On his May 16 show, 630 KHOW-AM's Peter Boyles alluded to the Allied bombing of Dresden during World War II to defend U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo's 2005 remark in which the Republican presidential candidate suggested the United States could bomb Islamic holy sites if Muslim extremists attacked the United States. Boyles also repeated falsehoods about 2006 Colorado immigration legislation and a 2007 measure regarding state identification requirements.
In defending a 2005 comment by U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) that the United States could "take out" Islamic holy sites if "fundamentalist Muslims" attacked American cities with nuclear weapons, 630 KHOW-AM host Peter Boyles on May 16 told a caller that during World War II, the Allied bombing of Dresden -- a largely civilian target -- "worked."
Boyles and the caller were discussing Tancredo's performance during the May 15 Republican presidential debate; as in the past, Boyles again failed to disclose that he has been a fundraiser for Tancredo's presidential effort. After the caller said, "I wondered if he [Tancredo] was going to mention Mecca again," Boyles replied, "[T]hat's the big hot spot. Tom says, well, if they do that to us, this is what we do to them. And all I can think of is, you know, after the Nazis did the Blitz, you know, the, the Allies came back with Dresden." Boyles added, "[T]hat's what was done, and it worked."
From the May 16 broadcast of 630 KHOW-AM's The Peter Boyles Show:
BOYLES: I thought Tancredo did a -- gave a really bad performance the first time. I thought he did a lot better last night.
CALLER: Well, I thought it got touchy when the -- when, when they asked what would you do on a terrorist attack.
CALLER: I wonder -- I wondered if he was going to mention Mecca again.
BOYLES: Well, you know, that was one -- that's the big hot spot. Tom says, well, if they do that to us, this is what we do to them. And all I can think of is, you know, after the Nazis did the Blitz, you know, the, the Allies came back with Dresden. You know, I mean, that's just what -- that's what was done, and it worked. We -- we're stupid. I mean, I, I've started to understand it. This country is really, like, slipping into stupidity.
CALLER: Oh gosh-golly sir, what I wa -- want to call it is, is willful ignorance.
BOYLES: Yeah, that's very well --
CALLER: And, and, and you can participate in civilization, or, or you cannot, but, but those of us who want to can make it better.
BOYLES: What do you do, [caller]?
Later in the broadcast, Boyles again dubiously asserted that a bill passed during a special state legislative session convened last summer to address the issue of illegal immigration exempted private-sector employers from enforcement provisions. In fact, House Bill 1017 -- which was enacted July 31, 2006 -- penalizes employers up to $5,000 for an initial offense and up to $25,000 for each subsequent offense in which an employer "with reckless disregard" fails to submit documentation requested by state authorities that a new employee's immigration status entitles him or her to work in the United States.
Boyles also again distorted legislation dealing with state identification requirements, claiming that House Bill 1313 "is going to allow illegals to get driver's licenses." However, as Colorado Media Matters has noted, HB 1313 mandates that the state Department of Revenue, which oversees the Division of Motor Vehicles, adopt rules consistent with those established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for verifying an applicant's lawful residence in the United States.
BOYLES: Colorado calls a special session last year at the end of Owens' term. And they're gonna crack down on illegal immigra -- they're gonna do these things. Well, allegedly they're gonna work into the private sector, and then we're led to believe that Steve Farber, who's a very powerful guy, takes Larry Mizel, who's a very powerful builder, and they have a special meeting with Bill Owens, who's a short-timer, you know? He's, he's out. And then all the private-sector people get dismissed out of any enforcement, and it falls down on the public sector. So the public-sector people -- now when they're starting to look at ID, now we get 1313 that circumnavigates any of that and is going to allow illegals to get driver's licenses. That's why you can't trust the bastards, you can't listen to what they say, you always have to watch what they do, and you have -- you have to keep -- you have to keep your foot on their throat. I'm sorry.