Sarah Palin incites stupidity, why not worse?

“If a Muslim put a map on web w/crosshairs on 20 pols, then 1 of them got shot, where would he b sitting right now? Just asking.” (tweet from Michael Moore)

I have nothing but best wishes for the victims and families of today’s gun madness in Tucson. Speaking from family experience, the first brain surgery on Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was probably more about relieving the swelling than about making pronouncements on her prognosis. She does have youth and a ‘through-and-through’ bullet wound in her favour, however.

When Sarah Palin – this one – was reminded today of having put a “target” on Congresswoman Giffords, and others, someone on her staff quietly removed the campaign ad/map from her website.

Remember how many of us shook our heads in disbelief a couple of years ago when guns were found at Barack “Hussein” Obama election rallies and when gun sales increased after he was elected President?

Many Democrats can’t hide their excitement over the prospect of taking on Sarah Palin in 2012 but just how much more of the “Don’t retreat…reload” crap can we tolerate in our political discourse?

But, “Oh no,” gunners always protest, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”

Well just suppose Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck (and on and on, ad infinitum)…suppose these people of influence, however dubious, actually had more bricks in their load than we usually give them credit for? (It’s their ideas I actually find crazy not their marketing ingenuity!) Their followers, however, are not all (dare I say not at all) equipped to filter through incendiary rhetoric; and some may be set off, as it were, swept up en masse, yet often acting alone. We must use guns, they attempt to reason, when we have so much to fear.

Politicians are fanning out to reassure themselves that they are all, regardless of political affiliation or beliefs, elected to serve. It’s a comon bond. If we were to base everything we think about politics on what we hear on talk radio, cable news or in “gotcha” sound-bites we would not know that many people we elect, and of opposing political views, actually get along quite well with another.

But, alas, as Keith Olbermann attempts to point out we’d never know that.

Next year will mark 200 years since the start of the War of 1812, when the British, and Canadians loyal to the Crown, defeated the U.S. A. at historic sites along our shared border Re-enactment ceremonies are bound to be part of the commemorations. Do we need to remind people that no live ammunition will be tolerated?


The funniest ten minutes of my Friday I won’t get back

Keith Olbermann Refutes Glenn Beck’s “Communist” Rockefeller Center

After a meeting with his few remaining advertisers and a visit to a psychiatrist – barring an immediate committal – Glenn Beck might want to try “90 in 90”!

Hillary’s RFK reference needs no comment from campaigns (updated)

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Sunday update: Hillary tries to explain herself here (again) and her fans have been quick to spread the word.  She still does not understand, perhaps because this is not the first time she has spoken about this (and in this way), why people might be offended!  At the very least, Clinton wants Obama’s hopes of the nomination to go down in flames.  It’s just not, as Maureen Dowd puts it, very elegant.

The start of a holiday weekend is usually a time for newsmakers to drop bomb-shells they hope no one will notice and Senator Clinton didn’t disappoint. However, this one will not die just because it’s Memorial Day – maybe precisely because it is Memorial Day! It’s got legs well into next week – and into June, since that’s the month she seems fixated on.

If only it was just more sleep deprivation which led to the latest blunder by Hillary Clinton (repeated, actually, and seemingly thought out if you listen carefully):

Hillary’s Foot? Meet Hillary’s Mouth.

To their credit, strategy-wise, members of the Obama campaign are letting the media express outrage, with campaign spokespersons giving Clinton ‘the benefit of the doubt’ that no offence was intended – as, indeed, she lamely tried to express during a follow-up event, going for the “sorry if I offended…” cop-out:

But, oh…Barack Obama’s handlers have no reason to touch this one at all as so many of us don’t need to be reminded of June, 1968. You can be sure the 40th anniversary commemorative specials are ready to roll out and, yes, RFK was shot while still campaigning in the primaries in June. That was Hillary’s only point – that June primary campaigns have happened before (her husband’s, too.)

If only she had stopped at Bill…

Keith Olbermann expressed the outrage of many tonight:

Here, then, are some of the things this comment was not:

-a signal to a deranged gun-owner looking for infamy

any inference that Barack Obama might not make it to November – but can you imagine how often that horrible thought has crossed the Obamas’ minds (and perhaps the Clintons’, too)?

-a direct comparison between her campaign and that of any Kennedy

-any comparison between the social unrest of 1968 and that of 2008 (especially at political conventions)

-deliberate rubbing of salt in the wound of our collective psyche in a week when Senator Ted Kennedy received such terrible health news

a compelling plea to be Vice-President or Supreme Court Justice

I would still take Clinton over McCain and so I have a tough time with all the vitriol – from Clinton Democrats – against Obama. I know there are Obama fans who might stay home, too, should his nomination somehow be taken from him but please give your heads a shake people. McCain???

And Hillary, you’ve won the white male vote in primaries. Please give up the idea that your second-place finish was about sexism.


Bill O’Tantrum: Anger Management, Exhibit One

Bill O’Reilly of FAUX News has been the brunt of more-than-the-usual giggling on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann this week.

An old tape from “Orally”‘s days at ABC’s Inside Edition shows how endearing he has been to co-workers since his youth! (As has been the case throughout the blogosphere, this tape may be removed without notice.)

The clever folks at collegehumor.comhave speculated on what was being said in response in Bill-O’s ear-piece. 🙂

And then there’s the remix!


Are you listening Hillary?

I hope the Clinton campaign, and the candidate herself, hear or read what Keith Olbermann had to say tonight.

The complete transcript is here and here it is from YouTube:

I found this blog as I was looking for Keith Olbermann’s commentary and replied as follows:

Well said! I have resorted to links to Keith Olbermann’s impassioned comment tonight because I couldn’t say it much better.

I have anticipated these elections, from north of the border mind you, for so long and while I am an Obama supporter there was a time when I thought I could be happy with either one of them as the nominee. Not any more. Mrs. Clinton has steadily dug herself in so deep by a lack of leadership which she so boastfully claims to have. Maybe she thinks we’ll believe it if she says it enough.

Nope, I will not be happy if Obama does not win this nomination and I would hope that America is so mobilized for change that his win in November would be easier than the 50/50 contests of the past.

 “Comments in RED” – I like that!

November will be here before we know it and, as hard as it once was to believe, there’s a grave danger that this is becoming John McCain’s election to lose!


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