Posted by DrJohn on 10 January, 2011 at 6:00 am. 55 comments already!


It was entirely predictable that the left would instantly and mindlessly blame Sarah Palin for the terrible and tragic shooting of Gabrielle Giffords. Unforunately for them, the truth lies at their front doors.

Curt has a nice round-up of the knee-jerkoff reactions.

As Byron York notes, when it was painfully obvious who committed a mass murder and why, journalists cautioned against jumping to conclusions- but not this time. This time a concerted effort was made to blame Sarah Palin.

On November 5, 2009, Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire at a troop readiness center in Ft. Hood, Texas, killing 13 people. Within hours of the killings, the world knew that Hasan reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar!” before he began shooting, visited websites associated with Islamist violence, wrote Internet postings justifying Muslim suicide bombings, considered U.S. forces his enemy, opposed American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as wars on Islam, and told a neighbor shortly before the shootings that he was going “to do good work for God.” There was ample evidence, in other words, that the Ft. Hood attack was an act of Islamist violence.

Nevertheless, public officials, journalists, and commentators were quick to caution that the public should not “jump to conclusions” about Hasan’s motive. CNN, in particular, became a forum for repeated warnings that the subject should be discussed with particular care.


Fast forward a little more than a year, to January 8, 2011. In Tucson, Arizona, a 22 year-old man named Jared Lee Loughner opened fire at a political event, gravely wounding Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, killing a federal judge and five others, and wounding 18. In the hours after the attack, little was known about Loughner beyond some bizarre and largely incomprehensible YouTube postings that, if anything, suggested he was mentally ill. Yet the network that had shown such caution in discussing the Ft. Hood shootings openly discussed the possibility that Loughner was inspired to violence by…Sarah Palin. Although there is no evidence that Loughner was in any way influenced by Palin, CNN was filled with speculation about the former Alaska governor.

Markos Moulitsas, who once said he “felt nothing” when American mercenaries died, twitted

If Palin’s crosshair effort was excusable, why has her PAC scrubbed her site of that page?

Arizona sheriff investigating assassination went on rant about right-wing hate radio rhetoric. He shouldn’t have gone there?

How dare people “politicize” a political assassination!

F***ing American Taliban

Sharron Angle’s first amendment remedies, in action. That rhetoric MATTERS.

Mission accomplished, Sarah Palin,

The paragon of virtue has spoken.

As for Moulitsas?

He quite literally made Giffords a “target” himself.

Who to primary? Well, I’d argue that we can narrow the target list by looking at those Democrats who sold out the Constitution last week. I’ve bolded members of the Blue Dogs for added emphasis.

Palin, by contrast, targeted the district. Moulitsas targeted the Congresswoman.

Over at Verum Serum, John posts two maps from the Democrat party which target Republicans.

So why is it that Sarah Palin’s map incites violence but Democrats’ maps and Moulitsas’ specifically labeling Giffords a “target” does not?

To paraphrase Charles Dickens, it’s because the media is a ass.

Also coming from St. Markos’ site of wisdom, tolerance and kindness is a post from one “Blue Boy” who claims to have worked for Giffords but now says that Giffords “is dead to me.” You’ll have to catch it here, because Moulitsas stuffed it down the memory hole.

We know very little about Jared Loughner, but we know a bit from the young man himself.

He lists The Communist Manifesto, Animal Farm and Mein Kampf among his favorite books.

As Mata said,

Clue: Palin’s got nothing to do with the shooting, or the shooter. In fact, why don’t you point out any fan of the Communist Manifesto who is a Palin devotee. We’ll wait.

In fact, pretty much all signs point to the guy being a whackjob left winger. A couple of comments from those who purport to know Loughner:

caitieparker @FriendThatCooks 3 years ago when I saw him last he was more leftist. Now I don’t know.
about 9 hours ago in reply to FriendThatCooks

And courtesy of Aye:

Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox Extension

Leftist. Liberal.


So where does the blame go? Obviously the guy was not well and he is mostly to blame. In addition, I hold Barack Obama accountable for this and I did so in a previous post.

No one has done more in last several decades with his inflammatory community organizer rhetoric to divide this country than Barack Obama.

** Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
** Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
** Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
** Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“
** Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
** Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”
** Obama: “My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.”
** Obama: “I will be happy to see the Republicans test whether or not I’m itching for a fight on a whole range of issues. I suspect they will find I am.”
** Obama: “It’s tempting not to negotiate with hostage takers”
** Obama: “We’re going to punish our enemies
** Obama: “Those aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American values.”

And there’s this:

** “All 50 States are coordinating in this – as we fight back against our own Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists who are subverting the American Democratic Process, whipped to a frenzy by their Fox Propaganda Network ceaselessly re-seizing power for their treacherous leaders.”

That’s about as nasty as it gets.

Sarah Palin is a hunter and certain words are expected in her lexicon. Barack Obama uses words to incite emotions- the emotions of hate and anger. He has fomented this violence. Sarah Palin is not the President. She is a private citizen. Barack Obama is the President of the United States and is expected to lead by example.

And he does just that.

In today’s NY Times;

WASHINGTON — The shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and others at a neighborhood meeting in Arizona on Saturday set off what is likely to be a wrenching debate over anger and violence in American politics.

In their article, Hulse and Zernike prove just how vapid and selectively ignorant they and the rest of the left wing whackjob media are. The vitriol has been flowing for a long time, and the President of the United States is the wellspring.

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