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OAKLAND, CA (KGO) — The Tuolumne County man accused of shooting at CHP officers on Interstate 580 in Oakland over the weekend was headed to San Francisco to kill people at the ACLU and the Tides non-profit organization. He made his first court appearance Tuesday.

Byron Williams, 45, has a 2 p.m. arraignment in Oakland. Police say he will be charged with attempted murder for his role in the Sunday morning shootout that closed the freeway for most of the day.

Williams was shot multiple times by police, but was wearing a bullet proof vest and survived. He was recently released from a hospital and is expected to use a wheelchair to attend his court appearance, according to a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities say Williams was armed with a number of high-powered weapons and ammunition during the shootout, which lasted 15 minutes. He and officers fired more than 150 rounds at each other.

Williams’ mother told reporters the two-strike felon was angry with left-wing politicians.

Why Tides? Because of wingnut stories like this.

Right Wing Lies 101

I can’t do anything about the media, or the gutless administration, but I can remind you that whenever a scandal is ginned up like this by the right-wing attack machine, IT IS ALWAYS A LIE. It may be a lie wrapped around a minute speck of truth, but that only makes the lie more plausible. It is still a lie. Believe it.

And the lazy, fawning excuse of a national press corps who willingly swallows whatever regurgitated swill the right wing feeds them — well, I think we all know by now not to listen to them. If it wasn’t for the liberal bloggers who got right to work on this Shirley Sherrod story, we still wouldn’t know the truth. (Just as few of the national media have admitted how wrong they were about the ACORN “scandal” — fabricated by the exact same people.)

Andrew Breitbart? He’s a lying piece of shit, a man completely without honor. Fuck him and his constant whining. “I’m not a racist, my adopted sister is a Mexican!”

You know what really pisses me off about this story? Shirley Sherrod’s father was killed by a white farmer. Now, she’s been destroyed by the same kind of people — only this time, they used some editing software and a right wing attack machine to do it.


Great comment over at Digby’s:

This current crop of right-wing zealots and would-be scandal mongers, like Andrew Breitbart and Glenn Beck and James O’Keefe and Company, don’t even qualify as “muscular teenagers with switchblade knives” — they’re nerdy, creepy, cowardly, Rovian vermin with cellphone cameras and video-editing software and a few cultivated connections with compliant and complicit fools at Politico and FOX News and Drudge who are always eager to oblige (or Breitbart’s own website when the stuff is too slimey even for the usual shills to break) and that’s about the extent of their range.

If Obama and the Democrats had the guts to stand up to these small-beer bully boys and tell them to just fuck off and take their lies and smears and fake scandals and edited video clips with them, the smear stories would soon die from lack of oxygen. But, alas, they don’t have the guts.

Instead, Obama and the Democrats give credence to the right-wing zealots when they fold up, cave in, roll over, and play dead — they actually join in attacking the victims of right-wing smears by firing them, or condemning them, or bleating for an investigation, or passing illegal bills of attainder to strip them of their funding in the case of ACORN — only to lose in court because bills of attainder are prohibited under the U.S. Constitution. D’oh!

Bill Clinton taught the major league right-wing sandal mongers who impeached him — and the trembling and timid Democrats who cowered on the sidelines watching the trainwreck — how it’s done. He fought back and he beat the motherfuckers!

Obama and the current crop of Democrats can’t even stand up to the minor-league second stringers like Brietbart and Glenn Beck and James O’Keefe. How pathetic is that?

Brendan Writes A Letter

My friend and commenter Brendan has such a way with words:

Dear Secretary Vilsack:

It has come to my attention that you recently forced Shirley Sherrod, a USDA appointee, to resign over what appear to unfounded allegations of racism by noted conservative provocateur Andrew Breitbart.  Unfortunately, by taking the word of this well-known con artist at face value, you have fired an innocent person. you need to reinstate her.

As the following link demonstrates, breitbart’s video was selectively edited to make Sherrod appear to be admitting to racism:

Unfortunately for Mr. Breitbart (as well as for you), this has been exposed as a fraud. In fact, the family Sherrod helped called into CNN today to explain that “Sherrod was helpful to her family and that the couple never felt she was being racist while trying to assist them in avoiding foreclosure. ” The family added, “”She treated us really good and got us all we could,” and they do not believe you have treated Ms. Sherrod fairly. (source:

Mr. Vilsack, I would like to know if it is USDA policy to take allegations like those made by Mr. Breitbart at face value, without doing further research.  Breitbart, as you should know, was also closely linked to the fraudulent ACORN video, which led Congress to unfairly defund the organization, which was later cleared of any and all wrongdoing.  Breitbart was also linked to recent efforts to tap Senator Mary Landrieu’s phone, a crime which one of his accomplices pled guilty to.

As you should know by now, the partisans on the Republican party have been engaged in smear campaigns against Democrats for decades: examples include the Whitewater non-scandal; the Jeremiah Wright non-scandal; the Barack Obama is a secret muslim/socialist/nazi/Kenyan/Martian non-scandal; and so on.

The fact that you believed the allegations made by Breitbart and fired a loyal employee speak very badly to your character and leadership. Do you think that appeasing these lunatics will cause them to leave you alone? Rest assured, they will be back for more. Meanwhile, you have hung an innocent elderly woman out to dry based on the fever dreams of a man who has demonstrated time and time again that he’s a fraud, proving that you’re something of a coward who won’t stand up for his employees.

You should be ASHAMED of yourself.

Brendan Skwire

Oo, Scary Black Panthers!

I never wrote about this stupid “controversy” because I remember reading something in my local paper that said it was no big deal. Which doesn’t surprise me, because the polling place where this alleged intimidation occurred was in a minority neighborhood, and I would be very surprised if anyone (other than patronage employees of the GOP-controlled parking authority) was breaking down the walls of the polling place to vote for John McCain.

But the corporate media, bowing to temper tantrums from the right, have pronounced this “news” anyway. Because we all know who really controls the media, and it ain’t us.

Just So You Know What We’re Up Against

A message to all members of Tea Party Nation

Make no mistake about it; Elena Kagan wants to ban books. She thinks there is nothing wrong with banning books based on their political content.  Period.

That makes her the most dangerous person ever nominated to the Supreme Court and singularly unfit to sit on the court.

It would be one thing if she had simply said this one time.  She has said it repeatedly.  She has even argued to the United States Supreme Court that political pamphlets could be banned.
As far back as 1996, Kagan argued it might be necessary to ban speech that is offensive to society or to the government!
There are countries that have banned speech that is offensive to the government.  The old Soviet Union, Communist China, Iran, Pakistan, Taliban controlled Afghanistan, Cuba, Nazi Germany and other dictatorships.  Dictatorships ban speech, not America.  But Kagan wants to ban books.   I have a better idea, let’s ban Kagan.
Over the last year and a half, so many times we have called on you to step up to fight for our country and once again, we must do that.  Kagan must be stopped.  Obama may end up as a one term President, but his Supreme Court nominees serve for life!  Kagan could easily be there for 30 years.  Imagine the damage she could do.

Here is what we need you to do:
First, forward this email to everyone you know.  Call your Senators and ask them to do the same.  Tell them that we do not
want a Supreme Court Justice who thinks it’s okay to ban books.
Join us at and discuss this in our forums!
We have all seen the film footage from Nazi Germany, where the Brown Shirts are throwing banned books into the bonfires.  Never could I have believed that an American Supreme Court Justice would ever support the banning of books.  If we do not stop the Kagan nomination, we will have just such a Supreme Court Justice.

Save America.  Stop the Kagan nomination.

Also, our friends at Young Americans for Freedom are holding a rally today at the Supreme Court Building in Washington.  This is the kind of 1st Amendment expression Elena Kagan opposes!


Where: U.S. Supreme Court Steps, 1 First Street, NE  Washington, DC 20543
When: Thursday July 1, 2010 12:30 – 1:30 pm  (lunchtime)

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