Death Threats

13-WHAM reports that Louise Slaughter received a death threat, aimed at children of lawmakers who vote yes, during the healthcare reform debate. Also, bricks that broke her office windows in Niagara Falls, and Democratic headquarters in Rochester, were apparently thrown by people inspired by a blogger who lives in Alabama.

When you use words like "tyranny" when describing a majority vote of both branches of Congress, and whip people into a frenzy about the death of Grandma, some of this is bound to happen. It's ugly and I'm sad to see it happen in New York, where both political parties are generally reasonable and we pride ourselves on being able to disagree without being disagreeable.


I hope they catch all these people and lock them up for a long time.

Liz Benjamin found the guy's blog -- he's proud of what's going on:

“Yet, if we do a thorough job of breaking Democrat windows, I am sure that the GOP will profit from the example,” the blog reads. “So, if you wish to send a message that Pelosi and her party cannot fail to hear, break their windows.”

I was on the Washington Mall this past Saturday (my son was running in the DC Marathon) and saw a number of teabaggers walking up toward the Capitol with their signs, t-shirts with slogans, and "Don't Tread On Me" flags. A mile away from the Capitol and they already had anger in their eyes and huge chips on their shoulders as if they were looking for someone to argue with.

They found someone to hate: they spat on a black Congressman and called him the n-word:,0,7420601....


There are strange people on both sides of the political aisle