The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says hate crimes in the state took an alarming 51% jump in 2011 over the year before. The AP reports:
Hate crimes recorded in 2011 include 71 cases of vandalism, 60 cases of intimidation and 52 cases of simple assault.
Amazingly, no one seems to know why! I would be guessing, but I think a steady stream of hate rhetoric from people in authority blaming everyone from gays to Muslims to immigrants to the President of the United States for what ails us has played its part.
The left has its share of scare tactics but they are nothing like the steady drumbeat of alarm coming from the right. I guess it’s effective, scaring people into the voting booth and frightening them into the John Birch Society. Personally, I don’t get it.
There’s a Teanut who lives down the street from us who has actually put surveillance cameras around his house. Now, who knows, maybe there’s a good reason for this, maybe he’s got a stalker problem. But I’m going to guess he’s just had the crap scared out of him by talk radio and people like Ron Ramsey claiming Islam is a cult and state legislators pushing United Nations conspiracy theories. I guess when that black helicopter lands in our front yards, he’ll be the first one to know.