Wednesday, January 12, 2011

More on the Climate of Hate and other fairytales of the left

All hate speech is wrong, but some is more wrong than others
As Jeffrey Lord at the American Spectator reports, this quote from NOW FORMER DEM CONGRESSMAN PAUL KANJORSKI "seemed to vanish in the pre-election haze." It was reported in the Scranton Times on October 23 with hardly a raised eyebrow - just more of the Congressman's famous "loose lips."

I leave it for you to judge whether these "eliminationist" comments by Kanjorski about Florida's then candidate for Governor Rick Scott should have received a little wider play:

"That Scott down there that's running for governor of Florida," Mr. Kanjorski said. "INSTEAD OF RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA, THEY OUGHT TO HAVE HIM AND SHOOT HIM. Put him against the wall and shoot him. He stole billions of dollars from the United States government and he's running for governor of Florida. He's a millionaire and a billionaire. He's no hero. He's a damn crook. It's just we don't prosecute big crooks."

Of course this wasn’t a big deal, because the speaker was a Democrat.

Sarah Palin: Inciting violence? I don’t think so

(Palin) “And ya know, hearing the news reports lately, kinda this ginned up controversy about us, common sense conservatives, inciting violence because we happen to oppose some of the things in the Obama administration.”

Interrupted from audience: “We do it with our vote!”

“AMEN, BROTHER! THAT’S WHAT YOU DO IT WITH, WITH YOUR VOTE! You got it right. WE KNOW VIOLENCE ISN’T THE ANSWER. When we take up our arms, we’re talking about our vote. We’re talking about being involved in a contested primary like this, and picking the right candidate too–John McCain, we thank you for that.”

There are lies, damn lies and then liberal pundits.

A climate of hate: The MSM’s role

All of this evidence, which is easily accessible on the Internet, points to the possibility that Loughner may be suffering from a mental illness like schizophrenia. The vast majority of schizophrenics are not violent, and those that receive treatment are not violent. But as Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, a research psychiatrist, writes in his book, “The Insanity Offense,” ABOUT 1 PERCENT OF THE SERIOUSLY MENTALLY ILL (OR ABOUT 40,000 INDIVIDUALS) ARE VIOLENT. THEY ACCOUNT FOR ABOUT HALF THE RAMPAGE MURDERS IN THE UNITED STATES.

….In short, the evidence before us suggests that LOUGHNER WAS LOCKED IN A WORLD FAR REMOVED FROM POLITICS as we normally understand it.

Yet the early coverage and commentary of the Tucson massacre suppressed this evidence. The coverage and commentary shifted to an entirely different explanation: Loughner unleashed his rampage because he was incited by the violent rhetoric of the Tea Party, the anti-immigrant movement and Sarah Palin.

MAINSTREAM NEWS ORGANIZATIONS LINKED THE ATTACK TO AN OFFENSIVE TARGET MAP ISSUED BY SARAH PALIN’S POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE. The Huffington Post erupted, with former Senator GARY HART FLATLY STATING THAT THE KILLINGS WERE THE RESULT OF ANGRY POLITICAL RHETORIC. Keith Olbermann demanded a Palin repudiation and the founder of the Daily Kos wrote on Twitter: “Mission Accomplished, Sarah Palin.” Others argued that the killing was fostered by a political climate of hate.

The worst part here is when will the media realize by blaming SP or talk radio, they are contributing to the “Climate of Hate,” they are condemning.

Turn the other cheek?

MARK HALPERIN: I just want to single out one thing. I don't want to over-generalize but I think the media and THE POLITICIANS HAVE BEHAVED PRETTY WELL so far. The thing I'm most concerned about now is the anger on the right-wing commenatariat: on Fox, and George Will, and other conservatives are, in some cases justifiably upset at liberals. But they're turning this right now, in the last 24 hours, back into the STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE OF ALL OF THIS IS WAR AND FODDER FOR CONTENT, RATHER THAN TRYING TO BRING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Wait a second, Mark. I think they would say that you have that backwards. THAT A SHOOTING WAS TURNED INTO FODDER TO ATTACK CONSERVATIVES.

HALPERIN: And I, and I, and I already made that criticism as well. They're right. BUT RATHER THAN SEIZING ON IT AND TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK, THEY ARE BACK AT THEIR WAR STATIONS. And that's not going to help us.

“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.“ Barack H. Obama September 2008

Halperin is a fool. He reminds me of the old joke when a kid comes crying to his mother, “Mommy, Billy hit me in my hand with his eye!”

Political Opportunism

How do we react to the horrific murders of Christina Green, 9; John Roll, 63; Gabe Zimmerman, 30; Dorothy Morris, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; and Phyllis Schneck, 79; and the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and 13 others?

For one thing, WE CAN REFUSE TO ENGAGE IN POLITICAL OPPORTUNISM. There's been too much of that.

Before any relevant facts about the alleged shooter were in, New York Times' columnist Paul Krugman posted a blog in which he admitted that he had no proof that the right was involved, but BLAMED SARAH PALIN ANYWAY FOR TARGETING THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSWOMAN'S DISTRICT IN "CROSSHAIRS." MSNBC host Keith Olbermann did likewise


Poll: Americans don’t buy political rhetoric as a cause of the Tuscan shootings

Overall, 57 percent of respondents said the harsh political tone had nothing to do with the shooting, compared to 32 percent who felt it did. Republicans were more likely to feel the two were unrelated - 69 percent said rhetoric was not to blame; 19 percent said it played a part. Democrats were more split on the issue - 49 percent saw no connection; 42 percent said there was.

Independents more closely reflected the overall breakdown - 56 percent said rhetoric had nothing to do with the attack; 33 percent felt it did.

The American public once again shows its common sense. I guess a nut is just a nut for most Americans.

Test your knowledge now!

1. Which right-wing, fascist US president said "If they bring a knife, we bring a gun."?

• A. Ronald Reagan
• B. Barack Hussein Obama
• C. Thomas Jefferson
• D. Calvin Coolidge…

Continue the quiz here:

Paul Krugman Buffoon

WITHIN HOURS after Jared Loughner's killing spree, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman went straight for the gutter, proclaiming, WITH NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER, THAT LOUGHNER'S ACT WAS IN ALL LIKELIHOOD "POLITICAL," and going on to blame Republicans for the murders. I denounced Krugman's vile blog post here.


In Krugman’s latest column he says:

Where's that toxic rhetoric coming from? Let's not make a false pretense of balance: it's coming, overwhelmingly, from the right. IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE A DEMOCRATIC MEMBER OF CONGRESS URGING CONSTITUENTS TO BE "ARMED AND DANGEROUS" without being ostracized; but REPRESENTATIVE MICHELE BACHMANN, WHO DID JUST THAT, is a rising star in the G.O.P.

….My guess is that KRUGMAN HAS NO IDEA WHEN MICHELE REFERRED TO BEING "ARMED AND DANGEROUS," or why, or what the rest of the sentence was. Krugman's biggest problem isn't that he is stupid. HIS BIGGEST PROBLEM IS THAT HE IS LAZY. He is incapable of doing even the most rudimentary research, which is why his columns rarely contain many facts, and when they do, his "facts" are often wrong.

As it happens, I--unlike Krugman--know all about Michele's "armed and dangerous" quote, because she said it in an interview with Brian Ward and me, on our radio show. It was on March 21, 2009. THE SUBJECT WAS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S CAP AND TRADE PROPOSAL. Michele organized a couple of informational meetings in her district with an expert on global warming and cap and trade, and she came on our show to promote those meetings. SHE WANTED HER CONSTITUENTS TO BE ARMED WITH INFORMATION ON CAP AND TRADE so that they would understand how unnecessary, and how damaging to our economy, the Obama administration's proposal was. THAT WOULD MAKE THEM DANGEROUS TO THE ADMINISTRATION'S LEFT-WING PLANS.

I think the author’s viewpoint of Krugman being lazy is actually applicable to many on the left. They don’t take the time to actually research. To many on the left, simply believing something is true requires no actual facts to back them up.

Generic Ballot

REPUBLICANS HOLD AN 11-POINT LEAD OVER DEMOCRATS on the Generic Congressional Ballot for the week ending January 9, 2011. That’s up one point from last week and six points from the week before. IT'S THE WIDEST GAP BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES SINCE RIGHT BEFORE ELECTION DAY.

New Rasmussen Reports telephone polling finds that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters nationwide say they would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate, while 36% would choose the Democrat instead.

This really doesn’t mean anything at this point in time, but is interesting to keep an eye on it to see which party is making inroads.

Ohio becomes 25th state to contest healthcare plan

Ohio is joining a multistate lawsuit over the federal healthcare reform plan passed less than a year ago because the law "tramples on the rights of Ohio's citizens," the state's new attorney general said on Monday.

OHIO WILL JOIN 21 OTHER STATES IN A LEGAL CHALLENGE TO THE HEALTHCARE REFORMS THAT IS LED BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA. Virginia has filed a separate lawsuit and Oklahoma's attorney general has announced plans to do the same. That means HALF OF ALL STATES ARE FIGHTING THE PLAN IN FEDERAL COURT.

The lawsuits primarily revolve around the plan's requirement that an individual have health insurance or pay a penalty.

There are other things happening in the news. Just thought I would bring this one up.

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