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Death Threats for Everyone!

No, not really.

I’m going to assume this guy’s name is Mike Clark, and his Twitter bio says he’s in Memphis, TN. Sending somebody a death threat is dumb to begin with, but doing so via a Twitter account with your name and location on it? That takes a special brand of stupid.

Ann Althouse just received a direct threat to her person as well. Like O’Keefe, Althouse has raised the ire of the left by videotaping them in action. Tell the truth and they call it lies. Make your point nonviolently and they threaten you. It’s like clockwork.

And it doesn’t stop there. John Nolte at Big Government has put together a compilation of the last three weeks of left-wing threats and bullying in Wisconsin. It’s getting so bad that honest liberals (no, it’s not an oxymoron) like Lee Stranahan are fed up with the media ignoring these threats. “Don’t retreat, reload” is considered violent rhetoric if a conservative says it, but “I’m going to kill you” isn’t considered violent rhetoric if a liberal says it. I keep trying not to attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence, but are all these big-brained reporters really that inept?

I think the bold quote is a bit overstated, but not by much. It’s hard to see how “reload” is seen as some sort threat of bodily harm, but somehow while that bizare assertion gets so much airtime, these numerious, explicit, name-attached death threats get no air time.

Be sure to read Lee Stranahan‘s post too – post of the week, if not the year.

On the other hand, if you read conservative blogs or listen to conservative media, you know all about these threats because people like Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh and websites likeNewsbusters and BigJournalism have not only been talking about the death threats for days now but they’ve been talking about the mainstream and liberal media ignoring the threats for days.

Ignoring the story of these threats is deeply, fundamentally wrong. It’s bad, biased journalism that will lead to no possible good outcome and progressives should be leading the charge against it.

Just before writing this article, I did a Google search and it’s stunning to find out that the right wing media really isn’t exaggerating — proven death threats against politicians are being ignored by the supposedly honest media. If you’ve never agreed with a single thing that Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly et al have said about anything, you can’t in any good conscience say that they don’t have a point here. Death threats are wrong and if a story like Wisconsin is national news for days, then so are death threats.

I’m in an odd position. In the last few months, I’ve had one foot in the left wing news stream and one foot in the right. My media duality began when conservative publisher Andrew Breitbart hired me to work with him on the Pigford ‘black farmers’ settlement story. I’m a pro-choice, pro-single payer, anti-war, pro-gay rights independent liberal with years of work in print and film backing those positions. Breitbart hired me to bring a different perspective to the non-partisan issue of corruption in Pigford.

Since then, I’ve written both here for the left-leaning Huffington Post and at Breitbart’s right leaning BigGovernment.com. I’ve ended up reading a lot more conservative sites and dealing firsthand with a lot more conservatives than any time since I attended a high school dedicated to the principles of Ayn Rand about 30 years ago.

Oh, and while I’m no the topic, a quote from Patterico.

Many leftists employ a standard debating tactic wherein they assure you of their Republican credentials . . . just before they start into some inane diatribe about how crazy Republicans are “these days.” It’s rare to go a week without reading about some allegedly “lifelong Republican” who has had it with the dishonesty of conservatives nowadays, and found himself siding with Barack Obama and the Democrats because, by God, common sense demands it! Usually investigation reveals that the “lifelong Republican” is anything but — and yet, the tactic persists.

The trick is as old as the Greeks — it’s a part of ethos, one of Aristotle’s modes of persuasion. The idea is to show you are a disinterested party. The speaker’s declaration that he is neutral — or better yet, one who is naturally inclined to believe the other side — allows the speaker to portray himself as simply swept away by the compelling force of his own arguments. Why, I didn’t start out to be a Democrat! I am naturally one who leans Republican! It’s how I was raised! But I just can’t help but notice how extreme and radical those Republicans are nowadays!

It’s not like it’s hard to spot either. I find it amazing that they persist in using such patently dishonest… never mind.

 

Quote of the Day

From Legal Insurrection

Why do these people, many of whom are professionals, feel no fear in expressing such death wishes in the open?

This is in response to the situation in Wisconsin, where the public sector unions have had their wings clipped. Apparently a lot of people are quite upset about that.

This one for example was signed with someone’s real name (since removed so the police can investigate).

From: XXXX
Sent: Wed 3/9/2011 9:18 PM
To: Sen.Kapanke; Sen.Darling; Sen.Cowles; Sen.Ellis; Sen.Fitzgerald; Sen.Galloway; Sen.Grothman; Sen.Harsdorf; Sen.Hopper; Sen.Kedzie; Sen.Lasee; Sen.Lazich; Sen.Leibham; Sen.Moulton; Sen.Olsen
Subject: Atten: Death threat!!!! Bomb!!!!

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes
will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain
to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it
will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit
that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for
more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.

WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in
the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me
have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that
support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing
with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand
for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many
others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records.
We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a
nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn’t leave
it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the
message to you since you are so “high” on Koch and have decided that you are
now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a
demorcratic process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed
in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent.
This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t
tell you all of them because that’s just no fun. Since we know that you are
not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided
to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it’s
necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making
them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families
and themselves then We Will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you. Please
understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked
everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel
that it’s worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives
of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and
say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!”

Wisconsin

I suspect many NZers would be completely unaware of what’s going on in Wisconsin. I must confess that I’ve only picked up the second half of the story, so was interested to read this article this morning.

For in the end, the images and messages tell the story. The showdown in Madison pits pampered public employees against hard-pressed taxpayers. It portrays union workers as an angry mob against those seeking orderly legislative deliberation. It paints Democratic lawmakers as outlaws on the run, undermining the democratic process. It launched a national debate about the generous salaries and benefits for government workers during a time of economic shortages. And it showcased school teachers who abandoned their children in favor of narrow, partisan political gain.

A large part of the problem is that the left simply don’t understand the right. By not understanding the right, they then failed to understand the Tea Party.

And by not understanding the Tea Party you end up with the situation in Wisconsin, where unions are bussing people in from all over in an effort that takes days to organise, only to be met by a larger, better behaved, local conservative counter-protest that was organised overnight.

Update: See also this video.

The Commerce Clause

Interesting analysis by Aaron Worthing on Patterico:

So it has to be commerce, and it has to be “among” the states, i.e. interstate.  And that is even more restrictive than it sounds to our modern ears.  For instance in Jacob’s New Law Dictionary, published in 1783, the term commerce was limited to the moving of goods—which doesn’t include medical services or insurance at all.  But the courts have read that limitation out of the constitution.  The clause also meant that it had to be interstate trade, but the courts long ago ruled that wholly intrastate trade was included by invoking the necessary and proper clause, thus implying into existence a power that was specifically denied to Congress.  And in Wickard v. Filburn they defined commerce to mean making a product and not selling it in a market.  And now they want to claim that means doing nothing at all.  They want to snip the last thread of meaning from the limitations in the commerce clause.  It would fit a certain “progression” in our case law, but if even this thin limitation was denied, then this provision would become literally limitless, making the entire exercise of limiting the scope of that clause pointless.  The Supreme Court is loath to render any clause of the constitution pointless.

In short, liberals have argued away every single aspect of the commerce clause to the point where the founding fathers might as well left it out.

And they wonder why America is divided.

One very good paragraph in a very good (and long) fisk.

Kucinich proves he has what it takes to be president

Kucinich was the last holdout to John Kerry for the Democratic nomination in 2004. That’s not to say he had a chance, he just decided he’d keep going in spite of recieving close to zero support. Oh, and he was the only one of them who was actually prepared to admit he’s a liberal.

I’m sure he would have been great though.

Kucinich filed a lawsuit against Restaurant Associates of the Longworth House Office Building for selling him food that “contained dangerous substances,” an olive pit, USA Today reported Wednesday.

In April 2008, Kucinich bit into an olive pit in a sandwich wrap, which he said gave him “serious and permanent dental and oral injuries,” according to court documents.

Kucinich is seeking $150,000 in damages.

Gawker and Courthouse News Service first broke the story Tuesday, and that in response to questions, Kucinich’s spokesperson would only say, “This is a private legal matter.”

There’s nothing that says “I represent America” like filing a trivial lawsuit, is there?

An attempted assassination you won’t have heard about

Via twitter.

In September 2010 Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was scheduled to speak at Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City.

At some point, wearing black clothes and a bullet-proof vest, 22 year-old Casey Brezik bolted out of a classroom, knife in hand, and slashed the throat of a dean. As he would later admit, he confused the dean with Nixon.

The story never left Kansas City. It is not hard to understand why. Knives lack the political sex appeal of guns, and even Keith Olbermann would have had a hard time turning Brezik into a Tea Partier.

Indeed, Brezik seems to have inhaled just about every noxious vapor in the left-wing miasma: environmental extremism, radical Islam, anti-capitalism, anti-Zionism and Christophobia, among others.

In his “About Me” box on Facebook, Brezik listed as his favorite quotation one from progressiveposter boy, Che Guevara. The quote begins “Our every action is a battle cry against imperialism” and gets more belligerent from there.

Now the really weird thing is that Nixon is a democrat. Actually, strike that – it’s actually far from unheard of for radicals to be madder at moderates than the opposition.

It will be interesting to see if this story gets more scrutiny. As partisan as I am, I find it hard to believe that such a story could be buried just because it didn’t suit the political biases of the media.

Surveying Marks

I just thought I’d go on the record here.

I do not agree that the famed Palin political map contained “Surveying Markers” or any other such thing. They were targets. The races were targeted. That’s why she used a target*.

I know people have a problem with that, but I believe this fellow has something of a point.

Though I don’t think he gets the irony of calling “wingnuts” stupid, while being to dense to understand why they’re pointing out his statement.

*I read that they were never intended to be seen as cross-hairs, but that’s not really that relevant to the point at hand.

“The Blame Game”

From Big Journalism. Like I’ve said for some time, there are crazy people on both sides of politics.

I watched as mainstream media double-downed on yesterday’s massacre by orchestrating a massive defamation against conservatives. It made me physically ill to watch corporate reporters abuse the title of “news” in order to prostitute the dead for an agenda. It made me sad to see a litany of threats against conservatives on Twitter, Facebook, in my inbox. I was told I and other conservatives were “murderers,” that Palin should “burn in hell” that Andrew Breitbart “has blood on his hands.” I guess that isn’t considered the same “violent rhetoric” they opposed. I watched as Markos Moulitsas singled out Sarah Palin’s target map while defending the scrubbing from his own website threatening posts against Giffords by his writers.

I watched as a partisan sheriff in Pima County Arizona gave a press conference and electioneered instead of doing his job.

To have any law enforcement official reading political lines from one party is bad enough, but to do so after a shooting tragedy should be an instant sacking offense. That he thought for more than a second it would be a good idea makes him patently unfit for office.

I watched as progressives ran with the false narrative that the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, was an Afghan veterantea party member who hated illegal immigrants. Every single word in that last sentence, except his name, is a proven lie, but many progressives discovered that they valued the opportunity to make opportunity from tragedy more than the sacredness surrounding the lives lost that day.

Indeed, once the name of the shooter became known, anyone could find out his political position. And I saw a post from a certain local blog which named the shooter but ignored all the evidence of his actual political position.

We’ve heard over and over “don’t politicize this.” I said it all day online. Andrew Breitbart wrote a post at Big Journalism before the culprit was identified imploring all to refrain from politicizing the tragedy no matter the shooter’s political identification. I watched as conservatives were attacked simply for defending themselves against the false narratives that the leftist media used to attack them.

Breitbart defends himself, peroid. Since he’s been attacked all day on a partisan basis he’s been defending himself all day on the same basis. But it’s nice to see his first response was non-partisan. His twitter feed today has been a sight to behold, the hate directed at him has been a wall of filth.

This tragedy was politicized. It was politicized by Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. It was politicized by Markos Moulitsas, MSNBC, the George Soros employees at Media Matters, and more, all who incited a wave of threats and violent atmosphere towards conservatives. I’d wager most never had to live with the amount of death threats against them or their families for speaking their minds but the people who send them to me, Palin, Breitbart, and other good conservatives too numerous to mention cite the exact same rhetoric that these irresponsible mouthpieces are pushing.

Palin posted her sympathies. The left seem to be too busy to do that for the most part.

Are they hoping for a second, dare I say quasi-political assassination? This time of conservatives?

They feel no remorse for their behavior and they don’t see the irony in faux-condemning the tragedy of yesterday while inciting hatred and violence against their political opponents.

So let’s momentarily  indulge the left and discuss rhetoric. Like this:

If you want to see just how hateful the left can be, you can follow the link and read the whole story.

That is, if you forget the Bush years.

Or you can go onto twitter and see for yourself the logic of those who want to kill all conservatives because Palin use the words “lock and load” a couple of times.

Quote of the day – “Things Politicans should never say” edition

Who else but Charlie Rangel?

This is at the Rangel presser following the censure vote. REPORTER: What’s your response to those who say if you were an average citizen, you would be punished more severely? RANGEL: “I don’t deal in average American citizens”

And you thought Winston was Bad

Found this via twitter.

Rangel sauntered into the hearing room – a chamber much less grand than his former Ways & Means lair – wearing a striped tie as loud as the TV test pattern. Rangel smiled as if arriving at a cocktail reception, then stood at attention at the defense table until the committee members walked in, five minutes later.

An aside: the “Ways & Means” committee chair (which Rangel was) is an extremely powerful position. He essentially controls the expenditure of the entire US government. Alistair Cooke once quoted advice given to one chair who had decided to run for president: “You actually want to be president and give up all that power?

After opening statements, Lofgren asked Rangel, alone at the defense table, if he was represented by counsel. The 80-year-old lawmaker interpreted this as an invitation to make a speech. He delivered a lengthy complaint about the process and a reaffirmation of his innocence. After several minutes of this, the chairwoman interrupted. “Mr. Rangel?”

“If the chair is suggesting that I conclude my remarks,” Rangel said – Lofgren nodded her agreement – “then I would do that.” But not before he made another statement, this one invoking his wartime service and his work for the New York state legislature in the 1960s.

The prosecutor attempted to enter his 549 exhibits into the record. “Is there objection?” Lofgren asked.

Rangel took this as a cue to make another lengthy speech. Lofgren eventually interrupted. “Mr. Rangel, if you could be seated,” she requested.

He was of course found guilty.

Of course, he took it true to form.

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