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FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010, 6:07 P.M.

Thank goodness it’s Friday!

Good evening, Netizens...

As I hold the prism of history to my jaded eyes, I realize almost with a state of shock that it is once again Friday. As I have spent most of the week under the weather in ways far too gruesome to discuss, even in this example of free speech, I missed most of the cry and fury taking place. Well, I can say I missed it, but I have a yellow legal pad filled with sporadic notes that indicates how, I occasionally sat up took notice of things erupting around me.

Perhaps the most difficult part of this week's events for me to comprehend is the near warfare over the passage of Health Care Bill including all the various components which have been added since the passage of the primary bill and signed into law by President Obama. It is not the confusion nor even the lack of factual information regarding the contents of the Health Bill.

Rather it is the hatred and extreme behavior on the part of those who claim they resent the passage of the bill and/or its contents.

Some Wingnut Democrats are already alleging that the various hate messages, e-mail and faxes sent to various Democrats responsible for the Health Care Bill's passage are the doing of various Republicans.

Some Democrats charged Republican Sarah Palin with throwing gas on the flames. Palin tweeted her followers, saying: "Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: 'Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!'"

Palin also used her Web site to target 20 House Democrats who voted yes on health care. There was a map with gunsights on the districts.

"When Sarah Palin uses gun analogies and gun imagery when she makes her political point, she may believe that she's engaging in metaphor. But there are too many people who have twisted minds who might think that she's being literal," said Democratic Representative from New York Anthony Weiner. "What might seem as an obvious metaphor for some people may seem like an invitation for someone else."

I used to believe that threatening elected public officials was terrorism. Perhaps I need to reexamine how we define terrorism.


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