David Knowles - AOL News
(April 19) -- Protesting what they perceive as a growing threat to the Second Amendment, armed gun-rights activists gathered today in Virginia as their firearms-free brethren congregated in nearby Washington, D.C.
Thanks to a law signed by President Barack Obama, a few dozen protesters were allowed to gather at two public parks in Virginia carrying a variety of unconcealed weapons, including rifles and pistols.
"We are done backing up," former Alabama Minuteman leader Mike Vanderboegh told the crowd assembled at Fort Hunt Park. "Not one more inch."
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Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Fifteen years after the Oklahoma City bombing that claimed 168 lives, the memory seemed so distant even in the state where it happened that Oklahoma officials earlier this month passed a law requiring the state's board of education to develop and teach courses about the death and destruction that occurred at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at precisely 9:02 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 1995.
Discussing the new measure at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, Gov. Brad Henry found it difficult to explain why the state had to mandate the teaching of a topic of such obvious local and...
David Corn - Politics Daily
On Thursday, thousands of Tea Partiers marked Tax Day by trekking to Washington to protest. It was the usual stuff. The TPers complained about taxes. They carried signs showing Nancy Pelosi in a toilet. They compared the media -- except for Fox News -- to Pravda. One placard depicted President Barack Obama as a vampire sucking blood out of the Statue of Liberty. Another made this cogent argument: "Having Gov't Manage Your Healthcare Is Like Having Michael Vick Watch Your Dog." One sign was blunt: "Go Back To Kenya."
"Saturday Night Live" has-been Victoria Jackson led the crowd in a song,...
David Knowles - AOL News
(Feb. 19) -- A familiar debate has re-emerged following the premeditated crash of an airplane into an Austin, Texas, office building: How do we distinguish an act of terrorism from other, more commonplace crimes?
Authorities said Joe Stack deliberately flew his small plane into the Echelon 1 building, which housed an office of the Internal Revenue Service. Stack, who's full name is Andrew Joseph Stack III, and one person in the building were killed.
As with the case of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in...
not in system - AOL News
(Feb. 19) -- To most Americans, Joe Stack's decision to crash a plane into an IRS office in Austin, Texas, Thursday morning was a mix of desperation and lunacy. But another portion of the nation greeted Stack's murderous act as a romantic and patriotic gesture -- a reaction that concerns experts.
"The very fact of what he did might energize somebody else on the borderline and might tip them in favor of going ahead and doing something similar," said Mark Pitcavage, who tracks anti-government groups as director of investigative research for the Anti-Defamation League. "The fact that there is...