Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Putting Out The Fire With Gasoline

Sarah Palin and rightwing pundits like Glenn Beck have faced renewed scrutiny after the shootings in Arizona.
By Nicholas E. Terry

Soon after the unfortunate attacks in Tucson this weekend, the founder of The Daily Kos posted on twitter, “mission accomplished, Sarah Palin.”

While this is not a surprise to anyone with a sense of right and wrong, let alone common sense, it is completely fact less and typical politics of the left. Attached was a link to an image of her campaign graphic that depicted the targets of individual campaign races targeted by her PAC.

How can you connect this crazy kid who was kicked out of college with no ties to any political party or allegiance to Tea Parties, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck or talk radio?

I would say you’re just as crazy if you do.

Point being, before anyone knew anything about what really was going on, many in the media jumped to conclusions. It’s a trend we should be use to.  Every time something catastrophic like this happens the media quickly, and without facts, says that the gunman (or the bad guy) was a right-wing radical Christian conservative Tea Party member that worships Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. In 2009, when Maj. Nidal Hasan committed jihad on Fort Hood, President Obama urged Americans not to jump to conclusions.

Question: Who was Sarah Palin in 2007? Who was Glenn Beck? What was a Tea Party?
Answers: Governor of Alaska. A slave for CNN. Something that happened in Boston many, many years ago.

If the shooter in Tucson was a 22-year-old Muslim boy, could we blame Muslim talk radio? No. We’ve been told many times before that you can’t jump to conclusions.

Why does the media always forget the main responsibility; report the facts. It’s okay to sit and say that they don’t have all the facts but they’re working on it.

There is no evidence linking this gunman to Palin, or Beck, or Tea Parties or the Republican party. He first began his infatuation with Rep. Gabrielle Gifford in 2007. He met her, asked her a loony question, and she didn’t have an answer that pleased him. Later, she sent him a typical boilerplate letter thanking him for attending an event. He began to dislike the congresswoman.

Question: Who was Sarah Palin in 2007? Who was Glenn Beck? What was a Tea Party?

Answers: Governor of Alaska and not on the national political radar. A slave for CNN. Something that happened in Boston many, many years ago.

And while we’re at it…

Question: Who killed JFK? RFK?
Answer: As far as we know, Oswald was committed to Marxism and Communism. Sirhan Sirhan was an anti-Zionist Palestinian radical.

Neither of these two were right-wing radicals.

Media, and a majority of the country, forgets about radical leftists that take to the streets in violent protest. It ignores politicians that bully and disrespect constituents. It accepts semi-violent/violent rhetoric, attitudes and actions. Unless they are right-wing.

A partial list of history: the Weather Underground bombings of government buildings (Bill Ayers, a close associate of the president), Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam, radicals who seized control of Cornell University in 1969, The Students for a Democratic Society, leftists who rioted the 1968 DNC party in Chicago, the SLA and Patty Hurst robbing banks (the SLA inspired Sarah Jane Moore to assassinate President Ford), the shooting of FBI agents at Wounded Knee by the American Indian Movement in 1975, the murder of Rep. Leo Ryan and the mass suicide at Jonestown (a leftist/Marxist cult).

More recently we have communist and anarchist riots at the WTO in Seattle, violent anti-Bush and anti-war protests…in 2007 leftist’s playwrights created a play about killing President Bush. Pop idiot Madonna, regarding Palin, saying publicly she will “kick her ass.” Failed “comedian” Sandra Bernhard saying she wants Palin to be “gang-raped by my black brothers.” The gay couple in West Hollywood who hung a Palin mannequin from a noose.

Somehow, so many forget history.

One could argue that the left does a great job exciting people in a negative way.

Just recently, MSNBC allowed guest commentator Eugene Robinson to advocate a violent overthrow of government. Not a word from the President or those on the left.

Candidate Obama told supporters to “get in their faces,” “hit back twice as hard,” “push your enemies,” “it’s time to fight for it.” President Obama has said “I’m itching for a fight,” “we talk to these folks…so I know whose ass to kick,” “they bring a knife…we bring a gun.” Typical leftists talk…and the Chicago way.

This from a man who said to not jump to conclusions about a Muslim committing jihad on a military base. This from a President who wants to focus on the nation''s “caustic political climate.”

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik quickly blamed right-wing media rhetoric. After much pushing and prodding he admitted that he had no proof of this. The media allowed him to play judge and jury with no facts. Once again, it’s acceptable by the media and left.

Even Jane Fonda has created political hostility toward Palin and Beck on her Twitter page. Why isn’t the media or Obama addressing the hate towards calls for an assignation on Palin? She’s still a threat? Why should Beck have to pay for security for her and his family?

Those who think they have the answers are at times equally crazy. The man that committed murder this weekend was not mentally stable. That’s no excuse. He was nothing that the left wing media and radicals make him out to be. He believed the government was behind 9/11. He believed the moon landing was fake.
When does the double standard and reverse rhetoric end?

To date, no one has stood up and taken a stand against this kind of garbage. Somewhere out there, there must be a leader who will stand up.

We’re waiting.

Nicholas E. Terry is a Hayward resident and co-host of the East Bay Citizen TnT Podcast.


  1. If the shooter was a Mohammedan, there wouldn't be jack squat said about it.

  2. There would be coverage...but we couldnt blame his religion. Ft. Hood...it slowly went away.

    The media wouldn't allow anyone to jump to a conclusion and the President would be there that day (not four days later...but Palin gets crap for not responding sooner to this tragedy).

    The double standards will never end.

    Focus is on who is to blame; we dont know and how do we protect our Congressional leaders.


  3. We're a violent people. Check out the movies at Block Buster. Look at the amount we spend on our military assault weapons. Look at the U.S murder rate.Conservatives are more violent but as a country we're all part of a culture of killers.

  4. Conservatives are more violent? Worse then SEIU thugs? Worse then What history proves?

    Prove your rhetoric!


  5. Then why is the crime rate so high in liberal cities? San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Los Angeles? It's because liberals have no respect for the individual or property.

  6. San Leandro is very liberal and very violent - read Mike Katz' blog - the stats show it's second only to Oak-town!

  7. Good read.

    Pete Stark is responsible for se of the anger projected at him. It won't change.

    It's a shame that people fall for the game.

    Obama gave a decent memorial speech but was that a campaign stop or a time morn lives loss? How tacky.

  8. The first thing we need to do is take out Harry Reid... I want people in Nevada armed and dangerous on this issue [of the energy tax] because we need to fight back. Sharron Angle

    I want to kill Charlie Rangel with a shovel... every night I get down on my knees and pray Dennis Kucinich will burst into flames. Glenn Beck

    Our nation was founded on violence. The option is on the table. I don't think that we should ever remove anything from the table as it relates to our liberties and our freedoms. Texas GOP Candidate Stephen Broden

    Don't retreat, reload. Sarah Palin

    If ballots don't work, bullets will. Joyce Kaufman, wingnut talk show gasbag and former chief of staff for Rep. Alan West

  9. Mike...

    Care to share where you got that from?

    Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quote Media Matter refuses to quote:


    "When Franklin Roosevelt died and I draw great inspiration from him because he was a disrupter and I’m a fan of disrupters…people who make a change."

    "I don't want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry. I'm angry.What I want us to do, though, is channel our anger in a constructive way."

    "If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us."

    Mike...its played on by both sides...however, only the left can get away with it.

  10. This is a great read, from a very liberal writer too...President gave decent speech but did not say one word about "shutting down the nonsense about how Sarah Palin or right-wing talkers caused the shooting."


    We demanded everything from Bush, but turn our heads with this guy.

    I don't think I can vote for him again.

  11. Part of an AP article--
    Yes, acts of violence can, and do, happen anywhere. And the dismay over the nasty political rhetoric of past years — much discussed in the days since Saturday's rampage — reaches far beyond this state's borders.
    Yet a feeling resonates among some in the days since the shooting: that Arizona has become the nation's epicenter of divisiveness, the forefront of so much that's gone wrong.
    The local sheriff of 30 years, Clarence Dupnik, perhaps put it most bluntly, condemning his native state as "the mecca for prejudice and bigotry."
    "The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous," he said. "And unfortunately Arizona, I think, has become sort of the capital."
    Just as the tragedy has prompted national politicians and citizens elsewhere to rethink who we are and where we're going as a country, it has left some here questioning the identity and ideals of a state that has come to exemplify a radical, antiestablishment, we'll-do-things-our-way approach to governing.
    The "meth lab of democracy," comedian Jon Stewart called it last year, after Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed the anti-immigration law that instructs police to demand proof of a questionable person's legal status. The measure, which inspired nationwide protests, boycotts and a flurry of lawsuits, was signed within a week of another law making Arizona the third state allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.
    That very same week, some Republican state lawmakers were pushing a so-called "birther" bill that would have required the president to show his birth certificate to get on the state's 2012 ballot. That one never made it to the governor's desk but drove one Democratic legislator to declare: "We're becoming a national joke."
    Similar grumblings appeared in the comments section after The Arizona Republic reported that a newly elected state senator brought her .38 special — stuffed into her purse — to Brewer's State of the State speech this week. "Wow," one reader wrote, "now I know the secret to getting elected in Arizona. PACK HEAT!"
    Many comments, however, supported the senator.
    Intolerant. Ignorant. Bigoted. Corrupt. Crazy. They are words that, at one time or another, have been used to describe a place that is, in truth, not so easily explained.

  12. Anonymous, the quotes came from the Debra Saunders column today 1/13/11 in the Chronicle, comment from davelivesagain at 8:16 AM. I googled the attributions individually and believe that they are accurate quotes but out of the context within which they were made. I believe yours are just fine as well.

    Dropping the all caps will go a long way to ameliorating the tone of your comments. I believe every quote is accurate.

    I would close with Ronald Reagan.

    To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last - but eat you he will.


  13. Who bussed all those welfare recipients out to Connecticutt to protest in front of the homes of bank executives? Talk about inciting violence.

  14. Oh, Mr. Former Talent Agent can write and tweet. "Great hair"??? WTF?

  15. Who cares about Connecticunt. Marga

  16. Obviously you do Marga.

  17. Mr. Former Talent AgentJanuary 14, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    Thanks, not bad for a slob.

  18. You are a slob Mr. Former Talent Agent. Tuck in your shirt, put on some leather shoes, a pair of pants that aren't made for working in the yard, wash your hair, bathe, shave then look and act like a man dammit!!!