are trying to find out who hung an effigy of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on campus. School President Lee Todd says that he plans to personally apologize to the Obama family on behalf of the university and that he is "personally offended and deeply embarrassed by this disgusting episode." It's the second time an effigy has been found on a college campus recently. Earlier this week, George Fox University in Oregon said it was punishing four students who confessed to hanging a likeness of Obama from a tree. " (MSNBC, article below the video)

Oct. 29
Queens native Francisco Hernández is confronted while shopping in Patchogue by a man saying, “You better get out of here. You don’t belong in this country.” The man grabs Hernández and cuts his neck slightly with a knife. The shop owner calls the police, who reportedly ask him if Hernández is in the country legally. The police report omits the perpetrator’s alleged ethnic slurs and categorizes the crime as criminal mischief, not a bias crime. On Nov. 16, Hernández experiences a second bias incident. After Marcelo Lucero’s murder, Hernández puts up lawn signs at his home urging unity. The next day he finds them defaced with swastikas. The police officer who responds to the incident reportedly asks Hernández if he is in the country legally and tells him that he provokes people with the signs. Hernández alleges that the officer puts the signs in his car and when Hernández asks to photograph them, he is told, “You can’t take pictures — it’ll be all over the news, and we don’t want that with everything that’s going on.” (The New York Times, Jan. 9) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

Late October
Carlos Gerardo Morales is attacked near the Patchogue train station by four youths spouting ethnic slurs. Morales ignores them, but the boys continue to follow him while displaying belts and chains. Morales hides in a restaurant. (The New York Times, Jan. 8) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

Nov. 3
Jeffrey Conroy, Anthony Hartford, José Pacheco, and Kevin Shea, all later charged in connection with the Lucero murder, allegedly attack a Latino man, Octavio Cordovo, in Patchogue. (Newsday, Jan. 29) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

Nov. 8
Marcelo Lucero, a 37-year-old Ecuadorian immigrant, is stabbed to death, allegedly by a gang of seven teens called the Caucasian Crew in Patchogue. Jeffrey Conroy, who allegedly did the stabbing, is charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime as well as gang assault charges. The other six — Jordan Dasch, Anthony Hartford, Nicholas Hausch, Christopher Overton, Jose Pacheco and Kevin Shea — are charged with gang assault charges. All seven plead not guilty. Hausch and Dasch later say they went “beaner-hopping” earlier in the day; Hausch allegedly aimed a BB gun and hit a Latino man in a driveway in Patchogue. Meanwhile, Dasch, Hartford, and Hausch allegedly attacked Petronila Fuentes Díaz in Patchogue. Also attacked that day, allegedly by some of the same teens, are Angel Luja, Marlon Garcia and Hector Sierra. Sierra tells reporters that he was walking down a street when the teens jumped out of their car and surrounded him. (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

Nov. 25
César A. Perales, president and general counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, asks the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York to investigate bias incidents in Suffolk County; he also requests that the agencies undertake remedial action. The same day, Carlos Bonegas and Luis Bichu, leaving a Chinese restaurant in Patchogue, are attacked by a group of teenagers who they say told them they wanted “to kill a Hispanic.” (The New York Times, Jan. 8) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

December 9, 2008—FBI teams investigating the murder of white supremacist James Cumming, 29, a resident of Belfast, Maine, find supplies for a crude radiological dispersal dervice and other explosives in his home. Cumming's wife, who shot him to death after being abused by him repeatedly, explains, "His intentions were to construct a dirty bomb and take it to Washington to kill President Obama. He was planning to hide it in the undercarriage of our moter home." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline)(added 01/12/11)


Feb. 15
A Latino immigrant is walking home from work after dark in Southampton when a car pulls up and three black men jump out yelling racial epithets. They beat him with their fists, shattering one of his cheekbones. The injury requires surgery to insert a metal plate into his face. Hospital administrators contact the police, who interview the victim. No suspects are arrested. (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

February 20—FOX commentator Glenn Beck hosts a program that games a 2014 civil war scenario called “The Bubba Effect.” It involves citizen militias in the South and West taking up arms against the U.S. government. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline)(added 01/12/11)

Early March
David, an immigrant from Peru, is walking down a street in Brentwood when a man standing at the front door of a house says “Hey!” and points to a second-floor window, where another man stands, pointing a rifle at David. The first man throws rocks at David. David says he just keeps walking, and the rocks miss him. (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

March 3
— FOX commentator Glenn Beck interviews NRA celebrity spokesman Chuck Norris. During the interview, Beck states that, “Somebody asked me this morning, they said, ‘you really believe that there's going to be trouble in the future?’ And I said, ‘if this country starts to spiral out of control and, you know, and Mexico melts down or whatever, if it really starts to spiral out of control, before America allows a country to become a totalitarian country … Americans will, they just, they won't stand for it. There will be parts of the country that will rise up.’ And they said, ‘where's that going to come from?’ And I said, ‘Texas, it's going to come from Texas.’” (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

March 9
—NRA celebrity spokesman Chuck Norris writes in an editorial published at WorldNetDaily:  “How much more will Americans take? When will enough be enough? And, when that time comes, will our leaders finally listen or will history need to record a second American Revolution? (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

March 11
—NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference and announces that “Our Founding Fathers understood that the guys with the guns make the rules.” (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

March 21-22—Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) states that she wants residents of her state to be “armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us ‘having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,’ and the people—we the people—are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country.” (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

April 4
—Neo-Nazi Richard Poplawski shoots and kills three police officers responding to a 911 call to his home in Pittsburgh. His friend Edward Perkovic tells reporters that Poplawski feared “the Obama gun ban that’s on its way” and “didn’t like our rights being infringed upon.” Perkovic also commented that Poplawski carried out the shooting because “if anyone tried to take his firearms, he was gonna’ stand by what his forefathers told him to do.” (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

April 7
—The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis releases an assessment of right wing extremism in the United States. The Department notes that “the economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.” Recalling the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by Timothy McVeigh, the Department speculates, “The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.” (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

April 11
Santos, an immigrant from Mexico, says another car hits his as he drives through Brentwood. Two white passengers get out, yelling “Stupid Mexican!” When Santos gets out of his car to talk, he says, they push and kick him until the police come. The police let them go, Santos says, even though he complains about the assault. (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

Aug. 14
A Hispanic man is beaten and robbed in Patchogue. He tells investigators that three young white males, including a 16-year-old, called him over and engaged him in conversation as he was walking along a street late at night. One teen then hit him in the face and knocked him to the ground, he says, and the three stole cash and other items while making disparaging remarks about his ancestry. Three men are later arrested and charged with third-degree assault as a hate crime. (The Associated Press, Aug. 15) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

April 15
—Daniel Knight Hayden, 52, is arrested by FBI agents after he openly states on Twitter that he is going to turn the upcoming Oklahoma City “Tea Party” into a bloodbath. Two months earlier, Hayden had written online, “The only thing that is keeping the New World Order from destroying this nation is the presence of over 100,000,000 guns in civilian hands. When guns are outlawed, only criminals will have guns. Since we are already criminals in the eyes of the New World Order, and they intend to enslave us all, and to kill those of us who will NOT submit to their slavery, I say to IGNORE gun "laws" and keep your guns (AND ammo) handy.” (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

April 19
—The Oath Keepers, an anti-government group made up of current and former law enforcement and military personnel, holds its first "muster" in Lexington, Massachusetts, the site of the opening shots of the Revolutionary War. The groups' members pledge to disobey ten different orders that they deem "unconstitutional" and "immoral," the first of which reads, "We will NOT obey orders to disarm the American people." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

April 25
—Joshua Cartwright, 28, a member of the Florida National Guard, shoots and kills two Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies attempting to arrest him on a domestic abuse charge. Cartwright is killed in an enusing gun battle with police. Cartwright's wife reports that he was "severely disturbed" that Barack Obama had been elected president. Okaloosa County Sheriff Edward Spooner states that Cartrwight was "interested in militia groups and weapons training." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

—Data released by the U.S. Marshals Service indicates that threats to the nation's judges and prosecutors have more than doubled in the past six years, from 592 in 2003 to 1,278 in 2008. Federal officials blame a number of parties, including the "sovereign citizen" movement—an unorganized grouping of tax protesters, white supremacists, and others who don't respect federal authority (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

May 21-22
We The People Chairman Bob Schultz hosts a gathering of 30 "freedom keepers" in Jekyll Island, Georgia. The meeting plays "a key role in launching the current resurgence of militias and the larger anti-government 'Patriot' movement." One of the participants, former Texas militia leader Jon Roland, claims the federal government has "been engaging in warlike activity against the American people." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

James W. von Brunn, 88, a long-time anti-semite and racist, opens fire at the US Holocaust Museum in DC, killing a black security guard. He is a Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly fan. (see this) SPLC tracked him for years; before his attack he said this in email: "It's time to kill all the Jews."

June 24
—Hal Turner, a New Jersey resident and white supremacist blogger/radio host, is arrested again after calling for the murder of three Republican-appointed jurists on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals who had issued a June 2 decision upholding handgun restrictions in Chicago. Writing on his blog, Turner says, “Let me be the first to say this plainly: these judges deserve to be killed,” and includes photographs, phone numbers, work addresses, and room numbers of the judges, as well as a map of Chicago’s federal courthouse which points out its “anti-truck bomb” pylons.   (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

July 13Gilbert Ortez, Jr. kills a police deputy in Chambers County, Texas, with an assault rifle. Police were responding to reports that Ortez or his wife had fired shots at utility workers in the area. Police searching Ortez’s mobile home after a 10-hour standoff find more than 100 explosive devices; Nazi drawings and extremist literature; and several additional firearms. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

July 15
—Katherine Crabill, a Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates in the state’s 99th District makes headlines by calling on Americans to resist the course President Obama has set for the country.  Appearing at a “Tea Party” rally, Crabill quotes a 1775 speech by Patrick Henry and then states, “We have a chance to fight this battle at the ballot box before we have to resort to the bullet box. But that's the beauty of our Second Amendment right.  I am glad for all of us who enjoy the use of firearms for hunting.  But make no mistake.  That was not the intent of the Founding Fathers.  Our Second Amendment right was to guard against tyranny.”  This thought is reinforced on Crabill’s campaign website, where she states the Second Amendment “was clearly intended for self defense as well as, and more specifically, to keep the government on notice of an armed citizenry.” (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

July 31
—On WWJB-AM in Hernando County, Florida, talk radio host Bob Haa takes a call from a listener who mentions ammunition, target practice, and Barack Obama. Haa tells him not to waste his ammunition on targets, to save it for the administration. Haa is later visited by an agent for the Secret Service. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

August 11
—William Kostric is filmed openly carrying a handgun outside of President Obama's health care reform town hall meeting in New Hampshire. Kostric holds a sign that reads, "IT IS TIME TO WATER THE TREE OF LIBERTY!" a reference to the following Thomas Jefferson quote: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

August 17
—Chris Broughton openly carries a handgun and AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle to a health care rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Simultaneously, President Obama addresses a VFW Convention across the street. In a video recorded that day, Broughton states, “What do you think we did in the revolution, in the American Revolution? The British weren't stealing money from us for health care. They weren't taxing us the way they are now back then. And what did we do? We forcefully kicked them out of our country, and we will forcefully resist people imposing their will on us through the strength of the majority with a vote.” (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

August 25
—During a GOP barbecue in Twin Falls, Idaho, an audience member asks Rex Rammell, a candidate in the 2010 Idaho Republican Primary, a question about "Obama tags" during a discussion about state-issued tags for wolf hunting. Rammell responds, "The Obama tags? We'd buy some of those." In a subsequent press release, he adds, "Anyone who understands the law knows I was just joking, because Idaho has no jurisdiction to issue hunting tags in Washington, D.C." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

August 26
—At a secessionist rally on the state capitol steps in Austin, Texas, gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina states that, "We are aware that stepping off into secession may in fact be a bloody war. We are aware. We understand that the tree of freedom is occasionally watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.” (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

September 9
—With President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol to address a joint session of Congress on the subject of health care reform, Joshua Bowman, 28, of Falls Church, Virginia, attempts to drive his Honda Civic into a secure area near the building. U.S. Capitol Police stop him and, searching his vehicle, find a rifle, a shotgun, and 500 rounds of ammunition. He is arrested on weapons charges. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

September 25-26
—Kitty Werthmann, a speaker at the “How to Take Back America” Conference in St. Louis, tells her audience, “If we had our guns [during the time of the Nazis’ reign in Germany], we would have fought a bloody battle. So, keep your guns, and buy more guns, and buy ammunition. Take back America. Don’t let them take the country into Socialism. And I refer again, Hitler’s party was National Socialism. And that’s what we are having here right now, which is bordering on Marxism.”
(Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

September 29
—An editorial at the Newsmax website calls for a military coup to oust President Obama.  (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

October 18-19
—Reports emerge that the Secret Service has received an unprecedented number of death threats against President Obama. Ronald Kessler's account of presidential security, In the President's Secret Service, states that there has been a 400% increase in such threats in comparison with Obama’s predecessor. Another source of these reports is an August 5 study by the Congressional Research Service which finds:  “The [Secret] Service’s protection mission has increased and become more ‘urgent’ due to the increase in terrorist threats and the expanded arsenal of weapons that terrorists could use in an assassination attempt or attacks on facilities.” (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

October 21
John Brek, a 55 year-old Newark Airport security guard, is arrested for making terroristic threats against President Obama. Authorities find 43 firearms while searching his home, including a stolen rifle. Brek, a National Rifle Association member, is also found to be in possession of illegal hollow point bullets. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

November 2009
Billboard is erected on I-70 in Lafayette County, Missouri, that promotes "a citizens guide to REVOLUTION." It urges Missourians to "LIVE FREE OR DIE" and  "PREPARE FOR WAR" with a corrupt government. The billboard is highlighted at the Lafayette County Republicans website. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

December 23
Warren "Gator" Taylor takes three people hostage at a federal post office in Wytheville, Virginia. He is armed with four guns, including a .40-caliber Glock pistol, despite a criminal record that includes convictions for lewd and lascivious beheavior with a 13 year-old and attempted second-degree murder (Taylor shot his ex-wife three times in a parking lot in 1993). Taylor fires at least three rounds before the stand-off ends, including one at the station's fleeing postmaster. One of Taylor's hostages reports that he was angry about taxes and "the government taking over the right to bear arms." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)


(During campaign)
Widespread reports of attacks against Democrats campaign offices (here and numerous others); rhetoric from Alabama militia leader Mike Vanderboegh: "“We can break their windows. Break them NOW. And if we do a proper job, if we break the windows of hundreds, thousands, of Democrat party headquarters across this country, we might just wake up enough of them to make defending ourselves at the muzzle of a rifle unnecessary.”"

A group of nearly 200 "extremely concerned citizens" in Ravalli County, Montana, demand that local elected officials fill out a "questionnaire" pledging to form a local militia, prohibit mandatory vaccinations, allow citizens to bear any type of firearms they choose (including fully automatic machine guns), and require federal government employees to get written approval before approaching "any Citizen" in the county. The questionnaire is organized in part by Celebrating Conservatism, a group with direct ties to the militia movement. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

January 2
More than 300 people attend a rally in Alamogordo, New Mexico, organized by the local Otero Tea Party Patriots and Second Amendment Task Force. The purpose of the rally is to protest health care reform, and many of the rally's participants openly carry handguns and/or rifles. One attendee states that his handgun is a “very open threat” to the “socialist communists” in the Obama Administration. “The government fears the people, and a disarmed people are slaves,” he says. “Political power comes from the barrel of a gun ... They’re pushing us to our limits.” (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

January 12
Mark Campano of Cuyhaoga Falls, Ohio, pleads not guilty to charges of possessing destructive devices not registered with the federal government. Law enforcement are called to Campano's apartment in November 2009 after he accidentally detonates a pipe bomb and loses parts of two fingers. They find 30 pipe bombs, 17 rifles and handguns, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in the dwelling. Campano's next-door neighbor states, "He was always trying to get me and another neighbor to listen to anti-government tapes and watch anti-government videos ... He was some kind of radical, and he didn't believe in the government." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

January 12
— Charles Allan Dyer, 29, a former Marine with ties to Tea Parties and far-right-wing organizations like Oath Keepers, is arrested at his home on charges of raping a 7 year old-girl. Sheriff's deputies find several firearms inside Dyer's home and a Colt M-203 40mm grenade launcher, which was stolen from a military base in Fort Irwin, California, in 2006. Dyer had been an organizer of militia groups in Oklahoma and told one interviewer, "I'm going to use my training and become one of those domestic terrorists that you're so afraid of from the [Department of Homeland Security (DHS)] reports." In another video, Dyer states, "With DHS blatantly calling patriots, veterans, and constitutionalists a threat, all that I have to say is you’re damn right we're a threat. We're a threat to anyone that endangers our rights and the Constitution of this republic." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

February 9Gregory Girard of Manchester, Massachusetts, is arrested for weapons charges after police find 20 firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and explosive devices in his home. Girard's wife says that her husband recently told her, "Don't talk to people, shoot them instead." In a January 30 post at a popular website affiliated with the Tea Party movement, Girard stated: "We have been in a state of war and state of emergency of some time for decades uninterupted ... The entire body of these War Powers and 'continuity of gov't' plans render our concept of a Constitutional Republic to be little more than thin veil of civility and justice layered over a monsterous, diabolic dictatorship that would break out of political cage but for Americans vigorously exercising their 2nd Amendment rights ... As it stands today at start of 2010, there is never a time that our gov't would find itself without some excuse, no matter how perverse, as the justification for unleashing their murderous 'War Powers' monster upon the public, in an attempt to subject us to tyranny." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

February 13
An unidentified speaker at an event organized by the Lewis and Clark Tea Party Patriots in Asotin County, Washington, tells the audience, "How many of you have watched the movie "Lonesome Dove"? What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd? He got hung. And that's what I want to do with [Democratic U.S. Senator] Patty Murray." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

Joe Stack flies an airplane into an IRS office in Austin, killing one and injuring 13; blames the government for stealing from the middle class. (Stack barely makes it into the Right/Libertarian side; he is not a clearcut case. He meets the criteria of being consistent with Tea Party talking points. See this, too.) (In his suicide note, re the IRS, "The law 'requires' a signature on the bottom of a tax filing; yet no one can say truthfully that they understand what they are signing; if that's not 'duress' than what is. If this is not the measure of a totalitarian regime, nothing is ... Violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer."

February 19
Johnny Logan, Jr. of Louisville, Kentucky, is arrested and charged with making threats against the president after his poem titled "The Sniper" is found on the website NaziSpace/ by the U.S. Secret Service. The poem reads, in part:  "As the tyrant enters his cross hairs the breath he takes is deep. His focus is square on the target as he begins to release. A patriot for his people he knows this shot will cost his life. But for his race and their existence it is a small sacrifice. The bullet that he has chambered is one of the purest pride. And the inspiration on the casing reads DIE negro DIE. He breathes out as he pulls the trigger releasing all his hate. And a smile appears upon his face as he seals that monkey's fate. The bullet screams toward its mark bringing with it death. And where there was once a face there is nothing left. Two blood covered agents stare in horror and dismay. Looking down toward the ground where their president now lay." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

Pvt. 1st Class Lee Pary, an active duty soldier at Fort Drum and member of Oath Keepers, tells a reporter that he and five fellow service members at the Army base are preparing to take on the U.S. government when it declares martial law, and will turn their guns on their fellow soldiers should it become necessary. "I know their tactics," says Pray. "I know how their convoys—if we attack this vehicle, what the others will do ... If the government continues to ignore us, and forces us to engage, I'm willing to fight to the death." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

March 2010
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) announces that 2009 saw a dramatic increase in the number of new anti-government "Patriot" groups in the United States. Specifically, the number of Patriot groups jumped from 149 (including 42 militias) to 512 (127 of them militias) in 2009a 244% jump. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

March 2
FOX News commentator Bill O'Reilly, speaking about the McDonald v. Chicago case before the Supreme Court, declares that plaintiff Otis McDonald's inability to own a handgun in Chicago amounts to "tyranny." Predicting that four justices on the Court will side with the city of Chicago, O'Reilly states, "It's interesting that in America today the far Left that wants the government to call the shots, not the folks. In the past, Right-Wing extremists like Hitler and Mussolini were in the forefront of state control. But with the exception of Burma, today's totalitarians are primarily on the Left." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

March 19-22During consideration of health care reform legislation by the U.S. House of Representatives, vandals attack Democratic offices in Pleasant Ridge, Ohio; Wichita, Kansas; Tuscon, Arizona; Niagra Falls, New York; and Rochester, New York. Mike Vanderboegh, the former leader of f the Alabama Constitutional Militia, takes credit for the violence after posting a blog on March 19 that states, "If we break the windows of hundreds, thousands, of Democratic party headquarters across this country, we might just make up enough of them to make defending ourselves at the muzzle of a rifle unnecessary."  Several Democratic members receive death threats, including Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), who is told snipers will "kill the children of the members who voted YES"; Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), who receives a message saying, "You're dead; we know where you live; we'll get you"; and Rep. Betsy Markey (D-CO), whose staffer is told by a caller, "Better hope I don't run into you in a dark alley with a knife, a club or a gun." House Minority Leader John Boehner, speaking about Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-OH), says he "may be a dead man." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

March 21
As the U.S. House of Representatives enters a final round of debate over a controversial health care reform bill, Conservative blogger Solomon "Solly" Forrell calls for the assassination of President Barack Obama on his Twitter account. In two separate postings, Forrel writes, "ASSASSINATION! America, we survived the #Assassinations of #Lincoln & #Kennedy. We'll surely get over a bullet 2 #BarackObama's head! ... The next #American with a #Clear #Shot should drop #Obama like a bad habit." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

March 21
Russell Laing, 52, is charged with aggravated assault and making terroristic threats after a four-hour standoff with police at his home in McCandless, Pennsylvania. Officers were responding to a 911 call after Laing called a friend and said he couldn't walk. When police responded to the call, Laing pointed an assault rifle at them and cocked the weapon. After Laing was arrested, officers recovered approximately 150 guns and 15,000 rounds of ammunition from Laing's one-bedroom apartment. "I can't explain it. In my 40 years, I've not seen that type of collection," said McCandless Police Chief Gary Anderson. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

March 23
After Mike Troxel of the Lynchburg Tea Party and Nigel Coleman of the Danville Tea Party post the home address of the brother of Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA) and urge supporters to "drop by," someone deliberately cuts a propane gas line at the house. Rep. Perriello is targeted by the Tea Party activists because of his vote in favor of health care reform. Perriello's brother and his wife have four children under the age of eight. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

March 25Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who voted for health care reform legislation, receives a package containing white powder and an angry letter telling him to "drop dead ." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

March 26Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR), who voted for health care reform legislation, receives a letter stating, "It is apparent that it will take a few assassinations to stop Obamacare. Militia central has selected you for assassination. If we cannot stalk and find you in Washington, D.C., we will get you in Little Rock." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

March 26—
NRA Board Member Ted Nugent makes the following comment on FOX News' "Your World" program: “I’m the expert on the health care bill because I kill pigs and a just shot a monster big pig here in Texas and seeing as how this is a pig bill created by pig bureaucrats to help out American pigs … We gotta’ kill the pig.” (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

March 29A Northeast Philadelphia man, Norman Leboon, is charged with threatening the life of Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA). Leboon, 38, is arrested by the FBI after posting a YouTube video in which he referred to Cantor's family and threatened,"bulllets...will be placed in your heads." Leboon made hundreds of YouTube videos with anti-government themes, and threatened others, including President Barack Obama, the Democratic Leadership in Congress, and the Pope. Leboon has a long history of mental illness, but was able to obtain a concealed handgun permit in Pennsylvania, which alarmed his family. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11, placed on BOTH SIDES)

March 29
Nine members of the MIchigan-based "Hutaree" Christian militia are arrested and charged with seditious conspiracy and attempting to deploy weapons of mass destruction. The group had allegedly plotted to kill a law enforcement officer and then detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during the officer's funeral procession. The group targeted federal officials, members of the law enforcement "brotherhood" and other participants in the "New World Order." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

March 30
Dozens of sitting governors receive letters from an extremist anti-government group called the Guardians of the Free Republics. The letters demand that the governors leave office within three days or "they will be removed" from office. A page on the group's website entitled "Rationale" reads, "For those who are concerned about opening the door to satanic forces, permit me to reassure you. The Guardian Elders deliberated with great sobriety the wisdom of sitting on our hands while the march to World War III continues." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

April 1-20Walter Fitzpatrick, a member of American Grand Jury (AGJ), attempts to effect a citizen's arrest on grand jury foreman Gary Pettway at the Monroe County courthouse in Madisonville, Tennessee, and is arrested. Nineteen days later, on the day that Fitzpatrick is scheduled to face trial, Oath Keepers member Darren Huff is pulled over by Tennessee state troopers as he attempts to drive to the courthouse to arrest county officials he calls "domestic enemies of the United States engaged in treason." Huff is armed with a Colt-45 handgun and an AK-47 assault rifle with 300-400 rounds of ammunition. He is indicted on federal charges of traveling in interstate commerce with intent to incite a riot and transporting in commerce a firearm in furtherance of a civil disorder. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

April 6Authorities charge Charles Alan Wilson of Selah, Washington, with threatening a federal official after Wilson makes several phone calls to the office of Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). Wilson, a concealed handgun permit holder in Washington, was angry about Sen. Murray's vote for health care reform legislation and told her she had "a target on her back." He also told Murray, "Since you are going to put my life at risk, and some bureaucrat is going to determine my health care, your life is at risk, dear ... I hope somebody puts a...bullet between your...eyes." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

April 7Gregory Lee Giusti, 48, of San Francisco, California, is arrested for making threatening phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Giusti allegedly called Pelosi dozens of times, recited her home address, and told her that if she wanted to see it again, she should drop her support for health care reform legislation. Giusti had a "history of mental health problems" and his mother indicated he was influenced by "Fox News and all of those that are really radical." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

April 10
At a "Second Amendment March" organized by the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, Martha Dean, the Republican-endorsed candidate for Attorney General in Connecticut, tells those in attendance, "If government is legitimate and truly is the voice of the people, it need never fear the people themselves when they’re armed. Only a government that uses secrecy and force to impose improper laws [to] which the people do not consent need fear the wrath of its law-abiding citizens at the ballot box or, ultimately, with arms … Our right of free speech and to back it up with arms if necessary if our government becomes tyrannical and unjust as King George’s was to the colonists are the most essential of the rights we as Americans have ... I will oppose all efforts to create nonsensical distinctions that are nowhere supported by our constitutions between different types of firearms. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that the government gets the effective firearms and the people the ineffective ones. Nowhere in our Constitution does it say that the government gets the modern firearms and the citizens only get the antiquated ones." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

April 13
Reports surface that state Sen. Randy Brogdon (R-OK) and Rep. Charles Key (R-OK) have met with Oklahoma Tea Party groups to discuss the formation of a new "volunteer militia" to defend against what they see as improprer federal infringements on state sovereignty. Brogdon states that the Founding Fathers "were not referring to a turkey shoot or a quail hunt. They really weren't even talking about us having the ability to protect ourselves against each other. The Second Amendment deals directly with the right of an individual to keep and bear arms to protect themselves from an overreaching federal government." One Tea Party leader involved in these meetings, J.W. Berry of the Tulsa-based OKforTea group, has called for the Militia to "launch a thousand guerrilla attacks on the plans that these people have to ruin us and our country." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

April 19
Pro-gun activists conduct two rallies in the Washington, D.C. area to demonstrate their opposition to an "oppressive, totalitarian government." Among the featured speakers at the events are current and former militia leaders and others with ties to extreme, anti-government groups. The choice of date is significant, as April 19 marks the anniversary of the first shots being fired in the American Revolution at the Battle of Lexington/Concord, the fiery conclusion to the 1993 siege at Waco, and the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh. At the "Second Amendment March" in the District of Columbia, Larry Pratt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, states, "We're in a war. The other side knows they are at war, because they started it. They are coming for our freedom, for our money, for our kids, for our property. They are coming for everything because they are a bunch of Socialists." Mike Vanderboegh, who made national headlines after taking credit for several instances of vandalism at Democratic offices following votes on health care reform legislation, is the featured speaker at a rally in Fort Hunt National Park in Virginia, where he tells attendees, "Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience ... This is what the other side doesn’t understand! We are doing backing up! Done! Not one more inch." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

May 20
Jerry Kane, Jr., 45, and his son Joseph Kane, 16, fatally shoot two Arkansas police officers with AK-47 assault rifles during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 40 in West Memphis. The Kanes are killed during an exchange of gunfire with police in a Walmart parking lot 90 minutes later. Jerry Kane, an Ohio resident and anti-government activist, had a long history with police and had recently spent three days in jail for driving with an expired license plate and no seat belt. Kane considered himself a "sovereign citizen" and ran a business that centered on debt-avoidance scams. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

May 30
Sharron Angle, a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator in Nevada, tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that a recent increase in gun sales nationwide "tells me that the nation is arming. What are they arming for if it isn't that they are so distrustful of government? They're afraid they'll have to fight for their liberty in more Second Amendment kinds of ways." These comments echo ones made by Angle in January, when she told conservative radio show talk host Lars Larson, "You know, our Founding Fathers, they put that Second Amendment in there for a good reason and that was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government. And in fact Thomas Jefferson said it's good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years. I hope that's not where we're going, but, you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I'll tell you the first thing we need to do is take [U.S. Senator from Nevada] Harry Reid out." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

May 31
Oath Keeper Rex Nichols, a candidate for sheriff in Montana's Lincoln County, makes reference to federal agents' standoffs at Ruby Ridge in 1992 and Waco in 1993 and promises to keep them out of the county if elected. "I am going to take my deputies and stand in the middle of the road and tell them to get the hell out," says Nichols. "And if they want a war, they got it." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

June 2010
Rick Barber, a Tea Party candidate seeking the Republican nomination in Alabama's Second Congressional District, runs a campaign ad in which he dicusses contemporary political issues with America's Founding Fathers. After Barber states "I would impeach him" and rails about the "progressive income tax," the Internal Revenue Service, and health care reform, a Founding Father replies, "Gather your armies." Several Founding Fathers are depicted as being armed with pistols. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

July 2
The Wyoming Department of Revenue suspends sales tax collections at the state's gun shows because of "increasing animosity" toward field tax agents. Dan Noble, director of the department's Excise Tax Division, cites one particular incident at a gun show that "crossed the line" and says, "We tend to have more trouble at gun shows than any place ... I have 10 field reps throughout the state, and every one of them has experienced some animosity ... I don't want to put my people at risk." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

Alan West, candidate (now elected) for US House (R-Florida), sends biker gang "security" to bully a reporter (and video); In August 2007, when discussing illegal immigrants, his chief of staff, Joyce Kaufman, said on her radio show, "If you commit a crime while you're here, we should hang you and send your body back to where you came from, and your family should pay for it." Kaufman also said at a Broward County speech: "And if ballots don't work, bullets will," (documented here); at a July 3rd Tea Party event she said "I am convinced that the most important thing the Founding Fathers did to ensure me my First Amendments rights was they gave me a Second Amendment. And if ballots don’t work, bullets will. This is the standoff. When I say I’ll put my microphone down on November 2nd if we haven’t achieved substantial victory, I mean it. Because if at that point I’m going to up into the hills of Kentucky, I’m going to go out into the Midwest, I’m going to go up in the Vermont and New Hampshire outreaches and I’m going to gather together men and women who understand that some things are worth fighting for and some things are worth dying for." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

July 11
Supporters of Tea Party candidate Joe Miller openly carry assault rifles and handguns during a community parade in Eagle River and Chugiak, Alaska, while young children march alongside them. Miller, who is running against Senator Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary, was endorsed by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who described him as a “true Commonsense Constitutional Conservative.” (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

July 18
California Highway Patrol officers arrest Byron Williams, 45, after a shootout on I-580 in which more than 60 rounds are fired. Officers had pulled Williams over in his pick-up for speeding and weaving in and out of traffic when he opened fire on them with a handgun and a long gun. Williams, a convicted felon, is shot several times, but survives because he is wearing body armor. Williams, a convicted felon, reveals that he was on his way to San Francisco to "start a revolution" by killing employees of the ACLU and Tides Foundation. Williams' mother says her son was angry at "Left-wing politicians" and upset by "the way Congress was railroading through all these Left-wing agenda items." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

July 30
Camp Hill prison guard Raymond Peake, 64, is charged with robbery and the murder of Todd Getgen. Peake allegedly shot Getgen to death at a local shooting range and stole Getgen's custom, silenced AR-15 rifle. Investigators follow Peake to a storage unit when they find three firearms: Getgen's AR-15 rifle, a scoped Remington rifle that had been reported stolen from the range in May, and a second AR-15 rifle. Thomas Tuso is also arrested and charged with conspiracy, receiving stolen property and other crimes. Peake tells police that he and Tuso had been stealing guns "for the purpose of overthrowing the federal government." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

August 14
Former Arizona sheriff Richard Mack—who gained fame in anti-government circles by joining a mid-1990s lawsuit against the federal government over the Brady Bill requirement that state law enforcement agencies conduct background checks on gun purchasers—tells those in attendance at the American Policy Center's 2010 Freedom Action Natonal Conference, "My dear friends, I pray for the day that the first sheriff in this country is the one to fire the shot heard 'round the world and take out some IRS agents!" (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

August 17—Patrick Gray Sharp, 29, opens fire on the Department of Public Safety in McKinney, Texas, and unsuccessfully attempts to ignite gasoline and ammonium nitrate in a trailer hitched to his truck. Sharp is armed with an assault rifle, a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol, and a 12-gauge shotgun. He is killed after an exchange of gunfire with police arriving on the scene. Miraculously, no one else is hurt. Sharp's roommate, Eric McClellan describes him as "a great guy" and states, "We're Texans. We have a right to bear arms." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

August 19—Josiah Fornof, 30, of Pasco County, Florida, is arrested after threatening to "bear arms against" local law enforcement officers who were trying to serve him with a warrant. Authorities recover a letter that Fornof had tried to serve the deputies with, which reads, "I have the right to bear arms against such unlawful entities, up to and including the President of the United States, that are coming against me unlawfully, lethally, and genocidally." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

September 1—James Jay Lee, 43, takes hostages at the Discovery Communications building in Silver Spring, Maryland, while armed with two starter pistols and four improvised explosived devices. After pointing a gun at one of the hostages, he is shot and killed by police. Lee, a radical environmental activist, had previously issued 11 demands through a webpage that Discovery was to meet "immediately." The demands involved the content of programming on the Discovery Channel. Lee had also declared on his MySpace page, "It's time for REVOLUTION!!!" (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

September 30
Steve Kendley, a deputy sheriff running for sheriff in Lake County, Montana, threatens "a violent conflict" with federal agents if "they are doing something I believe is unconstitutional." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

September 13—Police stop Richard Scott McLeod, 48, for a traffic violation in Webberville, Michigan, and upon searching his vehicle, discover bumper stickers quoting Adolf Hitler, a picture of President Barack Obama, a loaded handgun, a bullet-proof vest, and bomb-making materials. McLeod is arrested and charged with illegally carrying a concealed weapon and unlawful possession of body armor. McLeod tells officers that he is a member of the Michigan Militia. The group denies any relationship with McLeod (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

October 15
Conservative radio show host Glenn Beck lays out a hypothetical scenario on the air where the government is considering taking his children because he refused to have them receive a mandatory flu vaccine. Beck tells his audience that his response to the government would be "Meet Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

Republican House candidate Stephen Broden calls for violent overthrow of US government if GOP loses 2010 election (quote: "If the government is not producing the results or has become destructive to the ends of our liberties, we have a right to get rid of that government and to get rid of it by any means necessary") (here)

Alaskan candidate Joe Miller (Miller conceded Dec. 31st) had US Army soldiers (illegally serving as security) detain, handcuff, and rough up an editor for the Alaska Dispatch at a town hall meeting, for the "crime" of asking questions. (here)

Candidate Rand Paul (elected, to US Congress) supporter and campaign worker illegally assaults a Move On supporter and stomps on her neck at a rally (here)

November 3
James Patock, 66, of Pima County, Arizona, is arrested on the National Mall in the District of Columbia after law enforcement authorities find a .223 caliber rifle, a .243 caliber rifle barrel, a .22 caliber rifle, a .357 caliber pistol, several boxes of ammunition, and propane tanks wired to four car batteries in his truck and trailer. Patock former neighbor in Arizona reported that, "He hated the president. He hated everything. He said if he got a chance he would shoot the president." Patock tells authorities he is a member of the National Rifle Association. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

November 4
On his radio show, conservative host Glenn Beck fantasizes about President Obama being decapitated during a trip to India, saying, "If anybody thinks he was a Muslim over here, well God forbid, they think he was a Muslim over there because he left his religion for Christianity, death sentence, behead him.” Beck then tells his listeners that "God forbid" this should happen, as there would be a "New World Order" overnight in the United States. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

November 4
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly fantasizes about killing a Washington Post reporter while on the air, saying, "Does sharia law say we can behead Dana Milbank?" O'Reilly also tells co-host Megyn Kelly, "I think you and I should go and beat him up." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

November 9
Concealed handgun permit holder George Thomas Lee, 69, of Walhalla, South Carolina, is arrested on the town's main street for disseminating and promoting obscenity by bearing signs "laden with expletives and taking aim at U.S. foreign policy, President Barack Obama, blacks in general, Jews and the nation of Israel." Officers also seize literature from Lee that details "the most expedient means of killing law enforcement officers." The November 9 arrest follows an October 19 arrest for assault after Lee kicked and swung his signs at a group of girls between the ages of 12 and 14. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

November 10
Public schools in Broward County, Florida, go into lockdown after an email threat is received by WFTL 850 AM. The email is sent to conservative radio host Joyce Kaufman in response to remarks she made at a Tea Party event in July ("If ballots don't work, bullets will"). The email expresses support for her view of the Second Amendment and says that to further "their cause...something big will happen at a government building in Broward County, maybe a post office maybe even a school." A phone call is then received at the station, allegedly from the emailer's wife, warning that he is preparing to go to a Pembroke Pines school and open fire. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

November 23
Larry Pratt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, writes an editorial in The Register Citizen in which he calls for state and county sheriffs to organize large, armed "posses" as "a check on the unconstitutional exercise of federal power." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

November 29
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), the ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, circulates a PowerPoint presentation to his colleagues in which he compares the Obama administration to the Nazi regime in Germany and likens himself to Gen. George Patton, bragging, "Put anything in my scope and I will shoot it." (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)

December 3
At "Roe & Roeper's Miracle on Indianapolis Blvd. Holiday Extravaganza" promoting "Toys 4 Tots" in Chicago, Illinois, actor R. Lee Emery (famous for his depiction of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in "Full Metal Jacket") tells those in attendance, "The economy really sucks. Now I hate to point fingers at anybody, but the present administration probably has a lot to do with that. And the way I see it, they're not gonna quit doing it until they bring this country to its knees. So I think we should all rise up and we should stop this administration from what they're doing because they're destroying this country. They're driving us into bankruptcy so that they can impose socialism on us (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)



Custard pie is thrown at Ann Coulter at University of Arizona Tuscon event. Police arrest William Wolff and Phillip Smith. (here is the arrest report/Smoking Gun)

"The sons of a first-term congresswoman and Milwaukee's former acting mayor were among five Democratic activists charged Monday with slashing the tires of vans rented by Republicans to drive voters and monitors to the polls on Election Day." (from USA Today, listed item on Michelle Malkin's page)

Barry Seltxer, Florida man and registered Democrat, tries to run over Republican Congresswoman Hatherine Harris (from Smoking Gun, listed item on Michelle Malkin's page)


As reported in NYTimes article, recruiters offices are suffering vandalism from anti-war protestors. A 19-year-old threw a burning rag into an office and was arrested (Jan.31). Manure and blood were thrown, windows were smashed. Army spokesman: "We're aware that there are some instances of damage to stations, and we're keeping an eye on this," he said. "But it is not something that has us overly concerned." But recruiters"remained on edge". (listed item on Michelle Malkin's page)

Michelle Fernandez, Florida man, chases man with Bush-Cheney bumper sticker with his car; gets out and acts threatening. (from St. Petersburg Times, listed item on Michelle Malkin's page)

College student Josh Medlin throws pie at William Kristol in Indiana. (from SAF org, listed item on Michelle Malkin's page)


Texas Constitutional Militia member John Joe Gray holes up with heavily armed family members, refusing to face charges of assaulting two highway patrolmen. Actor Chuck Norris, a Gray hero, fails to broker a settlement. (Patriot Timeline)

Ryan Wagner and Christopher Slavin lure two Mexican day laborers, Israel Pérez and Magdaleno Estrada Escamilla, to an abandoned building in Shirley with a promise of work. The two white men attack them with a crowbar, shovel and knife, though Perez and Escamilla manage to escape. In a December court hearing, Wagner states that he wanted to beat someone up after a long night of alcohol and drugs left him angry. In January 2002, Wagner is given a 15-year sentence for the attack and Slavin is sentenced to 25 years. (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)


After more than two years in hiding, James Kopp is arrested in a small town in France for allegedly killing abortion doctor Barnett Slepian in Amherst, N.Y (CBS Abortion Timeline)

Franco Carmero is attacked in Patchogue by about a dozen white teens. They throw him to the ground, hit him with a baseball bat and break two teeth. Carmero reports that when police arrive, they simply tell everyone to go home. (The New York Times, Jan. 9) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

July 5
Five teenagers use a Fourth of July fireworks rocket to set fire to a house occupied by a Mexican family in Farmingville. A prosecutor says they attacked the home simply because “Mexicans lived there.” Four of the teens are charged with reckless endangerment as a hate crime and are later found guilty. Ray Wysolmierski, the former SQL spokesman, tells reporters that the Mexican family is at fault for the fire. “The truth is they have invaded,” he says. “The truth is they are terrorists, low-level terrorists, but terrorists nonetheless.” (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY))

July 12
Alejandro Castillo, 64, an immigrant from Ecuador, is kicked repeatedly in the head by four teens who demand his green card. Castillo has plates put in his skull after the attack. Castillo says he reports the incident to the police, but no one is charged. (New York Times, Jan. 8) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

Midland Hammerskin Shane McCormick (above) stabs a black man in a Missouri restaurant. (Hammerskin Nation was the nation's largest skinhead organization) (Skinhead Timeline)


Skinhead Kevin A. Johnson beats a man to death outside the Courtesy Diner in St. Louis while spewing anti-Semitic epithets, although his victim is not Jewish. (Skinhead Timeline)

The Rev. Michael Bray, a convicted abortion clinic bomber and leading advocate of murdering abortion doctors, praises Saudi Arabia for beheading three gay men on New Year's Day. "Let us give thanks," Bray proclaims. "Let us welcome these tools of purification. Open the borders! Bring in some agents of cleansing." (War on Gays timeline)


The number of skinhead chapters nationwide more than doubles (Skinhead Timeline)

Kurtis William Monschke
, head of the Washington state chapter of Volksfront, helps three other racist skinheads use baseball bats and rocks to beat to death a homeless white man in Tacoma. (Skinhead Timeline)

A group of teens attacks a group of immigrant workers walking on a road in Farmingville, demanding that the workers buy them beer. The workers refuse, and the teens then throw rocks at them while shouting ethnic slurs. The teens follow the men to their home and throw rocks at their house, breaking windows. Seven youths are arrested by the Bias Crimes Bureau of the Suffolk County Police. (The Workplace Project) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

Jacinto Jaramillo and his landlord are attacked by a handful of teens who say they “don’t like Spanish guys.” Jaramillo says he did not call the police because they had ignored an earlier anti-Latino attack he had witnessed and reported. Two years later, Jaramillo, while riding a bicycle, is attacked by a group of teens who shout obscenities and ethnic slurs and throw an empty beer bottle at him. He says he does not report this incident either because of his prior experiences. (The New York Times, Jan. 9) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

July 12
A 61-year-old Ecuadorian immigrant is badly beaten in Patchogue by three white men as he pushes a shopping cart through the streets collecting cans. Before the attack, the man is asked if he has a green card. “Then they started pummeling him,” Suffolk County Hate Crimes Detective Robert Reecks tells reporters. The man, whose name is not made public, suffers a broken eye socket and facial bruises. (Newsday, July 27, 2005) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)


RAID, guns siezed. "The Provisional Party of Communists came to the attention of authorities again in 1996, the year after Parente-Ramos died. Police raided their Brooklyn headquarters and found 17 handguns, five shotguns, one airgun, blackjacks, and knives. They also found dummy grenades, five pounds of black powder, three bulletproof vests, handcuffs, holsters, false identity documents, and $42,000 in cash. Three people were charged with criminal weapons possession, and another 35 members were subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury as a result of the raid (McCool, 1996)."
-- No personal injuries (fas PDF)

1999, Seattle, WA: demonstrations by international and US groups, steered in US by J18, a coalition of mostly anarchist, Marxist, anti-money, and anti-capitalist groups. Violent anti-property actions and guerrilla theatre.
-- "no serious injuries among protesters or police" -- NYTimes


A bomb was detonated at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killed 168 people and injured more than 500 others. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichol, members of rightwing militia groups, were convicted.

Nov 10

Ancaster, Ontario: Physician Hugh Short was shot while watching television in his home. The bullet was fired through a second-floor window and shattered his elbow. (abortion)

Southern California skinhead Randall Rojas beats a homeless black man to death behind a fast-food restaurant. (Skinhead Timeline)


A common-law group called the Montana Freemen begins an 81-day standoff in Montana after its leaders are arrested and charged with a multimillion-dollar fraud. (Patriot Timeline)


A pipe bomb exploded at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia, killing two people and injuring more than one hundred others. The FBI suspected RW militia members. No convictions to date.


Winnipeg, Manitoba: Physician Jack Fainman was shot in the right shoulder by a bullet that came through the back window of his home. (location corrected, thanks to DriveGoddess on OS)


Two bomb blasts an hour apart rock an Atlanta building containing an abortion clinic. Six people are injured. The clinic is left in ruins. (CBS Abortion Timeline)


Bruce Vander Jagt becomes the first American police officer killed in the line of duty by a racist skinhead when he's gunned down in Denver by 25-year-old racist Matthaus Jaehnig after a high-speed chase. The next week, a dead pig bearing Vander Jagt's name is dumped outside a Denver police substation, and Denver skinheads Nathan Thill and Jeremiah Barnum murder a West African immigrant they encounter at a bus stop. Thill later tells a reporter that he killed Oumar Dia because he was "wearing the enemy's uniform" -- his black skin. (Skinhead Timeline)

4/18/97 --
A Patriot group files a notice with Maricopa County officials declaring a new "Country of Arizona," separate from the United States, and supposedly recognized by the United Nations as "Indigenous Nation No. 215." (Patriot Timeline)

5/3/97 --
A six-day standoff between police and Republic of Texas common-law separatists ends. One man is killed in a gun battle with police. (Patriot Timeline)


New York: A doctor whom police did not identify by name was shot in the shoulder while sitting in his home in northern New York.


A Texas man with reported separatist views like those of the Republic of Texas, claiming to be armed and carrying explosives, attempts to take over a Veterans Affairs office in Waco. Jason Leigh eventually surrenders. (Patriot Timeline)


Independent Nazi Skins gang leader John "Polar Bear" Butler ambushes and kills two Anti-Racist Action members in the desert outside Las Vegas on the Fourth of July. (Skinhead Timeline)


Amherst, N.Y.: Physician Barnett Slepian, 52, was shot and killed in his house. The bullet was fired through the kitchen window.

James Byrd Jr, a black man, is dragged to death beneath a truck driven by three white men in Jaspar, Texas. See similar crime in 2008.

A coalition of fundamentalist groups led by Coral Ridge Ministries sponsors "Truth in Love," a million-dollar advertising campaign promoting "ex-gay ministries," which use discredited psychological methods to "cure" gay people. One day before a second round of "Truth in Love" ads is released, gay college student Matthew Shepard dies after being savagely beaten and left tied to a fence in Wyoming. The murder spurs a national debate about the connection between anti-gay rhetoric and hate crimes. (War on Gays timeline)


Florida skinheads attack interracial couples, killing a woman and a child in two separate incidents. (Skinhead Timeline)


A car swerves into a Mexican construction worker bicycling home from his job, knocking him to the ground. Two young men climb out of the car and beat the man with a baseball bat while calling him “spic” and “wetback.” The victim suffers serious injuries. A police report is reportedly filed, but no arrests result. (The Workplace Project) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)

White supremacist Buford O. Furrow, Jr. fires 70 rounds into a Jewsish Community Center pre-school complex, injuringfive people, including three children, then killed a postal worker. (Wikipedia)


A construction worker from Honduras is assaulted by a group of teenagers in Farmingville. The attack is unprovoked and comes from behind. The victim’s nose is broken and he is knocked unconscious. No one is arrested. (The Workplace Project) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)


A Mexican construction worker is severely beaten by his employer and several of his employers’ friends after the job he is working on is not completed. The victim reportedly files a complaint with the police, but is told that his employer had called and complained that the victim had sexually assaulted his wife. (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY))


A Farmingville home rented to several Mexican day laborers is riddled with bullets. Residents are said to report the make and model of the shooter’s car to police, but no arrests occur. (The Workplace Project) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)




White supremacist theorist Louis Beam calls for "leaderless resistance," or cells of fighters who report to no one. In coming years, the concept will be picked up by many in the Patriot movement. (Patriot Timeline)

Dr. David Gunn is shot three times in the back outside The Pensacola Women's Medical Center, becoming the first U.S. doctor killed during an anti- abortion demonstration. Michael Griffin is convicted one year later of first-degree premeditated murder and is serving a life sentence. (CBS Abortion Timeline)


members of the skinhead gang ANF murder a homeless black man in Birmingham, Ala., after attending a Hitler birthday party.

8/31 -- White supremacist Randy Weaver surrenders after an 11-day standoff at his cabin on Ruby Ridge, Idaho, that left his wife, son and a U.S. marshal dead. The incident galvanizes many on the radical right. (Patriot Timeline)


Aug. 19
Wichita, Kan.: Physician George Tiller, 52, was shot once in each arm outside the Women's Health Care Services. (Abortion Timeline)


A California official who angered Patriot "common-law" adherents by refusing to vacate an IRS lien is beaten, stabbed and sodomized with a gun. The attack exemplifies the growing violence of common-law adherents. (Patriot Timeline)


In a speech to the antigovernment U.S. Taxpayers Party, a militant abortion opponent calls on churches to form their own militias, showing the increasing convergence of Patriot and anti-abortion activists. (Abortion Timeline)


Pensacola, Fla.: Physician John Britton, 69, and volunteer security escort Jim Barrett were shot and killed outside the Ladies Center. (Abortion Timeline)


Two members of the Minnesota Patriots Council are arrested for making the deadly toxin ricin, and are later convicted of plotting to poison federal agents. In the next six years, nearly 30 major terrorist attacks (see Terror from the Right) will be plotted. (Patriot Timeline)


Vancouver: Physician Garson Romalis was shot in the leg in his home. Romalis was eating breakfast when the bullet was fired through the back window. (Abortion Timeline)

A militiaman threatens an Audubon Society official with a noose after the official testifies for an environmental measure. (Patriot Timeline)


Brookline, Mass: Receptionists Lee Ann Nichols, 38, and Shannon Lowney, 25, were killed in a clinic. John C. Salvi III, who opened fire in two clinics and was convicted in the deaths, later committed suicide in his prison cell. (Abortion Timeline)


Southern Poverty Law Center
1. Skinhead History
2. 'Patriot' History
3. Suffolk County NY Immigrants
4. "War on Gays" Timeline,2
5. Anti-Gay Hate fuels violence
6. Thirty Plots foiled since Oklahoma City

Washington Post
1. Abortion Timeline (
("Since 1977, there have been more than 1,700 attacks against abortion providers, according to the National Abortion Federation. ... ")

CBS News
Abortion Timeline

Government Documents
FAS org
1. Report (April 2001)
2. DOJ indictment

1. Environmental
2. MoveON worker attacked by Rand Paul Supporter

1. James Byrd Jr., a Black Man, Dragged to Death 1998

1. Brandon McClelland, a Black Man, Dragged to Death 2008

Matthew Shephard Foundation

Center for Foreign Relations
1. Terrorism Report

1. LA Jewish Center Shooting

Huffington Post
1. Joe Stack
2. Alan West

The Palm Beach Post
1. Alan West bikers

Think Progress
1. Texas candidate Broden, calling for insurrection

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
1. Insurrectionism Timeline - Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Michelle Malkin
NOTE: Malkin's fact-checking is almost non-existent. We found broken links, no real page or misleading information on more than a dozen of the 40+ links we used on this page. She conflates peaceful protests with violence. Several of the stories we checked were not what she indicated ('a "leftist" comitted the act'). Many have links to news sources but the news sources have no such article, and all Google turns up is references to Malkin's page. For example: David P. McCally story of assault on GO{ office; Gainesville paper source has no such story (anyone want to fact-check and fix Malkin's links?) Nonetheless she lists items that checked out and meet the criteria of our chart and we posted them (). See this:

SPECIAL THANKS to Steve Busch for help with research. Thanks, Steve!

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I'm putting this on facebook.

thank-you greg.
As I say above: if you have a credible revision, something missing or an item you want to dispute or have me amend, I will gladly engage. I expected a ratio of about five to one or ten to one, not the eighty to almost one we came up with.
Surely I am missing something. A distinct, discrete act of violence committed in the US by a leftist of any realistic description, since 1990, that anything remotely like a political context.
rw, you did not read this. I know you didn't because you responded in seconds after posting. And you ask the wrong question: almost none of these are "legitimate" political anything. What, in your mind, is political or revolutionary about dragging a man behind a car, beating a boy with a bat, or shooting a little girl? Other than the demented and vain "politics" of race and exclusion?
Don't forget, poor Glenn Beck has his fans convinced that he and Sarah P. are in mortal danger from the Lefties.

Maybe you'll find some credible threats against the two of them?

After all, I'm sure he's not just making shit up as he goes along.
dolores: thank you

rw: thanks for the civil clarification. I too am a fan of RFK. The salient point about Britain and the US is this: we were not a democracy at the time – we INVENTED our tolerant, flexible, inclusive deliberative democracy in SPITE of being occupied. The Tea Partiers are crybabies, who pick up guns just because someone votes different. Nothing like the founding fathers at all.

Denise! me bubbelah. No, I am sure Beck can prove it all, with, with, um, geometeric logic.
You have to go back to the 1970s to find any extensive leftist violence.

This is a pretty sobering and compelling timeline.
This is my baliwick. If you need or want help in categorizing these events, let me know.

This is a great start and I'm glad someone is doing this analysis.

Kudos for all the hard work Greg. I thought I'd drop in on here and give one personally. I believe we all knew this, but putting it in black and white brings more perspective.
Kudos for all the hard work Greg. I thought I'd drop in on here and give one personally. I believe we all knew this, but putting it in black and white brings more perspective.

The New Black Panther case is a non-starter, nothing happened and it should not be on any serious list.

I challenge anyone to show where any Panther anywhere at any time has done anything to anyone- other than those who were attacking and killing them in their own community.

The demon-ization of the Black Panthers is Reconstruction related, and part of a long line of the Darker is EVIL lies which come right out of the Reformation's attempts to explain dualism, which, it turns out, does not even exist.
It's amazing how many of these heinous acts are burned in my memory forever. I never realized how many...~r
This should be an op-ed piece in a major paper, and certainly on the cover of salon. Great work!
In the sense of fairness please add these to the left side, please--

2011--Various groups of leftists laughed aloud at Bristol Palin when she was on Dancing for the Stars.
2010--Keith Olberman called Sarah Palin an "idiot" on multiple occasions.
2009-Mitch McConnell's lack of a chin was mentioned in front of an adorning group of Appalachian children.
2008-John McCain was rounded defeated by a part black guy who rubbed it in with an over-the-top celebration.

I have others but please add these. You know, we all equally guilty of being extreme. Your chart proves it.
thanks for doing the data entry and compilation, greg. this ought to go at least *a little* ways toward quieting those who say "the left does it, too."

just to take one more step, in my long experience, the left doesn't even *verbally* "do it, too."
I just had a discussion about this very thing. You have documented my argument perfectly. Thank you.
I must stop. I will respond to all and any other who might comment, tomorrow. 15 hours straight at this today, not to mention yesterday's research and prep. Also: any suggested amendments ill have to wait til tomorrow evening. I have to protect my phony baloney job.

My dtms piece about this is up, as promised:

Thank you, all...
Good job, Greg. I have been looking for something like this.
Greg, this is unbelievable, going on my FB page.
Whoa! I expected it to be lopsided to the right, but this is incredible.

Wow. Great research job, Greg. But you forgot the time Nancy Pelosi accidentally stepped on John Boehner's foot in the House cloak room.
But if we do go back to the '60s and '70s, we find an awful lot of left-wing violence protesting our involvement in Vietnam. This from the Think Quest Education Foundation: Many antiwar activists terrorized the entire nation.

One particular organization was the "Weathermen Underground," and was a division of the Revolutionary Youth Movement and the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). The Weathermen set off bombs, between the years 1967 to 1970, throughout the country as a way to broadcast their message. Nearly 5000 bombings were set off, according to the US Treasury. One of their many targets was the University of Wisconsin's Army Mathematics Research Center, which resulted in the death of an innocent student.

I was a student at U. of Wis. when that bombing happened. I was active there as a member of Veterans Against the War.
Great research piece Greg. thanks for the work you have done. This was shocking and important.
Wow! This is a major piece of work. But it is so necessary to show for once and for all that those who whine that "both sides are equally guilty" are full of it up to their necks.

I am pleased that no one knows much about the New Black Panthers.

Amazing that a country that was founded on violence, thrived through violence and never stopped being violent is so shocked that violence from the right wing happens.

Poor Sinner, dude, you need to calm down if you can. You sound like you're about to have a stroke.
Thanks for putting so much of your valuable time into this. Great piece of work.
"Get real... you have no credibility with me ever again."

Gosh Greg. Whatever will you do now?
Greg, this is a landmark piece of work that couldn't have come at a more appropriate (or sadder) time. For me there are no surprises, but it is a handy and welcome reference work. Also, you now have no credibilitywith poorsinner101, which puts you squarely in the winner's circle. Great job, it's all been said already. I am in awe and extremely grateful for all the hard work. r
This is fascinating. I do think it would be interesting to compare it to lists of left-leaning violence int he 60's and 70's. Or can that really be done?
OMG. This reads like the racist version of "Columbine". I have to say, I am shocked, I really didn't think it would be this lopsided when I clicked on your link. I live in Seattle, and I know most of the violence here stems out of protests originally designed to be peaceful and then some young yahoos start doing property damage. The only other thing I could think of to include is state sanctioned deaths (as in death penalty) but you would have a hard time concluding if that is a right/left issue.

Amazing work here Greg.
this is also a good link:
Hey Greg, don't forget about Ashley Todd, who was beaten by a scary black guy and had a "B" carved into her face, all because she had a McCain bumper sticker on her car.

Oh yeah, she did that to herself so it would *look* like lefties were violent.

Never mind.
(Nice job. Thank you.)
Wow, that was a lot of work. I was genuinely surprised how many of the right-wing acts of violence were against Latinos; I guess I shouldn't be...Off to check out DTMS as well. Thanks for the reporting and compiling Greg. It was a great idea - really lays the whole thing out.
finally, data to make the case. i'm going to print this out, and keep looking through the comments. can't even handle reading this in one go - hope you heal soon.
What about the anthrax attacks? It always seemed suspicious to me that the targets were Democratic politicians and that nothing ever came of the investigation (as far as I know).
PS I think it's funny when people make assumptions about the political motivations of the Ft. Hood shooter. On what basis? Because he was Muslim? That doesn't say anything. In fact, culturally, Muslims are more likely to be socially conservative.

In the interest of fairness, Greg, have you looked at any anti-war activity during the Bush reign? Nothing comes to mind, just wondering. Also, what about the Seattle WTO protests and others like it? Again, I can't think of any injuries, just wondering.
This is the best reporting on the subject I've seen and a deeply welcome project not because it supports suspicions (and unproven-until-now presumptions) we all have about right-wing violence but because it's so well-documented and factual. Deeply sourced, as we say in the news biz. I'd have been equally impressed if you had turned up more instances of left-wing violence. And -- most importantly -- you distinguish between instances of violence against human beings and violence against property.

What a lot of work, and what a lot of practical, sobering and credible information you've provided. Such a relief to see someone pursuing the facts. Bravo.
I'd suspected events were heavily skewed but this timeline is appalling.

Here is another blog that is a perfect companion piece to yours, Greg; it also demolishes any thoughts of left/right equivalency:
this is how a better future in america begins.
i should have added: above link goes to Keith Olbermann Special Comment On Gabrielle Giffords Shooting
At some point one of those commie, liberal kids TP'ed his/her conservative neighbor's trees.

I tip my hat to you, Greg.
Great post, and I have one thing to add to the Left side of the list: The recent Discovery Channel hostage incident, which centered around a radical, unhinged environmentalist. He killed no one, but only because he was not given the chance.

Second, I would parse this list further. What most people are upset about is not *necessarily* that this gunman attacked Gifford. We expect there to be mentally unbalanced people from time to time, such as the man who attempted to kill Reagan. What is so different here, and not replicated in the few Leftist examples of violence you list, is that there is a strong basis in the Right-Wing media for this violence. There is a clear link between, on the one hand, acts that succeed--like the Gifford attack and the assassination of the abortionist Dr Tiller--as well as acts that do not succeed--like the attempted attack on the Tides Foundation--with, on the other hand, rhetoric and attitudes that the Right has now made commonplace. This is not a "politeness" problem in our society, it is a problem with the new, vitrolic, hateful brand of conservatism that has come to dominate the Right.
a little biased maybe? When did groups with roots in communism, socialism and Marxism become right wing? I am not a fan of Plain, but what about the arson of her church while attendees and children were still inside? When did every violent teen become right wing? Every minority that gets robbed is a victim of a right wing hate attack? A random news report tonight displayed three minorities robbing a bank, is this a left wing attack? The article is highly selective. The people who commit violent acts are also the same who tend to use racist language, this is due to their ignorance, not any political aspirations that they may possess.
Prodigious list Greg. And for those who think that going back to the 60s and 70s might even things up a bit, don't forget to include Medger Evers, Martin Luther King, the three civil rights workers, the Birmingham bombing, Selma, the Chicago police riot and the murder of several of the Black Panthers. And do Kent State and Jackson State count?
And in the 20th Century we have assassinations or serious attempted assassinations of Presidents:

Teddy Roosevelt 1912 Bull Moose Party (~R~)
Franklin Roosevelt 1933 (D)
Harry Truman 1951? (D)
John F. Kennedy 1963 (D)
Ronald Reagan 1981 (R)
G.W. Bush 1991 (R) - Saddam Hussein

And of course this doesn't include RFK, MLK, George Wallace, all of whom could arguably be called D.
This is extremely impressive piece of work that deserves a much larger audience than the small one provided here.

Wow! Tremendous amount of work here.
If you only report white on minority crime as hate crimes there seems to be a lot more of it. Statistically it is about 10 to one in the other direction. I was jumped by 8 guys for being white. That was just a crime. Reverse the race and it would be a news story. Left on right violence? The French Revolution, The Chinese, Russian revolutions. Pol Pot, Fidel Castro, etc. Charles Manson himself wanted to start a race war.
Put another way, 5 white guys jump a black or latino, its a racially movitated news story. 5 black of latinos jump a white guy, it's too common to be news and has no political or racial implications. Your list is a list of what white liberal reporters find troubling, not a reflecction of crime statistics.
Piling on late here with the kudos for your research (and Lea is absolutely right; but so is Spudman!). We are frightening enough as a species as a whole. Divided by (pick one: ignorance, ideology, iq), we are downright dangerous. You prove it with your sobering research. Again and again and again. Superb work, Greg.
Since you left out well EVERYTHING I figured I would assist you with getting this right. You can go here to get all the information you need on the Left Wing violence and hate-filled rhetoric that has taken place in the last few years:
Thank you for all the work that went into this post.
I will not dispute the factual validity of your list, but I'm still confused as to its point is. That people of more conservative political leanings are more violent than their liberal counterparts?

I think it's unfortunate that anyone is trying to vie for political points using violence, either at the time of a crime or alleged crime or in its aftermath.

I think moreover you have to flush out how specifically these crimes and the violence they involve is connected to the average American's ideas of liberal and conservative politics. I personally don't see skin heads as 'conservatives' or anarchist Communists as 'liberals'. How does taking the most extreme 0.01% of our political spectrum inform us on the functioning of our political system?

I'm missing something here.
There was also the Knoxville shooting at the Tennessee Valley UU Church in July, 2008. It came complete with a right-wing manifesto: and
You mention how violence has effectively shut down abortion providers across the country, but your list leaves off both Scott Roeder and Eric Rudolph.

Otherwise, great work. Of course, it's nothing that rational people didn't already know, but it's good to see it demonstrated so obviously.

This is a pretty solid list. Some of the incidents I’m currently unfamiliar with, but will be investigating them as a result of this post (a definite benefit to me). I do, nonetheless, wish to question validity on two counts that jump out at me.

1) The Tucson Assassin: from all I’ve heard and read up to this point (which may be less than you since I have not had much time since this event occurred), I do not think Loughton qualifies in the capacity in which you have included him. He appears to be such a mixed bag of tricks as to not really fit, perhaps mostly because he is simply insane. If you can direct me to information that solidly puts him into the category in which you’ve placed him here, I am perfectly willing, and even hopefully willing, to consider that information.

2) I disagree with your inclusion of Joe Stack in the capacity in which you have included him. His views simply do not, in all fairness, allow the pigeonholing into the category in which you have placed him. I see this one as more than a stretch.

Regardless, I am in full agreement that the majority of overly simplistic, violent ideation occurs on the RIGHT. Nobody can realistically deny this. But then, an inability to suspend “beliefs” is one of the major motivating factors of the RIGHT.

The cause in all the cases you sight are the individuals or small groups full of hate or frustration who because of a sense of paranoid, self importance took it upon themselves to lash out. Just because they attached some political or social reason to their acts of total craziness does not change the fact the majority of sane citizens in this country regardless of their political leanings and ideology do not commit violence towards others. They act alone.

The larger picture is there is no large picture and this like all the other acts of violence are isolated disjointed events. Sometimes people and the reasons why they do what they do is just bat shit crazy and cannot be traced to any real cause and effect. One thing is true when things like this happen both extreme sides and pundits clamor to blame each other which seems to be the only constant.

The ambient level of hate for each other only exists in the media world trying to sell ad space. In the real world most people get along and vent their frustrations on blogs or back yard BBQs, and would never dream of doing harm to others who hold different political views.
M Todd,

Maybe the idea is; while it is true that not all right-wingers are more-violently-inclined, most more-violently-inclined people are right-wingers.
SPLC is hardly an objective source. They make their living suing right wing groups, hence they search for right wing crimes much more extensively than they would left wing crimes.
Cranky: yep. And worth doing. I think we would all be better off if we did a similar timeline for 1960 to 1990, and another from 1930 to 1960, and another from 1900 to 1930, etc. Thanks.

denese: if you are serious,let's stay in touch. A crowd sourced version of this has more credibility. Thanks.

seliM: Thanks. loved werB sehctiB, by the way.

Oahusurfer: By a scrupulous measure the NBP would be irrelevant to this chart, but if I can find a credible report I will likely include. Because the still photos show threatening behavior, and that qualifies. Thanks.

Joan H: Mine too. but the endless series of incidents, tacked by SPLC, was a revelation. Bullies in suits, protecting their white enclaves on LI. Pathetic.

Lea: Thank you -- and it is! (on cover) See, they listen to you!

Dr. A: HA! Double Ha! I will look into the how B. Spears said she supported the troops and Bush – but then dressed so provocatively as to make our fighting men slightly uncomfortable in their camos.

femme: hmmm. some of "us" do it, verbally. But to include those ignorant death-to-money alcovist Marxist and white-boy-dreads anarchists in ordinary liberalism is a bit of a stretch, nowadays. The Tea Party has consumed the normative conservatives, though. Thanks.

Fay: Thank you.

Bill: Thank you.

John: and didn't some guy in NO say a rude thing to Cheney, after the flood? Thank you.

Matt: yes indeed, the 60s and 70s are worth doing as a chart as well, and the Right is justified in feeling angry and bitter, if not raw, about the excesses of the left. But back then we did not have our own international 24 hour news network, nor a major political party, co-opted, nor a couple of million members with guns.

Terrorized the whole nation is an exaggeration, methinks.

That said, those bombs were no joke, and paranoia about the radical left was justified. BTW, I lived in my campus's VVAW house, tho not a vet. Even then I wanted to be close to real experience, and not idle polemic. Thank you.

Gary: It shocked me. Thank you.

poor: I did include the "plane guy" Joe Stack, and identify him as the most difficult one to place on the list so far. But most conclude he is at least extreme libertarian. Most certainly not Left, despite the perfervid gnashings of the right. But I would accept his being moved dead center.

But recall my criteria here: violence in the climate of fomented violence by the right. His issues are consistent with the Tea Party's. But I welcome ongoing discussion on him and any similar.

The Hood shooting does not qualify, and I welcome debate about him too. He was guided by Islamic ideals. But notice I left out Islamists of any kind. Islamists would not identify as either Republican or Democrat in the US. They want Sharia here.

That said your point is semi-valid: his writings seem slightly more left than right, in the largest sense. There is no climate of supporting violence on the left, tho, so his is a personal religious crusade, informed by blank nationalist ideas, which are certainly of the left. Interestingly, the SPLC puts the Black Nationals in with militias generally, and rightly so, if you look at the evidence.

The College Professor...? Poor, make a credible case for anyone/thing, write up items and source them, and I will be fair.

And what would be fair? Let's do a thought experiment: Let's say ten of the items on the right are found to be invalid for some reason, and you present 10 items that pass muster for the Left side. That brings us to 70 to 10 ratio. At what point do we look up from the numbers game and talk about the tragic difference? if it were running a paltry 2 to 1 it would statistically significant. What we see here is bloody insurrection, in slow motion, by so-called Patriots. That's polemic, but not mine. Follow the links above and you will find nearly all involved in actions and rhetoric are brazen in their call to violence.

One thing "wins" here, in this chart: make a good case. Look back at my posts if you need to see my sincerity. I am no doctrinaire leftist. Thank you. And thanks for abbreviating your ad hominem. Good restraint.

xenonlit: The NBP are an absurdity. The right is not wrong that they are classic airhead 60s style leftists. But they are microscopic and have no support. The Tea Party is the whole of the right, essentially. That they have to dredge up NBP should be proof of the intellectual bankruptcy of the chattering right. Thank you.

Sheila: Thank you.

Odette: Thank you.

Conrad: Thank you.

AJ: It's a good start, but incomplete. Thank you.

Sparking: I expect to have some examples for the Right side by EOD. Surely that must be true. Come on, right wing!

There is one elegant, generous response that both the Right and Left should ideally make to this kind of chart: "Thanks for this, this is valuable, let me add to it."
As I read through this, I found myself wondering which logical fallacy you induldged in the most to produce this post and the accompanying list. I've decided on selection bias - my instinct tells me your political views have naturally gravitated your reading and thinking toward the left, and as a result you tend to associate/read/remember things that confirm your worldview.

With that said, if I didn't think you were being completely serious, I'd have mistaken this for satire. Take this example of 'right wing' violence: "A Farmingville home rented to several Mexican day laborers is riddled with bullets. Residents are said to report the make and model of the shooter’s car to police, but no arrests occur."

I assume you chose this incident based on the following series of inferences: (1) The right wing dislikes immigrants, (2) This violence was perpetrated again immigrants, (3) There were no other possible causes of this violence, such as drugs, crime, money, personal issues, family issues, etc. Quite a convincing case you make.

One of the things that drew me to this blog post is another one I read this morning which detailed almost the exact opposite phenomenon - left wing hate/violence. You asked for credible examples, so here is just one:

I have no doubt Ms. Malkin's politics and yours are diametrically opposed, and she uses different criteria for her list than you do, however it would seem to me that if Joe Miller having someone handcuffed makes your list, then a tomato thrown at Sarah Palin or an assault against a conservative campus speaker should make yours.

And this is what troubles me - as someone who's political views tilt rightward, I find your purported sincerity in putting together a list like this completely disheartening. I can name, off the top of my head, a dozen examples of left-wing violence that haven't made your list. Ms. Malkin, in another post on her site about labor union violence, lists even more examples. But to suggest, as you've done, that violence against people is limited to the right wing kooks of our country is in my mind either a blatant attempt to score political points in the aftermath of the Arizona tragedy (something, again, you list as 'right wing' violence when there is no, repeat, no evidence upon which to base that conclusion) or a classic case of cognitive dissonance.

There are kooks all over - and they identify politcally with both the right and the left in, I would venture to say, equal numbers.

As a final note - I would ask you to read through Ms. Malkin's post and tell me if this statement of yours holds up to scrutiny: "violent rhetoric by the Tea Party and the Republicans has crippled our deliberative democracy." In my mind, Ms. Malkin makes a pretty good case that the far left wing in the Bush years fit that description better than the Tea Party.

You're a long, long way from making your case.
My humble opinion is that neither side has done a damn thing to eradicdate violence from becoming commonplace throughout history.

Same old shit. The blame game.
What an exhausting and heartbreaking labor this must have been. Thank you for it. It's extremely valuable.

Perhaps I missed it, though I have been over the post several times. Several other commenters mentioned the crime. I find no mention of the murder of Dr. Tiller in Oklahoma, which seemed to me one of the most hideous examples--not to mention the murders of and assaults on many other abortion providers.

I bring this up not to critique, but simply to emphasize your point. Surely you are soulsick from looking so closely at such evil for such a long time. Take a break and heal, if you can.

And to perdidochas: It's called the Southern Poverty Law Center. It does NOT target rightwingers. It attempts to provide legal services for those who may have been victims of injustice, especially injustices committed by the courts or law enforcement, and who cannot otherwise afford legal help. It is true that the injustices have, in almost all cases, been committed by rightwingers, but instead of bolstering your point, it DISPROVES it.
Couple more things - after I posted my comment I saw one of your comments in which you said: "There is no climate of supporting violence on the left." Then it hit me - if you define your terms in this way, left=peace/right=violence, then you can't be wrong!

The politcal left has had a violent history: Mao, Che, Stalin, Castro, Hitler (you're going to argue this one, be he was almost certainly a man of the left). The political right also has a violent history. But this is an extension of my earlier point, you can't purport to be objective and then gloss over or completely leave out of your analysis those facts/incidents which don't support your (left=peace/right=violence) thesis.
Some observations:

1) for some strange reason, there are 20 incidents of "right wing" violence listed as originating in Patchogue, NY. Is Patchogue the right-wing capital of the U.S.?

2) The SPLC only studies "right wing" violence, because . . . well, because that's what they do. Some time ago they published a report on "hate" groups. They had several hate groups listed in Oregon, where I've lived most of my life. I had never heard of any of them. For the SPLC, if five people get together every month to gripe about "the Mexicans," that's a "hate group."

3) In general, your comparisons are rather odd. For example, hundreds of acts of vandalism, arson, etc., in Seattle are counted as a single incident whereas a single editor getting shoved around at a public meeting is also counted as an incident. This has the effect of understating left-wing violence.

4) Eco-terrorists and animal rights groups have been responsible for literally hundreds of acts of sabotage, arson, and threats of violence against persons. But they are barely mentioned in your list. For example, from the Anti-Defamation League web site:

"During the past two decades, radical environmental and animal rights groups have claimed responsibility for hundreds of crimes and acts of terrorism, including arson, bombings, vandalism and harassment, causing more than $100 million in damage. While some activists have been captured, ecoterror cells - small and loosely affiliated - are extremely difficult to identify and most attacks remain unsolved. Although it has been overshadowed by Islamic terrorist threats since September 11, ecoterrorism remains one of the country's most active terrorist movements."

"In a 1993 report to congress from the Departments of Justice and Agriculture on the "effects of terrorism on enterprises which use animals," investigators called ALF the most significant "radical fringe" animal rights group and reported more than 313 incidents of break-ins, vandalism, arson and thefts committed in the name of animal rights between 1979 and 1993. "

" . . . By 2002, several ecoterrorist groups in addition to ALF were active in the U.S. and the total number of direct actions had reached about 1,000, including more than 600 criminal acts since 1996. This rise in activity was matched by the growing sophistication and severity of the attacks. . . . "

" . . . Since the Vail arson, hundreds of crimes have been committed in the name of environmental protection nationwide. The most damaging occurred on August 1, 2003, when arsonists burned down a housing complex under construction in San Diego, destroying a five-story building and 100-foot-high crane; losses were estimated at $50 million. . . . "

" . . . Two months later, activists calling themselves the "Animal Liberation Brigade" and "Revolutionary Cells" took responsibility for setting off two pipe bombs at the Chiron office in Emeryville, California. The bombs caused relatively minor damage, but a communiqué posted to one of SHAC's Web sites stated, "You might be able to protect your buildings, but can you protect the homes of every employee?"

" . . . An anonymous e-mail claiming responsibility for the incident said that activists had used a 10-pound ammonium nitrate bomb "strapped with nails." Although the building sustained minimal damage, the e-mail warned that "we will now be doubling the size of every device we make" and that "customers and their families are considered legitimate targets."

"In an intended act of violence in 1999, 80 university researchers received threatening letters booby-trapped with razor blades. One of the letters, sent to a Harvard researcher, said, "You have until autumn 2000 to release all your primate captives and get out of the vivisection industry. If you do not heed our warning, your violence will be turned back upon you." The "Justice Department" claimed responsibility for the mailing."

The list goes on and on. I'd give you the link, but the OS spam filter wold probably kill this comment.

So if you included all of the violent acts and crimes done by animal rights and eco-terrorists, incidents of left-wing violence would far outnumber those on the right. On the other hand, right wing violence typically is against persons rather than property. So we'd end up with a comparison, but I'm not sure what it tells us about either side.
to the meme/fallacy of "both sides do it:"

the left compared Bush to a chimp
the right compares Obama to Hitler

protesters at Bush rallies were banned, arrested, etc. for t-shirts and bumper stickers critical of the administration

protesters at anti-government/ -Obama rallies openly carry automatic weapons along with signs threatening literal bloodshed ("by ballot or bullet")

Ft Hood shooter: immediately branded by the corporate media as a "terrorist";
AZ shooter: any connections to the right deflected with the characterization as a "lone nut";
the only difference is one of them is Muslim
I apologize for posting yet a third comment, but this post has struck a nerve.

You describe the Arizona murderer - Loughner - as someone who's writings reflect right-wing views. However, as we've learned more about this monster, we've found out that a former friend and bandmate described him as “left-wing political radical” and “quite liberal.” Loughner also cited The Communist Manifesto as one of his favorite books.

You have to deal with this information - you can't just wish it away. I'm not necessarily saying it makes him a left-winger, on the contrary I think the consensus emerging over the last couple days is that he is out of his frieking mind.

At best, this places him neither on the right nor the left. Taken at face value, if you believe the words of his former friend, this places him on the left-hand side of your column.

But to firmly put him on the right confirms (to me, at least) that you don't seek out information which may disprove your (left=peace, good/right=violence, bad) worldview, or if you do then you have to go through all sorts of mental gyrations to explain it all away.
I brushed through that Michelle Malkin link that's been posted. I didn't stop and read through every link, but from the headlines alone, I counted about a dozen links that suggested actual physical violence (or attempted violence, including a thrown molotov that did not injure anyone). There were maybe three times that many that suggested vandalism or destruction of property, so to the poster who suggests that right-wing violence may be more about personal harm while left-wing violence may be more about property damage, I might be inclined to believe that.

The majority of Malkin's links, however, are about people making obscene internet commentary, harmless assault (such as throwing cream pies or rotten tomatoes), or angered protestors, most of which does not appear to fit into a discussion about violent actions. Still, kudos to you for taking up the project, and I hope you manage to get it more filled out on both sides.
And actually, I'd agree with some of the other commenters that it would be better to limit the list to actual violent incidents rather than including threats and insults. Stupid threats are a dime-a-dozen through anonymous internet comments, so I'm not sure exactly where you'd draw the line between a death threat that deserves to be on the list and one left in a comment on YouTube. (Maybe the separation is where the threat of death actually seems imminent or personal, as with the man bringing a noose to threaten a man in person.)
dolores: thanks again and I will check that out. Steve and I will be updating this with new info, too. within 48 hours or less.

Lainey: Actually I think that is a serious item for the right column. It is violence, and it's target was Liberals, if obliquely. Thank you.

Blue: Yes, and in the "liberal" northeast. I had expected more RW ers noticing that. Thank you.

Maria, my pal! Thank you. This is hard to take, all at oce like this. Humans are trouble.

Lainey: I won't use anthrax, despite my suspicions, because I need to make a credible case for each of these, to both sides, and we just don't know.
The Ft. Hood fellow had odd aspects, and i don't fault the right for advocating his inclusion. Perhaps I need an add-on chart: Odd Ducks.

Seattle WTO is included up there.

Jeremiah: such praise from an old newspaperman is praise indeed. (and by old I mean decrepit and ruined, like me). But I need to credit the authors of these small texts. Few are written whole cloth by us. We are just editors/compilers. Thank you, friend.

The right makes that distinction. Bipartisan CFR's report drives it home: the right targets people. Terror, that is.

Late: Thanks for that link, we'll study it.

Maria: I saw that KO piece live. It's a winner.

Stim: and made unpleasnt faces, too. Thank you.

Daniel: thank you for the close read and fine comment. I will look at the link you give.

That rightwing noise, incessant and violent, is the thing that this chart underscores. I selected items that have some corollary to those talking points. I forgot about Tides. And I agree: this transcends politeness per se. Once can politely call for violence.

sunblock: you are wasting an opportunity with your rhetorical questions. Give me hard facts, sir. win a place on the Left list for some incident. Make the case.

I give you partial credit on the last point, personally. It's true, and what's more, Republicans/conservatives tend to be less well-educated according to recent studies. Correlation is not causation, strictly speaking. So for some incidents the racism is an afterthought. But your task, then, is to find examples to balance that. Find me a credibly sourced example of liberal who robbed someone and used racist slurs or suchlike (or not), and also yelled that the victim should support the public option, etc. Thank you.

Abrawang: Excellent points. They matter, a great deal. But that 60s era chart would also show how far left violence was, is, a standalone set of stupid, violent, and inane. Independent of Emmet and church girls and RFK. Thank you.

old new: Fascinating point. makes me think different. Thank you.

Alan: Thank you.

sophieh: Thank you.

Snoreville: some interesting starts of points but you did not read my post or the criteria applied. The French Revolution is not pertinent. Please: find examples equivalent to mine, in that they are well-sourced, and include distinct Left characteristics. This is not a list of racial attacks per se. All those Suffolk attacks were tracked as entwined with, and a direct result of, extreme racist rightwing zealots who made it to public office.

And these distinctions matter, to counter the absurd idea that there is a never a rightwing context to attacks on Liberals. You have an opportunity to make the case for any item here, or promote an incident for inclusion. Please do so. We need all items, both sides, if we are to understand this and get past this.

cartouche: Thank you, friend.

DJohn: thank you for the link. I will check it out and include any that meet the criteria applied to all the items above.

Partricia: Thank you.

the demon: thanks for the civil tone of your comment. You raise good questions. That skinheads are conservative is overwhelmingly easy to prove, as is the anarchist Communists association with traditional leftist ideology -- but nonetheless it is not always clear-cut, point by point.

Neither of us want to "own" the most extreme in our wings. But the examples above -- all of them -- are traceable to talking points for, or proudly claimed by -- the Tea Party. And the Republicans re-branded themselves as the Tea Party. Not 0.1%. 30%+, for the right.

The right must take responsibility for their rhetoric. When Bachman says lock and load, and armed and dangerous, it has consequences. The left does not say such things. Make the case, cite examples, prove me wrong. Thank you.

uubuntu: Excellent example. Thank you.

Dienne: thank you. Glaring omissions. We will add.

Rick: I disagree that he is simply insane. Insanity that is given "permission" by irresponsible rhetoric is what happened in Tuscon. The fact that either side can "cause" this in disturbed people is granted -- but now we must find examples of widespread mainstream hate and violence rhetoric from the left that might encourage the mentally ill. I find none, so far.

The chart is about strong cultural context, not just direct relationships.

I agree with your #2, generally, as noted in the post. I am unhappy with his placement currently. But his libertarian views are well-documented, and the right has usurped libertarianism viz the Tea Party. Not academic, this distinction. So he noodges just inside the right. I am not satisfied, tho.

The carefulness with which we parse this is critical. But the irony is profound: we are trying to be fair about the few, the isolated examples, in a total picture that is awash with RW violence and tolerance of same. Thank you.

jane smith: my friend! Thank you.

M Todd: Your opening statement is an assertion that goes too far, perhaps. But I applaud the arc of your first graf: most Americans are sane and do not want the extreme rhetoric to continue. But too many do, and they are mostly on the right. Find me credible examples on the left and I will include.

Your 2nd graf is unconvincing. To say there is no overall pattern or connection, however general, given the examples I cite, is not a serious contribution to our discussion. It's wishful thinking by the right and a talking point without substance.

3rd graf: most of us, yes. But the main difference over the last decade is the mainstreaming of violent rhetoric. Consider this: Sean Hannity, quote: "I'll tell you who should be tortured and killed at Guantanamo: every filthy Democrat in the U.S. Congress." ( Thank you.

perdidochas: that's the RW talking point about them, but it is absurdly easy to disprove. They track ALL hate groups and militias, including the black nationalism groups and all of the few remaining Marxist orgs in the US. Perhaps do some research before you repeat easily discredited hooey. Thank you.
"15 hours straight at this today"

Ah, yes. The internet is not adictive.
of course, we should never let things like facts get in the way of what we choose to believe

if I don't believe it to be true, it can't be a fact, can it?

(and yes, that is sarcasm, for those of you without the appropriate Firefox plug-in)
[link whoring, from last year, which was when I had time to write anything]
Greg, thanks for the response. I do think there is confusion, especially on my part.

You say,

'The right must take responsibility for their rhetoric. When Bachman says lock and load, and armed and dangerous, it has consequences.'

but the VAST MAJORITY of citizens who might heed Bachman's words didn't shoot anyone. They clearly understood that as a metaphor for an attitude towards winning an election. So if one person whose ties to the rhetoric you are citing here are hard to find does something violent, how can you say the rhetoric causes violence when the VAST MAJORITY of people who hear that rhetoric are not violent? That's confusing to me.

If the rhetoric really did cause violence, why aren't more people violent then? Even if we made your list 1000 times larger than it is, we're still only taking about a few ten thousandths of the conservative population at any given time. How does that small of a population become the 'norm' for our understanding of this issue?

In my mind, when you also say,

'But the examples above -- all of them -- are traceable to talking points for, or proudly claimed by -- the Tea Party. And the Republicans re-branded themselves as the Tea Party. Not 0.1%. 30%+, for the right.'

I'm hearing you lump Tea Party members in the same groups as violent skin-head groups. I would not because rhetoric is one thing and action is another. I can say something mean about someone, but that is fundamentally different than doing something.

The list that you provide above (assuming for the sake of argument that it is as correct as one could be) is not representative of the Tea Party as much as it is representative of violent extremist groups like skin-heads. Those violent groups comprise less than 0.01% of the 'right wing' populace. That's where my number came from and perhaps I should have explained that more thoroughly.

Tea Party members, even with their less than ideal rhetoric and message, are not, by and large, going out and murdering immigrants. I'm sure some radical racists and conservatives who do murder people might share some political leanings, but in that case you're applying causation in the wrong direction.

On top of that, if we assume that your whole argument is correct, what is the larger point? That conservatives should take responsibility for other people's actions?

I'm having trouble understanding what I should take away from the idea that conservative rhetoric creates violence.
my soul hurts reading some of this - I can only imagine what it must have been like to sift through and compile it all

does violence-themed rhetoric inspire, let alone cause, acts of violence? There's a cause/effect argument to be made but you might have difficulty persuading some.

but is violence-themed rhetoric, in the guise of political discourse, at all appropriate in light of violence against citizens?

absolutely not

Considering the recent shooting in AZ is not at all isolated - lest we forget someone severing the gas lines of a home targeted on tea party website (the home was misidentified as that of a politician voting favorably on health care legislation - it was in fact his brother's family) - to say it is "irresponsible" when broadcast, incessantly, all day every day, by major media outlets, is an understatement for the ages.
Tom W: Thank you for the close read and detailed comment. Yep: selection bias, front and center. Except strictly speaking it is not a logical fallacy if I identify my criteria upfront and invite anyone to make similar selections for both sides. In this case my selection choices are study parameters. I think my criteria is defensible.

You, too are being selective in your 2nd graf, but it reveals you did not read the entire article nor investigate the sources. That incident is part of a well-coumented pattern in a small geographic area that had endured the rise of zealot RW elected officials, and statements from same that encouraged violence and extra-legal exclusion. Even so, I grant that some incidents are arguable, and unproven on the face of it in this abbreviated chart. What about the rest of them, Tom? the point is dramatically made that the pattern of violence occurred in a climate of hate and violent rhetoric.

Someone else submitted the Malkin link. I will read within 24 hors and add any that meet the criteria for this chart. A tomato thrown by someone at Palin, and an assault on a conservative speaker, by persons who is demonstrably or even reasonably of the left, will make the list, yep.

Even 5 such examples would raise the ratio to 80 to 5 -- and I have been sent dozens of far more violent examples that will raise the 80 to over a hundred. And a tomato is not the same as being sodomized and murdered, yes?

My sincerity is demonstrated by my post and my comments here. But it is not the issue. No amount of sincerity or lack of same impacts the facts, sourced, that I provide here.

Yep, kooks on both sides. Go back to 1960 and my chart changes dramatically. But that's the point: in "modern times" – the last 20+ years – it is the right, not the left, that is promoting hate, exclusion, and violence. Denying it means you have not faced unpleasant truths. Truths we on the left faced in 1969, about our own.

You say equal numbers, Prove it, sir. Give me more sourced examples. Overwhelm me. I will post all that meet the criteria. Don't like my criteria? make your own chart, see if you can finetune my work and Make The Case. All else is just talk.

And I agree, with certain caveats, that the Far Left, not just during the Bush years, were capable of extremes. They did not have a 24 hour multi-billion dollar news network, and the support of multi-nationals, they were responding to a war based on lies, to the subversion of our traditions against torture and mercenary armies and unregulated banking, etc. but otherwise, just the same as the Tea party. More or less. Thank you.

Belinda: Not a meaningful contribution. But thank you.

hontonoshijin: Thank you for the close read and fine comment. I will be adding more items before EOD tomorrow (Wednes). Tiller is in 1993, Aug.13, though.

Tom: That's a mis-read. Perhaps I was too blithe in my phrasing: find an example of Democrats supporting 2nd amendment solutions or anything remotely like it and I will include. See above for many examples of same from Republican candidates and elected officials.

Hitler was of the left is a tiresome inanity. You are not the serious person your articulate comment would suggest. Read Goldhagen, "Hitler's Executioners" to get real, true, facts about the Social Democrats and the collapse of the middle in the early 30s.

1. Read more carefully and visit the sources. LI saw a dramatic uptick in Tea Party stye anti-immigration politicians.

2. Have you actually explored the SPLC site? I don't understand your point. Some groups are small. Some are large. I lived in Missoula, back when. Going into northern Idaho was a trip to an armed territory.

3. Fair enough. But it was a singular event, a demonstration, in Seattle, and according to credible authorities there were no serious injuries. An organized political response usurped by damnable anarchists, and condemned as such, but they showed restraint against persons. The list of events in LI are a clear pattern of anti-immigrant violence and murder, by persons more than willing to boast of their hatred of Latinos, and in a climate of formal, official sanction and encouragement -- by Republicans, exclusively.

4. "Barely mentioned" is inaccurate. They are mentioned in the exact proportion as they actually occurred. I say up front: this is about violence, the rhetoric that inspires it, and has a special focus on violence against persons. I also cite the nonpartisan, comprehensive studies that similarly frame this property destruction as being of the left.

I find the example of the threat in 1999, with the razor blades, a credible example for inclusion, without question, and will do so before EOD tomorrow (Wednes). Thank you for that.

But I think you blur the distinctions I make, and then blame me for the blur. I suggest you make a chart that satisfies your complaints, and let us see if a catch-all of sabotage and property destruction of empty buildings can balance against even one event: Tim McVeigh's murder of hundreds. But perhaps you will persuade with such a comparison.

Thank you.

Occam's: some good ppints. Thank you

Tom: valid up to a point, but I am not persuaded to exclude him from the Libertarian Right. And he also favorited Mein Kampf. Inconclusive, the books issue.
Do you assert that the far right is not entwined with radical libertariansim? or that the Tea Party is the first true mainstream libertarian movement of the last 90 years? Loughner is more libertarian than anything else -- and he killed a Jewish Democrat politician in a 12 month period that is rife with bold, public threats by the right against liberals. Once again: Sean Hannity, quote: "I'll tell you who should be tortured and killed at Guantanamo: every filthy Democrat in the U.S. Congress." ( Do you defend that? Is he not mainstream enough for you?

Will: I agree, re: which is nuttier being oblique to the point. Not irrelevant. But this chart intends to point a way out: if we admit to our current trend, we can all change it together. the most effective counter to this chart is the following: find credible examples for your "side" (or all sides!), then make on for the previous periods. RWers can mae a devestating case regarding both the late 60s radical and the Stalinist apologists of the 30s.

But it changes nothing about our current era, per se. We have a modern problem. thank you.

twobeef: thanks. I will look more closely at those links either tonight or tomorrow AM, and amend the post as needed. Your assessment is pretty good: a few things, but it is stretched thin.

I do limit the threats items to those that are directly pertinent to real violence. Imperfect this is, I know. Thanks.
"We need this list,..." I beg to differ. We do need a conversation in this country about civil discourse and solving problems by means other than coercion (by which I mean the political/state-sponsored variety too). But not here, and not now.

Calumny and ad hominem argument; interrupting, shouting, or otherwise acting up merely to distract from honest debate; throwing pies in the faces of those you disagree with; and of course the bloodier forms of political violence--all these things must go. Yet most certainly none of this has much if anything to do with a mentally ill man who was left to flounder around on his own until he inevitably hurt himself or someone else.
Posted this on my Facebook page - MANY thanks, Greg for this excellent compilation AND your calm moderation of comments.

Collateral BENEFIT of your work is that poorsinner (whom I'd been flagging for days) is gone.

He sure will be missed, until he shows up in his new guise, which will be hard to identify (rolls eyes sarcastically) with his foul mouthed ignorant posts and comments.

Excellent research. You have objectively illustrated what I already knew to be intuitively true. Good work and interesting article.
heroic and downright heroic analysis . . . hope you are on Maddow discussing this soon ;0)
I am certainly in awe of the research done but more than that, I'm thrilled to see substantive discussions about facts and making a case and listening and proving. I'm especially impressed with Greg's repeated invitation to debate any of the points he's made and his ferocious willingness to engage on discussion points. This is how conversation and different points of view are aired and perhaps even resolved.

Brother, if I didn't know your origins, I'd swear you'd been a Talmudic scholar...or a formidable defense attorney in the manner of Atticus Finch.
Greg - you admit selection bias and concede that some of your cases are arguable, then want to make a point about what the ratios say? If the underlying data is flawed, the ratios are flawed, hence the conclusions are flawed.

And you can't seriously be arguing that placing Loughner on the right boils down to the fact that he shot a Jewish Democrat, are you? That's plain silly. Does that place Oswald, a communist, on the right because he shot Kennedy?

I'm willing to concede that from a left-liberal viewpoint (or a right-conservative viewpoint for that matter) the extremes of the other party look menacing and violent. And this is my point, you see the right as violent, Malkin sees the left as violent - you're both partisans. But please don't try to coat this partisanship with some kind of 'objectivity' sugar.

Reading through the comments I get the sense that most of your readership is closer to you in their political views than they are to me, so I have no doubt that the incidents they send you will confirm your worldview. Selection bias feeding more selection bias. If you were to honestly and objectively chronicle politically fueled violence (a major task!), you'd be actively seeking out information which undercuts your thesis. That's how a scientist behaves, but I don't get the sense from your writings that it's what you're doing.

And I'm actually a WWII history buff, and I liked "The Nazi Doctors" better. Politics today bears only a passing resemblance to the 1930s and 40s, and at some point in the last 100 years conservatives usurped the small 'l' liberal mantle from the Democratic party so comparisons are hard. But many, if not most, of Hitler's ideas and policies mirrored those of the politcal left in the US and elsewhere (excluding his policies towards Jews). To prove this would veer us too far off topic, but it's most certainly not inanity to suggest Hitler was a man of the left (although I notice you didn't put up a fight about the other names I mentioned...).

Last point before I go - as I mentioned, my politics tilts rightward and I've followed the Tea Party with some interest for the last couple years even though I wouldn't consider myself a member. The amazing thing about it is it's a movement with little to no leadership - and about the only principles everyone in the party agrees on are smaller government, lower spending/taxes, less regulation. To nail them down as precisely as you want to do is, it seems to me, impossible unless you're trying to promote a certain image of them. Obama is less responsible for the Tea Party, in my mind, than is Pelosi, Reid, and big-government conservatives themselves!

And the climate you say they are fostering - my gosh, where were you during the Bush administration? Malkin's post has a number of examples of the hatred spewed by the left during those 8 years. This isn't to say that that right-wing hate is OK because left-wingers did it for so long. But I am saying that you can't keep quoting Hannity without also quoting Gore, Reid, et al.

One more example of left-wing violence, murderous in this instance, before I go. 1993 UMW strike against Peabody Coal -- Eddie York, a 39 year old nonunion worker, “was shot in the back of the head and killed” leaving a job in Logan County, West Virginia. “Guards told police the truck careened across the road and went into a ditch. When guards rushed over to check on York, they continued to be pelted with rocks, guards told police.

Do a google search on "union violence" if you're serious about populating this list with examples from the left.
oh, man. I'm feeling nauseous as well. You pile them up in a whole like that - LIKE CORDWOOD - and the insidiousness looms.

It's Everywhere. And dammit, there it is on the Elite East Coast. Huh.
- I give you partial credit on the last point, personally. It's true, and what's more, Republicans/conservatives tend to be less well-educated according to recent studies.

You just lost all objectivity for me. "Well educated" whats that, exactly? And what does it have to do with anything that was stated? English majors vs Science/Math? or whatever is required to proof an ambiguous statement? Sounds like a way to justify ones opinion more than anything. I thought the right is full of evil Rich people, How does the undereducated produce more capital per year than those who must be superior in intellect? Regardless of any study you have located I think we all know a baseline assumption like that is complete BS, and the product of someone with an axe to grind, and to cite it in an unrelated discussion stinks of poor motives.

I think thats the main problem with the article, it is not objective, When did any Racist attack become right wing? A study into the actions of political groups or actions should be focused on that, not any random act of violence. I'm sure there are plenty of valid citations, but I will not take time to read them all when I keep coming across things like..

bob had too much to drink and decided to start a fight, so he got into a fight with a minority and used a racial slur.

It is ridiculous that an article like that would even appear in the comparison, especially when much more targeted attacks like church burnings are omitted.

You ask that I supply some type of real evidence, or citations, but I dont think you understand, I am not trying to win you over, its your article. This is something that you should do on your own. I am only trying to present the counterpoint to some degree. Taking the list at face value it reads like the right are a bunch of hate mongers,to an overwhelming degree but I would suspect its much like the education study, the desired end results were already in mind well before the list had even been formulated.
Tom: I appreciate the civil tone and genuine thinking on your part. I understand my credibility with you and others on the right will rise once I investigate your suggestions and either add, or explain my decisions. I will.

You are fast and loose, though with point one: i carefully articulated the way I am "selective", and it is in the normative way of all examinations and studies. Dispute my choices, sure, but don't pretend I am "admitting" to a fallacy based on manipulation. It is kosher to frame studies from all kinds of limiting perspectives, so long as the criteria is applied fairly. And you make a wild leap between showing that I am thoughtful about some of the many cases being debatable, and the data, ratios, and conclusions being flawed, say what you will, but even if i double the one and halve the other, and ignore the relative violent qualities of the incidents, we are still looking at an gross imbalance, since 1990. It means the Right must go through some self-examination.

Your point two: no, I make many points here, that's one. "Boils down" is your expression, and a bit inappropriate. Are you saying it is wholly irrelevant that she is Jewish and a Democrat? Have you looked at the proportion cited in all these links, of attacks on liberals, Democrats, the media, by the Right versus the other direction? This isn't about me, Tom, I'm just the guy listening carefully to you and responding with respect. Engage with my data and sources please.

Let's not even discuss Oswald. :)

I like your points in graf 3. Except, again, you re-frame my POV with new word, your words. I assert, and hope to substantiate, that the climate of rhetoric, from elected RW officials, the Republican party, and the Tea Party, is co-incident with a dramatic rise of actual violence. Violence that is overwhelmingly aimed at liberals, minorities, unions(!), and the media. You can't have it both ways: Sean Hannity, quote: "I'll tell you who should be tortured and killed at Guantanamo: every filthy Democrat in the U.S. Congress." ( – and this doesn't "matter"? This has no impact?

Graf 4: yeah, that's OS. Mostly liberal. You mistake me utterly if you think I am just another "worldview" reinforcer. And you are changing the subject: feed, me seymour, give me incidents like these ( for "your side", from the simple rubric of Violence, and Right/Left. If this list evens out then we all benefit, because we learn something new, our assumptions are changed. How many more times can I ask for this before you grant me even contingent integrity (I know, I know, but I will be adding before EOD tomorrow).

graf 5: I am a WWII and overall history buff, too. We probably have read many of the same books. My adopted father was a medic under Patton. "Nazi Doctors is not pertinent to these issues, but Goldhagen is, profoundly (the failure of the majority liberal Social Democrats, due to schisms). It's the best single volume about the failure of politics in Germany in the 30s. I find no evidence that conservatives have a single definable shape right now, much less that they are small "l" liberals. That tradition, traceable to Spinoza and the Enlightenment, is at odds with the anti-science-ism of Fox and the Republicans. I will give you that the small "l" libertarian aspects of the conservatives are more credible, for some line items, but it's completely undone by their stands on pot and the armaments industry, among others. Hitler as a leftist is the most inane thing to ever come out of the right (let's get this straight: in the 20th century, WWII was the Left (Hitler/Nazis) versus the Left (Stalin/Russia) versus the Left (FDR/America)? ).

This. Chart. Is. For. 1990. To. 2011. You want to have a beer and itemize the horrors of Marxism and Stalinsim and Pol Pot and all suchlike? I'm your guy. But it's a different topic. The right must be responsible for who they are and what they say in THIS generation.

Little or no leadership? That's a fantasy. They are astro-turf , and what is Fox if not the most well-funded PR firm in human history.

Hate expressed is different than violence promoted. I deny either, Will you, at some point, address the essential evidence of this chart. Consider this: November 29, 2010—U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), the ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, circulates a PowerPoint presentation to his colleagues in which he compares the Obama administration to the Nazi regime in Germany and likens himself to Gen. George Patton, bragging, "Put anything in my scope and I will shoot it."

You promote that? If not, say so. You don't "lose" by condemning such rhetoric. But if you DO support it, step up, Tom.

I did search for Union violence. Your example perhaps assumes that Unions rank and file are Democrats, something no survey has ever supported. Exactly the opposite: they were responsible for Nixon and Reagan victories, all four elections. The leadership is Democrat-leaning, but not reliably. And the Teamsters? brother, puh-lease.

Nonetheless, thank you. You challenge me and give me opportunities to clarify. I hope you are NOT satisfied with what i add, not entirely, and can keep providing candidates for inclusion.
sun: then you decline to take a step, a simple cut and paste, that would balance my list, because I mention education? Well, OK. But I would think you would seize the opportunity, as some do here, to make me examine the evidence for equivalency.
BillSmith: thank you for the link, I will look, tomorrow.

Connie! thanks. I have yet to hear a personal response from anyone on the right to these. They reinforce the general impression on the left with such stiff defensiveness, methinks. And it's misleading; many of us have friends and relatives on the right who are warm and compassionate human beings. How hard is it to say: "I am horrified that Americans can treat each other this way. But I differ with you and here's why:..."
As I step away I see that I scrolled past some good comments. I will respond to all i missed tomorrow. Thanks to all!
This is a dis-jointed mess, the Gumby of blogs. You cite "militias" and then follow with a list (largely) of hate crimes. Where's the "organization"? Terrorism may be a hate crime, but a hate crime is not necessarily terrorism. The scum who beat and shot sundry immigrants should be put away for life, but they are not "militias". They're scum. So, too, were the Weather Underground, SDS, SLA and various terrorist organizations of four decades ago, cold-blooded killers. Yet, curiously, they were in large part college-educated revolutionaries. Your 1990 cut-off leaves the old Leftie terrorists in the dust while positing that a bunch of hate-filled post-1990 retards are...what? Organized? Bent on the overthrow of the government? The NY hate crimes were prosecuted as assaults and civil rights violations, NOT as political/terrorist conspiracies. You're essentially saying that (well-educated) liberals do not beat minorities whereas (mostly uneducated) conservatives do. I would say that the scum who beat minorities are apolitical, nay, non-political. They are, simply, criminal scum. You've got too many apples and oranges here to make much sense. "Individuals inspired by hate rhetoric"? What hate rhetoric did any of these criminals cite as inspiration in court proceedings ? You want hate rhetoric: Angela Davis 1970. Your Mr Stack, who flew his plane into an IRS building: lunatic. Angela Davis: academic. Jared Loughner: lunatic. Assata Shakur: cold-blooded killer (now enjoying life in Cuba, look her up). Look up her deeds and misdeeds, and then tell me what she has in common with Loughner? There is no comparison between the armed and deadly rebellion of late sixties and any of the loser whack jobs on your list. Finally, I will gladly concede that the prople who shot abortion clinic employees were both murderers and terrorists. That said, this list leads us nowhere in the quest to stem political violence.
Greg - my point with selection bias is simply this: your political views obviously skew left, and you've catalouged violence purportedly committed by the right, using the SPLC (a partisan left-wing group, I'm not sure this characterization is even debateable) as a source for a large chunk of them. Yet you have yet - although you promise you will - done the same due dilligence on the other side of the isle using a similar (partisan right-wing) source. I offered you one in the form of Ms. Malkin's blog post, hopefully you will find others as there is plenty to find. At this point, my assessment is that you have garbage in, therefore you have garbage out.

The fact that Giffords was a Jewish Democrat may, indeed, be irrelevant. We don't yet know this monster's motivation. Is the fact that he actually killed a judge - a Republican appointee - irrelevant? You say you're just listening and in the context of your - wholly on-sided - argument, perhaps you think you are. But you haven't addressed my point about his friend stating that he was a liberal and a pot smoker (and having indulged myself in my youth, I can testify that the two don't necessarily go hand in hand). My point on Loughner: you've ignored evidence pointing towards his leftward political leanings, and instead have a tenuous grasp on some sort of indirect Tea Party linkage.

I understand your assertion that violent RW rhetoric has precipitated actual violence. You wonder later on in your comment if I will grant you some integrity, and I will, if you at some point offer the same scrutiny of 'your side'. But for right now your assertion is backed up with on-sided partisan evidence.

And you actually lose credibility with statements such as "I find no evidence that conservatives have a single definable shape right now." Either that is a poorly worded statement or you can't look objectively at the other side (they just won an election for Pete's sake!) The Republican/conservative platform evolves, as does the Democrat/liberal one, but both have definable shapes.

You also lose credibility with me when you state: "Little or no leadership? That's a fantasy. They are astro-turf , and what is Fox if not the most well-funded PR firm in human history." Ok, who is the leadership? I don't know. Sarah Palin doesn't qualify, although her and plenty of other Republican politicians identify with Tea Party issues. I used to live in San Antonio, TX and heard one of the leaders of the tea party movement talk about this exact issue. Any national-level leadership is loose at best, as I understand it, but if you have other information I'd be willing to listen. And Fox...ahh, Fox...the left HATES that network. Something tells me, however, that you probably wouldn't describe MSNBC in the same fashion. I'll admit that Fox leans rightward if you admit that MSNBC (and plenty of other 'mainstream' news organizations) leans leftward. The liberal news space is pretty crowded, but MSNBC has become the flagship - or PR organization, to use your term.

I do not promote or support violence - from ANYONE, regardless of their political affiliation. This is my whole argument, that there are kooks on both sides, but you are choosing to hide one side of the ledger.

And speaking of one side of the ledger - are you honestly going to claim that union leadership is not reliably democratic? Look at the top 10 list on and see how many unions are there, and what percentages they give to democratic candidates. Where have unions come down on major issues over the years? Who is Christie fighting tooth and nail in Jersey? Pawlenty in MN?

I'll grant that rank and file union members are not homogenously left-wing, however in your list you've skewed the analysis so badly that you place, for example, Joe Stack on the right (you did say "barely"). You also assume that every skinhead/white supremicist is on the right, so is it that much of a stretch to assume union violence can be placed firmly on the left? I'm simply applying what seem to be your standards, but for the left instead of the right.

Finally - I understand that Republican politicans and pundits have used military/militant imagery or metaphors in their statements. Can you admit that Democratic politicians do the same thing (including Obama!)? You're not making your case by citing statements like this, you're demonstrating your partisanship. If there is indeed a 'climate of violence' fomented by over-the-top political statements (and I don't concede that there is) then it's certainly the fault of both sides.

I do appreciate the civility of the argument, even if I do suspect that you lack the objectivity required to make a convincing case. That sets you apart from many people I've engaged in debate over the years and I thank you for that. I've spent more time than I planned today on this topic, however I do think I'll spend some time putting together a 'devil's advocate' listing for you.

You write, “Rick: I disagree that he is simply insane. Insanity that is given "permission" by irresponsible rhetoric is what happened in Tuscon. The fact that either side can "cause" this in disturbed people is granted -- but now we must find examples of widespread mainstream hate and violence rhetoric from the left that might encourage the mentally ill. I find none, so far.”

My point is that in some cases, specifically the two I listed, the conclusion is not valid based on the evidence and so including them in your list weakens the validity of your list. The old addage that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link seems appropriate here. An insane individual with no clear political leanings is a particularly weak link. Take Joe Stack’s case and make him insane. In that scenario, Stack doesn’t appear as solid an example as he is in his current status, and yet you agree that he is a questionable example here; how is Loughner a better example?

You assert that one thing (hate and violence rhetoric) drove Loughner to his actions, or gave him “permission” to act as he did, yet it is clear that cannot be proved, and is highly questionable at best, once we factor in insanity. Where is the link? In the case of insanity, nobody can explain his actions.

People who knew Loughner before this Tucson event were fearful of him, not because of hate and violence rhetoric, but solely because of his behavior. I think his inclusion in this case weakens the validity of an otherwise obvious comparison. I think attempting to hold speech responsible for the actions of an insane individual does more harm.

At most, Loughner’s act serves as a catalyst for the discussion, but he is not the representative that he is presented as being. Misrepresentations don’t help, but rather hinder clear understanding, and I assume that a degree of clearer understanding is one of your goals here.
problems printing: first page content (the story) shows up on 2nd print page. but then only that, nothing after that first page of content, that barely any of the columned data, will even display in the print preview. bummer.
Rick, that is not what I am saying. I am saying regardless of any persons political leanings either extreme right or left most of these acts of violence are either individuals or very very small groups who because of a sense of self importance decide to lash out. It is just crazy and there is no real logic or answer for crazy.

Each side cherry picks their data, but they are so blinded by their ideology no real scientific cause and effect can be made when acts like this happen. People are people and there is no shortage of violence regardless of what label you put on them.
Correction on your violence graph......1996, December......Dr. Jack Fainman was shot at in WINNIPEG, Manitoba and not Vancouver.

I applaud your efforts btw for assembling this information.
Greg - I notice the left side of the ledger hasn't seen any additions today, but I trust you're working on it. In the meantime, about that climate of violence you claim the right has a monopoly're going to have to take this into account:

And I think I can already hear your response - "These are random twitterers, not elected Democrats or party leaders." But you have plenty of random idiots on the right-hand side of your ledger who are not conservative or Republican leaders (i.e. "A militiaman threatens an Audubon Society official with a noose after the official testifies for an environmental measure"). So fair is fair, right?

And speaking of elected Democrats, there's this:

Ex-Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa. said about Florida Governor Rick Scott: "Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him." Given the examples on the right side, this should certainly make it on the left side.

On Loughner specifically - a friend of his said this morning on Good Morning America: "He did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didn't listen to political radio. He didn't take sides. He wasn't on the left. He wasn't on the right."

Adding this to the evidence I gave you yesterday, isn't it time you pulled Loughner out of the right-hand column? There is no longer any rational basis that I can discern for keeping him there.

I didn't get a chance to put together a more comprehensive list of left-wing violence last night - and am far busier today than I was yesterday - but all the evidence I and others have given you should be shrinking that 'ratio' considerably, right? I trust you're as serious about objectivity and fairness today as you were yesterday...
Rob: I think you misunderstand the post and me. I am not sure, based on your comment. I don't think I am shouting here. But thank you

markinjapan: thank you

brokenwing: thanks

Dorinda: thank you, friend

Nikki: what a fine comment. Thank you, friend

Tom: see response to your latest, at end

thebadscot: it is fair to criticize me for cutting off at 1990. But I do not hide why, nor fail to say that the 60s were full of examples of leftist extremes and violence. I lived through it and I doubt you could out-cite me on such examples, right and left, from that difficult time.
Modern times can be evaluated as such, and I do here. If you believe that Democrats did not learn the lessons of the 60s, show me sourced examples, please. When you re-state me ("essentially saying") you are not using my statements, but yours. Thank you.

Joba: no comment.

Rick: I amended my statement about him, and hope to position him better in a more complex and detailed version of this chart within 30 days. I take your criticisms very seriously. I do not dispute anything about his illness. But my intention was to reveal the lopsided quality of actual and threatened personal violence, and the atmosphere that fosters it is undeniable. I now want to back off of "proving" anything, in the version of this I will work on over at dtms. This is too important to let bios distort it. And I want to see what his accomplice is all about, if/when they catch him. Thank you.

Joel: I would welcome a less strident and more focused version of your comment. Cite me examples, give me something to work with. I don't think your last quote, of you, is off the mark, per se. I never said or implied that the RW violence items were describing "activists". Thank you.

Maria, my friend: we can talk elsewise (a call) about ways to print it...

Tom: I added to the W violence side, and found some on Malkin's page that were useful. I must say I am being changed by this experience. I value our engagement. I see why some of her examples resonate.

I suspect more of them are worth including if someone would fix her links. Too many are broken, or to nonexistent (?) stories. Remember, please: I can't use most of her items (or the MANY similar ones I found on Left sites) because they are not what this chart tracks (violence, violent rhetoric from meaningful sources, and all of it credibly sourced). A sit-down demonstration is not violence. A guy who removes a yard sign and plays the fool (tho if he had been arrested...)

I also owe you and everyone an improved, critique-able set of my criteria.

I think your Kanjorski item is a "winner" - can you get me a citation or source for it?

I also think the twitters from YouTube are pertinent, but not quite it. This is not a chart of random people saying stupid things. I agree out of hand that both sides are dead even on that score, and I feel even more strongly about it now that I immersed myself for a few days. If you can associate any of those twits (he he) with public officials whose pronouncements influence "their side"?

And I am serious. I am making a 6 month commitment to this. Let's you and me and others prove the idiots wrong. We can be ferocious with our thinking but not with each other, yes?
Just wow. Court adjourned.
Problems with this project.
1) Selection bias.
a. The news media pre-filtering your data. There is no question. An incident of white boys assaulting immigrants is much more “news” than say a black gang assaulting a white man. As you are relying on news reports, this is a large problem.
b. The SPLC is a horrid choice as a source. They are acknowledged by most everyone except committed leftists as exceedingly biased… For example, despite founded in 1971, they don’t mention or consider the Weathermen terrorists (dissolved as of 1981) in their “intelligence briefs”. Nor do they acknowledge Latino supremacist groups such as the Latin Kings or La Raza…
c. A suggestion might be to use BOJ hate crimes statistics, although they won’t get you individual incidents (and as a leftist, the conclusions, if you do the math right, will dismay you…Hint: The black population of the US is approximately 12% of the population, Non-latino whites 60%, Latino’s 10%.).
2) Definitions.
a. Who fits in what column?
i. Nazis/White Power/Skin Heads. Which side are they on? You clearly think they are right wing. There is however, a clear argument, articulated by Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism, that they are left wing groups.
ii. Further, in your initial current listings, it is clear that white on black/colored/immigrant violence of any kind fits in as “right wing violence”. Does this mean that any black/colored violence on white people fits as “left wing violence”?
iii. How about violent racist gang organizations – MS-13, Latin Kings, Crips, Bloods? All of those groups “philosophies”, such as they are, have large extents of “blame whitey” in them, not to mention strong influences from socialism/communism and “US nation is inherently right wing and therefore evil so what we are doing isn’t criminal”.
iv. Similarly 9/11 “Truthers” are right wing?!? (March 4, 2010). News to me…
b. Who fits in which column? This ties in with the above. Your current definitions are not clear. You refused to discuss the Kennedy assassination in the comments above. I would invite you to revisit the point. Would you qualify Oswald as left wing violence, him being a committed communist? Or would it be right wing violence, having assassinated a left wing democrat president (Kennedy)? I would suggest that the Kennedy assassination would qualify as “left wing” violence in a two column scheme. Perhaps a 3 column scheme would allow a middle road – “lunatic” violence, which would allow perhaps proper positioning of such incidents as Joe Stack, and seemingly Tuscon…
3) Data Review. YOU HAVE TO VET THE INCIDENTS if you are relying on your current methodology and sources. To many groups with press releases playing ridiculous games... A couple of egregious examples you have up currently.
a. “2008 March - Javier Monroy, 56, is attacked in the parking lot of a pharmacy in Farmingville early one morning. He says he remembers hearing a door slam, then being struck so hard on the head from behind that he is knocked nearly unconscious. He says he is hit at least 10 times by something harder than a fist. The attackers steal his wallet. He spends five days in a hospital. (SPLC) (immigrant attacks in Suffolk County, NY)” Is right wing violence? I will give the SPLC that it is an attack on an immigrant, but by whom, to what end? It was apparently a mugging – they stole his wallet, but who is “they”? White Power Nazi? Lunatic Leftist looking to make a bigger contribution to his elect Barack Obama fund? Mugger just looking for some cash?
b. “2009, March 21-22-Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) states that she wants residents of her state to be “armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us ‘having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,’ and the people—we the people—are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country.” (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11). Again look up the full quote. “And I am going to have materials for people when they leave. I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax: because we need to fight back.” Yes, she’s going to have the materials and arguments ready so the people of Minnesota can understand the issue – she is not urging them to pick up weapons. You cannot assume a press release is issued in good faith.
c. “March 2010 - The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) announces that 2009 saw a dramatic increase in the number of new anti-government "Patriot" groups in the United States. Specifically, the number of Patriot groups jumped from 149 (including 42 militias) to 512 (127 of them militias) in 2009—a 244% jump. (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence - Timeline) (added 01/12/11)”. This announcement is either an incident of violence or an incitement to the same by the right wing?
4) You are apparently counting Canada as part of the US. As a Canadian citizen, I urge you stick to your own knitting… especially as you have only found incident on the “right wing violence” side, as your sources are again, egregious. For example, there has been no mention of the 2010 G8/G20 riots in Toronto…
5) You clearly need to revisit your commentary on assorted incidents. For example, the Oklahoma City Bombing was not actually related to the militia movement, although many leftist commentators have suggested that McVey was a militia member – “Neither McVeigh nor his accomplice, Terry Nichols, turned out to be a member of a militia. After the Oklahoma City attack, a Michigan Militia spokesman said his group's closest contact with the bombers had come when James Nichols, Terry's brother, showed up to speak during the "open forum" portion of a meeting. By that account, Nichols attempted to distribute some literature, urged everyone to cut up their drivers' licenses, and was eventually asked to leave. *” Similarly, your comments on the Tuscon attack “authorities seeking an accomplice, older white man in his 50s.” is a non-issue -
6) Further, given your motives for this project, read , Again. As well You are going to have to be very open for this project to be taken in any kind of good faith. A large portion of the US news media has worked hard to poison any well of good faith … Assuming you are working in good faith…
7) Finally, as more sources for left wing activities,

PS Your spam filter is poor... This was a pain to post.
temp123: thanks for the close read. I scanned thru this and find you make some interesting points, worth addressing. Truthers issue, for one. I must devote myself to real work thru next tuesday but will fulfill my promise to continue to refine this, for months.

Be advised: Goldberg's argument about Nazis being leftists is utterly and completely without merit and I will waste no time on it. He tricks people by leveraging the historical oddity of the word socialist in their name. But I value your effort to provide careful thinking and your generally civil tone. Thanks you.

1.a. Agreed, this is a limiting factor for both "sides". I am not a professional journalist and few of those could get past this limitation.

1.b. You raise a point I will pursue, your allegation about SPLC not covering the Weathermen. On the face of it you don't make the point clear: Did they ever include the Weathermen? Did they stop tracking them because they were irrelevant after 1979-ish? I find no meaningful results for either Weathermen, Weather Underground, or Bill Ayers on the SPLC site. I find lots of results for La Raza (in Spanish, so I don't know if they pertain), but none for Ron Gochez.

I clicked on the newsbusters link re: Ron Gochez. This would certainly qualify as LW violence incitement, but the video that would support it is broken, and the "smoking gun" quote is missing from Markay's article (he paraphrases to say that Gochez calls for a literal revolution). I find no credible source on this in a cursory search. Can you find an independent media source on this. I have no problem including it if so. A high school teacher in LA encouraging a physical revolution merits inclusion, if true.

You will have to do better with Latin Kings and La Raza, re documentation of leadership or notable members being either violent or formally advocating it, as political Left advocacy or action. You teeter close to the same kind of assumptions you criticize me for, in that most Latinos are religious and socially conservative, even gang members. Some examples, please.

1.c. I assume you mean DOJ. I have no idea what your percentages are supposed to mean, as written.

2. a. i. Inane in extremis. Not only do you and Jonah flow against all of normative historical understanding and scholarship, it defies common sense. To be true you would have to prove that WWII was a war between radical leftists and liberals, exclusively (unless you make an exception for Japan (in fact they were a totalitarian theocracy). The Nazis were proud of their rightwing designation. Hitler was not a hippie. Current rightwing neo-Nazis target gays, leftists, Jews, social liberals of all kinds, and intellectuals, exactly as the first nazis did. Can you show me example, from the 30s or modern day, of self-identified Nazis demonstrating for Left causes, or attacking rightwing groups or individuals, in political solidarity with an identifiable Left cause? Do you say that neo-Nazis are pro-public option, or advocate for social justice, human rights, gay marriage?

Goldberg is a conservative Jew. he would like it to be true that the left = Nazi, but no serious person think his argument is anything but an inept attempt at a re-write of history. And un-necessary. It does nothing but trivialize your side's more interesting and worthwhile concerns.

The majority moderate party in 20s Germany was the Social Democrats. They were not socialists. Goldberg is a rightwing columnist, decidedly not an historian. Dare to read further, so you can set aside this ridiculous fabrication. (and Bill O'Reilly readily calls the Nazis rightwing, just as I call Stalin a leftist.)

2.a. ii. I can only approximately understand your point here. Fault me on any specific item, but I think you need to read my entire post more carefully. SPLC (and many others, including the DOJ you encourage me to cite, above) claim a causal relationship between the disgusting language by elected officials in LI and the dramatic uptick of attacks on Latinos.

2.a.iii. You have the seed of a point here, and potentially a powerful one. But not as stated. Find me examples where Leftist rhetoric is temporally or proximally linked to what we both agree is routine violence against everyone, including whites, by gangs, and I will include. But if your point is that criminal violence by turf-based minority gangs constitutes leftist violence, you have offered no verifable evidence, and it is problematic as a general idea, for reasons consistent with some of your own points here. You add a quote; who said it?

2.a.iv. I agree that the Truthers are nether Right nor Left, per se. I also find that this was clearly a Left libertarian example. He was bipolar, but a registered Democrat. I moved it to the Left side. thank you.

2.b. You must set that aside. I point out again and again that this is a chart covering the modern era of 1990 - 2011. I also freely grant the value of a 1960 to 1990 chart, and how that chart would be far less imbalanced. You and I would find much to dislike and condemn about left-wing violence in the 60s and early 70s. You disagree perhaps, but it is credible and useful to compare Left and Right speech and behavior since 1990.

And I strongly agree that this needs more columns. I will be making it 5 columns within 30 days, on the site, where I can take control over the page real estate to do so.

3. I agree that vetting must be more rigorous. You prove that above with the Pentagon shooter example. I have approximately vetted (pursued links, looked for standard media sources) only about 75% of these, beyond original citations listed above and below. Not good enough.

3.a. Until and unless I can find the same kind of corollary to hate speech during the attack or similar for the Monroy incident, I have removed that one. I thought I had avoided ambiguity like that in my selections. My LW bias fog got in the way. Thank you.

3.b. I will keep this in. It is directly pertinent. Neither side should be using "armed and dangerous" or any similar imagery. You are being disingenuous here. Bachman is a multiple offender on this issue, and has the courage of her misguided convictions, too.

3.c. As I say in my current criteria I also include milestone data. Disingenous again. You can see why I think this pertains, even if you disagree. And is it not alarming that armed militia groups who embrace paranoid fantasies about minority or communist usurpation are proliferating? You can't have it both ways. Either you think these are good things -- armed, violence-advocating militias -- or you don't.

4. Why am I apparently counting Canada? I am just confused about your point. Nonetheless I will have to include the g8 incidents, or delete some things. I will look into it.

5. Utter baloney. A simple google search finds myriad credible associations to militias for Tim and Terry, and your attempt to finesse underscores this. Not credible. If true that he was asked to leave one meeting, according to one person, it is overwhelmed by the fact that he acted consistent with the stated aims and methods of militias.
(btw, I am a fan of reason magazine, long-time, but as a pure opinion publication they are not always credible for news)

6. Thank you for that; I updated the Giffords item and credit you.

7. Here it is, the nub. You hold me to rigorous standards here, and I am glad of that, so I respond and amend in response. But Malkins site not only has no criteria published, there is none in evidence on her site intrinsically. I cite her in my sources but the few that yielded usable results had to be vetted separately. Find me one example where commenters complaints and corrections resulted in one single change in her posts. She never looks back, even to fix broken links, and there are LOTS of broken links. What's more she conflates ANYTHING of the left with the extremes of the left. I speak to everyone here. She inflames her followers.
Come on. It's manifest on every page.
Perhaps you think I do not do enough to "correct" this chart, by your lights – fair enough– but I step up and make the attempt. She is doctrinaire and lacks basic fact check. And it's a shame, because she has some good examples, I think. Her casual attitude undermines legitimate items.

And hey: it's not MY spam filter, it's OS's.

temp123, I find your effort worthwhile and I am glad I waded through it. I hope you stop with the temporary avatar and get real -- real name, accountability. We all need to be more skeptical.

But can you finally now respond to the overall imbalance of this? or to the larger issues it presents, however imperfectly? it's implicit in your comments: you want me to parse this more carefully so that only the real violence of nativists and rightwing zealots are shown, but raise no objections the vast majority of them. The right is outspoken about most of this. it has consequences, to irresponsibly use violent metaphors and actual calls for armed resistance. Join me in condemning it, the return to the work of correcting my examples, finding more examples on the Left. I am listening.

You don't "lose" by condemning hate and violence – unless you actually support it. Which is it? Why is it so hard to say so, either way?
The list sort of speaks for itself, doesn't it? I must say, tho, I have a hard time seeing the connection to the Left with some of those incidents you listed on the left. Could it be that Michelle Malkin is suffering from rtwng-myopia?

Since we speaking truth here, let me own up to my own excesses. I despise George W. Bush, and I've said some very harsh things about him. But I don't despise him as a person, I despise him for the horror and havoc he heaped upon this country. Time and again, I have called him ignorant an incompetent. Question is, is that a personal attack or an accurate assessment of him? Obviously, I believe it's the latter, and the facts strongly support that contention

I have said even harsher things about Dick Cheney and David Addington, tho I think it's hard to be too hard on someone who orders torture as the first resort. I've even called Cheney the Anti-Christ. You might chalk that up to hyperbole or hate-speech, because as far as we know, he isn't the Anti-Christ. Then again, the Good Book says you shall know them by their fruits.

BUT, I raise two points in my defense:

(1) I am far, far removed from being a national figure

(2) I have never called for revolution, second amendment remedies, reloading, etc, etc, etc. Nor have I recommended the torture or assassination of anyone -- no matter how deserving they may be.
As far as the Latin Kings,

“Violent History
Violence is the hallmark of the Chicago Latin Kings. In their beginnings, when they were not great in size, their brutal history and propensity for violence distinguished them from other Latino gangs in Chicago, ... According to the article The Latin Kings Play Songs of Love by John H. Richardson in the February 1997 issue of the New York Magazine, "What also made the Kings different was their unique mixture of intense discipline, [b]revolutionary politics[/b] and a homemade religion called Kingism--adding idealism and a bootcamp rigor to the usual gang camaraderie--a potent mixture for troubled ghetto kids whose lives lacked structure and hope".[9]
They also played a major role in the formation and growth of the People Nation, and in recent times, the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation has grown to be the second largest gang within Chicago [10] and has hitherto been recognized as the most violent street gang in the Chicagoland area.”

They are very, very violent in their activities.

The Latin Kings teach Latino pride and all members are encouraged to live in accordance with the principles of KINGISM (a moral driven awareness of social oppression and the desire to uplift their people to their rightful place: "amongst the thrones of Kings and Queens"). … These teachings are centered around the upliftment of the poor (the "Oppressed Third World People" [13]) and the struggle against the oppressive social, political and economic existing order of things.”
They do have a philosophy, and boy does it sound leftist to me…
“According to the "Latin King Manifesto", there are three stages or cycles of Nation life that constitute Kingism.[15] They are:
1. The Primitive Stage: wherein the neophyte member is expected to be immature and to be involved in such activities as gang-banging and being a street warrior without the full consciousness of Kingism.
2. The Conservative or Mummy Stage: which is where a member tires of the street gang life but is still accepting of life as it has been taught to him by the existing system that exploits all people of color, dehumanizes them, and maintains them under the conditions and social yoke of slavery.
3. The New King Stage: where the member "learns that his ills lie at the roots of a system completely alien to his train of thought and his natural development, due to the components of dehumanization that exist therein".
According to the Manifesto, "The New King is the end product of complete awareness, perceiving three-hundred and sixty degrees of enlightenment; his observations are free and independent; his thoughts are not clouded by any form of prejudice...For him there are no horizons between races, sexes and senseless labels", including gang labels for recognition. The New King no longer views the rival warrior as the cause of his ills; instead, he fights against the Anti-King System (social injustices and inequality), a system which seeks to deny and oppress his people: the Oppressed Third World Peoples“
In practical terms, what this means is stage 1 is the street soldier, who holds out “Latino pride” ie Latin Superiority as a principle. Stage 2 is the gang leader, who has graduated from Latin Superiority to “Blame Whitey for the world’s ills” (that’s the bit about exploits all people of colour). Stage 3 is actually retirement from the criminal lifestyle…where he only wants to fight the “Anti-King System”, which “oppress his people: the Oppressed Third World People”; ie the US government, Federal, State and City is bad, oppressive and evil and it’s all whitey’s fault…
This is indeed difficult to get past – my basic suggestion was to work from the crime statistics, rather than a simple anecdotal count. This is not, however, a limiting factor for both sides; study after study has shown that journalists (and editors) lean strongly to the left.
This results in a media gateway – the PC factor you might call it.

I do not know if the SPLC ever chased the weatherman terrorists; I’ve only really seen their activities since 2005. Even then, I usually only see the egregiously bad ones as brought up by other people. The SPLC however, do keep a “case” history on their site, which doesn’t mention them.
You will find a fair bit about La Raza on the SPLC site; it’s because they defend NCLR (the National Council of La Raza) against “racist immigrant hate”. The whole La Raza movement (a primer here is broader – essentially the NCLR is Sin Fein to the rest of the movements IRA ...
Ron Gochez, google his name
Excuse me, BOJ*S* (Bureau of Justice Statistics), which is, if I understand correctly, a subsection of the Department of Justice.
The percentages are rough estimates of the racial breakdown of the US population.
For example, the 2005 special report, Hate Crime Reported by Victims
and Police, Table 14 indicates that 43.9% of hate crimes were committed by whites, whereas 37.6% were committed by blacks. Given the unnumbered table in the 1st column of page 8 – black hate crimes are 89% motivated by racism vs 30.5% for white hate crimes. Given you focused specifically on racial crimes (as opposed to gender issues, handicapped status, sexuality, etc.). This work out to 210000 (the annual average number of hate crimes) * 43.9% *30.5% ~ 28000 white race hate crimes, vs 210000*37.6%*89% ~70,000 black race hate crimes. Given the population ratio is roughly 7 to 1 against, as they appear to be including Hispanic/immigrant populations as white (or at least they don’t have a category for them, and they population group roughly the size of the black population)... Black race hate appears to be a much bigger issue, as a on a per person basis it is (70000/12%) /(28000/70%) = 14.5 times more likely from any individual.

If the “right” has to bear the can for white supremist and anti-immigration violence, in fairness, the left has to carry the can for black race hate crimes, as the black supremacy organizations tend to be invariably leftist…
For example,
the New Black Panther Party
shall we call this overtones of communism?

PS you asked for links about the NBB voter intimdation case:

down at the bottom.
2. a. i. Inane, hey? Neither side wants to carry the can for the Nazis or other fascists. Really, it is the effective two-party system that dominates American politics into “right/republican” and “left/democrat” that encourages this one-dimensional view of the political universe (which could easily be split into 4 or more dimensions…). Given the changing positions of both sides over the course of American history (consider that black rights and liberty issues were originally Republican; whereas now the Democratic party claims to be the party of blacks. Free trade has been tossed back and forth, the republicans of Lincoln were strongly against it vs. modern republicans tend to support it), it gets very complicated.
Given the format of the exercise forces us into a 1 dimensional view, I tend to look at implemented policy vs. current right/left wing views. The fascist governments, all of them, supported
1) Strong government intervention into the economy – Corporatism.
2) Strong Social Welfare States (for those they considered citizens)
3) Lack of personal freedoms (in particular, weapons possession and free speech).
1 and 2 are left wing policy. 3, the republicans say “I don’t like what you say, but I will defend to death your right to say it”, whereas there have been many US left wing commentators saying that right wing rhetoric is causing violence and should be constrained somehow (recognize anyone? should there be control on political rhetoric?) and as far as gun rights, well…
I will also note, that a lot of current white supremacist groups would have uncomfortable in Nazi Germany, and the SS would have killed most of them. The typical connection between the groups is anti-Semitism, rather than political policy.

2.a. ii.
My point is simple. You have not demonstrated any causal relationship. None of the incidents you have sited have citations with the offender saying “I was inspired by the words of X”. You seek to demonstrate correlation, although even that is going to be difficult given you methods; by going anecdotal evidence, it is hard to prove anything. Of course web searches of media articles will turn up less incidents in the past – much less material made it onto the web in the past, and much of the material has been taken down as it is no longer topical…
From your list, the right wing is to carry the can for every incident of white on colored violence. Or even unspecified on immigrant violence – see what you did with Javier Monroy. If the right has to do that, why doesn’t the left wing have to take responsibility for racist attacks by minorities, particularly as exit polls suggest minorities (particularly Hispanics and blacks) typically vote Democrat.
This is what we need -- both sides, a comprehensive list of the acts done (ostensibly) in our names. I'm pretty far left, but I have friends and family members on the right and we are all together in condemning violence as a way of achieving ANY political end.
I don’t want you to put Oswald into the chart that you are making. I want you to define where he would fit. He was a committed leftist, who shot a left wing president. Are you defining violence type by the one who committed it or who it was committed on? IF Loughner had been a committed Democrat, would the Tuscon shooting be left wing violence. What if Loughner had targeted a Republican congressman?

Really, so where’s say Barack Obama saying “If they bring a knife, we bring a gun”…
If you really think that was incendiary rhetoric that might provoke violence, you’ll be overwhelmed with incidents. Just start listening to stump speeches…The collected US political class make statements that provocative faster than you can listen to them.

I can see you including the statement as a milestone, However, including milestones in your revised criteria is playing games with the visual presentation to the huge detriment of a fair comparison. You are adding a whole bunch of things to the “oh the right wing is scary” side of the list. The left loves that sort of news statement, but the right wing makes them rarely if at all…There are similar issues with you combining all the violence and vandalism from the Seattle riots into one entry, while every individual attack on immigrants seems to merit it’s own entry…

4. If this is a US phenomenon (and US rhetoric), why are you including abortion shootings in Winnipeg and Vancouver? You don’t have the sources to provide a credible survey of Canadian incidents. Then there is the problem of classification; on a left-right spectrum, the rightmost political party in Canada is either tied or to the left of the Democrat party. Depending on your response to 2b, this makes either everything in Canada leftist violence or right wing violence. If it’s not a US phenomenon, where does your search stop? How about Mexico, with it’s narco-war? South America? The Middle East?
In all honesty, our politics are very distinct from yours. You have red states vs blue states. We have 4 parties in Parliament (including a Quebec separatist party for gods sake!).
Bullshit yourself.
particularly citations 9 and 10, which aren’t on line.

There’s been a whole load of public speculation from the left about militia ties. There is NO credible evidence that either was member of a militia during their lives –particularly if they had been during the plot, you can be assured that Federal prosecutors would have filed conspiracy charges against the organization. Nichols is said to have attended anti-government meetings. McVeigh wasn’t even up to that; his anti-social nature did not lend itself to organized groups.
Of course Malkin’s report from 4 years ago have broken links. She’s aggregating links from hundreds of sites every month. Shockingly sites sometimes go away. Particularly smaller newspapers tend to take old stories offline. Site hosting costs money. Of courses she doesn’t go back and fix them all – She’s got a living to make..

“What's more she conflates ANYTHING of the left with the extremes of the left. “
Of course she’s conflating the extremes of the left with the left. What do you think you’re doing with this list? Aside conflating the extremes of the “right” – the Nazis/White Supremacists/Skinheads – with the right in general. Doctor, examine thyself…

“I speak to everyone here. She inflames her followers. “ What do you thing you are doing with list for most of your followers? Are you following the comments?
“Just wow. Court adjourned.” LuminousMuse January 13, 2011 07:00 AM
“oh, man. I'm feeling nauseous as well. You pile them up in a whole like that - LIKE CORDWOOD - and the insidiousness looms. It's Everywhere. And dammit, there it is on the Elite East Coast. Huh.” ConnieMack January 11, 2011 04:18 PM
Again, Doctor, examine thyself.
Larger Issues
Let's quote you a few times:
“I found no comprehensive list, filtered as I do, here. We need this list, so that no one skews the narrative toward "equivalency".”
I have issues with your methodology, as is very clear – I think it will skew the narrative blatantly unless you correct it. If this list is to have a value, then you need to play neutral ball, not one sided ball. … And to be very blunt, your research, not that of the commentators has essentially been looking only for right wing statements and violence. If you really want to fill this out, you are have to going to go to someplace like Malkin’s site and read and read and read. No, I do not have time to do your research for you.
If not, I think you are trying to build a tool to hit the right over the head with, and say 1) You can’t talk that way, and 2) Look how scary the right wing kooks are. At that point, I have very little use for you. You are attempting to demonize your opponents without regard to your own flaws. You are also attempting to suppress their free speech and that is a cardinal sin in any form of democratic government (note, the US is a representative republic, not a democracy). Attack their speech all you want - but don't try to tell them they can't say it.

"You don't "lose" by condemning hate and violence – unless you actually support it. Which is it? Why is it so hard to say so, either way?"

I don’t like hate, and I don’t particularly like violence. On the other hand, both are not going to go away. Establishing another tool to demonize the right wing as scary and to tell them to shut up is not productive, particularly when the fringe left is enthusiastically violent (for example, those Malkin links included at least one attempted bombing of a recruiting office...). Pointing at the other side and screaming they are scary evil people does distract from important decisions...

Finally, from your original post, I missed this the first time:
"Violence works. It has effectively shut down access to legal abortions throughout the US, and violent rhetoric by the Tea Party and the Republicans has crippled our deliberative democracy."

Are you in cloud cuckoo land?
"Abortion in the United States has been legal in every state since the United States Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, on January 22, 1973.."
in 2009, incomplete data reports a minimum of 306307 abortions in the US...

Crippled your Democracy my candy ass! 1) the US is a representative republic not a democracy. 2) You had elections in 2010. Yes, the Democrats got the shit kicked out of them, but they deserved it for their fiscal policy alone. You guys haven't missed an election yet.
If you are really worried about your democracy, start jumping all over the democratic party for their assorted attempts to encourage the disenfranchisement of American citizens by encouraging illegal aliens to vote, encouraging felons to vote, having dead people vote, disenfranchising military personnel (by playing with the mailing of overseas ballots).
Finally, I missed 2.a.iii
The Latin Kings, see above

The crips:

"Many would be surprised to learn that the roots of the most notorious urban gangs of the last quarter century, the Crips and the Bloods, was the Black Panther Party. In late 1969, a South Central L.A. community meeting place was set up, called Community Relations for an Independent People. The center attracted many young people, as a place to hang out, rap. As more and more youth were attracted to the center, the acronym of the center itself, came to represent those young people: C.R.I.P.s. In the early days, the uniform/street clothes of the CRIPs reflected its main influence; the Black Panthers.
In 1973, after so many young dudes joined this new set, leading members tried to steer it back to a community-service, radical orientation. They published a new CRIP Constitution, and defined themselves as: Community Reform Inner-Party Service (CRIPS). In this Constitution, these members, many of whom had come out of jail after studying the plight of their people, pledged to serve their people, instead of hurting and exploiting them. In the 'Purpose and Objectives' segment of this document, the reoriented CRIPs wrote: We are a party [sic] thats purpose is to serve our communities in general. Our services will be to provide therapy to social ill, guidance in struggling to correct those ills, and love and peace for our community.
Needless to say, things didn't really work out that way.
What has spread, from coast to coast, is nihilism, anger, anti-Black violence, and the economic engine of the drug business, which is but a chemical weapon against Black communal life.
Sanyika Shakur, once a CRIP, now a Black nationalist, asks rhetorically, "Had we not begun as predators of New Afrikans [Blacks] would we have been allowed to last this long?"* He announced, in 1993, the reformation of the CRIPs into the Clandestine Revolutionary Internationalist Party Soldiers. (I doubt there will be many rap videos about those kinda gangstas!)."
Most gangs have at least pretended to some sort of political revolutionary ideology; even gang bangers are human and need some justification for what they do.

“In fact the origins of the Crips and especially their expansion ("cripping") is linked to the rise and defeat in the early 70s of the Black Panthers - Crip originally meant "Community Resource Independent Project". The Panthers sought to homogenise black gangs throughout America's ghettos, turning their internecine warring tendencies into a united revolutionary assault force against the real enemy. The successive Crip absorption of smaller gangs reflected this but with a direction the Panthers would not have approved of, in spite of the false models of revolution the Party chose to emulate”

“Along with friends, Williams and Washington created the initial intent of continuing the revolutionary ideology of the 1960s. These aspirations were unattainable because of a general lack of political leadership and guidance. Washington and Williams were never able to develop an agenda for social change within the community and instead became obsessed with protecting themselves from other gangs in the community. By 1971 the gang’s notoriety had spread across Los Angeles. The gang became increasingly violent as they attempted to expand their turf. By the early 1980s the gang was heavily involved with drug trade (Majority was Crack Cocaine).”

I really don't think you need testimony to the level of violence the crips continue to inflict on society.

I should apologize to the bloods at this point for slandering them. They aren't formed with a leftist political objective. They were/are a criminal alliance formed in response to the crips attempts to forcibly integrate the other gangs.

quotes from a Sureno MS-13 constitution confiscated in a prison cell search:
“No black person may ever be jumped into Sur. mallate is Mexican slang for a black person.”
“Every September 13th, all the Sureños should celebrate and recognize this day the “Day of the Sureños” and October 11th as “Day of the Race” Race as in the Latino Race.”
“No Sureño should eat, smoke or drink after a black person.”
“No pure white people gueros is a term for a blonde or fair-haired person are permitted to be jumped into the Sur. They should be half Mexican, Chicano, or Latino. Only pure white people who were raised in a neighborhood in the street and that come to prison can represent Sur.”
Yes, they are a racist organization.

As far as being leftist, again, the founders were a strongly leftist group. They had good reason to be, being mostly survivors of the right wing death squads in the El Salvadoran civil war.
“Formed on the streets of Los Angeles in the 1980s by immigrants fleeing civil war in El Salvador, MS-13 originally called itself the “Mara Salvatrucha Stoners.” …
As members of El Salvador’s radical FMLN party, including many former guerilla fighters, poured into the states during this time, they brought along their machetes and their cavalier attitude toward life and death. “
temp123: thanks for the new information. I cannot review etc in detail until later in the week ( I have taken as much time for this as I can this last week; I have a 60 hr per week job) but I hope you see I am listening, with respect. We do not see eye to eye, we both think the other makes pretty serious errors, but it does not stop me from addressing your suggestions in as fair a light as I can muster, item by item.

I just scanned this, but I am particularly fascinated by the political dimensions of the Latin Kings. I am not convinced they are out-of-hand leftist as an "organization" -- a criminal organization is first and foremost criminal, and will use any excuse (Baader-Meinhof devolved into pure criminality) but if they use leftist excuses they must appear on this chart, on the LW side, which raises fascinating questions about some the Long Island examples. While not in any sense formal gangs, should I re-parse some of those as rough equivalent? ad hoc criminals who put a veneer of RW nativism in their attacks?

In the mean time, let's you and I agree to dial down the dramatic emphasis in some of our language. We are both doing it, and I think it interferes with what is emerging as a productive collaboration across the "divide" of our differing perspectives. If for no other reason than it will make us both more effective, item by item. At the very least I will save any general comments I feel I must make for AFTER I respond to each of your suggestions. Thanks.

I think 5 columns might not do it, but 7 taxes the limits of visible, manageable column widths.
Still a very excellent post.

Shame on the swastika drawers on the liberal side, and Montel should be ashamed as well. I thought better of him actually and had never heard that. I think I might have to write him a letter and demand an apology. Calling for someone's death is very, very wrong.

And the anti-war protesters missed the mark, didn't they, answering violence with violence?

Palin's remarks still remain disgusting. Also, it's still not an equal distribution of violence, markedly so in reference to public figures making violent remarks. As well, the conservative side seems bent on actually harming human beings, which is very disturbing. Conservative politicians, via this update, are doing very irresponsible things. And a wave of violence is clearly growing from it.

Of course, I don't hold out much hope that a conservative would come here and condemn it all. I'd like to be wrong, of course, but as has been part of my discussion for days, there is a desire to cast blame elsewhere and not accept blame where wrongs have been committed, by the majority of Republican legislators. They like to point fingers, but real responsible actions are apparently beyond them. I guess I should expect the same by their constituents. :/

It certainly appears that way so far, what with the nonsensical lying about Obama's speech and their denials, even in the face of the best proof. One of the posters here on OS absolutely refused to admit the lie in that nonsense about the eyes, even with eye witnesses and doctors backing up the sources. It's pitiful how easily they look away from proof and facts. It's a very bad situation. I try not to let it frighten me, but it does a little. I mean, if you can overlook the facts so often, to further your own agendas, what do you care if a few people die? Commentators on many of the conservative sites say this stuff anyway, down to comments about how it was good the nine year old died because she'd just grow up to be a liberal.

How can anyone stand for something so abhorrent?
Greg, Hats off to you, this is a groundbreaking post. I can appreciate how much work this takes, though I have never researched anything with this many elements. And the saddest thing is that it is a constantly expanding universe. Again, major kudos. I hope this goes viral.
Greg, I am curious about this "temp" commenter. Who appears to have come into existence solely for the purpose of commenting here. Esp. as he identifies as Canadian (he ain't me in clever plastic disguise, I swear!) (nor does he [?] sound like any of the Canadian regulars here.) As you suggest, maybe he should step out of the shadows - you put yourself on the line and, as your most thorough critic (a kind of poor sinner, only with brains - so, PS is actually gone? I was wondering why I couldn't find his comment here, which was referenced a couple of times), s/he should do likewise.

I don't find himmer compelling - if one nitpicks down to the subatomic level...well, the subatomic level makes mincemeat of all Middle Kingdom thinking, but it is in the Middle Kingdom where we must dwell. Also, while there are left examples, Obama uncharacteristically trying on some street talk, it was clearly a metaphor, and not characteristic of his style - not a rallying cry to violence like Palin, et al. Bachman wanting Minnestoans "armed and dangerous"...oh, with if the pamphlets are what will be left in people' minds rather than Armed & Dangerous. That's like Palin's spokesperson's disingenuous claim that the gunsights on that notorious map were surveyors' marks.

And a lot of the writhing about and tortured rationalization, trying to make your list either totally irrelevant or horribly biased or whatever, strikes me as similar. For instance, the comparison one of your critics here made between MSNBC and Fox (and declared for good measure that most of the non-Fox media were left-leaning) is one that can be held only with some serious mind-bending...

Yes, we lefties are influenced by our own outlook - But I think it's a vital difference that we don't have to quibble and flail about ... our case, alas, is plain for those who have eyes to see.
Lets make this official, I HATE YOUR SPAM FILTER. It just ate another large post for too many links. So this is going to be a bit sketchy
1) My Identity, for Greg and Myriad. I don't believe in exposing my identity on public online forums. Why? You'd only be taking my word that I was Michel Davois posting from Quebec City (which is of course not true). Just like I'm taking Greg's claim to be Greg Correll at face value...But yes, I did just establish this login simply to post on this item that Greg is putting together.
2) Myriad, of course you don't find me convincing. The reason the US has this huge red/blue divide is that neither side is willing to give any credence to what the other side says... "we don't have to quibble and flail about ... our case, alas, is plain for those who have eyes to see.". I think I have eyes. I do not however see...
3) Lots Presidential Death Threats, documented with photos
4) "Obama uncharacteristically trying on some street talk" lets take a look at a few more famous Obama excerpts
"a bomb-thrower" about John Boehner
the GOP are "hostage-takers"
"We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends " Speaking to a Latino rally
"We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back." Rosa Parks couldn't be reached for comment...
It's not like he's the worst offender or anything, but politicians and heated rhetoric are pretty much inseparable no matter which side they are on

5) You can find all of these with google…
Bill Maher : You could have went to New Hampshire and killed two birds with one stone.
John Kerry : Or, I could have gone to 1600 Pennsylvania and killed the real bird with one stone .

4 August 2000, Craig Kilborn on CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn ran a graphic of the words “SNIPERS WANTED” under George Bush as he gave his acceptance speech.

New York State comptroller, Alan Hevesi said during a June 1, 2006 speech that Senator Charles Schumer “will put a bullet between the president’s eyes if he could get away with it.”
PS. the Unabomber. Rodney King a) the beating itself and b) the riots afterwards...
What a great post. It seems the scales are tipped quite strongly in one direction.
Thanks for all of your work.
rated with love
If the abortion violence counts as "right wing"

Where does the murder of 7 babies with scissors fit?
temp123: as noted previously I will be updating this on, within 25 days. That site only allows Members to comment, and rigorously enforces civility. i would welcome giving you a shot at it; it depends on how you comment from here on in.

If you want to submit any items for inclusion please do so in this format: date; event title (simple, factual); short description (lead graf style); source/citation/link (credible sources only).

The connection to either Left or Right politics should be manifest in the article that is cited. Nazis are not Leftists so don't bother, and any similar non-normative history and non-commonsensical submissions will be ignored.

Such as the that last item. Unless you can prove to the world that a clinic doctor, arrested for malpractice, had committed that malpractice so for "Leftist reasons"? it has no place on this chart. It is absurd to press me to make the obvious point that Republican candidates and Tea partiers especially align themselves proudly with anti-abortionists, and that community has long tolerated violence as a pious duty.

There are Republicans who support choice, and lots and lots of Republican doctors.

I value your input but the combative tone must stop. We already know we have different worldviews. It's all about the items now. You have an opportunity to continue challenging me with more items, but only if you respect me and my criteria. Otherwise, feel free to go do one of these on your own. Thanks.
Greg, although an arrest hasn't been made in this case yet, I think you would be interesting in reading about it.


As for the house of horrors abortion clinic, that story proves nothing more than this: If conservatives continue to limit access to (and nuts continue to murder) abortion providers, then desperate women will end up in "clinics" like Dr. Gosnell's. The existence of that place is a direct consequence of escalating anti-abortion intimidation and violence.
Good work...I'm not finished reading all of it yet, but it's so heartbreaking that I had to stop. I'll be back later to finish the rest...and the comments. WOW!
Greg, if you're going to include so-called "eco-terrorist" actions, you should also be including violence against eco-activists, so here are a couple which fall within your timeframe and US borders:

1. Death of Earth First! activist David Chain, killed Sept 17 1998 by a falling tree cut by a logger whom he had (non-violently) confronted that morning in Headwaters Forest. No charges were laid in his death, but a lawsuit launched by Chain's parents against the logger and Pacific Lumber was settled out-of-court.

2. The May 24 1990 car-bombing that seriously injured forest activist Judy Bari and also wounded her companion Darryl Cherney. .

Interesting project, although it risks turning into an endless discussion with a very few people...
Good point about the roots of our country stemming from violence, Rw005g, although you'd be hard-pressed to find any sympathy when equating independent hate crimes and environmental protest attacks with a mass political movement for change in the 18th century.
The biggest distinction, methinks, is that Britain was not democratic and the US is. As such, there is no justification for political violence in America, because you have access to the ballot box, long before you even need to think about a cartridge box. This is what JFK said, anyway, and I agree with him.
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What about Dr. Robert Goldstein--the Tampa area podiatrist who had a list of 50 Tampa-area Islamic institutions he planned to bomb and was found with an arsenal of weapons? Of course, not being Muslim, he was never labeled a terrorist.
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