Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Did Palin reveal true feelings?

Did Sarah Palin reveal her true feelings when she used the term "blood libel" in her attempt to portray herself as the victim of Saturday's assassination attempt on Arizonaa's first Jewish Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords? Some people believe it to have been the utmost callousness; I think it was Palin's gross ignorance and her reliance on others to do much of her work for her.

For those who don't know or haven't yet heard, "blood libel" refers to the anti-semitic charge that Jews murder Christian babies and drink their blood, or make matzohs with the blood. As foolish as it is, this charge has been the basis for much anti-semitic activity. 

I suspect Palin was at best only vaguely familiar with the term, thinking it simply referred to any false charge (or, quite likely, that was the thinking of her writers), and did not realize associating this term with an attempt to kill a Jew. After all, she was only trying to tell Real Americans that she was the victim.

And the gunsights she drew on the map of America, including Giffords' location? As she (well, her people) explained, they were just surveying symbols. Or bunnies, or unicorns. 

Don't fret, Sarah...we know you have to reload your victimhood. Along with "Second Amendment remedies" Angle, "Armed and dangerous" Bachmann, and all those other politicians and media personalities who have been saying it may be necessary to revolt against our illegitimate government. And that includes all those liberals who bring guns to political rallies and call for the overthrow of the elected government (or would, if there were any; but oddly enough, there aren't).  

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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Violence in video games, violence in talk shows

For some years now people have been talking about violence in video games, and how young people playing those games become inured to the violence and may be led to commit violent acts themselves. Some have insisted on the games being rated to warn parents of violent content. Perhaps we need to see something along the lines of

"Fox wishes to caution viewers that the following program contains gratuitous anti-government and eliminationist rhetoric."

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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Nice work, Sarah Palin

Sarah, you put the gunsights on several people, including Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. But the effort would not have been successful without the help of Sharron, Glenn, Sean, and various other damn fools, including Arizona Governor Jan Brewer who recently signed into law the bill that allowed the assassin to carry a concealed weapon without needing a permit (or a background check). As I write this, a 9- or 10-year-old girl is known to be dead and 10 persons in critical condition or in surgery, among them a Federal judge.  
Thanks also to the Pima County Republicans for helping to set the mood with their "Help remove Gabrielle Giffords" M16 shoot in June 2010:

Hat tip to Jed Lewison for Palin's gunsight promo, and to David Safier (via David Neiwert) for the Pima County shooting event.

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