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Obscene hate-filled tweets follow word of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf's death

It’s used to be 21-gun salutes that marked the passing of our nation’s heroes, not 4-letter obscenities. But that was then, and this is now.

Twitchy notes that the news of the death yesterday of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf was greeted with the following Twitter messages. (Note: Profanities have been redacted, but the misspellings, grammatical infelicities, and other barometers of the posters’ intelligence — if that is the right word — have been preserved intact.)

Burn in hell, Norman Schwarzkopf, you baby killing a**hole #TopProg#tcot#p21#p2

@profanityswan Has he died the c**t?stockbridge tap pub had Stormin Norman ale. No way would Ibuy

@CNN: Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dies.on.cnn.com/V9024i” Subhana ALLAH!!! May he be cursed and suffering in Hell now!!!

Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf was an old Republican tyrant and he bashed Teddy Kennedy and the Democrats – May Norman burn in hell #tcot
Maliheh (@Maliheh_) December 28, 2012

For those of you not old enough to remember Norman Schwarzkopf, he used to kill Muslim women and children before it was cool.

Good riddance General Schwarzkopf. F**k anyone that had anything to do with the rape of Iraq.

@BreakingNews @AP to the hell Norman…..deep in the hell u terrorist

Eat sh*t in Hell for eternity, Schwarzkopf.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amiriyah_… ….historycommons.org/entity.jsp?ent…

Sadly, this has become the new normal in so-called civilized society. Similarly ghoulish tweets appeared on Wednesday following reports that the health of former President George H. W. Bush has taken a turn for the worse.

For what it’s worth, this “drive-by” mentality is not limited to one side of the ideological spectrum, though ironically the side that is more prone to holier-than-thou lectures about civility appears to be the more flagrant offender.

Could it be that the nation as a whole needs a “time out”?

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Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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