April 03, 2010

What is that abbreviation again? D.F.T.N.

Headline in today's Philly Inquirer: Threatening letter does not alter Capitol security plan.

But in the actual article we read:

Despite being among dozens of governors to receive threatening letters from an extremist group, Gov. Rendell is not changing his routine or ordering special safety measures for the state Capitol, administration officials said Friday.

"Threat letters are not uncommon, and the governor is going to go about his normal routine," said spokesman Gary Tuma.

Tuma said the Capitol Police had increased their vigilance, but Pennsylvania is not heightening security, as other states have.

Rendell was among at least 30 governors to receive letters this week from a group called Guardians of the Free Republics.

Its Web site says its members want to "restore" America through "behind-the-scenes, peaceful reconstruction of . . . institutions of government without controversy, violence or civil war."

The group lists as goals ending foreclosures and tax prosecutions, and states it will do so "without public proclamations or provocative actions against a general public that is mostly unaware of the hijacking of their free de jure American republics, and their hapless media."

FBI Special Agent J.J. Klaver said the letter, which was lengthy and contained petitions seeking the governor's removal, did not advocate violence. Nonetheless, the FBI is warning police that the call to remove governors could provoke violent acts from others.

So, let's recap: Rendell's spokesman says that such letters are "not uncommon," and this letter in question specifically does NOT advocate any violence of any sort. In fact, what the letter implies, if anything, is that these governors should be aware that the group will do everything it can ... to make sure they're not re-elected if they don't wise up. That sounds pretty democratic and as American as apple pie to me!

But, y'see ... this D.F.T.N. (Doesn't Fit The Narrative) for the paper, thus the headline -- which is quite consistent with much of what its editorial cretins (and their cohorts at the Daily News) have been spewing for weeks.

Posted by Hube at April 3, 2010 12:39 PM | TrackBack

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And I'm sorry -- I don't believe the group in question even exists. "Guardians of the Free Republic"? Sounds to me like something that would be made up by some left-winger having a paranoid fantasy.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at April 3, 2010 01:43 PM