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October 12, 2010

ANGLE MAKES UP CITIES, TOO.... About a week ago, extremist Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R) appeared at a town-hall-style event, and was asked about "Muslims taking over the U.S." In right-wing circles, the notion of some kind of invasion that would leave white Christians as a persecuted minority is fairly common, and the right-wing Nevadan stoked the fires of fear.

"Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas are on American soil, and under Constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don't know how that happened in the United States," she said with her trademark incoherence. "It seems to me there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to even take hold in any municipality or government situation in our United States."

The underlying point of this was completely made up, since no one has allowed a "foreign system of law" to "take hold" in any municipality or government situation in our United States." But as it turns out, that wasn't the only thing Angle manufactured.

Dearborn, Michigan, has a large Muslim-American population, which in Angle's mind, makes it a hotbed for "Sharia law," despite this being insane. But what about Frankford, Texas?

After reading Angle's quote, I assumed Frankford, which I'd never heard of, must be another community with a large Muslim-American population. But as it turns out, that's not quite true.

The problem? Well, Frankford, Texas doesn't really exist. [...]

Dallas annexed the city in 1975 and all that remains is a church and cemetery, as a camera crew for CNN's John King USA found out when they visited on Friday.

In other words, Sharron Angle made up a town in order to spew nonsense about a made-up threat.

I really don't think she's well.

Steve Benen 10:00 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (30)

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"Sharron Angle made up a town in order to spew nonsense about a made-up threat."

-and how is she any different from the rest of the senate?

Posted by: DAY on October 12, 2010 at 10:03 AM | PERMALINK

Clearly the Sharia law controlled Dallas overran and consumed Frankford leaving nothing but a church and cemetary. How blind can you be???????

Posted by: martin on October 12, 2010 at 10:05 AM | PERMALINK

What's really sick - the people who believe her and will vote for her. That's sick.

Posted by: Greytdog on October 12, 2010 at 10:09 AM | PERMALINK

Steve, thanks for the Dallas info on Frankford. I know little about Dallas, except, wasn't Preston Hollow declared a Toxic Waste Dump a couple of years back?

Posted by: berttheclock on October 12, 2010 at 10:12 AM | PERMALINK

Yeah, she made it up, but it's really about a wingnut tax assessor in Frankfort, Ill. who got criticized for bigoted anti-muslim emails. Which is really not a whole lot better, but Ms. Angle lives on a different planet than you or I and is as good in conversation as a kitchen table.

Posted by: milo on October 12, 2010 at 10:12 AM | PERMALINK

Baggers have no ethics.

Republicans are counting on it.

Posted by: jcricket on October 12, 2010 at 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

There are two theories about arguing with a tea bagger. Neither works. My apologies to Will Rogers and women everywhere.

Posted by: Ron Byers on October 12, 2010 at 10:22 AM | PERMALINK

But they've got Sharia law in Brockway, Ogdenville and North Haverbrook! Think of the children!!1!

Posted by: Tom Allen on October 12, 2010 at 10:26 AM | PERMALINK

God knows we can't let reality get in the way of a good Republican narrative.

Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck will no doubt repeat it to their dittoheads and Frankford will be reborn once again.

Posted by: Kiweagle on October 12, 2010 at 10:27 AM | PERMALINK

Yeah, this isn't a significant gaffe like the time Joe Biden talked about FDR's televised fireside chats ...

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on October 12, 2010 at 10:29 AM | PERMALINK

She's conspiracy-checking a 2003 ruling in Fort Worth Texas - the Second Appeals Court accepted arbitration, regarding a divorce, performed by the "Texas Islamic Law Court." The reality is even more inane.

Posted by: ack ack ack on October 12, 2010 at 10:32 AM | PERMALINK

I know the area of Far North Dallas Ms. Angle was talking about. I'm sure the being under Sharia Law will come as news to the owners of the Lone Star Judaica store.

Posted by: scott_m on October 12, 2010 at 10:32 AM | PERMALINK

Actually, Steve, a commenter (John Henley) from your Oct. 1st post already pointed out the Frankford TX "make believe problem". Kudos to him for catching it first ;)

Posted by: BluePotSmokesBetter on October 12, 2010 at 10:38 AM | PERMALINK

It would be much smarter of her to wave a piece of paper and say "I have a list of 57 towns in which American law is being undermined by Sharia." That approach worked very well in the 1950s, I recall.

Posted by: davidp on October 12, 2010 at 10:50 AM | PERMALINK

On the one hand, I really don't like Harry Ried and want him gone. On the other hand, Sharron Angle can not be allowed within 100 miles of any kind of responsible position.

Congratulaions Harry. You're permited to continue your 'leadership' of the Senate because the Republicans nominated a nutjob not because you deserve it.

Posted by: thorin-1 on October 12, 2010 at 10:53 AM | PERMALINK
Dallas annexed the city in 1975 and all that remains is a church and cemetery, as a camera crew for CNN's John King USA found out when they visited on Friday.
Frankford's post office closed in 1904, the last church moved in 1924, and by the 1930s it was gone from highway maps. Dallas annexed the site in 1975, but even then, 35 years ago, it was only a few old-timers who remembered it. So it's actually a bigger falsehood than most media reports suggest; saying that "Dallas annexed the city" is almost as factually wrong as Angle's ridiculous claim. Posted by: Andy Hall on October 12, 2010 at 11:00 AM | PERMALINK

Don't forget about Sharia law taking over Shelbyville. And it's creeping up on Capital City, too.

Posted by: 2Manchu on October 12, 2010 at 11:03 AM | PERMALINK

My guess is that Milo at 10:12 and ack ack ack at 10:32 are both right. In other words, she heard that:
1. Dearborn, MI has a lot of Muslims (also I remember reading something about a muezzin being given permission to give the call for prayer, which sent the wingers into apoplexy but doesn't seem to have bothered the locals much).
2. A guy in Frankfort, IL got in trouble for anti-Muslim e-mails.
3. A court in Fort Worth, TX recognised a divorce arbitration (no doubt with the prior consent of both parties) performed by an Islamic court.

And, bless her heart, she had trouble thinking about three towns at once, so in the addled mind of Sharron Angle they came out as two.

Won't it be great when she gets the chance to apply that razor-sharp intellect to things like the regulation of financial derivatives.

Posted by: Basilisc on October 12, 2010 at 11:04 AM | PERMALINK

Oh, and isn't it great that, according the CNN piece, the mayor of the alleged Islamic Republic of Dearborn is named Jack O'Reilly?

Posted by: Basilisc on October 12, 2010 at 11:09 AM | PERMALINK

Sharon got her infromation about Frankford, TX, directly from Newt!!

Posted by: Ted76 on October 12, 2010 at 11:09 AM | PERMALINK

Here's some Free Republic hysteria from 2004 about the muezzin issue: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1123361/posts

It was Hamtramck, not Dearborn, but whatever.

Posted by: Basilisc on October 12, 2010 at 11:25 AM | PERMALINK

Feature, not a bug. . . .

Posted by: bucky on October 12, 2010 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

"I really don't think she's well."

Right, Steve. But since she also isn't very smart, even if she were "well," the question becomes: Who is giving her all this crap? I can't believe she "discovers" or "imagines" it on her own; Frankford was, once, a real place; it's not as if she made up the city's name too. So where or who did this come from?

Posted by: SF on October 12, 2010 at 11:46 AM | PERMALINK

Didn't she also warn us about bad things afoot in Shermer, Illinois?

Just wait: Angle hasn't yet heard about the trouble that comes with Muslim pool halls. That's Trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for POOL!

Posted by: PaulW on October 12, 2010 at 11:50 AM | PERMALINK

Fear of something is always the subtext of a Rethug or right-wing campaign. In this case it's fear of the 'other', and not bothering to check facts, or just plain making things up, seems to be SOP. The media is supposed to be the 'objective' (LOL) watchdog on disinformation, but in our polarized environment civil conversations across ideological lines, or even just political lines, doesn't happen.

Screaming at each other is just so much more fun, and feels good.

Posted by: rrk1 on October 12, 2010 at 11:50 AM | PERMALINK

It shouldn't surprise anyone that Sharrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrron Angle won the GOP nomination- over the Chicken Lady, remember- or that she's got an excellent chance to unseat Harry Reid. In Idiot America, who better to sit in Congress than another idiot?

Close to giving up hope,
-Z

Posted by: Zorro on October 12, 2010 at 1:36 PM | PERMALINK

When asked what living Americans he most admired, Harry Reid waxed poetic about Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd. Harry has his own standards about life and death.

Posted by: mhr on October 12, 2010 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

Hey---I made up a whole country once.

Gave it a name, too.

Yep---called it "Bushylvania." It's capital city consisted of twenty-story tall man-sized safes, secret prisons, enough wiretaps to employ every foreign telemarketer, customer service rep, reservation agent, and survey taker at least twenty times over---and thrice more than that on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Barbed-wire out the wah-zoo, guard towers atop "Xe" barracks as far as the eye could see in every direction, and two whole broadcast stations---one for Rush Limbaugh, and the other for Glenn Beck.

Called that one "Cheneyburg...."

Posted by: S. Waybright on October 12, 2010 at 3:27 PM | PERMALINK

My parents are buried there. We had a Christian service at the chapel. But that was 2006, maybe it has changed since then.

Posted by: Paula on October 12, 2010 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

The Hamsa Hand (Arabic) or Hamesh Hand (Hebrew) is an ancient and a renowned lucky amulet for magical protection from the resentful or evil eyes. The term Hamsa or Hamesh means five and denotes the fingers of the hand. Isn't it amazing?
I just discovered it.

Posted by: Judaica on October 25, 2010 at 1:13 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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