What goblin of malevolence Runs through the frozen night

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It looks like the Silver Shirts of the fringe right blogs have some explaining to do. How do they rationalize their mindless loyalty to all things authoritarian and anti-american yet claim to despise Islamic fundamentalism because it is a threat to freedom. Some delusion that Bush and the illegal activities of the NSA under Bush's direction will somehow cloak every American in a cocoon of absolute safety has rightie pontificators all a twitter like little chickenhawks whose papa chicken will protect them all by using the constitution as cage lining. Isn't it ironic that in the last four years with millions of American phone records in hand, our civil liberties wearing the boots marks of the conservative leadership and yet not one American terrorist has, as far as we know, has been found by way of this intrusive and illegal activity. Do you know how the Silver Shirts know that they're right, within twenty-four hours after the USA Today story broke, a poll shows that a majority of Americans may support it. The fringe right just keeps betraying its lynch mob mentality. They have no evidence that Bush's program is keeping America safe, they have no legal basis on which to claim that it is legal or within any president's authority, but they do have a poll, they have an as yet uninformed public, ABC/WaPo on NSA Phone Records

The new survey found that 63 percent of Americans said they found the NSA program to be an acceptable way to investigate terrorism, including 44 percent who strongly endorsed the effort. Another 35 percent said the program was unacceptable, which included 24 percent who strongly objected to it. A slightly larger majority–66 percent–said they would not be bothered if NSA collected records of personal calls they had made, the poll found.

It may or may not be cynical on my part , but it is a fairly consistant practice among a large segment of the population to undervalue their civil liberties when faced with a choice between freedom and phyiscal security. The right-wing noise machine has been incrediblily good at exploiting the public's fears to their political and financial advantage. Yet if we keep the dialoque centered on the Bill of Rights, legal principles, and tangible verifiable proof of the benefits of Bush assuming virtually unlimited presidential powers they fall face flat into their warm milk and graham crackers. The bulk of conservatives live in fear and apparently they will not rest until America is a nation of fear whose only salvation is blind unyeilding faith in the powers that be.
I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations — James Madison

The fringe right is probably praying for some kind of national catastrophe at this point to distract the nation's attention because it is not over, another shoe is about to drop, Russell Tice says he will blow the lid off

things next week when he testifies at John Warner's Armed Services Committee, which despite Warner's pathetic ass-covering for the administration, will at least allow Carl Levin a chance to draw out important information more effectively than Jay Rockefeller, Joe Biden, or Pat Leahy would do if this were scheduled in front of the Intelligence, Foreign Relations, or Judiciary committees respectively.

Tice has suffered recriminations for his whistleblowing on the NSA's illegal activities, NSA fires whistleblower

Whlie the fringe right is at least for the moment is celebrating rule by poll they better take their blinders back out of the closet, Poll: Clinton outperformed Bush

On foreign affairs, the margin was 56 percent to 32 percent in Clinton's favor; on taxes, it was 51 percent to 35 percent for Clinton; and on handling natural disasters, it was 51 percent to 30 percent, also favoring Clinton.

Overview of the Salem Witch Trials

The Salem witchcraft events began in late February 1692 and lasted through April, 1693. All told, at least twenty-five people died: nineteen were executed by hanging, one was tortured to death, and at least five died in jail due to harsh conditions. Over 160 people were accused of witchcraft, most were jailed, and many deprived of property and legal rights.

Leaning, leaning in the race,
Breath keen-drawn through nostrils tense,
Fell eyes in ruthless face,
What goblin of malevolence
Runs through the frozen night
In superhuman flight?
See it run, run, run,
Outstripping the shadows that fly!
Hear the fiend’s heart beat, beat,
Beat, beat, beat in its breast!
Running, running, running on
Under the frozen sky,
Fleet, so fearfully fleet,
Pausing never to rest.

from Were-Wolf by Julian Hawthorne