I want to report to you one of the most loathsome right wing smear jobs I have ever heard. I must say first that I saw this item at Sadly, No! I generally avoid just repeating things others have found, but this is so far beyond the pale that I think it needs all of the attention we can give it.
As you may know, after several months of lunatic right wing claims about the census being a step toward dictatorship, a Federal census worker named Bill Sparkman was found hanged recently, stripped and bound with tape, and with the word "Fed" scrawled on his chest, in a very right wing part of the country.
Here is a response to this incident from one Dan Riehl, a mid level right wing blogger:
"Was Census Worker Bill Sparkman A Child Predator?
Update: Before any more people start going bonkers that I'm accusing Sparkman of anything, take a breath. I've done a fair amount of crime blogging mixed in with politics over time. One doesn't rule anything in or out without some firm answers."
Oh no, he isn't accusing Sparkman of anything, no, of course not. Of course, when anyone is murdered, we can't rule out that they are a child molester, can we, until someone proves otherwise? Even if there is not one shred of evidence of any such thing. No, it's perfectly all right to demand that someone prove this poor victim of violence was not a child molester. And don't you dare go "bonkers" claiming that Dan is accusing him of anything. Dan just wants to know. Could this man have been a child molester? There's no evidence that he is, but there's no proof that he's not, whatever form that proof might take.
No consideration in Dan's article of the possibility that someone decided to act out the lies and fantasies of Michelle Bachmann and other "serious" Republican spokesmen. I guess we'd need proof to suggest that. But smearing this dead man as a child molester- that's just fine.
This is what we are dealing with today in this country- absolute moral corruption combined with absolute lack of shame. Where it will lead is anyone's guess, but I promise you, it won't lead to anywhere you'd want to be.