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Archive for January 18th, 2011

NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind: Vilifiyers Of Sarah Palin Are Engaging In Blood Libel

Posted by Gary P Jackson on January 18, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

From Vos Iz Neias

New York – Statement By Assemblyman Dov Hikind in defense of Sarah Palin’s use of the term “blood libel”

As someone whose grandparents were slaughtered in the Holocaust; whose parents survived the horrors of Auschwitz; and as the Assembly representative of the largest contingency of Holocaust survivors, I resent the recent attacks on Sarah Palin for her use of the term “blood libel” in defense of accusations lobbed against her by those wishing to lay blame for the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona. This is nothing more than an attempt to vilify and malign her, and I am not a Palin supporter. I would argue that those who continue to demonize her are themselves engaging in a blood libel.

H/T: Benyamin Korn at JewsForSarah.com

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Ed Koch: Sarah Palin Has Defeated Her Harsh And Unfair Critics

Posted by Gary P Jackson on January 18, 2011

Ms. Palin you are in a certain sense an example of the American dream: You have the courage to stand up and present your vision of America to its people. Your strength and lack of fear make America stronger and are examples to be emulated by girls and boys, men and women who are themselves afraid to speak up. You provide the example that they need for self-assurance.

~ Ed Koch

By Gary P Jackson

Former New York City Mayor, Ed Koch, has joined in with other [liberal] Jewish leaders standing with Sarah Palin as she has been attacked by the rabid left and their media partners.

Being a liberal, he has to get his shots in, but this is strong support and what civility looks like. [emphasis mine]

As I see it, in the current battle for public opinion Sarah Palin has defeated her harsh and unfair critics.

After the January 8 shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of six others in Tucson, Arizona, some television talking heads and members of the blogosphere denounced her and held her in part responsible for creating a climate of hatred that resulted in the mass attacks.

An example is Joe Scarborough and his crew on the “Morning Joe” show, which I watch and generally enjoy every morning at 6:30 a.m. when I rise to start the day. Because Palin designated Congresswoman Giffords and others for defeat in the November elections by the use of crosshairs on website maps of the Congressional districts, they blamed Palin for creating an atmosphere that caused Jared Loughner (whom everyone now recognizes as being mentally disturbed) to embark on the shooting and killing spree.

[ …. ]

While the charge of responsibility against Palin was dropped, the Scarborough crew continued to assail her for defending herself on her website where she stated that she had been the subject of a blood libel. Her critics were incensed that she should use the term “blood libel.” That was the description given by Jews to the charge of Christian clergy who falsely accused Jews of killing Christian children in order to make matzos (unleavened bread) during the Passover holiday. That libelous accusation was intended by those using it to cause pogroms that killed and injured thousands of Jews. It started in the early centuries A.D. and continues to date, according to Wikipedia. That same charge – blood libel – is now repeated by the media in Arab countries to stir up the anger of the Arab street against the Jews in Israel. The libel continues to do damage.

Today the phrase “blood libel” can be used to describe any monstrous defamation against any person, Jew or non-Jew. It was used by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon when he was falsely accused of permitting the Lebanese Christian militia to kill hundreds of defenseless and innocent Muslim men, women and children in Lebanese refugee camps. The killings were monstrous and indefensible revenge for earlier killings by Muslims of innocent Christian civilians.

Time Magazine published a story implying that Sharon was directly responsible for the massacres. He sued the magazine. At trial it was determined that the magazine story included false allegations, but since Sharon was a public figure, he received no monetary damages.

How dare Sarah Palin, cried the commentators, use that phrase to describe the criticism of her by those who blamed her for creating the atmosphere that set Loughner off in his murderous madness. Some took the position that it proved their ongoing charges that she is not an intelligent person and probably did not know what the phrase meant historically. In my opinion, she was right to denounce her critics and use blood libel to describe the unfair criticism that she had been subject to.

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Why do I defend Palin in this case? I don’t agree with her political philosophy: She is an arch conservative. I am a liberal with sanity. I know that I am setting myself up for attack when I ask, why did Emile Zola defend Dreyfus? Palin is no Dreyfus and I am certainly no Zola. But all of us have an obligation, particularly those in politics and public office, to denounce, when we can, the perpetrators of horrendous libels and stand up for those falsely charged. We should denounce unfair, false and wicked charges not only when they are made against ourselves, our friends or our political party but against those with whom we disagree. If we are to truly change the poisonous political atmosphere that we all complain of, including those who create it, we should speak up for fairness when we can.

In the 2008 presidential race when Sarah Palin’s name was first offered to the public by John McCain as his running mate, I said at the time that she “scared the hell out of me.” My reference was to the content of her remarks, not to her power to persuade voters.

It was McCain who lost the presidential election, not Palin. Since that time she has established that she has enormous power to persuade people. A self-made woman who rose from PTA mother to Governor of Alaska, she is one of the few speakers in public life who can fill a stadium. Her books are enormous successes. Her television program about Alaska has been a critical and economic success. When Sarah Palin addresses audiences, they rise to their feet in support and applause. She is without question a major leader of the far right faction in the Republican Party and its ally the Tea Party.

I repeat my earlier comment that she “scares the hell out of me.” Nevertheless, she is entitled to fair and respectful treatment. The fools in politics today in both parties are those who think she is dumb. I’ve never met her, but I’ve always thought that she is highly intelligent but not knowledgeable in many areas and politically uninformed. I don’t believe she will run for president in 2012 or that she would be elected if she did. But I do believe she is equal in ability to many of those in the Republican Party seeking that office.

Many women understand what she has done for their cause. She will not be silenced nor will she leave the heavy lifts to the men in her Party. She will not be falsely charged, remain silent, and look for others – men – to defend her. She is plucky and unafraid.

While I disagree with her and I am prepared to oppose her politically, in the spirit of longed-for civility I say, Ms. Palin you are in a certain sense an example of the American dream: You have the courage to stand up and present your vision of America to its people. Your strength and lack of fear make America stronger and are examples to be emulated by girls and boys, men and women who are themselves afraid to speak up. You provide the example that they need for self-assurance.

You can read more here.

Obviously we disagree with Mayor Koch on his assessment of Sarah’s politics, and just as he is “scared” of Sarah’s politics, we are angered by the destruction his party has caused to America. And unlike Koch’s “fears” the devastation brought on by the democrat party is real.

Something tells me, since the two have never met, Koch would find he and Sarah would agree on more things than they disagree on.Hopefully at some point the two will meet-up and have a chance to talk about it all.

One must applaud Koch. It takes a strong person to go against the grain, knowing they are from a party that doesn’t take dissent kindly. We live in a heated atmosphere. The American people are very angry. We have a radical leftist in the White House, and for four years we had a radical leftist Congress. Their policies have America on the edge of the abyss.

While it’s hard to contain this anger, Mayor Koch reminds us it is possible to disagree without being disagreeable.

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Political Genius Scarborough We Need A Bob Dole Candidate-Not A Palin For 2012

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on January 18, 2011

Failed “Republican” politician and tame representative of the right on ultra-liberal MSNBC http://www.politico.com/reporters/JoeScarborough.html
gives his genius switch on recommendations for the G.O.P.’s presidential candidate selection for 2012.

“As the liberal president is checked by the conservative Congress, a new presidential race approaches, the voting base expands and the keys to the car get turned over to more unifying figures. This explains how a party could move from Gingrich in 1995 to Bob Dole as its nominee in 1996.”

Yes-brilliant.Let’s nominate a Bob Dole type candidate and get this outstanding result. A 379 to 159 electoral college disaster,31 states to 19 shellacking and a loss by an embarrasing 8.5%.Yes-that is exactly the “move away from the right” that we need Joe.

Writing in the left-wing blog Politico Scarborough and his cohorts grudgingly concede that Palin had nothing to do with the Arizona horrors but by defending herself against,he admits,unfair left wing attacks (especially from MSNBC by the way) she has seemingly disqualified herself from running for president (as has Romney for not speaking out !!). No, the answer is more of Bob Dole. Genius indeed.

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CNN Poll: Most Americans don’t blame Gov. Palin for AZ shootings

Posted by joshpainter on January 18, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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The results of a CNN/Opinion Research poll released Monday show that while leftist bloggers and many in the biased national media blame Sarah Palin for the shootings in Tuscon, a majority of Americans do not.

Politico’s Andy Barr reported these findings, but pushed them down into the the sixth paragraph:

Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin was widely vindicated in the poll for posting a map on her PAC’s website last year showing cross-hairs on Gifford’s district, as well as the district of 19 other members. Some on the left pointed the finger at Palin following the shooting, but only 35 percent of those polled said Palin deserves any blame. Fifty-nine percent said she deserves little or no blame

Barr made the lede of his story instead about Americans’ attitudes regarding gun control. Those attitudes have not changed after the shootings, an outcome which comes as no surprise to anyone but theDemocrat/Media Complex. A majority of Americans have always supported their Second Amendment rights as guaranteed by the constitution. Perhaps Politico was hoping a sea change or something.

Charleston Daily Mail blogger Don Surber commented:

I don’t think the network brass got what they wanted.

Asked how much Sarah Palin had to do with it, 15% said not much and 44% said she had nothing to do with it — even though the question was loaded (“A map on Sarah Palin’s website that marked 20 congressional districts, including the district by the congresswoman who was shot…”).

That’s 59% who do not blame her.

Among independents, 58% did not blame her.

That means this has not hurt her — to be crass about a national tragedy.

So where did those surveyed place the blame for the shootings? According to Joe Newby at Examiner.com:

Most of those polled – 70 percent – said the underlying cause was “resources available to deal with mental illness.”

Shortly after the shooting, many on the left, including some in the media, pointed a finger at Sarah Palin and the use of crosshair graphics on an ad. As a result, Palin has seen an increase in death threats, while some have used Twitter to spread death wishes.

Once again Americans have been ill served by the nation’s press. A national dialog on getting help from mental health professionals to those who need them would have been constructive, and Gov. Palin and her family certainly didn’t need the death threats. Even liberal The New Republic admitted that the liberal media “botched” its job of reporting on the Arizona tragedy, but Ethel C. Fenig at American Thinker explains that TNR’s analysis is itself “an example of how the media botched the real story of the Arizona shooting.” In other words, the media botched the explanation of how they botched their reporting.

Update: At Hot Air, Allahpundit Allahputz yet again demonstrates his anti-Palin bias by focusing on the negative, despite the fact that, as Surber points out, the wording of the poll’s question was biased. The real takeaway from the poll — a CNN poll no less — is that a clear majority of 59 percent of Americans don’t hold Gov. Palin responsible for the shootings. Still, AyyPee considers it significant that 35 percent think her map at least partially contributed to the shootings. Despite the media’s shrinking influence, after such a week-long intensive media propaganda campaign, you could probably get a poll to show that 35 percent believe just about anything, no matter how ridiculous.

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Benyamin Korn and I Discuss Governor Palin on Jewish Independent Talk Radio

Posted by Adrienne Ross on January 18, 2011

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Benyamin Korn of JewsforSarah and host of Jewish Independent Talk Radio spent his WNTP radio broadcast Saturday discussing Governor Palin with me. We talked about his recent interview with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, my recent interview on Sistah Talk TV, and how the issue of race injects itself into our support of the Governor among both Jewish Americans and Black Americans. Sometimes that results in very heated, unreasonable accusations, but Korn asserts that this Minority of Two, as he calls it, has both the ability and responsibility to bring Governor Palin’s common sense conservative message to communities that have for too long been played by the Left.

(Audio access courtesy of Kristi King)

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Palin labeled as defiant

Posted by loricalabrese on January 18, 2011

Sarah Palin shined in her interview with Hannity Monday night and presented herself as a dignified, strong, and respectful politician, however we all know that’s not what will be reported.

I woke up Tuesday morning to hear NBC’s Today Show call Palin “defiant.”

Then I read an ABC article that says, “But the former Alaska governor ardently defended her statements from both before and after the deadly rampage,” and, “Palin seemed most irate over the notion that her reaction to the shootings has been insensitive.”

And New York Magazine writes, “Sarah Palin is all about free speech — unless it’s directed at her,” and “But first! Palin wants you to know that this isn’t about her.”

And it doesn’t stop there. . .

Continue reading on Examiner.com: Palin labeled as defiant – National Sarah Palin | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/sarah-palin-in-national/palin-labeled-as-defiant#ixzz1BOfuC2O3

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Palin Reads Gettysburg Address-Liberal Media Attacks “It’s All About Her”

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on January 18, 2011

Responding to an invitation from an Alaskan school to address a class on Civics Sarah Palin read them the Gettysburg Address as an example of a great American moment.

The media picked up the story and here is some examples of their comments;

Markos Moulitsas of Dail Kos; “Thousands of Union dead-‘Mission Accomplished’ Sarah Palin”

Keith Olberman MSNBC; “The Worst person in the World trivialises a sacred place in American history-Damn you to hell Sarah Palin.”

Gawker; ” Sarah Palin shows lots of leg in naughty monkey pumps in front of impressionable schoolchildren.”

Crooks & Liars. “Once again Palin proves she is totally stupid by dredging up something offensive to our past and Blacks in particular.”

Taylor Marsh;” Once again it’s all about Palin the victim”

New York Times; ” Palin’s address doesn’t condemn rifle using, slave holding, Confederate soldiers, thus there is an oblique reference to supporting right-wing extremism”

The above are just a snippet from the media/blogosphere-there are some hundreds of witty/angry/insulting comments from various comedians,directors,actors and the like along similar lines-for example;

David Letterman; “After the talk Palin went out in to the schoolyard and saw a squirrel polishing his nuts.”

Palin is reported to be considering addressing an English class about Shakespeare’s sonnets. The media is in a frenzy of anticipation.

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At Last;Here Is Romney’s Spirited,Stand Up Guy Defense Of Palin After Media’s Scurrilous Attacks

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on January 18, 2011


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The above comment-reproduced in full bring a tear to the eye.

Thank you Mr. Romney for displaying the strength of character, the defense of a fellow Republican, and your true sense of loyalty, in that spirited response to the left’s character assassination of Palin.

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