Please, Make It Stop!

Many of my friends have been posting a video clip of Alex Jones on Piers Morgan telling the British liberal elitist that “1776 will commence again” if the government tries to take our guns. They all think it’s great, but they forget who he is.

Jones is a 9/11 truther, a bona fide member of the tin-foil hat brigade who was interviewed along with several other truthers for a History Channel special on 9/11 conspiracy theories – toward the end of the special, he compared himself to Galileo, saying, “I’m saying the world is round, I’m saying that 9/11 is an inside job, I’m showing the official story is a fraud, a flat Earth theory, and I know I’m going to be vindicated.” Later, outside the Denver Mint (near the 2008 Democratic Convention was taking place), Jones went on a screaming rant during which he chased Michelle Malkin around the crowd, calling her “evil” and “a monster”. In an interview after that incident he claimed that he was set up, that his voice was normal, he was being polite and just asking a question – but that Malkin’s “people” created the video as disinformation.

In short, Alex Jones is a couple of french fries short of a Happy Meal.

I can’t stand the guy. He’s an embarrassment to the conservative cause. Completely aside from fudging the fact that 1776 actually wasn’t the start of the American Revolution (it had been cooking for years prior to the outbreak of the actual war, with the Tea Party occurring in 1773 – yes, I really am that cheeky), Jones did exactly what Piers invited him on the show to do: have a complete meltdown.

Jones fudges a few points in his long-winded growling and howling session. He states that out of 11,000 supposed gun deaths in America in 2012 (a figure that can’t be backed up since statistics won’t be available until next year), 74% were gang-related – that is false, and he never says where he gets his ridiculous statistics. The most recent statistics available from the FBI show that in 2011, 12,664 homicides occurred. Of that number, right around 68% were committed with firearms – 8,583 exactly. About 53% of all homicides occurred during the commission of another crime (burglary, robbery, auto theft, rape, etc.). According to the statistics, only about 673 homicides in 2011 were inter-gang in nature – that’s about .5% of all homicides. Oops.

Rather than calmly countering Piers’ questions about gun murders in the US as opposed to the UK (something that’s easy to do if you simply compare violent crime rates as a whole), Jones just calls him “a Hatchet Man of the New World Order” and then tells him to set up a boxing ring. Jones is a one-man wrecking crew; Piers knew what he was doing when he invited him, and Jones played right into it. He beautifully made the Limey’s point that those of us who support the Second Amendment are all drooling mouth-breathers who don’t know how to have an intelligent conversation.

He is the pathetic caricature that President Obama paints all conservatives as. Sadly, the media is only to happy to give him airtime because of it.

Not quite two years ago, however, Ted Nugent went on Piers Morgan’s show and very articulately took him out to the woodshed on gun control. It’s so beautiful it almost brought a tear to my eye. You aren’t going to see Nuge or John Lott on Piers right now…he’s too busy building the aforementioned narrative.

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We Are All George Zimmerman

On August 19, 1991, a Jewish man driving a station wagon in a motorcade fell behind and eventually got into an accident. The driver knew he was going to end up on the sidewalk, so he steered his vehicle away from all of the people he could see – yet ended up hitting a wall. The wall collapsed, killing 7-year-old Gavin Cato and seriously injuring his cousin, Angela. The two children were black, their parents immigrants from Guyana. City EMS and Hatzalah (an all-volunteer private Jewish EMS service) both arrived. City EMS directed one of the two Hatzalah units to take the driver to the hospital for his own safety; another Hatzalah unit stayed to help extricate the children from the rubble and transport the children to the hospital.

Crown Heights has very high numbers of blacks and Jews, and the two had long kept an uneasy relationship. When 22-year-old driver Yosef Lifsh averted one tragedy only to unleash another that day, long-dormant tensions almost immediately hit the ignition point and the neighborhood was overtaken in a racial flashover of epic proportions.

When city EMS workers arrived, Lifsh was being pulled from his vehicle and beaten by black witnesses – some the very people he had desperately tried to avoid hitting. A large crowd gathered. Lifsh tried to help the children but was eventually beaten back, and when the ambulance services arrived, Lifsh was taken away to the rising fury of the crowd – which had begun to chant, “Jews! Jews! Jews!” The resulting uproar sparked a pogrom which, to this day, has never really been answered for.

Ari Goldman, then a reporter for the New York Times, was openly angry with his bosses for not reporting the truth about the riots. Jews, who had not shown violence, were brutally attacked by their black neighbors. A few hours after the riots began, some 20 black youths set upon Yankel Rosenbaum, an Australian Jew in the US to study for his doctorate. Yankel was beaten and stabbed. As he lay dying, he was able to identify the 16-year-old who stabbed him for police. The next day, black demonstrators chanted, “death to the Jews!” Jewish homes and businesses were looted and set on fire; bricks and bottles were thrown through windows and at Jews. At Gavin Cato’s funeral, race-baiting charlatan Al Sharpton made crude remarks referring to Jews as “diamond merchants” and said, “it’s an accident to allow an apartheid ambulance service in the middle of crown heights!”

Sharpton has since had the unmitigated gall to claim that he went to Crown Heights at the start of the riots to see “brick-throwing on all sides.” He’s talked about “extremists in the Jewish community” and how those supposed extremists called him out wrongly for referring to them as diamond merchants. He claimed that he should have talked about how precious Yankel Rosenbaum was as he eulogized Gavin Cato, but failed to mention that he was too busy challenging Jews to “pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house!” Even more astonishing, he has the temerity to say that we shouldn’t be too concerned with who is the “greater victim”.

Lemrick Nelson, Jr. was acquitted of murder charges in the death of Rosenbaum despite video evidence showing his involvement. He was later found guilty on federal charges of depriving Rosenbaum of his civil rights. Only one other rioter faced any charges; nobody else was arrested or brought to justice, and not one acceptable apology has ever been offered to the Jewish community in Crown Heights for the outrageous crimes committed against them in August of 1991. Yet we have never seen Jewish protests or outrage; we haven’t seen Jewish youths go on rampages down black streets. Instead, they have maintained their dignity and used their intelligence to call out the flagrant anti-Semitic acts during the riots and the lack of concern on the part of the press or the authorities.

Fast forward to February 26, just one month ago. 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has just gone to stay with his father in Sanford, Florida and on a rainy day walks to a convenience store for iced tea and candy. He has his hood pulled low over his face. As he walks back to his father’s house, neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman spots him and calls police to tell them he’s following a young black man who is acting suspiciously. After a long spate of break-ins and violent crimes in the gated community, Zimmerman hears a dispatcher tell him not to follow Trayvon and goes back to his SUV.

The story gets hairy from there. The only eyewitnesses say they heard someone scream for help and came to see Trayvon standing over Zimmerman, banging his head against the sidewalk. Several 911 calls are placed. A gunshot is heard. The voices go silent. When police arrive, they find Zimmerman bleeding from his nose and the back of his head, a single round discharged; Trayvon is lying face-down, a bullet wound to his chest, dead. Other witnesses made claims that couldn’t be corroborated. Zimmerman tells the police that Trayvon attacked him from behind, knocked him down and beat him, eventually leaving him with no option but to shoot him in self-defense.

Since the incident, tensions have reached the boiling point yet again, with members of the black community spewing vile hatred for Zimmerman, claiming he’s a white racist (in fact, he’s Hispanic). Trayvon’s family has claimed he was just a good boy. Pictures of Trayvon as a 12- and 13-year-old, smiling in his football uniform, have been widely circulated. A picture of Zimmerman after an arrest in which charges were dropped has been widely circulated. Strange facts have begun to emerge: Trayvon was with his father because he’d been suspended from school after getting caught with marijuana. Zimmerman was actually well-liked by his neighbors and had thwarted at least one known break-in attempt.

Just like they did during the Crown Heights riots, the press has made a mess of the story. They’ve provided extremely biased coverage. They haven’t challenged a single aspect of their own story. They’re not reporting on Spike Lee tweeting Zimmerman’s address or the death threats Zimmerman has received; they haven’t called out the New Black Panther Party for openly putting a $10,000 bounty on Zimmerman’s head. Instead, they report only on the emotionally charged family demanding justice without questioning whether their son may have actually attacked a man. Yes, it is tragic that Trayvon died. It is unthinkable that we would allow mob justice to take over in America and a travesty that nobody is asking questions before taking action. We should have learned after Crown Heights.

The title of this post is meant to get your attention. I hope it has. We could all end up being George Zimmerman someday – accused of a hate crime you didn’t commit, the people in your corner being ignored by the public when they say you’re not a hatemonger or a thug, with extremist groups so ready to take your life that they’d offer a large sum of money to anyone willing to deliver you to them. If for no other reason than the fact that the truth is often distorted and we could one day be the targets of unfounded rage, we should defend Zimmerman’s rights and shout down the mob. If warranted, we should be willing to do violence to be sure the mob is stopped.

We all know the images being circulated of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. We’ve become well-acquainted with them. What if someone showed you different images of the two? What would you think then? Well, here you go…

NOTE: it would appear, according to a commenter, that Twitchy did, in fact, acknowledge that the photo previously posted here was NOT of Trayvon. While I didn’t get the photo from Twitchy, I feel it necessary to remove the photo and put another one up – this one actually of Trayvon. I maintain that the more recent photos of Trayvon have been deliberately hidden from the public.

Oh, Those Rascally Tea Partiers!

Here in Arizona, we just marked the one-year anniversary of the Tucson shootings. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and barely survived; six were killed, thirteen were wounded. I will never forget where I was when I heard about it – in the grocery store after getting off duty later than normal. I’ll also never forget what ran through my mind when I saw Pinal County sheriff Clarence Dupnik make his anti-right-wing remarks: fear. Particularly for my friends down in Tucson and Fort Huachuca, I felt fear. In the following days the Tucson tea party members received multiple death threats, but nobody in the media mentioned it (except on Fox News). Dupnik’s office actually told them to stay out of the public. At least two that I know of braved it to appear at the townhall held by ABC immediately following the shooting. They have both since said that they were deathly afraid to walk inside alone.

For months there was a constant stream of anti-right, hate-the-tea-party vitriol spewing forth from the left. Even after it had been proven that Jared Lee Loughner – the shooter – was off his rocker and subscribed to no single political belief, much less the right wing, Democrats kept up their story that we were to blame. We conservatives, we who believe in the Second Amendment and supposedly live on hatred (what, with our using silly-looking versions of crosshairs on a political map, it was no wonder people didn’t get killed sooner, right?). Democratic candidates such as Harry Mitchell got a free pass for using real crosshairs superimposed on a photograph of JD Hayworth (crosshairs that bounced around, much the way they do when I’m looking through a real-life scope at a target). Republicans or independent conservatives, though? We didn’t get one inch of wiggle room. We were immediately cast as the villains and are the villains in this episode to this day.

Today, in fact, DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schulz once again politicized the shooting with the following quote:

“We need to make sure that we tone things down, particularly in light of the Tucson tragedy from a year ago, where my very good friend, Gabby Giffords — who is doing really well, by the way. But the discourse in America, the discourse in Congress in particular…has really changed, and I’ll tell you. I hesitate to place blame, but I have noticed it take a very precipitous turn towards edginess and a lack of civility with the growth of the Tea Party movement. I’ve never seen a time that was more divisive or where discourse was less civil,” she said. “What the Tea Party has done is they have taken it to a different level, and so when they come and disagree with you, you’re not just wrong, you’re the enemy.”

In the wake of those remarks, RNC chairman Reince Preibus called her out for blaming us for the shooting yet again. She fired back with a denial that she had done so (I’m sorry, honey, but you need to listen to your own words again). DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse promptly remarked, “Would it kill you folks in the Republican Party to stop making crap up?” THEN Woodhouse re-tweeted a Twitter follower who said this: “Priebus needs jaws tightened 4 his bs.”

So much for civility.

Let’s see about that hate-fueled rhetoric, shall we? I wonder if they were talking about a radio broadcast in which Rush Limbaugh said, “A spoiled child is telling us our Social Security isn’t safe anymore, so he is going to fix it for us. Well, here’s your answer, you ungrateful whelp: (audio sound of 4 gunshots being fired.) Just try it, you little b*stard. (audio of gun being cocked).”

No, wait…that wasn’t Rush. That was Air America hostess Randi Rhodes, back in 2005, talking about Bush.

Maybe they were upset about Mark Levin’s broadcast, where he said, “I have zero doubt that if Barack Obama was not in power, people wouldn’t be dying needlessly tomorrow. I’m just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. That’s a fact.”

Damn! Foiled again…that was actually Bill Maher, talking about Dick Cheney on his show several years ago.

I know! They were referring to Laura Ingraham, who said, “If I got her a— on camera, I would put my Mars Air Jordans so far up her butt that the Mayo Clinic would have to remove them.”

No, no. That was actually Spike Lee talking about Condoleeza Rice.

Perhaps they were unsettled by Sean Hannity, who said, “Matthews? Aw, Matthews, somebody ought to wrap a strong Democrat entrail around his neck and hoist him up about six feet in the air and watch him bounce.”

Silly me. That was Mike Malloy, also from Air America, talking about Matt Drudge – and he used the words “strong Republican entrail”.

I’ve got it. They were talking about Ann Coulter when she said, “…And then there’s Obama who said of Iraq ‘We have our good days and our bad days.’ We should put this S.O.B. up against a wall and say ‘This is one of our bad days’ and pull the trigger.”

*SNAP* Wrong again, folks. That was a quote pulled from a Democratic Party fundraising ad seen in St. Petersburg, FL.

I’d like to know what these civil leftists would say to KGO host Charles Karel Bouley, who said, “F*** God D*mned Joe the God D*mned Motherf*cking plumber! I want Motherf*cking Joe the plumber dead.” He’s a gay man who was once fired by ABC for using a string of profanities on the air. Maybe they have a response to Chris Matthews, who said, “You guys see Live and Let Die, the great Bond film with Yaphet Kotto as the bad guy, Mr. Big? In the end they jam a big CO2 pellet in his face and he blew up. I have to tell you, Rush Limbaugh is looking more and more like Mr. Big, and at some point somebody’s going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and he’s going to explode like a giant blimp. That day may come. Not yet. But we’ll be there to watch. I think he’s Mr. Big, I think Yaphet Kotto. Are you watching, Rush?”

I’d really like to know what they have to say to Michael Feingold, who uttered this in a theatre review: “Republicans don’t believe in the imagination, partly because so few of them have one, but mostly because it gets in the way of their chosen work, which is to destroy the human race and the planet. Human beings, who have imaginations, can see a recipe for disaster in the making; Republicans, whose goal in life is to profit from disaster and who don’t give a hoot about human beings, either can’t or won’t. Which is why I personally think they should be exterminated before they cause any more harm.”

Yeah, those Tea Partiers are awfully dangerous. I can’t recall a single member of the Tea Party going on a radio program or writing in a stage review about how leftists should be exterminated. I do, however, balk at the incredible hypocrisy of Courtland Milloy, who wrote the following in the Washington Post: “I know how the ‘tea party’ people feel, the anger, venom and bile that many of them showed during the recent House vote on health-care reform. I know because I want to spit on them, take one of their ‘Obama Plan White Slavery’ signs and knock every racist and homophobic tooth out of their Cro-Magnon heads.”

The Goebbels school of PR is in full swing.

CORRECTION: Clarence Dupnik is the Sheriff of PIMA County, not Pinal. I get those two mixed up all the time.

The Ugly Truth

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” -Benjamin Franklin

The truth to the OWS protests (Occupy Wall Street, for the unbaptized) is right in front of our faces and yet the MSM has so far refused to report it. They have said in as many words exactly what I’m about to say. It’s on their fliers. It’s in their chanting. It’s on their signs, painted on their bodies, and in their internet postings: they want to put an end to capitalism and usher in the next communist “utopia”.

You won’t hear Anderson Cooper telling this truth on his show. You won’t hear Rachel Maddow call these animals out when the leaders tell the hordes of protesters not to report rapes, robberies and assaults to the police. You won’t see Keith Olbermann calling rioters the worst people in the world, not even when they’re attacking little old ladies or sitting their kids in the middle of a busy street. You sure as hell won’t have Wolf Blitzer asking Democrats any loaded questions, like, “scenario: a group of twenty-somethings are upset about not being able to get jobs and they organize a protest. Eventually it gets out of hand, but you can understand their frustration. Do you send in the police to put a stop to it?”

Thus far, political leaders in New York, Washington, DC, Oakland and other major cities have refused to stop the Occupy protests. Tent cities have sprung up in public parks where camping was previously strictly banned and nothing has been done to clear them out. On several occasions, violence has broken out – particularly in Oakland, where molotov cocktails have been used and storefront windows shattered – and very few arrests have been made. In Washington, DC they even had crowds forming human chains to stop traffic and, when motorists hit them, they started using their children to make the motorists stop. Where were the police when all of this was going on? They were given orders to simply contain the protesters.

Call me crazy, but I seem to recall the law being very specific about parents who knowingly put their children in danger. Last I read, the law called that child endangerment and it was a felony. Yet not only do cops see this happening, but photos of it are being posted online and absolutely nothing is being done about it. The press has done their damndest to paint the protests as a justified action and now they’re ignoring stories of rampant crime in the tent cities, protest leaders refusing to cooperate with police, and parents putting their kids in harm’s way to make a perverted point. What is the point? Corporate greed is evil. Capitalism doesn’t work. War, poverty and racism are the result, so we should ditch our free country and institute communism.

Then, to top it all off, we’ve got the biggest capitalists in the world playing the role of supporters. Numerous celebrities have appeared at the protests (usually wearing hundreds of dollars in designer clothes and shoes) to support the protesters. Ben & Jerry themselves, the two men behind the famous ice cream brand, went out to scoop free ice cream for protesters. These people are absolutely clueless. Do they see reports of flag burning, window smashing, and other acts of outrageous mob violence? Do they care that protesters have attacked elderly people and children? If they even know, I doubt they would care. We’re talking about people who have, for a very long time, wanted to see socialism set up in America.

War is hell. Racism sucks. Poverty isn’t nice, either, and I’m not being sarcastic when I say these things. What I cannot grasp is how, exactly, these people think capitalism is to blame for these things. Human beings are to blame for it, and I don’t care how socialist you are, you will never rid society of these things. It isn’t possible. In order for such an ideal to be possible, you would have to genuinely believe that human beings are inherently good – that belief is upended, however, by the acknowledgement that there are bad people in the world.

Yet if you ask one of the pitiful creatures joining in on these displays of wanton lawlessness to explain themselves, they’ll talk themselves into a corner and then blame it on YOU. You’re putting too much spin on it. You’re making things up. You’re lying. You’re among the 1%. You’re part of the machine.

The protesters have screamed bloody murder about the few arrests and citations there have been. They claim that their freedom of speech and assembly is being threatened. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said something pretty specific about people who exercise their “rights” in such fashion: “the right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.”

Let’s hear from some of our Founding Fathers on the issue…

“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” -Benjamin Franklin

“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.” -Thomas Jefferson

“To model our political system upon speculations of lasting tranquility is to calculate on the weaker springs of the human character.” -Alexander Hamilton

“It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute.” -James Madison

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” -Thomas Paine

“Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” -George Washington

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” -Benjamin Franklin

Say It With Passion

Even if it’s a lie, folks…say it with gusto, with pride, and with the kind of passion that makes people wonder if they should applaud. Take a listen…it’s less than a minute:

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This little rant of his pissed me off on a level that few can. It actually made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. You wish harm upon me, Mr. Biden? Lemme tell you about my experience. My experience is that my gun once saved my life. I was getting money out of an ATM machine when a kid pulled a knife on me (and I’m damn lucky that was all he had). He demanded my wallet. I faked like I was reaching for it and, instead, pulled my Ruger P94. I had it loaded with hollow-point ammunition. In one smooth and very well-practiced movement, I unholstered my concealed weapon, gave the slide a good yank, and brought it level with the bridge of this kid’s nose.

I thank God that I didn’t have to fire a shot. The kid pissed his pants and ran away. He was probably what we in juvenile corrections call a “little mafioso”, a guy who wants to be a badass so he pretends that he is one and hopes that nobody calls his bluff. I promise that after that experience, he did one of two things: he either got his act together and was scared enough never to try to rob another Arizonan again, or he went in the opposite direction and made damn sure that he had better firepower next time. Since he was never caught, I have no idea which it was. I can only hope it was the former.

Let’s talk about something else I have experienced. I’ve sat with actual rape victims and their loved ones and had to explain the process. I’ve told them how difficult it will be to prosecute their attacker. I’ve watched them cry and felt helpless to comfort them because their bodies are living crime scenes and any hugging, touching, kissing, ANYTHING can legally contaminate the evidence – and a defense attorney will have a field day with it. I’ve been there with those victims and I would love to hear you repeat what you had to say in that “speech” to them. Watch their reactions. Regardless of political affiliation, they’d all be mortified.

You know what pissed me off even more? Jason Mattera, speaking for Human Events, asked Mr. Biden if he regretted using such a crass, inconsiderate reference. Here’s his response:

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Sir, if you are trying to see to it that you and your running mate get voted out of office next year, you’re doing a fantastic job. The question now is whether your constituents realize just how crude and condescending you and your aide are really being.

I cannot believe he had the unmitigated gall to say the things he said, particularly in the context in which he said them. He was pushing the president’s new JOBS BILL! I kid you not, folks, Bozo the Veep was going off the passionate deep end over jobs. Personal stories aside, that jobs bill isn’t going to be able to do what he cries for. As Ed Morrissey points out, this jobs bill – even if it does save a few police/fire/EMS jobs – isn’t going to help stop a rape or a holdup. How is a woman going to call 911 to report a man is trying to rape her if he’s disabled her phone? How is a store clerk going to get police there in time to stop a robbery in progress if the robber who has a gun pointed hat him is telling him to keep his hands up? The fact is that, in situations like these, 911 doesn’t get dialed until either the bad guy is gone and the victim is freed, or the victim is ultimately found dead by a loved one. Police don’t get to actively stop these kinds of violent crimes, and if you talk to them you’ll hear their frustration about that sort of thing. In the past four years, not once have I ever talked to a victim who credited the police with stopping the crime as it happened.

It is less than merely cheap to use this kind of reference when pushing a jobs bill, Joe. It’s less than low. It is a deliberate lie, one crafted to appeal to unchecked emotion – the same kind that has ruined many a nation with its inability to see past immediate human desire. You should be ashamed of yourself. You owe every conservative and every crime victim an apology.

Endnote: anybody notice his aide’s reaction? That irritated question, “who are you with?” that might as well have been, “I can’t believe anybody let you in here, and we’ll make damn sure you don’t get in again because only the reporters who ask proper questions are ever allowed to take up his time!” You never heard Bush get this snarky with reporters. Sure, his aides planted one in the press pool to ask softball questions, but he never once told any reporter what they should and should not say – nor did he try to kick a reporter out for asking him tough questions. I remember thinking Bill Clinton was frightening. He was the Easter Bunny in comparison.

Does anyone think the MSM is going to have questions about his comments or his outburst with Jason Mattera? I ain’t holdin’ my breath.

(Tip of the black cowboy hat to Jennifer Leslie, fellow Texan and leader of Smart Girl Politics in Tucson, for giving me the heads-up on Mattera’s smackdown.)

Tolerance and Civility Reach a New Low

Immediately following the shooting in Tucson at an event held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said, “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.” I couldn’t agree more.

Although my agreement is on a very, very different level.

The so-called “dangerous” things being done by conservatives? Sarah Palin famously Twittered, “don’t retreat, reload!” in response to losses to liberal candidates. Later, her PAC website showed 20 Congressional districts won by liberals and had them in a very simple version of crosshairs. This is a tactic used by businesses the world over in marketing material, and politicians on both sides of the aisle have used it. Considering that I know what real crosshairs look like, that goofy little circle with a simple cross over it just seems a little silly. But Harry Mitchell knows what they look like…he used them in his original ad when he ran against JD Hayworth:

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I haven’t heard a peep from Mitchell about the ad. I have heard a lot of wailing from liberals who demand that we as conservatives learn to be more civil, but I have yet to come across a single liberal willing to call out those in their own ranks who make comments that are overt – telling conservative leaders to die, wishing aloud that they’d kill themselves, and in some cases simply saying they’d like to kill those leaders. If you need any evidence here you go:

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My personal favorite of all of the Twitter screen captures was from @YaboYyChris: “If ppl vote for mitt romney for president i would kill ppl, having a mormon as president is horrible.” Then there was @CaviarChick, who said, “Sarah Palin needs to choke on a d*ck and die wit her dumb *ss!! #DieSlow I’m sending shoots at ur head bitch!!” And there was @OhLawdyShawty, who Tweeted, “Sarah Palin needs to be shot. Matter fact I’ll do it my got damn self.”

Where’s Olbermann, who you can hear in the voice-over demanding apologies from every Fox News anchor he doesn’t like, to condemn this trash? Where is his frequent guest, Janeane Garofalo, who wastes no opportunity to make crass jokes about hatemongering conservatives (yet never has an ounce of proof that we’re hateful racists)? Where is Chris Matthews? Where is Rachel Maddow? Not one of them is going to question any of this. None of them has the guts to call out their own ranks. Not one of these liberal media shills has the spine required to stand up and admit that the most hatred and vitriol comes from their own people – and the best they have against conservatives is shaky at best. The video posted above shows at least 50-75 messages of hate and death threats; they couldn’t collect nearly that many from conservatives against their idols.

Maxine Waters was caught on camera last week saying “the Tea Party can go straight to hell!” Shortly thereafter, Andre Carson was recorded saying, “these Tea Party people…would love to see some of us hanging on a tree!” Then, on Monday, AFL-CIO thug Richard Trumka flew to Detroit on Air Force One with President Obama for a Labor Day rally. At the rally, the warm-up speaker was Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. – and he had some pretty hateful, violent rhetoric himself:

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Yes, you heard him correctly…he said we’re at “war”, said “Mr. Obama, we are your army”, and ended with, “let’s take these son of a bitches out” (yes, he said it incorrectly, and if it were Bush we’d still be hearing about how he can’t even swear correctly).

If this is tolerance, if this is civility, then I must have missed the memo. Of course, if you were to call these people out for their blatant hatemongering, they’d say that they are justified by all of the hate coming from conservatives. I know it makes no sense, and most of our readers will know that it makes no sense, but that’s their mentality – tolerance for me but not for thee.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz went on Fox and Friends and tap danced until pressed one too many times. Then she finally made the following excuse: “are you kidding me? Really Gretchen? How many times have you called out coarse language at tea party rallies? Almost never.”

We all know what the liberal ideal for the perfect leader is. He would be an animal lover, so much so that he’s a vegetarian. He would understand the frailty of our planet and consult with scientists willing to help draft government policies that limit emissions and incursion into fragile ecosystems. He would care about the hard-working citizens and hype unions as an indispensable part of society. He would also call out the old school members of the government who are holding the citizenry back and demand that more be done to help the poor in their society, all while calling for peace.

The world had that very leader once already. His name was Adolf Hitler. He called for tolerance and peace while engaging in behind-the-scenes thuggery, forcing himself on the populace. By the time he was in power, the majority that didn’t want him had said and done nothing for too long – and they couldn’t do a thing about it.

We are, slowly but surely, headed for the same thing. Liberals are headed in the exact same direction that Nazis did. We cannot allow this to continue. If Hitler were here today and had anything to say about the Tea Party, I’m sure he’d love the most recent hatred to come from liberals – a game where you can murder famous conservative figureheads. The company that created the game counts The History Channel, NASCAR, and Red Bull among its clients.

I’m not a Tea Party member. I tend to agree with a lot of what they say, though. I don’t protest; I write. I think. I’m not interested in shouting across picket lines at people who are completely brainless. I tell you what, though, liberals – you want me? Come and get me. I’m not hard to miss.

(Special thanks to Jennifer Leslie of Smart Girl Politics Tucson for some of the links posted here!)

Lies, More Lies, and Damned Lies From the NYT

I’m not sure whether we should continue to be surprised by the outrageous claims made on the front page of the New York Times. I’d like to say that I wasn’t considering their miserable track record, but yet again, I have been utterly flabbergasted by the out-and-out refusal to acknowledge the truth about certain conservative politicians. On August 14, Times writer Eric Lichtblau published a front-page story questioning California Rep Darrell Issa’s business dealings – and whether he’s used his position in Congress to further his own enterprises.

I have twice in the pages of this blog made mistakes that I was called out for. When called out in a civil fashion, I have no trouble admitting when I have been wrong (and I’ve long since stopped trying to blog while also doing other things that split my attention). When I make an honest mistake, I have no trouble being respectfully corrected. Lichtblau, however, isn’t the first bleeding-heart liberal to willfully print multiple “errors” on the front page of the Times only to be defended by his equally-liberal editors, despite being proven wrong by at least three other left-leaning publications.

Besides, I’m a piss-ant little blogger. I have two jobs AND I go to school. Lichtblau likely very easily makes five times what I do in his profession, and writing is his entire job. I’d just about cut off my left foot to get paid to write full-time and be recognized and respected for my work. I’m conservative, though, so that’s about as likely as Nancy Pelosi switching parties.

The very first paragraph in the article heralds what may well end up being Lichtblau’s demise:

VISTA, Calif. — Here on the third floor of a gleaming office building overlooking a golf course in the rugged foothills north of San Diego, Darrell Issa, the entrepreneur, oversees the hub of a growing financial empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Issa himself, the owner of the building in question, and every major news outlet that has covered the article’s incredible inaccuracies has called this out, yet here’s what Lichtblau himself had to say in an email to Rep. Issa:

“As for the office building, the leasing agents for Thibodou have advertised its views of the Shadowridge golf course. It appears that it’s certainly visible to the southwest from offices in the building.”

Here’s what Times editor Dean Baquet said to Politico:

“I don’t think it implied — at least to my mind — that Issa’s office overlooked the golf course…I think it is trying to give a sense that this is a building in a cool area. That’s the way I always read it. Otherwise it really would have said his office overlooked the golf course. That would have been even cooler to say.”

I don’t think Baquet actually read the article. Either that or he must have been the guy to first suggest Bill Clinton’s impeachment defense. If you like, take a look at the online brochure issued by the leasing agents of Issa’s office building – I don’t see one single reference to views of a golf course. Shadowridge golf course is over a mile away. Lichtblau claims that he visited the third floor and couldn’t see Shadowridge, but that he went to the golf course and could see the building. Exactly which advertisement was he looking at for his info?

That’s just the icing on the cake. There were multiple errors that I’d question whether Lichtblau really did any digging on.

-He claimed that Issa bought a property for $10.3M only to see it appreciate 60% to $16.6M after Issa secured earmarks for road and sanitation improvements surrounding the property. This is untrue. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Issa bought it for $16.6M and even took on a partial loan for the property, likely after the earmarks were secured at the behest of constituents. In a correction, the error was blamed on the San Diego County Assessor’s office.

-He claimed that a $19,000 investment in the AIM International Small Company Fund produced a 1900% windfall, reaping a $357,000 benefit. Untrue; Issa actually dropped half a million on the investment and lost $125,000 when he unloaded it. THAT particular faux pas was blamed on other faulty documents (there seems to be a pattern here).

-He called Issa’s original DEI Holdings – well-known for its production of the Viper alarm system – “a major supplier of alarms to Toyota” and used the claim to question his role in the Congressional hearings as “going too easy” on the automaker. This is also false. Toyota told the Union-Tribune that DEI is NOT, in fact, a Toyota supplier. Issa, in fact, had more questions than most, wanting to include ALL automakers and even question how $18M a year can be blown on a federal agency that is supposed to be watching out for these things.

-The Union-Tribune, while sending reporters to personally follow up on the dispute between Issa and Lichtblau, said they tried to gain access to the Shadowridge golf course to see if Lichtblau’s claim of being able to see Issa’s office building from there could be corroborated. Reporters say they were denied access – they said it was a private course.

He doesn’t mention that Issa’s family still resides in the home they purchased in 1990. According to the North County Times, he’s humble enough to do his own grocery shopping (something Sheila Jackson-Lee has staffers doing, even when she needs garlic pills). He and his wife live relatively frugally, driving cars 7 and 10 years old and flying coach on commercial airlines. He also donates his entire Congressional salary every year to his family’s foundation, which is run by his wife and son.

I’m sure Issa isn’t perfect. What about the more overt crooks in Congress’ midst? Let’s see something about the Times’ coverage of corruptocrat Charlie Rangel. He’s been caught procuring rent-controlled apartments for his home and campaign office in Harlem. He also used Congressional letterhead to solicit donations to a NYC College center to be opened in his name; when Nabors Industries faced the prospect of losing their tax shelters, they donated over $1M to that very college center and Rangel made an about-face, defending the tax shelters he’d previously questioned. He was caught reporting income levels at half of what he was actually earning, failing to declare worth in high-valued stocks and not paying taxes on multiple properties in New Jersey, and accepting “gifts” in the form of vacations to the Caribbean from the Carib News Foundation – a group that had multiple issues before the House Ways and Means Committee, which Rangel chaired. The Times has reported on the trials with a tinge of hope that he’d see a favorable outcome, with Kareem Fahim even writing that Rep. Peter King might even consider lowering the consequences and pointing out what Rangel wasn’t accused of. Where’s the witch-hunt for his head?

The Times rightly screamed bloody murder about the Abramoff Lobbying Scandal, but what about Maxine Waters? She arranged for board members of OneUnited Bank, which her husband owns stock in and once directed, to meet with officials from the Treasury Department to make a plea for TARP funds (which the bank didn’t qualify for) and an exemption from FDIC rules that is very rare. The bank neared insolvency when its investments in Fannie and Freddie went sour. The CEO was arrested in 2007 for possession of cocaine, and the bank was issued a cease and desist order over their highly risky practices. Waters circumvented all of that to secure illegal funds, then went on to have a provision added to the Dodd-Frank act (the same bill that whittled debit card swipe fees to almost nothing in a huge price-fixing scheme) that exempted minority-owned banks from new federal financial overhaul. That legislation would essentially back her actions as perfectly legal and would explain her office’s tap dancing act. She’s since had the unmitigated gall to accuse the House Ethics Committee of unethical behavior while fellow Democrats gum up the works by firing lawyers, ignoring subpoenas and refusing to hire new staffers necessary to hold the hearings. A deceptively titled Times article purported to question the minority provision to the Dodd-Frank Act but didn’t really question anything.

Where’s the down-and-dirty on her? Where are the bold statements that she’s corrupt and needs to be publicly called to account for her actions? You won’t find them on the pages of the Times.

Don’t even get me started on the Times’ coverage of Robert Byrd. That he was not corrupt is immaterial to me; once he passed on, there was not a single question raised by the Times about his past or the things he’d said. When Bill Clinton spoke at his memorial, he said, “he once had a fleeting association with the Ku Klux Klan, what does that mean? I’ll tell you what it means: he was a country boy from the hills and hollows of West Virginia. He was trying to get elected.” The Times never questioned that statement, not once. In reality, Byrd had organized the KKK chapter in his area, ardently seeking new members and organizing the group himself. It was a member of that group that suggested that he get into politics. If such a falsehood had been uttered in memoriam for conservative icons such as Bush, Coulter, Breitbart or Reagan, liberals would instantly be frothing at the mouth to correct the record.

Hell, when Sarah Palin made mention of partying “like it’s 1773”, it was as if liberals had ESP. I heard their screeching before I ever saw footage of her comment. When some educated soul pointed out that the original tea party protest took place on December 16, 1773 (the dumping of tea into Boston Harbor to protest taxation without representation), liberals still refused to let it go. I STILL hear liberals bitching about that comment, and it’s almost heart-warming to see the dejection on their faces when I point out what happened in 1773.

It seems to me that it would behoove a major newspaper to hire writers who care about getting their facts straight and editors willing to take them to task when they don’t. Instead, we get lies and barely halfhearted attempts to issue corrections and accompanying statements that support the original body of work. It’s a crying shame.

“Anonymous” Thatcher “Aide” Says Palin is “Nuts,” Claim Thatcher is Snubbing Palin

I am writing about this as I am certain this “aide” is going to regret their words.

Tonight, once again, Sarah Palin is sending the blogosphere into full swing.

An article published in The Guardian claims that Palin is planning a trip to Sudan in July and desired to pass through England on the way back with a hope to meet with Margaret Thatcher, a pioneer to worldwide conservative politics.

Alan Colmes immediately posted tonight on it stating the story as it was: ONE anonymous aide said something to a reporter.  The remainder of Thatcher’s staff who would go on record merely point out that her health is very dire and that the only meeting/event Thatcher is trying very hard to attend is the unveiling of a statue of Ronald Reagan on July 4th.

The best depiction is that of the LA Times which blatantly headlines: “Margaret Thatcher refuses to Meet with Sarah Palin” and begins with a photograph of Thatcher with CARTER and follows with an unflattering photo of Sarah Palin looking whacky.

The media is going off the deep end folks and before they scare fellow Republicans into writing off Palin, I certainly hope the remaining Republicans out there who have a little integrity about them remember they can do this to any candidate we pick.

If we give in to them and their blatant bias, they win.  I refuse to do so.

Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting for NBC to Correct This (Mitchell Lies about Palin)

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Sarah Palin is driving the left insane again.

Andrea Mitchell, yesterday, interviewed a member of the Rolling Thunder organization who had stated Sarah Palin was not invited to the event on Sunday.

Thanks to a conservative-blogger from Hot-Air who phoned the organization and spoke with Rolling-Thunder spokesperson, Christine Colborne, it turns out Palin WAS invited by the organization and had accepted the invitation too late for them to formally inform all of their members.

I will await Andrea Mitchell to correct her false and misleading segment and to apologize for sloppy journalism that doesn’t require conservative bloggers to take the steps she refused to take.

Holding The Media Accountable

Sarah Palin released the following statement today regarding the killing of Bin Laden:

Yesterday was a testament to the military’s dedication in relentlessly hunting down an enemy through many years of war,” And we thank our president . . . We thank President Bush for having made the right calls to set up this victory.

Tell me, how in the world does this transcend to the headline: Sarah Palin: Bush got Osama?

This doesn’t even qualify as a paraphrase, does it?