TBH didn't provide a link, but I found this story on NJ.com...
North Bergen white supremacist shock blogger Harold "Hal" Turner is awaiting extradition on a warrant charging him with inciting his Web site's readers to threaten two Connecticut lawmakers and a state ethics office employee.And this from the Hartford Courant...
A Connecticut radio station quotes the State Capitol police chief as saying Turner's comments went "above and beyond the threshold of free speech.'"
"He is inciting others through his Web site to commit acts of violence and has created fear and alarm,'' Chief Michael Fallon said. "He should be held accountable for his conduct.''
Turner, who has been identified as a white supremacist and anti-Semite by several anti-racism groups, hosts an Internet radio program with an associated blog. On Tuesday, the blog included a post that promised to release the home addresses of state Rep. Michael Lawlor, state Sen. Andrew McDonald and Thomas Jones of the State Ethics Office.Daily Kos had a blip on it yesterday. And from The Nation we find out that Sean Hannity was a friend of Mr. Turner.
"It is our intent to foment direct action against these individuals personally,'' the blog stated. "These beastly government officials should be made an example of as a warning to others in government: Obey the Constitution or die."
Turner was once a prominent activist in New Jersey's Republican Party. To area conservatives, he was best known by his moniker for call-ins to the Sean Hannity Show, "Hal from North Bergen." For years, Hannity offered his top-rated radio show as a regular forum for Turner's occasionally racist, always over-the-top rants. Hannity also chatted with him off-air, allegedly offering encouragement to Turner as he struggled to overcome a cocaine habit and homosexual leanings. Turner has boasted that Hannity once invited Turner and his son on to the set of Fox News's Hannity and Colmes.It's encouraging to see a line [finally] being established by authorities saying that enough is enough with the hate speech and the threats. In this case, Mr. Turner apparently crossed that line.
I think this is a reminder to those in the media and, more importantly, to bloggers, that we all have to be responsible in our rhetoric. Threats, innuendos implying violence and outright calls to action are not acceptable in this day and age, and everyone needs to be sensible when blogging or when speaking into a microphone.
On a sidenote, when can we start calling this right wing extremism a trend?
-photo via Crooks and Liars