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March 31, 2010

The Big, Scary Democrats and Their Evil "Map of Death"....

Wow. This really crosses a line… Targeted Republicans! Bull's eye graphics! All this verbal violence is making me positively tingly you-know-where.

With all the overheated partisan rhetoric flying around these days, it's reckless and irresponsible to use violent gun metaphors to rally your [Ed. note: violent military term coming up. To avoid contamination and palpitations, small children should be removed from the room immediately.] foot soldiers. Some people take that sort of thing seriously, you know:

In last Thursday’s column, Paul Krugman admitted to having fun watching “right-wingers go wild.” One of the things that apparently delighted him was this map which Sarah Palin posted on her Facebook page:

Each of the cross-hairs represents a Democrat from a conservative district who voted in favor of health reform. Immediately after highlighting the map, Krugman wrote:

All of this goes far beyond politics as usual…you’ll search in vain for anything comparably menacing, anything that even hinted at an appeal to violence, from members of Congress, let alone senior party officials….to find anything like what we’re seeing now you have to go back to the last time a Democrat was president.

From the comments section, "Wally" sets us all straight:

So, a bullseye during 2004 when there was little politically inspired violence is, according to Verum, the same thing as a RIFLE scope during a time when death threats, window breaking and murders by deranged right wing nuts are prevalent. These include: Plans to kill police officers by right wingers. Murder of an abortion doctor by a right winger. Murder of a Jewish museum guard by a right winger. Threats and racial slurs against Congressmen for voting a certain way on an economic/entitlement/regulatory reform bill by right wingers. Racial slurs against the President by right wingers. And then you have the Limbaughs and McCains encouraging it.

Come to think of it, Wally has a point. When you type RIFLE in all caps, that makes it a much scarier word. The hypocrisy is almost too delicious for words:

“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said at a Philadelphia fundraiser Friday night. “Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. ” I’ve seen Eagles fans.

No wonder no one takes the Dems seriously on national security - Somehow I suspect that "Talk smack, but cower at .jpegs", would have earned Teddy Roosevelt a far less impressive place in the pantheon of American Presidents.

Posted by Cassandra at March 31, 2010 04:40 PM

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Paul Krugman's still around? What's he been up to, helping Sulzberger climb out from under that billion buck deficit, I'll betcha, cuz Paul's an *economist*!

Posted by: BillT at March 31, 2010 06:42 PM

I'm still trying to figure out who's dumber: Palin or Wally. What fricken nitwit decided that it was a good idea to put crosshairs over a picture of an elected representative? Is it the same guy who picked up the tab at the bondage bar? Seriously, is these self-appointed "conservative" standard bearers ever get a brain I'll start paying attention to them. As it is, it's all I can do to light a candle to Bill Buckley and listen to sports talk radio.


Posted by: spd rdr at March 31, 2010 07:23 PM

There are NO cross-hairs on the Palin map, only surveying symbols.

Posted by: Gerry at March 31, 2010 07:29 PM

It was the White House that said their people would "hit back twice as hard" to the Tea Party .....
and later the same day, black Tea Partier Kenneth Gladney was beat down by Obama's SEIU thugs in St. Louis.

Posted by: john at March 31, 2010 07:48 PM

Sarah Palin's church was firebombed with people inside Dec 2008.

2 "community organizers" were caught red-handed trying to firebomb the delegates the RNC convention
Sept 2008.

Governor Perry's governor's mansion in Texas was firebombed June 2009.

Opponents of gay marriage in CA donor lists were hacked and posted and googled mapped including their names and addresses so they could be targeted for violence -- and they were -- more than 400 cases documented by the Heritage Foundation.

The left is not only violent, but coordinated and organized in their violence nationwide.

Posted by: mojo at March 31, 2010 07:54 PM

Thankfully, no one was in the Governor's Mansion went it was set on fire. The historic building was vacant for renovations/maintenance. The damage done is incalculable (you can't truly replace the history lost), and restoration will cost more than $20 million and will take years to complete; the renovations, I believe, were nearly complete at the time of the fire.

But, you're right, you don't really see right-wing people doing this sort of thing.

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at March 31, 2010 08:30 PM

you're right, you don't really see right-wing people doing this sort of thing.

Actually, that's not true MLB.

I wrote two extensively researched posts that went back 4 or 5 decades and looked at every major terrorist attack. I spent days doing the research, and then I found an FBI graphic that pretty much confirmed my results (kind of nice after all that work).

The fact is that people on the left and right who say "WE never do that sort of thing" are both full of it.

That's not what the data says. This paragraph from the second post pretty much sums it up:

In the 60s and 70s, black militants, the anti-war movement, and a few Zionists predominated. In the 80s, religious motivations, right wing extremists, and foreign terrorism (freedom fighters and the like) pulled ahead. In the 90s, right wing militias, Islamists, and Anarchists held sway. After 2000, Islamists took first place followed by equal numbers of right wingers and left wingers.

I know it's comforting to think "our side" never does anything bad and all evil is concentrated on the "other side", but it simply isn't so. Moreover, when you look at what most of these groups believe, what comes through more than anything else is that these folks are whack jobs. They may have latched on to some existing ideology, but they twist and pervert it because they're looney tunes.

Whether one is on the Left or Right, the only way to get to the conclusion that "it's all Lefties" or "it's all Righties" is to cherry pick the data.

Posted by: Cassandra at March 31, 2010 09:12 PM

Although now that I think of it, saying "WE never do that sort of thing" is probably pretty accurate if "WE" is the average Republican or the average Democrat.

Most Americans are not violent extremists. People who are, are criminals. I think we ought to be able to see (Josh Marshall and idiots like him notwithstanding) that most folks, regardless of how they vote, aren't murdering criminals.

Posted by: Cassandra at March 31, 2010 09:14 PM

I didn't mean to say the right has never had anyone that does this sort of thing. It's just that right now, it seems the vast majority of the violent crazies are on the Left. Of course, the MSM seems to be lacking onto the religous crazies who were preparing for the Second Coming and wanted to speed it along by declaring war on the government - literally....

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at March 31, 2010 10:04 PM

Sorry MLB. I misunderstood your point.

I am just fed up to here with all the hysteria. There have always been whack jobs in the world. If the Left were *really* frightened of "violent" right wingers they wouldn't be fanning the flames with both hands and a 5 gallon can of gasoline.

And as always happens when things get overheated, there are a few on our side who are fanning just as hard.

The MSM will be having multiple orgasms for months now that they've found a "Christian" terrorist. Religion was not germane all the times some Islamist nutjob was in the news but suddenly it's central.

Because we all know that no crazy people have ever thought God told them to do something any fool would know was contrary to every teaching of their religion :p

*rolling eyes*

Posted by: Cassandra at March 31, 2010 10:28 PM

I guess falsley accusing a bunch of citizen/taxpayer protesters of calling black congressmen the "N" word is not the type of thing that would enrage people. Twenty years ago they would have gotten away with those lies but not anymore with the technology that's out there.

Posted by: Dave B at April 1, 2010 12:27 AM

Simplistic generalizations are easy to latch onto when we are fearful because they confirm our fears and relieve us of the burden of actually thinking.

Posted by: I Call BS at April 1, 2010 12:38 AM

The MSM will be having multiple orgasms for months now that they've found a "Christian" terrorist. Religion was not germane all the times some Islamist nutjob was in the news but suddenly it's central.

I was having similar thoughts today as I listened to the news updates on my radio constantly refer to the "Christian militiamen" when they wouldn't dream of using the term "Islamic jihadist" or "Islamic terrorist."

Perhaps it's the shoddy and incomplete recording, but I haven't been able to discern any role the "Christians'" religion played in their illegal and murderous goals, but "Christian" was used as the adjective at every mention of the criminals.


Posted by: FbL at April 1, 2010 01:14 AM

oops! replace "recording" above with "REPORTING."

Posted by: FbL at April 1, 2010 01:15 AM


FuzzyBee, you haven't been keeping up with the memos again.

"Christian" is the new code word for "white" -- but *saying* "white" would be, you know, like "racist" an' stuff, and Gaia knows *that* couldn't possibly be true...

Posted by: BillT at April 1, 2010 03:30 AM

Actually I think "Christian" is the code word for "white deranged, ignorant, violent extremist".

Because as we all know, if you believe in anything larger than yourself you are an irrational, superstitious Neanderthal who thinks that science and technology come from Evil Spirits who practice dark magic and disseminate bad juju.

And if you submit to a higher moral authority, sooner or later you'll begin hearing tiny voices in your head telling you that you must take back America from those awful brown skinned people at the point of a gun (we'll just ignore all that "turn the other cheek" business - doesn't fit the narrative, you know).

Religion - even religions that preach nonviolence - is dangerous because it scares them. End of argument.

Posted by: Cassandra at April 1, 2010 07:58 AM

...take back America from those awful brown skinned people at the point of a gun...

Grmpf. Even Neanderthal know that gun not have point. Gun are blunt -- *bayonet* have point.

*shambling off with knuckles raising small dust trails*

Posted by: BillT at April 1, 2010 09:40 AM

So Obama thinks bringing a gun to Iran's nuke fight is going to... do what again?

Posted by: Ymarsakar at April 2, 2010 02:15 PM

Wait a moment, Obama doesn't know how to fire a gun, does he? Is he going to audition to become one of those mass murderers we see on tv all the time.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at April 2, 2010 02:16 PM