Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I'm tired of liberal hypocrisy and here's just another example of their hate-mongering. For example, the new Facebook group "I hate it when I wake up and Sarah Palin is still alive" calls for the death of Sarah Palin. And don't believe the BS that it is just one crazed liberal or two nuts lefties. This group, as of this moment, has exactly 2,139 "likes:"
He advocated a horrid plan to split Iraq into three separate nation's when the war briefly turned against the United States in 2006, and he opposed the successful surge that established the Iraq of today: peaceful, prosperous, and united. Then again, perhaps he was only posturing for the '08 Democrat Primaries?
Vice-President Joe Biden opposed the ongoing surge in Afghanistan, and he had a blowout with Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, before the Obama Administration even had control of our government. In fact, Biden has been on the wrong side of wars in the Middle East for two decades now: he voted against authorizing the use of force against Saddam during Desert Storm.
So you would think Vice-President Biden's recent trip to Afghanistan was more of the same from old Joe, right? Amazingly, no. If Vice-President Biden was sincere in his comments to Karzai, our current 2014 deadline to leave Afghanistan was just essentially blown up, and Joe Biden actually pulled the trigger.
Biden actually said "we're not leaving if you don't want us to leave" to Karzai. This is significant news on the Afghanistan War, considering the Obama administration has consistently pushed for a withdrawal deadline. Perhaps on-the-job training for the 44th President has taught him a thing or two about governing.
And how to alienate your Vice-President on foreign policy matters. Old Joe probably enjoyed his talk with President Karzai, and his pledge that "we're not leaving if you don't want us to leave", but I doubt it will change his thrice-proven wrong mind. Somewhere in Wyoming, a former Vice-President is smiling today.
What say you?
Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas, has one thing going for him if he does decide to run for the GOP Nomination again next year: Iowa will back him just as strongly as they did in 2008. This comes one week after a poll out of New Hampshire showed Mitt Romney leading the GOP field with relative ease.
Huckabee leads the way with 30%*, while Romney (18%), Palin (15%), and Gingrich (13%) round out the front runners. Ron Paul leads the second-tier candidates with 6%; while Pawlenty (4%), Thune (3%) and Daniels (1%) are struggling to find name recognition and active support in the first Caucus.
With Iowa trending to Huckabee, and New Hampshire to Romney - the voters of South Carolina, not just Republicans since SC primary elections are open to all registered voters, could very well choose the next Republican Nominee for President, and perhaps the next President of the United States in late January, 2012.
* - Huckabee won Iowa with 34% in 2008; Romney placed second with 25%.
He was a 9/11 Truther and opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was a political independent. Yet for some reasons all of these antithetical items seem to just make people want to blame Sarah Palin all the more. Furthermore, his hatred of Congresswoman Giffords started before the Tea Party or Palin's national career.
Still, in a CBS poll, it appears that some still want to blame politics, and it would appear that the prime target remains the Tea Party. Even MSNBC said that there was no link to the movement... "yet" in their broadcast. However, many Democrats still see Loughner as a product of the Tea Party.
Democrats were more evenly divide - 49 percent said they saw no link between the shooting and the rhetoric, while 42 percent said they did see a tie. Among independents polled, 56 percent said they saw no connection and 33 percent said they did see one.Just another disgusting politiziation of the horrific shootings on Saturday. Still without a shred of evidence. I don't expect to hear an apology from Paul Krugman anytime soon.
Monday, January 10, 2011
The National Organization for Women (NOW for short) has a different approach. Instead of condemning Loughner outright, they are using his senseless acts as political hay, equating conservatives to his hateful rampage and blaming the deaths of innocent people on figures like Sarah Palin.
The very same day that Loughner unleashed a barrage of bullets into a crowd, before it was even known who even committed this atrocity, NOW decided to blame the right for these crimes. Quickly releasing a statement, NOW President Terry O'Neill released the statement below (emphasis mine):
NOW condemns the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) that stole six lives and seriously injured 12 today. We condemn, equally, the culture of hate and violence increasingly reflected in extreme right-wing opponents of those who support progressive solutions to our country's challenges.
Rep. Giffords, whose office was vandalized after she voted for the federal health care reform law last year, was also named on Sarah Palin's "Targeted" list. Giffords (who has been consistently endorsed by NOW's PAC) herself understood the not-so-well veiled threat, stating "the thing is that the way she [Palin] has it depicted, we're in the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they've got to realize that there are consequences to that action."
The pious condemnations we are now hearing by right-wing leaders are of little comfort if not accompanied by concrete action. Conservatives cannot have it both ways, screaming sexist, racist and homophobic slurs at legislators as they vote for health care reform, putting legislators on a violence-inciting "Targets" list, and then simply saying how sorry they are when someone explodes into murder.
In November 2009, as Democratic women spoke on the House floor about how the Affordable Care Act would benefit women, Republican Congressmen shouted them down. Led by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who repeatedly yelled "I object. I object. I object. I object. I object," as Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) tried to talk, they carried on this attack for half an hour.
In March 2010, Tea Party supporters screamed a racial epithet at Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) as he walked toward Congress from a health care reform meeting. Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) was walking with Lewis and confirmed the protesters were yelling "Kill the bill, kill the bill," when they used the racial epithet. One man spit on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) as he walked to the Capitol. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was taunted with anti-gay epithets as he left the same meeting in a House office building.
We call on Republican leaders to do more than disavow hatred, hostility and violence-laden speech as a political tool. We also call upon the Justice Department to investigate -- to the fullest extent of federal anti-terrorist legislation -- reports that this mass murder, which included the killing of a federal judge and the attempted assassination of a member of Congress, was part of a conspiracy.
NOW offers our sincere condolences to the families of those who were slain, and we hope that all those who were injured will soon recover. Our thoughts are with all those involved in this horrible tragedy.There are two things that are utterly disgusting with the statement above. The first is that much of it is simply untrue, exaggerated, or things that Democrats do as well. The second, and most disgusting, is that NOW is using a tragedy to push forward its agenda.
Before the bodies of the murders lay cold in the ground, Terry O'Neill was salivating over blaming conservatives for this tragedy. She is disgusting and her actions must be condemned.
But out of all of the chaos that Saturday morning, heroes arose who saved the lives of dozens of people. These people seem to have been forgotten with all the vitriol that has been thrown about. I'd just like to take a few moments and recognize the people who acted when they had to. These people acted despite political beliefs. They acted because they cared, not because they were liberals or conservatives. These people are heroes.
Daniel Hernandez- 20-year-old Daniel Hernandez, an intern, is the man who most likely saved Representative Gabrielle Giffords's life. Knowing the basics of medicine and treatment, Hernandez tilted Giffords's head back, preventing her from drowning on her own blood. In the meantime, he applied pressure and clean cloths to Giffords's wound in able to prevent further damage.
Roger Sulzgeber and Joseph Zimudie- These heroes tackled Loughner as he attempted to continue his rampage. Putting their lives on the line in order to save others, Sulzgeber and Zimudie's actions likely saved dozens of people.
These people are all heroes. With the vitriol being thrown, we should stop and recognize those who saved instead of killed. Unfortunately, this article doesn't have a catchy headline or a new "scoop," so it is unlikely to be read and taken into account.
Apparently liberals believe "evidence" and "common sense" be damned; not only do they not have evidence to link Loughner to Palin, but now crazed liberals are calling for the "assassination" on the former governor of Alaska. Why? I'm not sure, but liberals are angry and vengeful.
Once again this isn't an isolated incident, but many liberals are going nuts just to scream for the death of Sarah Palin. Like this one on SodaHead:
Or this disgusting post on Skeptical Eye, in which the author tells people to kill Palin:
Pundit Press discovered yesterday:
As more investigation focuses on Loughner and his family, it appears that he is more insane than previously believed. For one, he is a 9/11 Truther, believing that the US government, led by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, carried out the September 11th atrocities:
He believed the U.S. government was behind 9/11, and worried that governments were maneuvering to create a unified monetary system ("a New World Order currency" one friend said) so that elites and bureaucrats could control the rest of the world.Loughner is also known for being increasingly aggressive towards others-- searching for "chaos."
An ardent atheist, he began to characterize people as sheep whose free will was being sapped by the government and the monotony of modern life.
"He didn't want people to wake up and do the same thing every day. He wanted more chaos, he wanted less regularity," one friend said.Even those who just knew Jared Loughner through class and not further social contact pegged him as a nut:
"My very first impression was that he was unstable, mentally and emotionally. He frightened me," she said. "His behavior was just so inexplicable. He had outbursts that were completely nonsensical. His behavior was angry and aggressive and something about him just frightened me."Loughner appears to be a nihilistic young person influenced by constant beratement about how American society and the Bush Administration was illegal and evil. He took these flights of fancy to the extreme-- hating the system and his Congresswoman. He seemed to take the counter-culture to its insane conclusion, choosing violence instead of reasonable discourse.
Jared Loughner, described by law enforcement officials and associates as a social outcast with wild beliefs steeped in paranoia and deep distrust of government, was due to make his first court appearance Monday at 4 p.m. ET.
AUSTIN, Texas -- A judge has ordered U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to serve three years in prison for his role in a scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.
The sentence comes after a jury in November convicted DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. DeLay was once one of the most powerful men in U.S. politics, ascending to the No. 2 job in the House of Representatives.
The former Houston-area congressman had faced up to life in prison. His attorneys asked for probation.
Senior Judge Pat Priest issued his ruling after a brief sentencing hearing on Monday in which former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert testified on DeLay's behalf.
Priest declined to hear testimony from the state's only witness.
So how does this change the 2012 landscape? Huckabee was the favorite in Iowa, at least if you take 2008 in perspective. Of course, Palin's numbers appear weaker than would be expected.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
And no, there was not just one insane person on one insane website, but many cases of wackos calling for the death of Sarah Palin. Like this one from a commenter on TMZ:
HOLY S**T CAN SOMEONE PLZ KILL SARAH PALIN:"
Or this one from Yahoo! Answers:
morons that think it is hilarious to joke about Palin being killed:
The list goes on and the threats go on. These are simply disgusting and need to stop.
Update: And a reader brought this disgusting Facebook group to my attention: Sarah Palin should die, which has just been taken down.
Caitie Parker, a woman who went to high school and knew Loughner during college, confirmed that his politics were left wing:
the world was run:"
constantly showed his contempt for Christianity. Further, on Loughner listed the Communist Manifesto as one of his favorite books on MySpace.
Under the username of "Erad3," a simple rearrangement of his first name, Loughner wrote perplexing and, quite frankly, insane posts several times on the website. Under his "More Stuff You Should Know" section, he wrote, "Eating a Chicken Pot Pie in a voting booth with the option for a Spanish vote!"
Other topics include a post entitled, "Why is the year infinite in the date," in which Loughner said, in response to "what day is today:" "Today is July 7th 2010620106548435784657841510159543248418954982010654843578465784151015954324841895..."In actuality, the number he wrote was over 900 characters long.
Loughner also rambled on about "infinite currency," which he also posted about on his YouTube page. In response to Loughner's ramblings, other members wrote that they were "struggling to see the point of [his] topic" and that they weren't sure what he was talking about.
Interestingly, out of all of Loughner's ramblings, one thing becomes crystal clear: his hatred for Christianity. Under his username, the assassin constantly bashed the religion; in a topic entitled, "Why does God allow the existance of people who go to hell," Loughner wrote, "God couldn't be a possible! It's being argued with unknown authors for dispute."
In other posts, Loughner's hatred for Christianity becomes even more clear. In a topic entitled, "108 Year Old Rabbi Predicts Arrival of Messiah," Loughner wrote:
If Christianity philosophy is non-fiction writing then there's a author for the literature
There's no author for the literature.
Therefore, Christianity philosophy is not non-fiction writing.
Crap on anyone who is believing Christianity without evidence of a writer!In another topic, he wrote this rambling response:
Are you going to tell every poster that its possibly to meet the writer in this current age?
There are far many books that are easy to remember then the books of the bible.
What if Plato and the other writers of the bible chilled for ten minutes talking about chicken?
What a sad attempt to know who wrote any of the bible and the story's not in them.
Very sad and pathetic attempt for something to talk about!Two things are becoming very clear as the world learns more about this assassin: he is insane and he hate Christianity.
The obviously demented murderer didn't just wake up and decide to execute whoever he found at the local supermarket - he planned it. This coward shot Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in the head, first, and then proceeded to kill and wound eighteen other innocent individuals in a matter of seconds, one of which was a little nine-year old girl who was only interested in government.
This was an attack on all of us.
When someone attempts to murder a sitting member of Congress, regardless of which chamber, they are taking a shot at our entire Constitutional and Political foundations. They are also taking a shot at our long held principle that we are a Nation of laws, and not of men.
And as a Nation united in our laws, and our pursuit of Justice - we must all take great offense at this deliberate assault upon one of our citizens who forsook the leisure of private cares, circumstances, and comforts, for the apparent risks of public service. Whatever your political ideology or beliefs, we're all Americans in this time of national mourning.
Congress must convene tomorrow morning and immediately pass legislation authorizing every member of the House, and Senate to hire a personal armed guard for their own security back in their home congressional districts across the nation. The $35 million in budget cuts from last week should be used. Our Representatives should never again be left open and vulnerable to any assault or assassination attempt.
Egypt’s majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community, was honoured, when thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside.
From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as “human shields” for last night’s mass, making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and towards an Egypt free from sectarian strife.
Among those shields were movie stars Adel Imam and Yousra, popular Muslim televangelist and preacher Amr Khaled, the two sons of President Hosni Mubarak, and thousands of citizens who have said they consider the attack one on Egypt as a whole.
“This is not about us and them,” said Dalia Mustafa, a student who attended mass at Virgin Mary Church on Maraashly Street. “We are one. This was an attack on Egypt as a whole, and I am standing with the Copts because the only way things will change in this country is if we come together.”
In the days following the brutal attack on Saints Church in Alexandria, which left 21 dead on New Year’ eve, solidarity between Muslims and Copts has seen an unprecedented peak. Millions of Egyptians changed their Facebook profile pictures to the image of a cross within a crescent – the symbol of an “Egypt for All”. Around the city, banners went up calling for unity, and depicting mosques and churches, crosses and crescents, together as one.
Saturday, January 08, 2011
New York's revitalized defense better prepare for Tom Brady, while Sanchez and company prepare for New England's stubbornly tough defense machine.
Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver’s Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno.
For more news on Jared Laughner and his attempted assassination of Rep. Giffords, click here.
Representative Giffords Background
Obama Speech on Attempted Giffords Assassination
Jared Laughner YouTube Account
"Jared Laughner" Identified as Killer in Giffords Shooting
And here is one of Laughner's insane YouTube videos:
1. We should go back to a currency based on gold and silver.
2. The government is actively involved in mind control and brainwashing.
3. All education is unconstitutional.
Also, he listed a couple of his favorite books as Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto.
Lastly, I want to express my thoughts and prayers to the victims of today's attack.
So who is Congresswoman Giffords?
She married Mark E. Kelly, a current U.S. Navy Captain and astronaut, in November of 2007. She is Arizona's first ever Jewish Congresswoman, she attends the Congregation Chaverim in Tucson, and she is an avid reader. It appears that Congresswoman Giffords is also the mother of two children.
Elected to the Arizona House in November 2000 - served for one term.
Elected to the Arizona Senate in November 2002 - served for two terms.
Elected to the United States House in November 2006, 2008 and 2010.
|Giffords: Still alive and could pull through|
Update: Fox News is identifying the suspect in the Representative Gabrielle Giffords shooting as a 22-year-old male named Jared Laughner.
Today, House Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head while holding a public event in Tucson, Arizona. Another eleven were also shot; Giffords was reportedly shot at "point blank range." Giffords and those shot were then rushed to the hospital.
In the shot term, with few answers out there, the major question arises: who shot Representative Giffords and why? One startling possibility: an angry Daily Kos reader named "BoyBlue" may be behind the shooting.
In a diary written just two days ago, BoyBlue wrote a diary exclaiming that Rep. Giffords was "DEAD to me!" The headline was followed by a rambling diary that contained a passage in which BoyBlue stated that he "shot [himself] in the mouth in a serious suicide attempt" after his same-sex partner left him.
BoyBlue then went on a diatribe against Giffords, writing (with language cleaned up):
"Today, just a little while ago, I saw on Andrea Mitchell Reports (out of the one eye in can still see out of) that Giffords voted AGAINST Nancy Pelosi as our Minority Leader. Rhetorical question: I fought back from my condition and jumped in with both feet to help Gabrielle Giffords for THIS s**t???"In other previous posts, BoyBlue rambled about his life as well. One exclaimed that he was leaving Daily Kos because it had turned "centrist." In the same post, BoyBlue exclaimed (once again, with language cleaned up): "Ask yourselves, "How 'progressive' is it to be f**king-over the ONE MAN who is fighting for "us" and one of our own steadfast allies? No good deed goes unpunished, I guess."
In an even earlier diary, BoyBlue defended someone who took hostages.
Now, according to reports, the attempted assassination was carried out by a man who shouted something before opening fire.
However, remember, all of these reports are preliminary. BoyBlue may very well be simply a crazed DailyKos reader.
Update: Fox News is now reporting that Rep. Giffords is still alive, despite previous reports.
The gunman is in custody.
Update (2:25pm): It is now being reported that four more people have died, including a child.
Update (2:30pm): Fox News is now reporting that the assassin was a lone gunman who was shot and tackled as he attempted to flee.
Update (2:53): Fox News is now reporting that Giffords may still be alive.
The gunman is in custody.
Update: Unfortunately, it is now being reported that Mrs. Giffords has died.
Update (2:25pm): It is now being reported that four more people have died, including a child.