wumhenry

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  • wumhenry commented on the diary post Right Wing Conservatives Going Nuts Over Seeing Themselves in Mirror by Scarecrow.

    2011-01-12 21:30:59View | Delete

    They cannot be considered legally culpable for the Tucson Massacre but they bear political responsibility for loading America’s public sphere with violent talk, symbols and even actions. Loughner’s murders fits in well with the kind of political violence that sometimes issues from the reactionary right.

    http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200908030052

  • wumhenry commented on the diary post Right Wing Conservatives Going Nuts Over Seeing Themselves in Mirror by Scarecrow.

    2011-01-12 21:22:30View | Delete

    Here’s another mirror:
    http://vimeo.com/18685493

  • wumhenry commented on the blog post And Now, a Word from Sarah Palin

    2011-01-12 16:54:32View | Delete

    Someone who construes the following Glen Beck commentary as a “winking” incitement to violence is your idea of a credible source?!

    The best thing you can do right now is to let Congress know that you are watching them like a hawk. You show up. You, you let them feel your burning gaze on them at all times. But here’s the thing that I, I’m concerned about—your interaction with them needs to be respectful, polite, forceful, and peaceful.

    I’ve been warning Congress now for a couple of years, and the time has come and passed for them to be able to learn from this. I’ve been telling them, “You have to listen to the people,” or they’ll be in real big trouble. Well, now let me give the warning to you: If anyone thinks that it would be a good idea to turn violent—think again. It would destroy the Republic. I feel it with everything in me.

    There is a great reason for hope right now, because I am telling you for the first time, since I started saying this in the last couple of years, for the first time I know it, I feel it, the American people are starting to wake up. These people in Washington have no idea what they have done; they have awakened a sleeping giant!

    But just one lunatic like Timothy McVeigh could ruin everything that everyone has worked so hard for, because these people in Washington won’t pass up the use of an emergency. Look how the media ran with the abortion doctor killing! They tried to pin that despicable act on Fox in general and specifically Bill O’Reilly and me! The only, the only thing either of us have ever said is there’s no reason for that, ever.

    I don’t wanna ever hear from our own Americans, anyone, voicing some sort of Muslim extremist-type justification, as we heard in the circles after 9/11, “Well, I could see how they, ya know, how they felt they had to do it—course I don’t agree.” Absolutely not. There is no excuse for violence.

    Our founders sailed across the ocean—battled killer storms, smallpox, they vomited for three months on a tiny little wooden ship with a bedsheet for a sail!—just to get a grievance before the king. They did that for twenty long years. What have we done? [sniveling voice] “Well, I sent an email, I made a phone call, they won’t even listen to me anymore.” [back to regular voice] So the next logical progression is email, phone, a gun? Only for a crazy person.
    If you ever hear something thinking about or talking about turning violent, it is your patriotic duty to stop them. The only way to save our Republic is to remain peaceful. Forceful, but peaceful.

    From New York—good night, America.

  • wumhenry commented on the blog post And Now, a Word from Sarah Palin

    2011-01-12 16:12:59View | Delete

    I clicked your link. All I learned from it is that that a nut shot two people in a Unitarian church because he believed all “liberals” should be killed, and the police found copies of books by Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, and Bill O’Reilly in his house. Does that prove that those authors said anything in those books (or elsewhere) that a reasonable person could construe as advocating murder of liberals or commission of other violent crimes against liberals? No, it doesn’t.

  • wumhenry commented on the blog post And Now, a Word from Sarah Palin

    2011-01-12 15:42:06View | Delete

    [Palin is] being blamed for being a stellar example, along with Beck, Limbaugh, Coulter and a passel of GOP officials, for freely using violent, death-dealing imagery as if acting out those images would be a responsible thing for a “sovereign citizen” to do when they felt their “rights” or existence were threatened by a government that, by definition, is the problem and threat, not a part of the cure.

    If the “death-dealing imagery” you’re referring to is the now-famous map with superimposed cross-hairs, what Palin was obviously conveying was merely that Tea Partiers and other like-minded people should put high priority on defeating Blue-Dog Dems who voted for Obamacare in the mid-term elections of 2010. BFD

  • wumhenry commented on the blog post And Now, a Word from Sarah Palin

    2011-01-12 15:23:24View | Delete

    Well, that’s a start, John. Now please quote statements from Palin, O’Reilly, Beck, and/or Limbaugh that a reasonable person could construe as either incting or condoning those (or similar) crimes.

  • wumhenry commented on the blog post And Now, a Word from Sarah Palin

    2011-01-12 12:55:03View | Delete

    Sarah Palin is a blatherskite who is obviously unelectable to the office of POTUS. Nominating her for that office on the 2012 Republican ticket is the best gift anyone could possible give to Obama and the Democratic Party.

    On the other hand, blaming her for the Tucson shootings is absurd.

  • wumhenry commented on the blog post And Now, a Word from Sarah Palin

    2011-01-12 12:43:47View | Delete

    That is the general wingnut circular rhetorical problem. Inflammatory political speech alluding to the need for violent action against opponents is not dangerous, BUT calling critical attention to that rhetoric IS.

    The general argument is more along these lines:
    Leftwingers maintain that Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, and O’Reilly are largely to blame for the Tucson shootings because they have said and/or clearly implied that those responsible for adoption of legislation that they deplore — e.g., members of Congress who voted for Obamacare — should be physically attacked. But i) they have neither said nor implied any such thing and ii) there is no evidence that Loughner was inspired by anything that any of them did say or anything he thought they said.

  • wumhenry commented on the blog post And Now, a Word from Sarah Palin

    2011-01-12 12:14:17View | Delete

    Inconvenient news item:

    He did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didn’t listen to political radio. He didn’t take sides.

    -Zach Osler (reportedly Jared Loughner’s best high-school friend) in ABC “Good Morning America” interview

    http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/jared-loughners-friend-says-suspect-did-not-watch-tv-disliked-the-news_b48040#

  • wumhenry commented on the blog post Methinks Palin, Angle Doth Protest Too Much

    2011-01-12 11:07:40View | Delete

    He did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didn’t listen to political radio. He didn’t take sides.

    -Zach Osler (reportedly Jared Loughner’s best high-school friend) in ABC “Good Morning America” interview

    http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/jared-loughners-friend-says-suspect-did-not-watch-tv-disliked-the-news_b48040#

  • wumhenry commented on the blog post Exploring the Mind and Behavior of Jared Loughner

    2011-01-10 21:02:14View | Delete

    What influenced the Obama contributor who was arrested for making death threats against Eric Cantor?

  • wumhenry commented on the blog post Exploring the Mind and Behavior of Jared Loughner

    2011-01-10 20:51:59View | Delete

    Loughner, who is evidently psychotic, may have been influenced by far-rightwing ideas. Ted Kaczynski, another nutcase, was influenced by leftwing-back-to-nature-anticorporate-environmentalism. So what do you propose? Should all public speech be censored to purge anything that might inflame a psycho?

  • wumhenry commented on the blog post Tea Party Leaders Strike Back at Left Over Giffords Incident

    2011-01-10 16:46:52View | Delete

    That he’s a 9/11 “truther” escaped your notice?
    That definitely separates him from any prominent Republican, Fox commentator, righwing radio-talk host, or Tea Party supporter I’ve ever heard of.

  • wumhenry commented on the blog post Tea Party Leaders Strike Back at Left Over Giffords Incident

    2011-01-10 16:18:21View | Delete

    “Revolting,” “disgusting,” “scumbags,” and “evil” are the modifiers used.

    Heavens! Thank goodness one never sees such crude invective directed against conservatives in firedoglake!

    (sarcasm alert)

  • OK, go ahead, make my day: give us at least one credibly-sourced quote from Reagan, Beck, Limbaugh, or Palin that advocates assasination of U.S. politicians of any political stripe.

  • Markos Moulitsas had a “bullseye” list, too, and Rep. Giffords was in it. So what?! He obviously wasn’t advocating assasination, and neither was Palin.

  • wumhenry commented on the blog post Exploring the Mind and Behavior of Jared Loughner

    2011-01-10 09:51:11View | Delete

    It was sarcasm.

  • wumhenry commented on the blog post Exploring the Mind and Behavior of Jared Loughner

    2011-01-10 09:45:20View | Delete

    What was your husband doing when Megyn Kelly talked with the girl’s father in a live Fox News interview yesterday evening?

  • wumhenry commented on the blog post Exploring the Mind and Behavior of Jared Loughner

    2011-01-10 09:16:58View | Delete

    What we obviously have here is the predictable reaction of an unbalanced mind to the toxic atmosphere engendered by the post-modernist lit-crit crowd. Have they no sense of decency?

  • raygun, beck limbaugh, palin …- what they are:
    lying bully fascist fucking scum

    Would someone please explain to me why this sort of vilification, so plentiful in firedoglake, is not hate speech? Does angry, contumacious speech count as hate speech only if it comes from the mouth of a rightwinger?

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