About those porous borders…

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I’m so sick and tired of hearing leftards whine about how the thousands of illegal aliens (no – STILL not undocumented workers or any other politically correct, fuzzy name you want to give these scumbags) do not pose a national security threat to the United States!

It’s not a national security problem at all! These poor, sweet, innocent, oppressed people are just here for the economic opportunities! They just want to work and succeed and achieve just like anyone else.

Right.  Fuck you!


U.S. border guards got a surprise when they searched a Mexican BMW and found a hardline Muslim cleric – banned from France and Canada – curled up in the boot.

Said Jaziri, who called for the death of a Danish cartoonist that drew pictures of the prophet Mohammed, was being smuggled into California when he was arrested, along with his driver Kenneth Robert Lawler.

The 43-year-old was deported from Canada to his homeland Tunisia in 2007 after it emerged he had lied on his refugee application about having served jail time in France.

Hmmmm.  But we need to sue Arizona for enforcing federal immigration laws to prevent pisslamic scum that wants to kill those who insult his cult from entering this country.

Again. Fuck you.

On guns and Jared Loughner (a/k/a WTF is wrong with the GOP?)

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Will someone please find the GOP’s testicles and immediately velcro them into place… or duct tape… or crazy glue or something!  We all knew Dick(head) Lugar was a gun banner’s RINO wet dream, but now he’s joined by Dick(head) Cheney in his support for banning high capacity magazines and Peter King after the shooting in Tuscon left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords with a bullet in her head and a number of others dead, including a 9 year-old little girl who shares a birthday with my Redhead!

The fucking stupidity of this is mind-boggling!  Not only did Loughner violate several laws when he went on his shooting spree, but somehow the terminally cluefucked GOP and the Leftards in Congress think that just one more would have made a difference?  Seriously? I’m so angry at these morons, I want to bitch slap every last one of them with a two-by-four studded with rusty nails.

You know why the 2004 “assault” weapons ban (that also included a ban on high capacity magazines) was ultimately defeated?  Two reasons:

John Lott noted that these weapons had no appreciable effect on crime.


…Letting the law expire only showed its uselessness. In fact, the FBI announced last month that the number of murders nationwide fell by 3.6 percent last year, the first drop since 1999. Murders declined in both halves of last year from year earlier levels.

Even more interesting, the seven states that have their own assault weapons bans saw a smaller drop in murders last year than the 43 states without such laws, suggesting that doing away with the ban actually reduced crime. States with bans averaged a 2.4 percent decline in murders; in three states with bans, the number of murders rose. States without bans saw murders fall by more than 4 percent.

And the drop was not just limited to murder. Overall, violent crime also declined last year, according to the FBI, and the complete statistics carry another surprise for gun-control advocates: Guns are used in murder and robbery more frequently then in rapes and aggravated assaults, but after the assault-weapons ban ended, the number of murders and robberies fell more than the number of rapes and aggravated assaults.

And they constituted such a minute percentage of all firearms crime anyway, that there was very little difference when the ban expired.

Regardless, one psychotic lone nutbar goes on a killing rampage, and leftarded reactionaries such as Carolyn McCarthy start doing the gun ban dance like demented Muppets on meth.  And in a fuckwitted effort to appear reasonable and moderate, the GOP loses its collective gonads in the rather large, gaping asshole of liberal douchebaggery.

So let’s get some facts straight.

The “high capacity magazine” was not responsible for the shooting.  Jared Loughner was. It didn’t allow him to quickly and efficiently shoot all those people.  By all reports he fired indiscriminately.  If he didn’t have a high capacity mag, it would have taken him two seconds to drop the empty mag and load another one.  It ain’t all that difficult, people!

The “high capacity” magazine ban will not make any appreciable difference in firearms deaths as a general rule. The Jared Loughners of this world are an abomination, not the general rule.  According to the Journal of Trauma, the number of shots fired by criminals has not changed significantly with the increased capacity of handguns. Indeed, the number of shots from revolvers (all within 6-8 round capacity) and semi-automatics were about the same 2.04 versus 2.53. (h/t Gun Facts, v.5.1)

One more law is not going to prevent further tragedy.  Loughner violated quite a few laws during his rampage, including the several that make shooting innocent people illegal, AND the one that would have prohibited him from purchasing firearms in the first place.  As Rob Doar explains, Loughner did not actually legally purchase the firearm he used in his heinous crime. He lied on the ATF form 4473, which specifies that if he answered “yes” to the following question: Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, or narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance? he was ineligible to purchase a firearm.

Indeed, Loughner committed a felony when he lied on this particular piece of paper.

I certify that my answers to Section A are true, correct, and complete. I have read and understand the Notices, Instructions, and Definitions on ATF Form 4473. I understand that answering “yes” to question 11.a. if I am not the actual buyer is a crime punishable as a felony under Federal law and may also violate State and/or Local law. I understand that a person who answers “yes” to any of the questions 11.b through 11.k is prohibited from purchasing or receiving a firearm unless the person also answers “yes” to question 12. I also understand that making any false oral or written statement or exhibiting any false or misrepresented identification with respect to this transaction is a crime punishable as a felony under Federal laws, and may also violate State and/or local law. I further understand that the repetitive purchase of firearms for the purpose of resale for livelihood and profit without a Federal firearms license is a violation of law.

This particular violent nutbag ignored scores of different laws when he purchased a firearm as someone who was rejected from joining the military for testing positive for marijuana, after falsifying the information on the ATF Form 4473, and yet more when he shot, wounded and killed innocent people.

DO YOU HONESTLY BELIEVE ANOTHER STUPID FUCKING LAW WOULD HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE? 

Yes, I’m talking to you, Cheney, Lugar, King and any other fucktarded RINO assnugget who is throwing support behind McCarthy’s opportunistic kneejerking as a misguided gesture of good will, or respect, or whatever it is that’s prompting you to drool your support for an unconstitutional, worthless ban.

I guess the GOP did not learn its lesson in November.  I guess they somehow think they have a mandate to do whatever they goddamn want – whatever will keep them in power.  I guess the GOP has lost its testicular fortitude in a vapid, drooling desire to appear conciliatory. 

I guess they’re going to have to learn yet another lesson.

And for those of you who vomit forth the old “Why would you need a high-capacity magazine” meme, I once again repeat: It’s a Bill of Rights, not a Bill of Needs, asstards.  Deal with it.

I do not want civil discourse

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Honestly, I’m tired.  Civil discourse is just another liberal buzzword for censorship.  And I’m against censorship.

Don Surber says it best.

Last week, the left quickly blamed the right for the national tragedy of a shooting spree by a madman who never watched Fox News, never listened to Rush Limbaugh and likely did not know who Sarah Palin is.

Fortunately, the American public rejected out of hand that idiotic notion that the right was responsible.

Rather than apologize, the left wants to change the tone of the political debate.

The left suddenly wants civil discourse.

Bite me.

The left wants to play games of semantics.

Bite me.

The left wants us to be civil — after being so uncivil for a decade.

Bite me.

Well said, sir.

Stupid is as stupid does

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Some leftards want limits on free speech in the aftermath of the heinous killings in Tuscon last weekend.  Some place the target of blame (Don’t kill me, libtards! It’s just a figure of speech!) on conservative radio, Sarah Palin and the eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil Darth Cheney.

This leftist asspump wants another ban.  Carolyn McCarthy’s husband was shot by a mass murderer in 1993, and McCarthy since then has gone on an anti-gun rampage, blaming an inanimate object for the death of her husband and seeking to ban everyone else from defending themselves with the best tool available on the market today, so that more people could fall victim to psychotic gunmen.

McCarthy is a reactionary. Anything she doesn’t like, she wants to use government force to ban.  In this instance, she’s decided that high capacity magazines are a threat to society and has introduced legislation to ban them.  Not that we’re surprised.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy said she will seek to ban the type of high-capacity semi-automatic-weapon magazines used by the shooter in Saturday’s Arizona rampage that killed six people and critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

McCarthy (D-Mineola) said she will introduce legislation this week to ban the larger magazines, or clips, illegal nationally for 10 years before the Clinton-era…

It appears Carolyn McCarthy STILL has no idea about the object she has long sought to ban.

Dumber than a bag of hair, that one.

All she knows is that if there’s an object of which she does not approve, she will work to ensure that no one is allowed to own it, and worse yet, turn them into criminals for owning it.

Carolyn McCarthy’s answer to any problem is more tyranny.

I am not surprised.

Blind tenacity at its worst (UPDATED)

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I had mentioned in an update about Jared Loughner that I was having a fairly contentious discussion on the Facebook page of a friend from college about the shooting in Arizona last weekend.  I’m not going to say another word about this debate. I’m merely going to repost the entire thread and let you make your own decisions about the intent stubbornness of liberals to immediately blame the right wing for the heinous mass murder committed by Loughner.

It started out with this photo:

And this caption:

can’t imagine how this could in any way, shape, or form give someone the
idea that using a gun to effect political change is okay…

And this is the conversation that followed.   Names have been deleted for privacy.

B—– O—- B—-: I grieve for the families of the dead and injured. And I grieve for the citizens of this great United States of America, regardless of their political affiliation(s)…..freedom of speech is one of our basic tenets, NEVER should there be freedom to commit murder!

Nicki Fellenzer: His favorite books included Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto. Should we blame his reading list too? Come on, B–! The guy was no more a Palin follower than I am, and in this case, correlation does not equal causation.

T— K——–: I believe the phrase “susceptible to vitriol” is appropriately applied in this case.

S—- A——–:  Language matters. And the language and imagery we use have consequences, particularly when they incite already unstable people to act. Giving voice to the deranged misgivings of folks who are on the edge of stability – like saying “don’t re…lent, reload” (a Palin rallying cry) – when that imagery becomes common place in the mainstream, we can’t ignore it then when further extremes become more commonplace as well. Of course, it’s difficult to fathom as stable, rational adults. But yesterday demonstrated that there are many out there who aren’t. And we live in a society where the use of violence to solve our problems has teetered on the adge of acceptance. We live in a place where politicians have drawn the line between good and evil in the same place as the line is drawn between agree and disagree. And THAT is a culture that is perpetuated by the same nutcases who are signing multi-million dollar contracts with Fox News and others.

B— H—-: Nicki, the point is not whether this guy looked at that ad and shot that congresswoman. The point is that this ad clearly connects the concepts of “changing political control of a congressional district” and “using the crosshairs of a rifle”. I’m glad that most people are sane and balanced like you and wouldn’t be influenced into taking action by this, but sadly, that doesn’t reduce the number of people out there who aren’t as sane and balanced…

Nicki Fellenzer:  There are millions of drooling idiots who cling on to every word Palin and Beck say with froth-flecked glee, and none of them go out and commit acts of mass murder. This guy was described as unstable, and “left wing, quite liberal. & oddly… obsessed with the 2012 prophecy.”

His favorite reading list included the Communist Manifesto and Plato’s Republic, as well as Orwell, Bradbury, Carroll, Rand and a number of others. Are we honestly going to pretend that the language in many of those works is not inflammatory? Why aren’t we blaming Hitler and Marx, who both advocated violence quite more blatantly than Palin, who despite being a dimwit, doubtfully meant for someone to go out and shoot innocent people.

Point is the guy was crazy! He killed a bunch of innocent people without giving it a thought. He put a bullet in a 9 year-old CHILD! And frankly, I absolutely RESENT attempts to politicize this tragedy and blame this insane act of violence on any ideology!

Nicki Fellenzer: B—, there are people out there who also think that aliens talk to them in their sleep and force them to eat monkey shit for breakfast. Doesn’t mean there’s any validity to this claim. The phrase ‘in the crosshairs” is used millions of times without any connection to actual real violence. To target someone doesn’t necessarily mean to kill them with a rifle. The actions of an insane person cannot be blamed on commonly used colloquialisms.

J—- H——- G——: I can’t understand how anyone who respects human life can think this is okay. My dad, the knee jerk Republican, lifetime NRA member, would even agree that putting gunsights on another human being is irresponsible.

B— H—-: First of all, I want it on the record that I wasn’t the one who put Palin, Hitler, and Marx together in this discussion – although I’m now inspired to ask Chris McColl to collaborate with me on a good “Hitler, Marx, and Palin walk into a bar” joke…

As far as I’m concerned Nicki, this is less about blaming Palin herself for a particular tragedy and more about holding her up as an example of one of the things that is dangerously wrong with the state of political discourse in this country. Call me biased, but I just think it’s a bad idea to use shooting metaphors and imagery in political campaigning. That’s all.

J—— H—— G——: Couldn’t agree with you more, Bill. And when you put that joke together, you have to share.

Nicki Fellenzer: LOL B—, the reading list came from here. His favorite reading list included: Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenhei…t 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver’s Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno.

And if you have a good Palin/Hitler/Marx joke, I’m all ears.

AS for shooting metaphors in political campaigning… I honestly don’t see anything wrong with it. Sorry. Targeting specific districts, as it plainly shows in that poster? Nope. Not a big deal to me. And whether you agree with it or not, shooting and firearms in general are an indelible part of our history and culture. I’m not that sensitive, I guess. And I have a MUCH bigger problem with the parts of our political discourse that call candidates and politicians whores, bitches, etc., and allow little room for actual issues.

H—– A———:  B—: It has been evident since the turn of the century that the same “anti-communist” forces that arose in the 1920’s, grew into the pro-Fascist movement of the 30’s, resulted in the McCarthy era of the 50’s, gave us the Contra’s in the 8…0’s, and was reborn with the NeoCons and the current rise of the neomilitia movement politically involved in the Tea Party will not go away without a fight. Sorry to say, we’re in this for the long haul. It’s reason vs. intolerance, equality vs. greed, freedom vs. Gitmo.

C——— R———
: The U.S. was depicted as a target . Palin regularly uses the word “RELOAD” when speaking of opponents. Giffords’ opponent Kelly held a fundraiser advertised as “Get on target…Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot an M16 with J…esse Kelly.”

Even if the shooter has never heard of Palin, this kind of violent language when talking about your opponents is irresponsible because the U.S has had assassinations before, and we will have them again.

Words matter. If Palin was proud of her words or thinks they’re harmless, why is her team assiduously scrubbing her internet presence of the crosshairs graphic? Why is www.takebackthe20.com down?

W—- J— R——-: It’s “trickle down” violence.

W—– M—–
:  We live in a society where violence is sanctioned in so many ways. We don’t have to go to Arizona to witness it, the last week in Baltimore has been like the killing fields. As long as it is easier to buy guns and ammunition then it is to drive a car or buy cough syrup, we are accepting a certain rate of human slaughter in the name of freedom. As long as it is easier to buy guns and ammunition then it is to drive a car or buy cough syrup, we are accepting a certain rate of human slaughter in the name of freedom.

S—– Q—- B———: This type of “hate list” has often been connected and blamed for horri
ble acts by mentally unstable people eg columbine. But because a responsible adult (loosely put) posts it and pretties it up with a nice graphic, we just downplay the potential impact. Now the mentally unstable don’t even have to write the list themselves, it is given to them.

Nicki Fellenzer:  Oh, and let’s not pretend it’s just the right who are guilty of putting BULLSEYES on politicians. That would be from the Daily Kos in June 2008.

Bottom line: anyone who cites a pretty graphic that just happens to contain a crosshairs or a bullseye on it as justification for mass murder needs to be taken out of the gene pool. With extreme prejudice. I could give less of a crap what side of the political spectrum happens to claim them.

K—- D-C—- W—-:  and images matter, especially when you have a microphone in front of you, a camera on you, a bully pulpit, a website or any number of followers. This is part of personal responsibility.

N—— G———:  Here’s a couple of resources chronicling some of the violent threats, and violent actions, perpetrated against Democrats in the past 6 months.

http://mediamatters.org/research/201010260050

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?oe=UTF8&client=firef…ox-a&ie=UTF8&source=embed&msa=0&msid=100917659372037806288.0004828ef8239ccbe7445

I’m sure we’ll see that one screen shot of Kos the Daily Kos shown over and over again to prove that ‘both sides’ have a problem with this type of extremist.

J– B—–: The idea that “both sides do it equally” is not only wrong, it’s dangerous. This notion of “equivalence” that we’re obsessed with–especially the mainstream media (not Fox)–is what promotes the idea that “creation science” should be taught in public schools alongside evolution, among other things.

Nicki Fellenzer:  The idea is not that both sides do it equally, but that putting a bullseye as a target on someone or a someone’s district, as it is in this case, is not a call to violence, and is a colloquialism used by both sides. I seriously doubt Clair…e McCaskill meant that we really should pitchfork politicians to death if the tax measures the Dems wanted didn’t pass last month. But next time someone picks up a pitchfork and stabs someone, I’ll be sure and blame McCaskill.

And by the way, “creation science” is an oxymoron.

J– B—–:  I couldn’t possibly disagree more with the notion that a graphic representation of crosshairs next to a person’s name is a “colloquialism”–especially if that person is subsequently shot. Context is everything; maybe in everyday conversati…on if I say “I have you in my crosshairs!”, and people know I just mean I have an “eye on you”, that’s one thing. But in the current political climate, where supporters of one political movement come to town hall meetings with guns, it’s another thing entirely. In the same way that if I’m sitting at home in my living room with my cat and yell “FIRE!”, that’s not the same thing if I do it in a crowded theater when there is no fire and people get hurt in the ensuing panic.

Don’t retreat, RELOAD!!

J– B—–:  Palin’s rhetoric is part of what an author recently called then new right-wing philosophy of “eliminationalism” (new in US politics, that is):

“Eliminationism is often voiced as ‘crude jokes,’ a sense of humor inevitably predicated on venomo…us hatred. And such rhetoric—we know as surely as we know that night follows day—eventually begets action, with inevitably tragic results….The problem with eliminationism isn’t that it is simply unpleasant or ugly or even uncomfortable discourse, which is what can often be said of the Left’s frequently charged rhetoric. The problem, as we already noted, is that it implies the death of discourse, as well as its dissolution into violence and the use of force.” –David Neiwert, from ” The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right”

Nicki Fellenzer: The graphic representation of the crosshairs was in the district and not next to the name. But that’s all nitpicking BS. Point is that in the current political climate, mudslinging, slurs and other such nonsense are par for the course. (N…ot that I’m particularly thrilled with it) And despite the fact that people do carry to townhalls and to other such meetings, I’ve never seen them erupt in violence. Have you?

“Eliminationism is often voiced as ‘crude jokes,’ a sense of humor inevitably predicated on venomo…us hatred. And such rhetoric—we know as surely as we know that night follows day—eventually begets action, with inevitably tragic results….The problem with eliminationism isn’t that it is simply unpleasant or ugly or even uncomfortable discourse, which is what can often be said of the Left’s frequently charged rhetoric. The problem, as we already noted, is that it implies the death of discourse, as well as its dissolution into violence and the use of force.” — HMMMMM Sort of like calling the TEA Party activists teabaggers and terrorists? Got it.

J– B—–: Recent tweet by MIchael Moore: “If a Detroit Muslim put a map on the web w/crosshairs on 20 pols, then 1 of them got shot, where would he b sitting right now? Just asking.”

J– B—–: crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/eliminationist-rhetoric-and-shooting

Nicki Fellenzer: www.slate.com/id/2280616/

J– B—–: patriotshop.us/product_info.php?products_id=584

J– B—–: crooksandliars.com/matt-osborne/welcome-hate

Trent Spriggs:  Finland has seen a meteoric rise in its education quality, innovation level and global GDP with changes in its policy regarding education, in particular reading policy. Its government created a network of easy to access libraries that have… pushed its lending-to-population to number one in the world. Clearly there is a relationship between what one reads and one’s world view. A wide range of books that open up the world to its readers engendered a love of reading has brought tiny Finland to the top level of global commerce. Conversely and in this case, the internet seems to have teamed up with the assailant’s heavily ideological bent for extremist manifestos. Cable TV further feeds the rhetoric and atmosphere that brought about this treachery.

Clearly this meme, one that is meant to divide and inflame needs to end…

Nicki Fellenzer: www.suntimes.com/3229156-417/palin-christina-hope-responsible-rhetoric.html

B——– H—–: You’re right, B—. The language and imagery of violence and exclusion is reprehensible. Both sides don’t “do it equally,” and I’m sick and tired of pretending there’s some right to be unfair or wrong anyway, as others have hinted here & elsewhere.

J— H——-: I thought the Tucson sheriff nailed it pretty well: “When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous.”

J– B—–:  “…we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is, that the way she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district and when people do t
hat, they’ve gotta realize there’s consequences to that action.” ~ Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, March 25th, 2010.

P—- M. D——:  The perpetrator of this crime may just be mentally ill and not reacting to any political speech. Yet, I reject the false equivalency that there are “extremist on both sides” and that “both political parties have been equally guilty of vitriolic rhetoric”. There have been some individuals on the “Left” that have said hateful things and have correctly been regarded as “extremist” on the fringe of Democratic Party politics. Then we have the “Right” which has a potential presidential contender who considers terms like “lock and reload” and gun sights imagery as legitimate political discourse. She is not considered a fringe in her party but a force to be reckoned in the coming election. A recent debate for RNC chairman this week had candidates boasting how many guns they own as a positive attribute to lead that party. Hours each day and week of hate filled rants on talk radio. Vitriol and anger are the occasional offenses committed by the Left but the preferred default setting of the Right.

Nicki Fellenzer:  Suspect apparently had a long-time obsession with Gabrielle Giffords and her family. Well, there goes the “It’s Palin’s fault” meme….

Have a good night, all.

J– B—–: Quick question: How come when Wikileaks releases secret documents, certain people cry out that Wikileaks is putting lives at risk and that Assange should be assassinated, but when a member of Congress is shot because of that type of violent rhetoric, those same people will repudiate the act, but scoff at the idea that what they have said in the past might bear a hint of responsibility?

J– B—–:  Tea partiers come to town hall meetings with guns, talk about revolt and revolution, threats to congress members go up 2008-2010, Nancy Pelosi warns about increases in violence in 2009, Giffords warns about it in May 2010 (after her offices… were shot up, Sarah Palin uses violent rhetoric to characterize the 2010 campaign–and then it actually happens. But it’s all a coincidence, eh?

Meme my ass.

J– B—–:  P—, above, is correct. In the Democratic party, the fringe is just that. In the Republican party, the fringe is the leader and front-runner for 2012, the “most-respected” woman in America, in their eyes–after Hilary but before Oprah!

J– B—–: Violent rhetoric begets violence. It’s simple, really, and a difficult notion to argue with. Night!

Nicki Fellenzer: The strawman is dead. You can stop beating it now.

D—- D——:  Niki – Welcome to the Internet: A strange reality where you will see people flogging a patch of ground that a horse died on years ago.

In related Internet memes, I propose Giffords’ Law: As a political debate contiunes, the probability of …violent imagery approaches 1. Feel free to draw prescriptive corellaries, Im sure they will be as effective as with Godwin’s Law.

J– B—–: More violent analogies!!

J– B—–:  The final word, fittingly, for Paul Krugman

Nicki Fellenzer: D—-, the law won’t work because there are too many hysterical drama queens on the web, who apply literal meaning to well established metaphors and who quote Krugman as a final authority!

And just to invoke the gods of Godwin… Giffords is… Jewish, and one of the shooter’s favorite reads is Mein Kampf. Hitler! If you refuse to see the connection, you MUST be a Nazi.

J– B—–: Congressman Danny Davis received a threatening email following Saturday’s shooting rampage in Arizona.

So much for the “isolated incident” meme!

J– B—–: A Colorado man is accused of threatening to set fire around Sen. Michael Bennet’s office and shoot members of his staff, prompting authorities to step up patrols around the senator’s home and office. John Troy Davis, 44, faces a charge of assault on a federal employee.

J– B—–: Timeline of violence, each one an “isolated incident”, I guess. www.csgv.org/issues-and-campaigns/guns-democracy-and-freedom/insurrection-timeline

J– B—–:  Hysterical drama queen out! Love it when folks start to pull out the personal attacks… it’s revealing, in a psychological way! Maybe I’ll get a gun and start to let it do the talking…

B—— H—–:  Here is a Demagogue using a metaphor closely associated with attacking with a firearm and directing that metaphorical firearm at Victim. Here is a Crazy Man With a Gun, inundated with messages such as the one from Demagogue. The Crazy Man… With a Gun attacks the Victim and kills a bunch of people including a girl who isn’t yet even ten years old. Calling this chain of events a straw man doesn’t make it a straw man and I am saddened that this isn’t enough to get some people to wonder about what’s become of the political discourse in our country. Joe, thanks for the link, it was a depressing read.

J– B—–:   I know I said I was done, but here’s a tweet from Bill Maher and I think THIS should be the last word:

“Hey Republicans who r condemning Ariz. shooting – if u didn’t condemn Sharon Angle’s ‘2nd amendment remedies’ and the like just shut up n…ow”.

BWAHhahahahahaha!!

Nicki Fellenzer

Me: The strawman is dead. You can stop beating it now
J— B—-: More violent analogies!!

Followed by string after string of irrelevancies.

…Conclusion: hysterical drama queen

B–, you obviously didn’t read the WSJ piece. Loughner had Giffords targeted in 2007, long before Palin ever came on the scene. There is NO evidence – NONE – that he listened to Palin, Beck, Limbaugh or anyone else. There IS evidence, however, that he’s been unstable for quite a while. So for anyone to bring up the specter of Palin, Beck, Darth Cheney or any other EEEEEEVIL Republican is disingenuous.

As for “isolated incidents,” Hmmmmmm…..

Getty Images artwork of a man pointing a rifle at the head of Sarah Palin

Oh look! Abort Sarah Palin stickers  Classy.

Calm, collected left-wing protesters advocating stoning. The radical Muslims would LOVE that!

Oh, here’s this bit of class: attacking Palin’s kid, McCain, etc.

And this lovely collection of stamps depicting Bush with a gun to his head.  And of course, there are Kill Bush t-shirts and other paraphernalia.

Fabulous “artwork” of a chimp taking a shit on McCain’s head.

And this bastion of love who was apparently heckling Laura Bush and Playboy Hatefuck list. Oh so misogynistic and classy! I just can’t stand it!

And those peaceful ALF and ELF activists. How many molotov cocktails and other incendiary devices does it take to make your point?

And the hilarious “No Pressure” video that has climate change deniers’ heads exploding if they don’t conform to the agenda? Oh, that was just a joke, right? Innocuous, right? Not incendiary in the least, right?

And do I really need to mention attacks on military recruiting stations around the country. They sure weren’t perpetrated by the TEA party!

The Gainesville Democrat who became so unhinged he attacked a CARDBOARD CUTOUT of Bush! You gotta be some kind of fucking crazy for that! But that must be Palin’s fault too, right?

These tools actually attacked Bush/Cheney signs! That’s some respect for First Amendment rights there from the left!

This tool actually stalked some woman who had a Bush bumper sticker!

Attack on Katherine Harris 

This festering piece of rancid effluvia actually vandalized CMH monument.  Yeah, I’m sure he was influenced by CONSERVATIVE rhetoric.

How about these Kerry campaign workers who slashed tires outside a Bush/Cheney campaign office?

And where were you when this douche threatened Congressman Cantor and his family?  Oh, he MUST have been influenced by hateful left-wing rhetoric, if we use your logic!

That’s just a taste! So don’t sit there and pitch a histrionic fit by claiming that the right wing somehow has the market cornered on hate. They do not. Heated political rhetoric has been around as long as politics has. And if you for a moment put aside your biases and started looking at the situation objectively, you would see that. But you would rather toss around Bill Maher, Michael Moore and Paul Krugman as if they were bastions of objective thought and authorities on truth, instead of mere biased political hacks.

There has not been a shred of evidence linking heated political rhetoric on EITHER side to Jared Loughner, but you’re so anxious to silence any opinion that differs from your own, you won’t even look at the facts for a simple moment.

And THAT is all.

B—— H——: Ermm, I’m not trying to silence anyone, Nicki. And I’m not trying to say that all hateful speech comes from one place, and I’m not trying to say that Palin’s bullseyes predated Loughner’s nutty obsession. Weird, considering you were the first one to start throwing around the term ‘straw man.’ I’m done, shouldn’t have cluttered someone else’s FB page as long as I did.

T—- S——: Ben Franklin said some years ago, “What starts in anger, ends in shame.” That, in a time of heady days and events that might even be thought to overshadow our own…

UPDATE
: No this isn’t an update on the chat. I think that’s over and done with. This is an update on Loughner himself , proving once again that heated political rhetoric on either side had nothing to do with this crime. (h/t Jeff)

This morning on “Good Morning America,” ABC’s Ashleigh Banfield sat down with Zach Osler, a high school friend of Jared Loughner, the suspect in the Tucson massacre.

Osler says his friend wasn’t shooting at people, “he was shooting at the world.” Regarding the high-pitched talk radio and cable news political rhetoric, Osler says his friend didn’t even watch the news.

But why let a good opportunity sail on by when we can blame the right-wing “extremists” for this particular shooting, right?

What business did he have owning a gun? (UPDATED)

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As you all know (unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24 hours), the mass murdering piece of pus-filled crap who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and a whole host of others was a 22 year old lunatic named Jared Loughner.

Our thoughts are with every single victim and every family member, friend and loved one associated with the this senseless act of murder. I cannot imagine the grief they’re experiencing right now, and I hope I never have to.  I found out last night that the 9 year-old victim of Laughner’s rage was born on 9-11-2001.  She had the same birthday as the Redhead (although he was born 4 years earlier). That tiny little factoid brought this violent act even closer to home.  It could happen anywhere.  Anytime. It could have been my little boy.  It could have been any number of people who are important to me.

The question on everyone’s mind, I imagine, turns to the reasons for this unspeakable act of murder.

Why did he do it?

Was he crazy?

Was he influenced by Sarah Palin/Michelle Bachmann/Glenn Beck/the TEA Party movement (thanks, Kosturds, Charles Johnson and Jane Fonda!)

Was he a right-wing lunatic?

Was he a left-wing lunatic?

How did he get a gun?

Why do we “allow” these people to have guns?

Did access to automatic weapons facilitate this act?

How can we prevent this from happening again?

While these questions are vaguely legitimate, they’re also (at least in my not so humble opinion) superfluous.

Why did he do it? Why does it matter?  There’s no excuse for coming to a peaceful event and opening fire upon scores of innocent people. The reasons don’t matter. The reasons won’t give us a clue how to prevent a future act of senseless murder.  There is no reason in the world that justifies what this shitsucking piece of medical waste did!  None.  It would be interesting to find out his reasons, but ultimately they don’t matter.  He killed innocent people – among them a 9 year-old child – and there is no reason in the ‘verse that will ever justify this act.

Was he crazy? I would submit to you that anyone who opens fire on innocent people is crazy. Anyone who takes an innocent life cannot be classified as “sane” in any way, shape or form.  But clinically?  Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik says Loughner is “unstable.”  A former classmate of Loughner at Pima Community College said he was “obviously very disturbed.” Another Pima classmate said Loughner would frequently laugh aloud to himself during a class they both attended.  He certainly sounds as if he was more than a few sandwiches shy of a picnic.  But then you’ll invariably have psychologists and mental health advocates crawling out of the woodwork, shrieking that you can’t call him mentally ill, because most mentally ill people are not violent! They’re nice. Except that no sane person I know would shoot a victim at point blank range and then turn around and begin firing at innocents around him.  Sorry, shrinks – I classify this one as a nutbag. 

But again, this is irrelevant, as far as I’m concerned. I know legally it could mean the difference between lethal injection and a lifetime in a loony bin, but to me it comes down to the same thing: take him out of society. For good. We take rabid animals out of circulation.  They present a danger to human beings.  There’s no question this festering assnugget is no different.  We need to do the same with this rabid lunatic. Permanently.  I don’t care if he was weaned too early, if his daddy didn’t buy him a pony when he was 9, or if his mental condition was caused by a bad LSD hit in college.  I don’t care. This man opened fire on innocent people for no reason except the ones in his fucked up brain. We don’t need to sustain him, feed him, clothe him or give him a roof over his head. We need to get rid of him.  Period.

Was he influenced by Sarah Palin/Michelle Bachmann/Glenn Beck/the TEA Party movement?  No more than he was influenced by Adolph Hitler, Plato, Harper Lee, George Orwell and Ayn Rand.  Some of his favorite books included “Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver’s Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno.”  (h/t Misha)  Are we REALLY going to blame the media and the current celebrities of the conservative movement on this guy’s actions?  Apparently the Ignorami of Leftardia have no problem doing that.

And ultimately, why does it matter whose influence caused Loughner to finally snap and commit mass murder?  There are millions of people who adore Palin, Beck and Bachmann, and who cling to their every word with rapt attention and breathless affection.  And yet those millions of people do not purchase a Glock and murder and/or wound 19 innocents at a supermarket.  There are millions who have read Mein Kampf and have never entertained the urge to kill millions of Jews, Roma and homosexuals.  Ultimately, who cares about his influences? Correlation does not equal causation, and even if it did, are we really going to take Beck off the air just in case some demented dildo decides to shoot up another supermarket?

Was he a right-wing lunatic?  Given his love for Marx, his lack of religious beliefs (which seem kind of ubiquitous among social conservatives, anyway), given a former schoolmate’s description of him as “a pot head & into rock like Hendrix,The Doors, Anti-Flag.” and “…As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy.”  Doesn’t sound too liberal to me!

Was he a left-wing lunatic?
  He liked Ayn Rand and Orwell, as well as Bradbury. He tried to enlist in the military, but was ultimately rejected. Doesn’t sound like a left wing lunatic either.

How did he get a gun?  Apparently legally.  As far as we know, he wasn’t convicted of any felony, he wasn’t deemed legally mentally incapacitated. He passed a background check.  And even if he hadn’t – even if he was prohibited from ever owning a handgun – does anyone have any doubt that he could have gotten one illegally with much less hassle and cost than walking into a store and passing a background check?

Why do we “allow” these people to have guns?
  The right to keep and bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment.  We don’t “allow” anything.  But again, why does it matter? If Loughner came up and chopped a bunch of innocent people up with a machete, would it make his crime any less heinous?  The point, once again, is that a hideous act of violence was committed here.  Not by a gun. By an individual who was crazy enough to use it.

Did access to automatic weapons facilitate this act? The murder was committed with a Glock model 19 – not a rifle, and not a machine gun. The gunman didn’t “spray” the AO with bullets. He shot a bunch of innocent people, reloaded and shot again.

How can we prevent this from happening again?
I’m sorry to say this, but we probably can’t. Murders happen despite strict gun control laws and outright bans. Just ask Finland, Germany and the United Kingdom.  We cannot ban opposing points of political view because they may make someone susceptible lose their shit. We cannot take talk show hosts off the air and ban books, articles and political speech, because it MAY incite someone to become violent. We are not a totalitarian state, and we couldn’t prevent those types of events even if we were.

Crazy is crazy. If we outlaw every single medium, gun, knife and bad thought… even if we force neighbors and classmates to report those they believe are unstable to the nanny state… I guarandamntee you, the lunatics will find a way and an excuse. 

And we will be living in a society where freedom is secondary to the whims, fears and ambitions of politicians.  I doubt that’s what we want.

UPDATE
: Well, it certainly looks like the nutbag was exactly that. He has had a fixation on Gabrielle Giffords long before Sarah Palin put out the infamous poster with the crosshairs.

Accused gunman Jared Lee Loughner appeared to have been long obsessed with U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

A safe at Mr. Loughner’s home contained a form letter from Ms. Giffords’ office thanking him for attending a 2007 “Congress on your Corner” event in Tucson. The safe also held an envelope with handwritten notes, including the name of Ms. Giffords, as well as “I planned ahead,” “My assassination,” and what appeared to be Mr. Loughner’s signature, according to an FBI affidavit.

Mr. Loughner had complained to a friend about how he was treated by the Arizona lawmaker during an event several years ago, which aggravated Mr. Loughner, according to the friend.

Authorities allege Mr. Loughner’s anger exploded on Saturday. Shortly after 10 a.m., as U.S. District Court Judge John Roll greeted Ms. Giffords in front of a Safeway supermarket, authorities charged Mr. Loughner fired a Glock 9mm semiautomatic pistol into the back of her head. In the seconds that followed, say authorities, Mr. Loughner shot 19 others, six fatally, including the judge and a 9-y
ear-old girl, before his gun jammed and he was wrestled to the ground.

But do you think this will stop those with an obvious biased political agenda from blaming Palin, the TEA party, Bachmann, Beck, Limbaugh and any other conservative punching bag they can get their grubby little hands on?  No.  Please, don’t even TRY to give them credit for having any rational objectivity!  They don’t.

I had this debate on a friend’s Facebook page. I love this guy. We went to college together, and we were part of the same theater group, along with his wife and a whole host of others.  I consider him a good friend, even though we just don’t get to see one another very often and even though we disagree on just about everything politically. He’s probably further left than anyone I know, and as you will expect, his friends and supporters are incredibly leftist.

The initial debate began when he posted the now infamous poster by SarahPac targeting 20 districts for defeat in the next election. The poster portrayed crosshairs on each of the districts, which were, of course, then portrayed as inflammatory rhetoric that pushed the gunman over the edge and prompted him to kill.

After a fairly peaceful back and forth where legitimate points were made on both sides, another person joined the fray, and basically started tossing out links that allegedly supported his argument against eliminationism and his claim that Palin and other conservatives practice this policy of dehumanizing political appointments. (My response was: Oh, sort of like calling TEA party activists “teabaggers,” among other things?

In any case, when I provided the link to the article above, proving that neither Palin, nor eliminationism, nor politics in general were responsible for this heinous crime, the person merely went back to his original “Well, anytime a politician puts crosshairs on an opponent, it’s baaaaaaaaaaaaad” meme.

So if you’re expecting liberals to step away and quit blaming their political opponents for these senseless deaths…

…Don’t hold your breath.

Demented Douchebag Commits Mass Murder…

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Libtards dance in the blood of the innocent.

Not a single true conservative I know has made political hay of the hideous murder that took place in Arizona today.

Everyone I know put politics aside today to keep Giffords and the other victims in their thoughts and prayers, regardless of political views.  Conservatives expressed nothing but sadness and sympathy.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords survived a gunshot to the head after a gunman opened fire at an event she was hosting outside a Tucson, Ariz., grocery store.

Authorities said 13 people were wounded and five killed in the attack. Among the dead were a federal judge and a nine year-old girl.

This was a tragedy. This wasn’t some insane act committed for political reasons. The demented douchebag who committed mass murder today wasn’t right or left wing.  His reading list included some of my favorite novels, such as Brave New World and We the Living, as well as the Communist Manifesto, Mein Kampf and Plato’s Republic.  This was act of mass murder by a scumbag who had no regard for human life.

No one decent I know has taken advantage of this tragedy to make political hay. That would be indecent and classless. 

But then again the Kostards and Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, who is slowly but surely descending into festering depths of rancid insanity, have never been known for their tact.  So as soon as the news broke, these fetid fucknozzles immediately began blaming Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann and the Tea Party.

Real fucking class, assholes.

While the rest of the world keeps the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers, you take the opportunity to attack political opponents.  Could you be any bigger douchebags?

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