Liberal pundits resent notion that comparison of their Tucson analysis versus conservatives as being "apples to oranges" respectively is only accurate if one holds their tongue while saying "apples."
U of A officials express gratitude for whistles and catcalls from crowd during the Tucson memorial as welcome alternative to their malfunctioning laugh track.
PETA outraged at Palin confession that she finds it calming to drown out liberal punditry with the sound of cats in blenders.Add a comment
It's never going to end. People like Jonathan Martin at Politico will see to that...
At sunrise in the East on Wednesday, Sarah Palin demonstrated that she has little interest — or capacity — in moving beyond her brand of grievance-based politics. And at sundown in the West, Barack Obama reminded even his critics of his ability to rally disparate Americans around a message of reconciliation....
But for much of the eight-minute talk she was defensive and showed little interest in doing anything other than channeling the understandable resentment of her ideological kinsmen over the blame-casting. And that won't appeal much to a political center that — even while they may not think Palin is in any way responsible for Tucson — preferred more conciliation even before the jarring attempted assassination of a member of Congress.
Get his entire diatribe here
Sarah Palin is not the president.
Barack Obama, despite some incendiary rhetoric (by liberals standards) he has spewed over the last couple of years, has not been dragged in to any discussion about blood being on his hands, he hasn't had to endure even a hint of hypothesizing his culpability in the Tucson shooting.
It should be needless to say that their roles in politics and the circumstances surrounding them are worlds apart. Their speeches served different functions and for obvious reasons.
It should be needless to say...but it isn't for some people, maybe Politico should start instituting intelligence tests as a condition of employment.
Sorry if this harsh language causes a run on glocks and a spike in interest over where MENSA meetings are held, but left has spent the last 5 days making complete fools and hypocrites of themselves. Instead of absorbing a message to all about civility and toning down the pervasive "us versus" them attitude the nation is engulfed in, they choose to funnel it in to a message stream that is directed exclusively at conservatives.
Those willing to be intellectually honest realize that Sarah Palin actually did many of the things Obama did, but she also worked in a defense of herself and a criticism of monkeys in the media who continued to fling their poo until Obama delivered his oratorical banana....naptime should start any minute now...
Like I said yesterday, the left's zeroing in on the use of "blood libel" and pretty much nothing else illustrates how their pronouncement that her speech was a "missed opportunity" is based entirely on their say so only.
I dare anyone reading this to find a quote from Palin's speech outside of the non-issue of her "blood libel" utterance that demonstrates the "missed opportunity" liberals have been carping about.
Place it in the comments section...and explain yourself.
Man oh man, be careful what I wish for, right? I hope I have enough bandwidth for the coming onslaught. :-/Add a comment
Jewish groups denounce Palin's use of "blood libel," adding they would forgive the apparent insult if she became a Democrat.
"God Hates Fags" church cancels picket of funeral for the 9 year-old girl killed in Tucson massacre after residents offer to finally introduce them to Him.
Attempting to announce 2010 as tied for warmest year on record NOAA official is asked to speak up or take off the scarfs.Add a comment
My schedule today delayed my ability to hear Palin give her her video statement on the Tucson shooting. I did however, get to see a lot of analysis on it before hand, and until a little bit ago I was left with the impression that she totally blew it. The reason for this ended up being something beyond childish.
Ezra Klein's take on Palin's "Blood Libel" quip.
I just don't care if Palin thought "blood libel" was a vivid way of saying "nasty smear" instead of a description of the once-common anti-Semitic trope that Jews murder Christian children because their blood is needed to bake matzoh. I'm Jewish, so I know the term well. But I imagine the history of it is more obscure to those who didn't attend Hebrew school. This is not worth the headlines it's been getting.
I have to confess I was unfamiliar with this phrase and the fact it is supposed to be some sort of a Jewish version of the "n-word" to non-Jewish "progressives." I'm glad the left has finally found a reason to defend Jews now. Here is Alan Dershowitz thanking them for this defense.
There is nothing improper and certainly nothing anti-Semitic in Sarah Palin using the term to characterize what she reasonably believes are false accusations that her words or images may have caused a mentally disturbed individual to kill and maim.
How's THAT for gratitude?
There was so much good in Palin's speech, the fact that "progressives" and the media have become apoplectic about a creative (and technically correct) way to describe the smearing she has had to endure speaks volumes on how unassailable
99.99% 100% of what she had to say really was.
They damn well know it too. Which is why they're doing what they do best now. Even the "reputable" ABC news can't help themselves
Sarah Palin, once again, has found a way to become part of the story.
.......um........Do I live in the freakin' Matrix or something? That video was made to address and denounce how the left made Palin part of the story. Palin - at the risk of inciting sex offenders to spring into action - let them rape her reputation for 4 days before responding to their making this about her. Was the idiot who wrote that sentence born yesterday?
The American left is becoming some kind of childish version of Jersey Shore. No I'm not being redundant, it's the childish version. When I look at analysis from the likes of Andrew Sullivan and Howard Kurtz I'm beginning to feel like the Snookis of the world are more capable of processing its perils than people like those two.
Maybe Palin should've come up with something that would apparently be less assailable than "blood libel." I'm not sure what that something would be since these weiners find phrases like "nucyoolar," "vote Republican" and "In God We Trust" to be offensive.
Maybe she should've said "blood slander" so the media wouldn't have been able to do their sniping from behind the Jews' skirts.
It's a futile task anyway, because everything conservatives say is a "big f**king deal" to these people. That's because they don't understand why they can't just blame her for the actions of a man operating on vaporized sanity. The concept of personal responsibility is above their paygrade because they view all things conservative through hate tinted lenses.
It's the same reason they won't let her defend herself now, it would force them to see the real blame lies in the reflection of a mirror.Add a comment
Appropriately, the background of her Twitter page is outer space. Now I know why.
Talk about border crossings...this woman redefined treason, now she's discovered the edge of the universe. That's how far you'd need to reach to find this to be anywhere near acceptable commentary from someone who partied with the Viet Cong.
Notice how familiar she is with who Glenn Beck is she cant even spell his name or Twitter handle correctly. I'm glad she knows what she's talking about.
She wants to SHAME Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin? I would be white-hot pissed about this if she wasn't such an authority on it. After all...
Please, someone tell me how to say "shut your traitorous mouth" in VietnameseAdd a comment
An MSNBC internal poll finds CBS poll finding "political rhetoric and Tucson are unrelated" is unrelated to their own rhetoric.
Bill Clinton laments on how politics have degenerated, pines for the days when presidents could lie to grand juries.
Congress hails Peter King's proposal to ban guns around it's members within 1000 feet as an improvement over current laws on the books designed to deter murder.Add a comment
If the left wants to ban rhetoric and sayings that are kind of tangentially but not really is offensive and dangerous, like put targets on a map (something they've also done but in a totally irrelevant way) then EVERYTHING should be on the table...
Target - Retail superstore my foot, that place is a country club for assassins.
Kill two birds with one stone - this one is to please PETA, besides its more efficient to say "thats efficient," so banning this kills two birds with one stone.
French fries - Someone might nuke France, lets call it something like "potato fingers"....no, that would encourage cannibalism...how about spud buddies...too fun, kids will like that, which means Michelle wont...OH! I got it!!! We'll just ban them.
Egg beaters - "Planned Parenthood" says the proper terminology is "choice," thanks.
Hope - It rhymes with rope. Why do you want to associate rope with a black man? Racist...
Hanging out - WHAT DID I JUST SAY ABOUT ROPES?!?
Bullet train - don't ask me if calling it that is more or less dangerous than a Hummer with a leaky fuel line...God's existence is easier to prove.
Teleprompters - I can't have fancy gadgets like the president to help me find the words to describe how I feel, guess I have to use my fists.
YOU LIE! - The person who says this is obviously telling saying to go find a coffin.
Sh*t faced - If thats not racist against minorities then why don't white people get "bird-sh*t faced?"
High on life - Not without prescription we can tax pal
Hotter than Hell - Not to atheists
Wife beater - Why do you want to make Barney Frank feel left out?...Homophobe.
Club Med - is not a euphemism for what ObamaCare is doing to medicine
Killin' time - Don't you dare accuse the Obama Administration of murder!
Soda jerk - there is no reason to name call just because Michelle Obama wants children to be healthy ...
Mailman - Biden thinks this is sexist, and the women who do this work should be called Femailmen.
Heart attack - liberals think that's Cheney's weapon of choice when he's not hunting
Targeted tax cuts - If we can't put targets on maps then how dare we put them on liberals' beloved taxes?Add a comment
This is getting to be SO OLD now....It looks like someone finally came unhinged...
"The kind of rhetoric that flows from people like Rush Limbaugh, in my judgment he is irresponsible, uses partial information, sometimes wrong information," Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said today. "[Limbaugh] attacks people, angers them against government, angers them against elected officials and that kind of behavior in my opinion is not without consequences....The vitriol affects the [unstable] personality that we are talking about," he said. "You can say, 'Oh no, it doesn't,' but my opinion is that it does."
I'm really confused. Does this guy solves crime based on his opinion or the evidence at hand? What evidence does this moron have that Limbaugh could even begin to be responsible for what an insane person does?
How are the WORDS of Rush Limbaugh responsible for what this lunatic did relative to the ACTIONS of...
Boy oh boy I'll bet Pima County must have A LOT of cold cases with Sherrif Fife in charge.Add a comment
Whichever it may be, it's definitely WAY over the top...
...and I hope this doesn't inspire some crazy person to light themselves on fire and sky dive onto a gas station, because I don't want join talk radio and Fox News in going through the motions of pointing out how something like that is obviously connected to the rhetoric that comes out of MSNBC.
Then again, I might not have to say so, because THAT would go without saying wouldn't it?
(seriously now) This is almost...almost...worse than the new official logo the Democrats use. I don't know, maybe its just me...but probably not.
At least this one makes sense. Just sayin'...I'm sure this was a banner they were proud to carry with them into the last election.
This is what they get for following me on Twitter, I would've never seen this otherwise (or it would have taken a while).
After sharing this post on Free Republic I got a lot of great perspectives on this logo, here are a few of them:
The logo appears to have red spikes.
On first glance, they look like daggers. Next glance, they look like tentacles, reaching into every corner of our lives. Or they could be flames, destroying our way of life.
Stars with skid-marks?! Just a thought.
the only shooting stars that come to mind when I think of Democrats are the drug-addled variety in Hollyweird...
Looks like Freddie Krugger wiped his claws in that rag. Definitely a symbol of death and hate. Ban it!
Someone threw three rocks through the window and now the house is on fire.
Where are the other 54 stars?
It’s a burning flag.
Starfish cooking on a grill
How patriotic! It’s the stars and carrots.
Looks like weird red fingers coming out.
I dunno, if you rotate it left it looks kinda like a flat birthday cake with 6 weird red candles and three stars.
Those red stripes look like knives or swords.Add a comment
Thanks to Michelle Malkin for The progressive “climate of hate:” An illustrated primer, 2000-2010.
Bookmark this. In a perfect world the information on this one post would be the final word on left-wing hypocrisy and the moral chasm they live in when it comes to their sanctimony toward the right on violence.
For now we can use it as ammo in the public discourse war.
In a perfect world that last sentence would be considered quite innocuous...in a perfect world.
Relax liberals, after all...it's not a target!.Add a comment
The tragedy in Tucson has left me feeling a number of emotions. Confusion, frustration, anger, incredulity. One thing that has been missing until the very real lives of the victims truly started to sink in was sadness, and then anger again.
This time the anger was directed mostly at the left's distraction from the fact that this is a tragedy, and a little bit at myself because of the need to indulge them and fight it.
Good innocent people died and I've been too fired up over how callously easy it has been for people on the left have been to attribute this massacre to conservatives before the blood hit the ground, to say nothing of not knowing this man's name.
I've felt a little disgusted with the last few posts. I wish I didn't have to go into this subject matter in the way that I did. I don't regret them, nor do I take back a single solitary syllable because they were purposeful.
The left is using the deaths of innocent people to launch a brazen attack on the concept of free speech in order to silence rhetoric it doesn't like by tying it to a massacre, which as far as anyone can tell was fueled by psychosis and not politics.
I'm not going to list the examples of their hypocrisy, which are encyclopedic at this point. I'm also not going to detail how totally bankrupt the merit of their logic has been. I've done so too much over the last couple of days. While I recognize that the assault, and the lies, and the bottomless pits of liberals that should be filled but shame never will be will continue to carry on almost unabated, my point has been made.
"Progressive" liberals lecturing the nation on political rhetoric should be doing so while staring into a mirror, not television cameras. If there was anything that went beyond a point that is "beyond the pale" they discovered it on Saturday.
I will never stop fighting this type of barbarism. I will never stand by and say nothing as it unfolds before me, but I'll never relish fighting it either, because in the end it is a growing symptom of a societal disease that is much bigger than this tragedy.
There is no hell hot enough for people who do what Jared Loughner, sane or not, did. Those on the left who have attempted, and continue to attempt, to profit from what he did need to know the thermostat is only a couple a couple of degrees cooler for them....maybe.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims of this tragedy, and saying so is two days overdue. If you haven't had a chance to see who these real people who died on Saturday are you can do so here.Add a comment
Howard Kurtz at The Daily Beast on the zombie-like like feeding frenzy the left is having with Sarah Palin over the Tucson massacre:
I hate to say this, but the blame game is already under way.
It began within hours of Saturday's horrifying shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and nearly 20 others, even before the gunman was identified.
One of the first to be dragged into this sickening ritual of guilt by association: Sarah Palin....
This isn't about a nearly year-old Sarah Palin map; it's about a lone nutjob who doesn't value human life....
Andrew Sullivan over at The Atlantic offers a rebuttal creatively titled, Mr Kurtz, He [sic] Dead Wrong, which posits this "disintigrates upon even momentary reflection."
When public officials are gunned down in public, it is deeply relevant to figure out why, and to ask questions and seek answers immediately. Those questions and answers will inevitably involve politics. To describe this process as "sickening" is a bizarre view for a journalist.
Is that how the process works? That's interesting, because I was under the impression that the process actually went something like this:
1. We could Google Jared Loughner to discover if he left a digital paper trail of insanity. He did, and it was on Myspace...remember Myspace? He must've not wanted to it to be seen.
2. While in the custody of law enforcement, agents should start a blog speculating that he got his trigger-happy high from conservative rhetoric such as "if they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun" - wait....oh yeah, Obama said that.
2. While in the custody of law enforcement, agents could...I don't know...ASK HIM why he did it, and after he shows them an unopened prescription bottle of "psycho-be-gone" they could hand their findings over to Andrew Sullivan, who would now have a rational basis for blaming Sarah Palin.
Nevermind the fact Loughner apparently had a fixation on Giffords since 2007, a bygone time when liberals had to be reminded that Alaska was still a state, much less know who Sarah Palin was.
Nevermind the fact that he included in his roster of favorite books "The Communist Manifesto."
Nevermind the fact there is a clear history and trail of people concerned that he was in serious need of psychiatric help before Sarah Palin ever uttered a single syllable of the rhetoric in question.
No, none of these things have any relevance to in the "mind" of the likes of Andrew Sullivan. This map...
Oh my gosh, I'm SO SORRY, this is the wrong map! THIS map was created by the Democratic Leadership Council after the 2004 election, and has no relevance whatsoever to the discussion. You see, they used bullseyes, so the only risk they ran was inflaming archers to violence.
Once again, I apologize. Lets try this one more time, this map...
...is the sole reason Jared Loughner got the idea to assassinate Gabrielle Giffords. If only Palin had the foresight to use icons of doves, or ice cream cones, or happy-faced emoticons instead of icons of crosshairs.....IF ONLY....then maybe instead of an assassin Loughner would be a overweight bird-whisperer with brain freeze, diabetes, and a smile so big it would exhaust the Joker.
That's assuming he even saw the map, if he didn't then liberals better start coming up with ways how Palin's Facebook antics could influence someone galavanting around Myspace.
Or are they going to stick with the "because we say so" strategy. That could work out well for them, because I think that line of thinking comes with the tailor that handled Loughner's straight jacket...free of charge.Add a comment
The media and the left have been working to tie this tragedy to conservatism. People who knew Jared Loughner knew him to be a liberal, and therefore he is extremely susceptible to the rhetoric of Sarah Palin.
The obvious implication is that the left is incapable invoking rhetoric that they think could incite violence. I think for once they might be right....
Exhibit A: The award-winning fantasy film about administering a powerful sleeping pill to George W. Bush.
Exhibit B: Leftist cartoonist Ted Rall extolling the virtues of peaceful political struggle.
Christian fundamentalists, the millennial end-of-theworlders obsessed with the Left Behind series about the End Times, neo-Nazi racists, rural black-helicopter Michigan Militia types cut from the same inbred cloth as Timothy McVeigh, allied with “mainstream” gun nuts and right-wing Republicans, have been planning, preparing, and praying for the destruction of the “Godless,” “secular” United States for decades. In the past, they formed groups like the John Birch Society and the Aryan Nations. Now the hard Right has a postmodern, decentralized non-organization organization called the Tea Party.
Right-wing organizational names change, but they amount to the same thing: the reactionary sociopolitical force—the sole force—poised to fill the vacuum when collapse occurs. The scenario outlined by Margaret Atwood’s prescient novel The Handmaid’s Tale—rednecks in the trenches, hard military men running things, minorities and liberals taken away and massacred, setting the stage for an even more extreme form of laissez-faire corporate capitalism than we’re suffering under today—is a fair guess of how a post-U.S. scenario will play out unless we prepare to turn it in another direction…
A war is coming. At stake: our lives, the planet, freedom, living. The government, the corporations, and the extreme right are prepared to coalesce into an Axis of Evil. Are you going to fight back? Will you do whatever it takes, including taking up arms?…
...Part of the revolution may be fought virtually by hackers. Those individuals are every bit as valauable as people who blow things up.
Exhibit C: Barack Obama explains to voters the dangers of incorporating guns into political rhetoric..
Mobster wisdom tells us never to bring a knife to a gun fight. But what does political wisdom say about bringing a gun to a knife fight?
Sen. Barack Obama talks at a town hall meeting at Radnor Middle School in Wayne, Pa., Saturday, June 14. (AP) That’s exactly what Barack Obama said he would do to counter Republican attacks “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said at a Philadelphia fundraiser Friday night.
(Thanks Wall Street Journal)
I apologize to the conservative base that reads this blog if they feel betrayed by this post...but to quote Ronald Reagan, "the facts are stupid things." Yeah he meant to say "stubborn," but now he gets to be right times two.
(I apologize even harder if they don't know sarcasm.)
For the record, I hate that I have to do posts like this. I am thoroughly disgusted that the discussion has degenerated to partisan fight, perpetrated by ignorant leftists who don't even know thing one about this lunatic but post on Twitter and in the blogosphere that either this guy was conservative, or that he was influenced by the likes of Sarah Palin. If the lies tying this to conservatism don't get push back then the scumbags telling them win.Add a comment
I normally take time when tragedy like the shooting at an event with congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) happens because I really want see what's happening before drawing any conclusions. Then there are some people, like Marty Kaplan over at the Huffington Post, who take the opportunity to politicize this before the blood spilled has even had a chance to dry....
I'm not saying that putting a bullseye on Arizona Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' congressional race - as Sarah Palin did - was an explicit or intentional invitation to violence. Nor am I saying that the "Get on Target for Victory" events held by the guy Giffords beat - "Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly" - was the reason her assassin went after her. This tragedy is still unfolding, and the questions of motive and incitement will be argued about for a long time to come.
But I am saying that the "lock and load"/"take up your arms" rhetoric of American politics isn't just an overheated metaphor.....
You can read the rest of this garbage here.
I don't know if a guy like Jared Loughner...
...would have looked to Sarah Palin or Jesse Kelly for inspiration. Then again, I know as much about this guy as Kaplan does.
One thing I know for sure is that Jared Loughner, if everything turns out the way it looks to be going, is a crazed lunatic who doesn't fit into any box. Certainly not the one that Kaplan (based on the column he wrote) would want to put him in.
Crazy is as crazy does. It doesn't know reality, much less partisan politics.
That never stops the left from tying lunatic behavior to the rhetoric of conservatism and people who subscribe to it. Put any Tea Party rally up against any pro-illegal immigration rally. Tally up the number of arrests that get made for people getting out of hand at these events.
How many Christian conservatives do you see at the G8 protests? I don't think you need to count on even one hand to arrive at the number.
Is one side perfect over the other? Of course not! The incident last year with what happened to liberal activist Lauren Valle having her head "stompped" at a Rand Paul campaign event is an example of this (it's also the exception).
The way Kaplan carries on you'd think politically motivated assassination by people who are insane was only invented today. Crazy people weren't waiting for the rhetoric of Sarah Palin like some code word to activate.
Putting on kneepads, a helmet, and attaching warning signs to rhetoric and metaphor don't prevent crazy people from doing crazy things. Neither does wiping them from existence.This guy appears to be an axe grinder fueled by total delusion. Nothing would ever make him happy. Giffords could've been a member of the "Jared Loughner Is Infallibly Brilliant Party" and this tragedy would not have been prevented..
Then again, as stated before, I don't know Jared Loughner.
Neither does Marty Kaplan, who should be ashamed of himself for politicizing this so quickly.
This is apparently a true story that has been around for years, but I'm just hearing about it so it can't be that well known right (ha ha ha).
Ted Nugent, a heavy metal guitar legend and devoted (bow) hunter, was being interviewed by a French journalist. Eventually, the conversation turned to his love of outdoor pursuits. The journalist asked, "What do you think the last thought is in the head of a deer before you shoot it? Is it, "Are you my friend?" or maybe "Are you the one who killed my brother?"
Nugent replied, "They aren't capable of that kind of thinking. All they care about is, What am I going to eat next? Who am I going to screw next? and, Can I run fast enough to get away? They are very much like the French in that."
Ted Nugent is sort of awesome...Add a comment
Years ago, before I started The Looking Spoon, some guy (a liberal) on this message board I used frequent on Myspace (when it, and Obama were still cool) posted this question. I found this response in a word doc while going through some old computer files, and I still like it.
My response was as follows:
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One, because he'll just do it.
Unless of course a Democrat is his supervisor....
Then he'll have to make sure his union contract allows him to handle light bulbs. If it does then he will have to make sure the light bulb was made in a union light bulb factory.
Before he inserts the bulb he will need an OSHA inspector to make sure there is no water within a 2 mile radius so that the Republican doesn't get shocked. The OSHA inspector must also inspect the rubber gloves he must wear (because rubber is not a conductor, as determined by an appointed joint committee of OSHA, the FDA, the CDC, the EPA, and the NWA) for any holes that could subject him to shock.
After the light bulb is screwed in, the dead light bulb (assuming the light bulb screwed in was replacing another light bulb) must be inspected to make sure that it was built in a union shop. If not the FBI will have to be dispatched to investigate this slip in the EPA approved crack.
Before the light bulb is discarded it must be observed by a federal safety commissioner (not to be confused with OSHA) and an EPA field representative to make sure that it is disposed of in an eco-friendly and child-proof way.
Afterward, an after-action report will have to be filed and the above mentioned joint comittee will have to be briefed on it. To make sure everything is above-board it will have to air on C-Span.
So the real question is, how many Democrats does it take to screw in a light bulb....but there are so many mitigating factors...I'll have to just estimate....237
Dems mock constitutional blunder allowing GOP congressmen to vote without taking oath for not being egregious enough to make a judge strike it down.
New CBO report that ObamaCare repeal will reduce net spending by $540 billion, prompts demand from Democrats to properly label it a "slush fund."
Boehner confirms rumor that Biden made him "pinky promise" that ObamaCare repeal is not designated H.R. 2 because GOP wants to "take a dump" on it.Add a comment