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There’s a subtle, tyrannical, effort in modern society to make everything and everyone “Crisp and Clean”.  Some would say this is merely a symptom of humanity’s need to distance itself from it’s connection to the natural world.  A savage and uncontrollable world that bides it’s time bound under shackles of concrete, asphalt, and antibiotics.  Waiting for the perfect time to shrug us off into oblivion.

Does this smug, antiseptic, reality tunnel serve any purpose other than to trick us into thinking we’re ultimately in control here?  I think it does.  I think it’s the most efficient brainwashing tool humanity has ever seen.  I think if corporate America (or corporate anywhere, really) had to choose just one tactic to keep humanity enslaved to a lifestyle of mass consuming servitude, it would choose The Cult Of Crisp And Clean.

Many of us have seen direct evidence of this ever-growing cult in the changes that recently took place back on Myspace.  I personally have seen Sean Percival (director of Myspace marketing or something like that) use the term “Crisp And Clean” at least three times in addressing the forced changes that were implemented with the unveiling of New Myspace.  Many of the more complacent Myspacers have told us “Well if you don’t like it, then leave.  You don’t own Myspace, so deal with it!”  And so we did.  It’s a good thing we did, too.

A handy side effect of living within a society that’s obsessed with enforcing a crisp and clean lifestyle upon it’s populace is it makes citizens desperately crave any form of self expression or individuality.  This is a perfect way to keep your citizens actively consuming.  The more individuality you strip away, the more pre-approved and corporate packaged “individuality” you can sell to the masses.

Self expression is now primarily confined to consumerism.  We can’t express ourselves at work.  The customer must always be right and we must always adhere to the uniform standards of the workplace.  Oh and keep that top button buttoned or the world might come to an end.  It’s getting to where our children know almost nothing of self expression or individuality as more and more schools adopt uniform codes.

They say it’s to prevent gang violence, yet Walmart keeps cutting checks (donations if you will) to school board members for “development projects”.  Breaking the expressive souls of our little children.  Creating an empty place for them to yearn to fill.  A smart and sound investment for the largest retailer in America.

Why do you think performers like Lady Gaga are so popular?  Because they do things normal citizens only wish they could do.  The more celebrities act out and wear bizarre and revealing outfits, the more the public eats it up.  This is because these cultural icons represent something that is missing within the lives of everyday citizens.  After spending 8+ hours a day bored to tears and bound within some stuffy corporate uniform policy, folks want nothing more than to live vicariously through some celebrity that snorts cocaine in public or wears a crazy looking dress made out Day-Glo dildos.  And they’ll pay through the nose for the privilege.

I still marvel at how business execs could personally own every Lady Gaga CD, yet spend their professional days firing employees for disregarding corporate uniform standards.  I remember when I worked for a national chain of music stores I ran into this same type of thing.  One week they decided to forbid warehouse workers from wearing shorts solely for the purpose of making the store’s staff look more “crisp and clean”.  The next week they sent out a life sized cutout of Dimebag Darrell wearing ripped shorts and throwing up devil horns to be mandatorily displayed by the Washburn/Dean guitar section in all stores nationwide.

How is it that every place of business operates under the belief that everyone in the world is a tight-assed prude, yet at the end of the work day, our televisions operate under the belief that everyone wants to see tits, ass, sex, skin, and violence?  The cult of Crisp And Clean makes it’s living of off our repressed desires.  The sin isn’t worth buying if it isn’t packaged in luxurious gobs of taboo.

It’s amazing this culturally enforced duality doesn’t drive us totally insane.  Perhaps it has.  Who are we to say we’re not insane.  Look at all the crazy hoops we jump through on a daily basis out of some misplaced sense of conformist obligation.  If that ain’t crazy, I don’t know what is.

You’ve already agreed to wear their uniform.  You’ve already dressed your child in their uniform.  You probably went out and spent money you didn’t have in order to make that happen.  Now the customer is always right, no matter how mean and vindictive they become.  How many relationships have you seen get destroyed due to the demands of the Crisp And Clean Cult?  I was told once by a regional manager to keep my wife on a tight leash or she might end up costing me my job.  At that point, my wife had said less than ten words to him.  He didn’t know her, he just knew he didn’t want anyone’s spouse interfering with the will of the Crisp And Clean Cult.

I’ve seen people forced to take out loans to buy new automobiles because “their appearance reflected directly upon the company”.    I once knew a district manager that was so obsessed with Crisp And Clean, he bought a second house just so he could have a perfectly manicured Show House to host business meetings at.  His wife and children were trained to show up before the meetings and pretend everything was business as usual as if they actually lived there.  These are true stories, folks.

So here’s the big question:  How far will humans go in order to please the leaders of the Crisp And Clean Cult?

The answer lies within each and every one of us.

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So now that My ______ 3.0 has been inflicted upon most of my friends, I’m starting to see a lot of panic.  Some of the folks that called me crazy back in August are starting to see the real deal behind these changes.  I seem to remember a couple of Myspacers taking great delight in calling us Chicken Little types a “bunch of whiney Baby-boys”.

In the immortal words of Bob Dylan:  “Now you don’t talk so loud.  Now you don’t seem so proud.”  I’d post screenshots and humiliate some folks, but that would be pointless and just downright mean.  And being mean to people is generally a bad thing, so screw that noise!

Anyway, I’ve seen a repeat of the same behaviors that ran rampant back in August when all this glitchy-changey stuff started.  People are calling for petitions to be signed and for login boycotts, etc.

I’ve seen three different petitions go around since the “glitches” started a couple months ago.  I’ve seen the replies that people have gotten when asking Myspace higher-ups about the forced changeover too.  Every single one of them glazed over the concerns of the user and pushed a “oh but you’ll LOVE the new Crisp And Clean look!”.  A while back, Sean Percival himself made an appearance on World B Free’s blog and said he wanted to address concerns of users.  Many people voiced their concerns, but he didn’t offer any solutions other than “it’s Crisp And Clean and you’ll love it”.

Truth of the matter is Myspace isn’t earning enough money to keep investors happy.  Ad revenue was down by $70million in the last quarter and Rupert Murdoch is coming down on admins like an iron hammer.  So they’re not going to change horses backwards in the middle of the stream considering their jobs are on the line.

This is a failed hail mary pass on their part.  The format change has failed and it has failed too late in the game.  I personally think they’re just going through the motions now and hoping they can find alternative employment before the ship gets sold out from under them.

There is no going back now.  No amount of emails or petitioning will make Myspace admins reprogram the site to a format that failed to bring in enough ad revenue.  No amount of boycotts or bitching will bring back the blogging community format that was the backbone of an aged and haggard Myspace.  Blogs will forever be featured within a tiny slit on your homepage, bordered and encumbered by wide swaths of ads, half-naked celebrities, and app invites.  I’m sorry Virginia, but Santa Claus has left the building and the elves have put you on their block lists.

NEWMYSPACE

It’s time to forge new paths and build new empires.  It is inevitable that some of us will lose track of each other along the way.  It is a sad reality, but hey, that’s life.  Some of us will manage to stick together.  Either way, we’ll all find new friends and networks along the way.

Change is good.  It forces us out of our comfort zones and it forces us to find new tools and networks that better suit our needs.  While some of our tribe will simply default themselves over to Facebook, many of us will slap on our coonskin caps and blaze trails out into the great unknown.

It’s an exciting time to be a blogger without a country.  The possibilities are endless.  Thank you, Myspace!

Remember this guy?

Remember back when we couldn’t imagine how someone like this could say the things that he did?  Remember how horribly over-the-top and grotesquely ugly his statements seemed back then?

They don’t sound quite as horribly bizarre and alien anymore, now do they?  Sure, his statements still shock and astound anyone with a semi level head.  But they don’t seem quite so crazy anymore.  Not like they used to.

This country has been desensitized.  The insane ravings of hate cults have found their way into the mainstream national dialog.  Beamed, broadcast, and reinforced on every available conservative news channel and radio station, and given undo credence by every other form of media in the nation.

I just wanted to remind everyone how far we’ve come in our ability to tolerate insanity in our daily brainwashing.

A reality check, if you will.

It is late summer, early fall, in the year 2010, and crazy isn’t quite as crazy as it was a year ago.  That makes me a very sad panda.

Original post date June 17, 2009

First of all, this blog isn’t about veterinarian studies. It’s about animals and the lessons that we can learn by observing them. Many shamanic and tribal cultures throughout history have looked to the behaviors of various animals for guidance and insight regarding the world around them. These same lessons can still be learned today if one is willing to stay observant and open-minded.

Many people laugh at me when I try to talk with them about this. The truth is, you don’t have to believe in spiritual phenomenon to learn from animal medicine. You see, animals behave the way they do because they have evolved into their behaviors. Over many, many years, these animals have evolved into living examples of specific survival traits. All of their inborn behaviors are perfectly honed (through thousands of years natural selection) to accommodate the specific niches that they inhabit.

By studying the natural world around us, we can begin to understand certain types of dangers or problems that reoccur in this world and in our lives. By studying certain animals, and how they react to these occurrences, we can begin understand the best ways to deal with these problems. I guess you could refer to this process as psychoanalyzing the behavioral flows of the Gaian mind in order to identify and adopt the most effective survival traits and behaviors.

I know this sounds pretty vague and unsubstantiated, so I’ll offer an example that I think will help illustrate my point.

Let’s take a moment to contemplate squirrel medicine. I’ve been studying squirrel medicine for years. If you sit and watch squirrels for a while, you’ll notice that they don’t climb down one tree in order to get to the top of another tree. Instead, they jump from branch to branch between trees. By doing this, they save a lot of time and energy. They also manage to avoid the pitfalls (or predators) that may hamper (or kill) them if they attempt to start completely over (or climb the next tree from the bottom, up) in their daily tasks.

This behavior parallels many effective decisions involved in job searches and career strategies. It is always best to find a lateral avenue to follow with jobs instead of starting completely over in all aspects of employment. If the problems that plague your work day are viewed as the branches of a tree, many of them can be seen as opportunities that can be exploited to accomplish more goals, faster. The fact that squirrels are naturally driven to stockpile acorns makes them a very appropriate animal to study when dealing with job issues and finances.

Squirrels aren’t the only animals that we can learn from. Buzzards can teach us about recycling and the beneficial energies that result from death. Wolves can teach us many aspects of teamwork and survival. Butterfly medicine can teach us about stockpiling the resources that are necessary for life changes or physical rebirth, as well as the timeline by which to accomplish major change.

If you are interested in learning more about different aspects of animal medicine and if you like reading, you should check out Animal Speak by Ted Andrews. It’s a good introduction to the basics of what many different animals represent and the lessons that can be learned from them. Of course, there is no substitute for firsthand observation. The best way to learn from animals is to watch them and try to fully identify with the reality that they live in. If you maintain an open and observant mind, you may be surprised by what you learn.

If anyone is interested in this stuff, let me know. I might post a few blogs later that describe some different animals and the lessons that I’ve learned from them.

Original post date June 1, 2009

I got a lot of heat from some folks over my “Could Rush Limbaugh Be The Next Charles Manson?” blog. Now it seems that there may have been some basis for my concern over Neocon hate-speech.

I just saw this article that my friend InConcertLinda posted on her blog.
Click Here for the article.

Evidently an abortion doctor who Bill O’Reilly has been verbally attacking for several years, was shot, and killed, at his church yesterday.

Only recently, O’Reilly, had stated that the only hope that the people of Kansas had to atone for allowing this man to operate in their state would be in a “Judgement Day”. He also stated that everyone in the state had blood on their hands because they continued to allow him to operate his “death mills” there. Much more has been said by Bill O’Reilly. You can see exactly how he painted this man up to look like Satan incarnate if you read the article.

In my opinion, telling a militant, fundamentalist, fan base that they have blood on their hands is not very responsible. Did O’Reilly do this for ratings, or was he actually trying to rally troops into acting out in violence? I have a hard time actually believing that he was actually concerned about anyone other than himself and his own agenda when he made all of these statements.

Some people would think that I’d feel justified and vindicated by these recent events. I feel no such thing. I feel spiritually hollow and emptied at the moment. Being “right” about the bad aspects of our world is no reward. It’s depressing.

So now what do we do? I’m fairly sure that O’Reilly will suffer no repercussions from this. This will probably give him a ton of free publicity and make his ratings spike. Will we see more copycat acts of violence now? If O’Reilly sells a few extra books and gets exposure because of this, will we see others like him start instigating the same scenarios for themselves?

Perhaps we should all boycott Fox News. I don’t think it would help much though, considering most of the people I know don’t watch Fox News anyway. There has to be some way to insure that this tragedy doesn’t encourage more hate-speech.

How do you think we can prevent this from happening again? What options do we, as citizens, have at our disposal to reign in these fascists?

I recently endured a slight altercation with a commenter on one of my blogs. I actually believe this encounter has helped me grow as an individual. It’s not every day that one can be blessed with a gift of insight, much less one that involves an argument. I know this is going to sound crazy, but I’m forever thankful that I got to experience it.

During this argument I was discredited, called names, and even had my blog referred to as “garbage”. Oh the horror! The utter horror of it all was hard for my little, flimsy, ego to bear. My first instinct was to lash out in anger and inflict my will and wit upon the other person. Every fiber of my being wanted to put this person in their place and regain my “rightful” throne as master of my personal, Myspace domain. As you can tell, I became quite delusional.

This was because my ego was speaking. Actually, it wasn’t just speaking, it was smacking me around and making me it’s bitch. Luckily, I stopped and realized that I was losing control over my own thoughts and was allowing myself to become my own enemy. I also noticed that I was beginning to embody many of the same personality traits that I speak out against on a daily basis.

I was allowing blind emotions and my beloved illusion of self-importance to control my logical thought processes. To make matters worse, I found myself on the verge of compromising my own beliefs in exchange for the pleasure of releasing my anger upon another person. This realization of my own hypocrisy hurt my poor little ego even more. Soon I found myself hurting inside and all that I wanted was to shove it all away and lash out in anger.

Ultimately, I decided to not act out in anger. Instead, I faced my emotional pain head-on and decided I was going to swallow every ounce of pride that my ego could muster, no matter how bitter and painful it became. So I braced myself, told my ego to give me it’s best shot, and allowed all of these emotions to wash over me. As soon as I did this, something astonishing happened. The pain went away. Every little shred of my ego was melted away within that one moment. All it took was a wholehearted desire to allow the pain of my ego to wash through my core. As soon as I gave myself fully to the pain, it was gone in the blink of an eye.

Don’t get me wrong. Facing this pain isn’t easy. It’s harder than hell. In my opinion, it’s harder than allowing yourself to fall backward off of a second story balcony. I’m still trying to figure out how I got the balls up to do it in the first place. But I’m glad I did. Not only did it give me a sneak peek into my own psyche, but it also allowed me to catch a glimpse of an even deeper truth. I am now beginning to see how this same principle can be used to improve our world as a whole.

By applying this same principle to our daily lives and our interactions with others, I think we can have an immediately positive effect on our world and each other. In order to do this, we have to be able to see past the argument at hand, and remember that truth, humility, and level headedness are the only behaviors that will save our world. We have to embody these traits within ourselves if we ever expect others to do the same. To make matters even more difficult, we have to maintain these principles even when someone else is calling us names and actively discrediting the things we value the most.

Maintaining this type of mental focus is very difficult. If it were easy, everyone would already do it. But it can be done. After all, it’s initially difficult (as a child) to learn to not knock the hell out of anyone who upsets you. Yet we learn to maintain control over our actions (most of us anyway), and our society is a lot better off because of it. The same thing can be accomplished with compassion and the conscious suspension of our childish emotions.

If we ever hope to change our world, we have to start with ourselves. We have to lead by example and show the rest of the world how it is done. We have to become the physical, behavioral, and mental embodiments of our own expectations. It’s very easy for me to sit here and preach tolerance and peaceful consensus, but it’s a humdinger-and-a-half for me to actually get out there and abide by my own expectations. It’s almost impossible to do it well enough to present a shining example that will be noticed (and dare I say emulated) by others. As with all things, practice makes perfect.

I fully realize that I don’t have my ego whooped yet. I’m sure I’ll run into hundreds of situations each day where I allow myself to act out according to my emotional whims. After all, our emotions are a beautiful part of our existence as humans. We can’t afford to isolate our emotions to the point where we lose our ability to enjoy life or feel. But I do realize what I should strive towards now.

I have experienced, firsthand, a mental mindset that I can no longer brush aside with my self-indulgent emotions. I know cultivating this mindset will require that I endure much self-inflicted pain. I also know that it will require that I “lose” many internet arguments. But I think I’m ready for it. I’m ready to leave the kiddie pool of my current reality and do the Nestea plunge into the treacherous storm-seas of humility. I hope that somehow, along the way, I can convince a few others to jump in too.

So as you go about your daily Myspace business, please take a moment to think about what kind of positive impact you want to have on your world. Remember that every comment you leave and every blog that you post has an impact on the world as a whole. Remember that each letter that you type carries with it your potential to lead by example. We individually inflict our intent unto the collective reality of the world through this glorious internet doo-hicky. That responsibility should not be taken lightly.

Many politicians and experts say that anonymity on the internet allows people to inflict hatred and pain onto one another, but I think this says more about their mindsets than it does about the hidden potentials of the internet. Who’s to say anonymity on the internet doesn’t give people a safe environment where they can learn to overcome their egos? I think it’s the perfect environment to take those first initial steps without fear of repercussions. Who knows? Collective practice may eventually make us all perfect.

If anything, please pay heed to these words that I humbly offer to our collective reality: “It’s not about getting the last word in. It’s about getting the last compassionate and peaceful word in.” If this were common practice, many of our problems with war and violence would be fixed overnight.

So who’s up for skinny-dipping in the waters of the unknown? I’m ready to go again.
CANNONBALL!!

Original post date May 20, 2009

I just had a thought while reading a blog about the militant, Neocon, hate speech that’s being spewed on television and the airwaves. I’ll try to keep this short. I just wanted to make an observation, so here it goes.

There are a lot of conservative media figures, that say a lot of mean and hateful things on television and radio. I’m sure you’re all familiar with a lot of the statements that have been made. Rush Limbaugh said he hopes Obama fails, etc. There have even been some people who have made outrageous statements that some people should be killed. I’m trying to keep this short, so I won’t start listing statements that have been made. Feel free to offer up any of your favorite quotes from these looney bastards. Anyone who’s followed the news over the last few years has heard this crap.

My point is, there are a lot of severely aggressive media figures that are willing to say anything in order to stoke the fires of hatred in an effort to maintain a fanbase. In order to create controversy and appear hardcore in the eyes of thier mentally deranged fan base, they will say just about anything.

My question is: What are we going to do when some whackjob fan goes out and kills a bunch of Democrats in order to appease their media mogul of choice? What would happen if Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter made a statement saying that our country would be a lot better off if Senator X or Reverend Y were dead, only to have a fan go out and kill that person? What’s going to happen if they wake up one morning and see that one of their fans has commited mass murder and has publicly proclaimed they did it in their name?

If this happens, can we prosecute these people for conspiracy to commit manslaughter or some similar charge? They did it to Charles Manson. He never actually killed anyone himself. He just convinced other people to do it for him. He didn’t even have his own TV show and a healthy supply of star-power to work with. All he had was a ranch, some LSD, and a prison education. Yet he’s in prison right now and will never get out.

If someone actually did go to prison for brainwashing a member of the public into killing someone, do you think these people would tone down their hate speech any?

*****Update*****

I really didn’t want to have to do this. I was posing a question but now I find myself in the position of having to provide examples. So much for avoiding petty quotes.

Oh well. I guess it’s time for some shameless self-indulgence. Feel free to share your favorite media quotes that incite violence (from any media figure regardless of party affiliation).

Some happy Rush Limbaugh quotes:

“I tell people don’t kill all the liberals. Leave enough so we can have two on every campus – living fossils – so we will never forget what these people stood for.”- Rush Limbaugh

“This is about chaos. This is why it’s called Operation Chaos! It’s not called Operation Save Hillary. It’s not called Operation Nominate Obama. It’s called Operation Chaos! The dream end… I mean, if people say what’s your exit strategery, the dream end of this is that this keeps up to the convention and that we have a replay of Chicago 1968, with burning cars, protests, fires, literal riots, and all of that. That’s the objective here. And there has been nothing that’s happened on the battlefield for my vision of this to change just because Hillary won. We got what we wanted last night, and people want me to change course now? “We got what we wanted, okay, now time to support Obama.” No. If Obama runs the table with the rest of these primaries, it’s over, and the superdelegates are going to have a much easier choice choosing him, because he’ll end up with a big lead.”

“We don’t burn our cars. We don’t burn down our houses. We don’t kill our children. We don’t do half the things the American left does. We need the American left — and this is another great thing about Operation Chaos; nothing to do with my ego. We need as many ignorant Americans to wake up and find out exactly who the modern-day Democrat Party is as dominated by the far left in this country. We need that to be seen. Now, I am not inspiring or inciting riots. I’m dreaming. (singing to the tune of White Christmas) “I’m dreaming of riots in Denver.” Remember 1968? And which party did that? It was the radicals in that party, the anti-war radicals, the same bunch of clowns that are running around defining the Democrat Party today.”- Rush Limbaugh on his Operation Chaos. He was clearly (with a nod and a wink) trying get listeners to incite riots that would reflect badly on Democrats and throw the election into Republican favor.

Limbaugh coaxes listeners to incite chaos and violence.

“The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them.”- Rush Limbaugh

More Rush fun (not quite as violent….maybe)

“The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.”

“They oughtta change Black History Month to Black Progress Month and start measuring it.”

“Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.”

“When you strip it all away, Jerry Garcia destroyed his life on drugs. And yet he’s being honored, like some godlike figure. Our priorities are out of whack, folks.” –good thing Rush never was an “evil druggie”.

“This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation…I’m talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of the need to blow some steam off?” –on the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal

“He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act. … This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting.” –on an ad by Michael J. Fox endorsing Claire McCaskill for Senate for supporting embryonic stem cell research

Quotes from other fun individuals who really know how to love their fellow man:

“We need somebody to put rat poisoning in Justice Stevens’ creme brulee.”- Ann Coulter

“If I’m going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.”- Ann Coulter

“We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity.”- Ann Coulter

“Get rid of the guy. Impeach him, censure him, assassinate him.”- Rep. James Hansen (R-UT), talking about President Clinton, as reported by journalist Steve Miner of KSUB radio who overheard his conversation, 11-01-98

“We’re going to keep building the party until we’re hunting Democrats with dogs.”- Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX), Mother Jones, 08-95

“My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building.”- Ann Coulter, New York Observer, 08-26-02

“Chelsea is a Clinton. She bears the taint; and though not prosecutable in law, in custom and nature the taint cannot be ignored. All the great despotisms of the past – I’m not arguing for despotism as a principle, but they sure knew how to deal with potential trouble – recognized that the families of objectionable citizens were a continuing threat. In Stalin’s penal code it was a crime to be the wife or child of an ‘enemy of the people.’ The Nazis used the same principle, which they called Sippenhaft, ‘clan liability.’ In Imperial China, enemies of the state were punished ‘to the ninth degree’: that is, everyone in the offender’s own generation would be killed and everyone related via four generations up, to the great-great-grandparents, and four generations down, to the great-great-grandchildren, would also be killed.”- John Derbyshire, National Review, 02-15-01

“We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too. Otherwise, they will turn out to be outright traitors.”- Ann Coulter, at the Conservative Political Action Conference, 02-26-02

This is about all the quotes that I can muster up at the moment. Feel free to add your own. I’m sure there are a lot worse ones out there that I missed (from either side of the political spectrum). Maybe we could have a contest to see which political party spews the most venom.

My point (and question) remains the same. Media figures of influence are brainwashing the public to become angrier and more violent towards each other. What will happen when a member of the public acts out according to their wishes?

Rush Limbaugh may not be the worst of these extremeists, but he’s one of the most influential, and he’s clearly tried to use his influence in the past to influence elections at the possible cost of public safety. He also did it in such a way where no one could say he actually (quotably) told people to do it. In my opinion, that speaks a lot more for the premeditation that went into his plan to pin acts of civil terror on Democrats. This goes far beyond a misquoted joke or a slip of the tongue.

Oh, by the way:
Ashley Todd got probation for acting in accordance with the violent paranoia created by her masters.