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Letters to the Editor

Plenty of hate

October 26, 2010

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To the editor:

I would like to offer an apology for misquoting Bill O’Reilly regarding his interview on The View. The quote was actually by Brian Kilmeade of the Fox Network saying “All Muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims,” while he was defending Mr. O’Reilly’s remarks on The View. Thank you, Sarah Peters, for politely correcting me.

Other responses online were not so polite. I was referred to as a liar. I’m sorry I made an honest mistake having wrote too hastily while listening to the news story on the issue, but I’m not a liar.

I’ll also want to clarify other things in the letter such as the McVeigh and Nichols motive in the Oklahoma City bombings were more political than religious and 324 buildings were destroyed OR damaged in the blast along with the many dead.

I hope I was able to smooth some ruffled feathers, but the whole point of my letter was not to blame all Muslims for cowardly acts of terrorism. According to the National Counterterrorism Center, as many or more acts of terrorism are by non-Muslims than by Muslims. Don’t forget acts by anti-gay groups, white supremacists or the IRA. There is plenty of hate in this world to go around.

Craig Tucker,

Lawrence

Comments

Ray Parker 3 years, 5 months ago

McVeigh was likely trained and puppeted by Muslim terrorist bombers. Do you think it was just dumb luck that he and Nichols set up near-perfect ignition of such a large 7000-pound fertilizer truck-bomb, arranged in a shaped charge? The blast destroyed or damaged 324 buildings within a sixteen-block radius. The primary intent was the maximum number of deaths of federal employees. The pistol McVeigh carried on the day of the Oklahoma City bombing was likely a suicidal backup method of igniting the bomb at point-blank range, if his primary method of 5-minute and 2-minute canon fuses and blasting caps and Tovex had failed. This had all the earmarks of an attack on the U.S. government inspired and directed from behind the scene by Muslim terrorists.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 5 months ago

The New York Times, who routinely lies---outright and by ommission (failing to cover news which is detrimental to the left)---is the go-to source for the rest of the incompetent liberal media, notably, NPR, NBC, ABC, CBS and the far-left blogosphere. This knowledge and realization isn't limited to "the right". Many folks from other parts of the political spectrum cast a skeptical eye on Schiller, Sulzberger, Imelt, Moonves and Sweeney.

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Benjamin Roberts 3 years, 5 months ago

First, thank you for taking responsibility for spreading misinformation. Misinformation causes alienation, disseminates ignorance, and spreads hate. Your willingness to acknowledge your small part in spreading distortions is commendable.

I was surprised to read that you watched Brian Kilmeade on Fox and Friends; it is well known, by those on the left, that Faux News does not provide real news. Now you see how easily they can mislead the simple minded. For all the good it did you might as well have went to one of the left-wing propaganda sites such as oreilly-sucks.com to get your misinformation. Yet, I stray. Regardless of where you either received false information or misheard it, you have now seen the problem associated with the failure to check facts for yourself.


"Other responses online were not so polite. I was referred to as a liar. I’m sorry I made an honest mistake having wrote too hastily while listening to the news story on the issue, but I’m not a liar."

This was most likely the result of the fact that your first letter was based upon a lie and drew a conclusion that was therefore flawed. Since, by definition a liar is "a person who tells lies" (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liar), it was a logical conclusion. You may notice, it did not require a misquote to come to that conclusion.

However, now that we know you "made an honest mistake having wrote too hastily," it will be much easier to simply dismiss your rants as emotional drivel, written in haste; rather than consider them meaningful, thoughtful, fact-filled opinion.

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jafs 3 years, 5 months ago

The lumping together of groups like Greenpeace and the Sierra Club with groups like the Weather Underground is just silly.

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kubacker 3 years, 5 months ago

"TomShewmon (Tom Shewmon) says… And let's not forget far-left loon eco-terrorists either- they are or were a couple years ago listed as the FBI's #1 terrorist threat. The fact is, the left has many more radical/extremist/hate groups associated with them than far-right: PETA, Sierra Club, ELF, KlanParenthood, CodePink, Weather Underground, New Black Panthers, SEIU, Ruckus Society, Students for a Democratic Society, ACORN-----just to name a few."


You left out the Symbionise Liberation Army that did kill policemen. Further, the Weather Underground killed several people in bombings and robberies carried out by its members.

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labmonkey 3 years, 5 months ago

Ban organized religion. The "my God is better than your God" mentality has killed millions over history.

And please Craig.... you have your ultra-liberal hate groups too so don't leave them out... Greenpeace, PETA and Earth Liberation Front to name three.

On September 11, 2002, I worked for a chemical plant. We had extra guards and had to be on the lookout... not for Muslim terrorists, but for Greenpeace. They threatened to break into chemical plants across the country and cause havoc just to prove they could.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 5 months ago

In the Ludus' newspeak, communist = conservative. What won't he think of next?

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salad 3 years, 5 months ago

"The fact is, the left has many more radical/extremist/hate groups associated with them than far-right: PETA, Sierra Club, ELF, KlanParenthood, CodePink, Weather Underground, New Black Panthers, SEIU, Ruckus Society, Students for a Democratic Society, ACORN-----just to name a few. "

Lies...... rightwing terrorists FAR out number whatever falls inside your busted radar tommy-boy. Lets not forget that rightwingers actually kill people. All the groups you've listed are guilty of....vandalism. Yeah, that's right, they've destroyed your precious stuff. Not sayin' it's right, but there's no comparison.

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geekin_topekan 3 years, 5 months ago

The poor lass who lost her husband in an alleged incident on Mexican waters with Christian drug cartels was on the TV this AM asking Obama and Clinton for answers.

The Christian terrorists who have hijacked the once livable border towns are not to blame. The American people need to legalize marijuana, quit shipping jobs overseas, invest in education and anti-drug programs. Problem solved. Why do people look to Obama for answers yet refuse to take any responsibility for their own country's security?

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 5 months ago

And let's not forget far-left loon eco-terrorists either- they are or were a couple years ago listed as the FBI's #1 terrorist threat. The fact is, the left has many more radical/extremist/hate groups associated with them than far-right: PETA, Sierra Club, ELF, KlanParenthood, CodePink, Weather Underground, New Black Panthers, SEIU, Ruckus Society, Students for a Democratic Society, ACORN-----just to name a few.

May a god with a strict leftist agenda, bless.

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TinkyWinky 3 years, 5 months ago

Eh oh Craig, Craig, Craig,

"anti-gay groups, white supremacists or the IRA. "

Don't forget acts by: PETA, Earth Liberation Front, the New Black Panthers.

"There is plenty of hate in this world to go around."

Sounds like you have a lot of hate for conservative causes.

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PROAMERICA 3 years, 5 months ago

Tucker.....your still ignorant!

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HollisBrown 3 years, 5 months ago

Another great letter, Craig. Did you get out the thesaurus again?

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