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Posts Tagged ‘Arizona Shooting’

Sarah Palin: A Fearless Vow To Never Sit Down And Shut Up

Posted by Gary P Jackson on January 19, 2011

I know that it isn’t about me personally, but it is about the message, that I am not hesitant at all to spread across this country, and that is that our country is on the wrong track. We’ve got to get it back on the right track . . . to allow us to be prosperous and healthy and safe again. . . . Those on the left hate my message, and they’ll do all that they can to stop me.

~ Sarah Palin

By Gary P Jackson

The left continues the blood libel against Sarah Palin, still desperately trying to make their zombie followers think Arizona was all Sarah’s fault, as well as the fault of members of the Tea Party. Of course, they are also angered that she stood up and defended not only herself,  but her strong message. Now this isn’t just confined to the left. The Republican establishment hacks are joining the left in saying she shouldn’t defend herself.

The squishy Republicans, who just want to be loved, have no idea how to defend their positions. This is why America is in such bad shape. For decades Republicans, especially establishment Republicans, have been little more than enablers, useful idiots, as the radical left grabbed more and more power. Now we are at the eve of our nation’s very demise, thanks not only to the left, and their insane policies, but the Republicans too timid to stop them. 

Some get it though, as we are seeing more people stand up and call the naysayers out. Matt Schneider writing in the left wing Mediaite had this to say:

Last night Sarah Palin appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity, and although some feel all she did was preach to the choir, she actually accomplished a whole lot more with this passionate and, dare I say, courageous appearance. Not only did she rally her conservative troops, but she also laid the foundation for her continued relevance as a national figure while also skillfully establishing why she believed the mainstream media, and liberals in general, despise her. Simply put, she’s the most effective messenger for conservative principles and she will not be silenced.

Despite calling the Arizona shooter “evil” and praying for the families impacted by the tragedy, critics continue to think Palin focused too much on herself as the victim. Yet remember Palin was the one dragged into this conversation, by no choice of her own, with allegations implying she and others somehow contributed to the murders. Therefore, why shouldn’t anyone in her position be entitled to every opportunity to defend themselves against such vitriolic smears?

Palin claimed her controversial video response to the tragedy “wasn’t self-defense, it was defending those who were falsely accused,” which also included other conservative commentators and members of the Tea Party. This eagerness to fight for unrestrained freedom of speech for all and her refusal to apologize for using the term “blood libel” are early signs of Palin’s leadership capabilities and her confidence to never back down, even when under intense fire from the media.

Palin’s tenacity in part derives from her rational understanding of why she is so frequently targeted.

Her message, more specifically hinted at during this appearance, is a growing concern over the debt, the looming energy crisis, and various national security policies.

No matter one’s political beliefs though, it’s hard to dispute that Palin displays a fierce determination in the face of substantial adversity with her promise that “I’m not going to sit down, I’m not going to shut up” about issues in which she believes and with an admirable willingness to “take the darts and the arrows” she receives from all critics while continuing to speak. And when her most significant issue is ensuring that “peaceful dissent and discussion about ideas [is not] stifled by a tragic event,” Palin’s efforts toward this goal should surely be welcomed by all.

Before this interview, some considered Palin at the end of her political career, puke-worthy or not well-educated, while many conservative voices refrained from publicly defending Palin or even suggested dismissing her as radioactive or overly scripted. Did all of these commentators and politicians make inaccurate assessments or premature predictions more reflective of conventional wisdom or their own wishful thinking, rather than based on what now seems to be Palin’s realistic political future? “You betcha!

We have heard the Ruling Class and their media proclaim Sarah Palin’s career “finished” numerous times since November of 2008. Each and every time they have not just been wrong, but spectacularly wrong.

Watching her interview with Sean Hannity on Monday, I saw the determination in her eyes and heard it in her voice. She’s a fighter. She will never back down. She will never shut up.

And thank God for that!

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Governor Palin and Sean Hannity – Exclusive Interview Video

Posted by Adrienne Ross on January 17, 2011

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

In her first interview since the Tucson tragedy, Governor Palin spoke openly and honestly with Sean Hannity tonight. In this exclusive interview, they discuss the accusation that she is responsible for the shootings, her use of the term “blood libel,” and the impact the Left’s blame-game might have on her political future. One thing is certain: she will not sit down and shut up.

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(Video retrieved from PalinTV)

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Voices of Reason on AZ Shooting, Governor Palin, and ‘Blood Libel’

Posted by Adrienne Ross on January 15, 2011

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

What are people saying about Governor Palin since the Arizona shooting tragedy a week ago? You have obviously heard much of the nonsense, but there are some voices of reasons, as well. Michael Savage, Dennis Prager, and Rev. Franklin Graham speak up.

Michael Savage, whom I usually listen to only in small portions, makes a statement about her leadership in this situation and compares it to that of others who are considered 2012 hopefuls. Clearly, Governor Palin’s video address about last Saturday had nothing to do with 2012; however, Savage’s comments on her leadership merit a listen (courtesy of PalinTV).

Dennis Prager, a Jewish American, discusses the “blood libel” on his radio show. He, of all people, understands what a blood libel is–and he knows that she used the term correctly. He also discusses the irrational hatred people have for the Governor. Prager passionately takes apart the idea that she needs to offer an apology, as some have demanded–including a Congresswoman. He captures how utterly insane this is. Governor Palin has been accused of being responsible for murder and bloodshed, and she is supposed to apologize?! He calls the response to her and the treatment she endures “gratuitous hatred,” “over the top,” and he says it “puts morality on its head.” He adds, “They owe her an apology.”

In Prager’s appeal for moral honesty, he discusses that the Left engaging in this blame-game either hate Governor Palin, are a bunch of liars, or both. I say both! Hey, disagree on the issues, yes, but with the Governor it runs deeper than that–always. Prager states, “I don’t care if you like her or not. I care whether you like virtue or not, whether you like moral standards or not.” These people absurdly blamed her for the shooting. Then when she spoke up, they picked apart her words where she called them out for using this tragedy to engage in disgusting political posturing, assigning the term “blood libel” to it. So they follow that up with labeling her anti-semitic. These are further examples of their moral depravity and their diabolical hatred, as if anyone needed more evidence. The bottom line, as explained by Prager: “She has been lied about with regard to murder. That is a blood libel!”

Listen to Prager’s broadcast:

Rev. Franklin Graham discusses Governor Palin’s character as well as the inappropriateness of using death and destruction for political gain. David A. Patten reports:

“I have been shocked at the reports from those suggesting that former Governor Sarah Palin has some level of responsibility for the horrific shooting in Arizona,” Graham said in the statement posted Tuesday on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) website.

“I got to know Governor Palin when she served as governor of Alaska,” stated the younger Graham, who is BGEA’s president and CEO.

[…]

Graham went on to praise Palin as “a kind and compassionate, God-fearing woman who believes with all her heart that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

Graham’s statement strongly suggested that he views political attacks based on the tragedy to be highly inappropriate.

“Whether you agree with her politics or not, it is outrageous to suggest that her political opinions encourage violence toward anyone,” Graham declared.

[…]

“Hasty accusations have already been made before much information is known and an investigation has occurred,” he stated. “I believe this is counterproductive and could in itself incite hatred.”

Of course, the reverend is correct. The Left’s reactions do incite hatred, and Governor Palin has been dealing with a plethora of death threats–even more than she normally has to contend with. It’s insane. Earlier this week, I posted a YouTube video which was a compilation of disgusting threats and death wishes directed at the Governor. Interesting, YouTube decided to remove the video in the name of privacy protection or something. No, we need to unmask the hateful souls who publicly called–and are still calling–for the death of Governor Palin.

On this issue, I turn to Big Journalism:

As you can imagine, after the video first posted to YouTube, viewers were disgusted. In fact, quite a few from both the right and the left were sickened enough to let some of those Twitter users know that their behavior was reprehensible. And when the heat got to be too much for one user, she complained to YouTube about her precious privacy. Because she was “just voicing anger” in a public tweet and doesn’t want anyone “attacking her” back on Twitter.

This of course after publicly wishing death on a public figure.

Read the full report about that here.

The video is still out there because someone else posted it. It can be seen here. The hatred is intense and real, and who’s going to do something about that? Will the far-Left radicals come out on this? Point fingers on this? Work to stop this? Or are they too busy demanding an apology from Governor Palin for simply existing? Sadly, we already know the answer.

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John Hayward: Top 5 Absurd Responses To The Palin Video

Posted by Adrienne Ross on January 12, 2011

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

You already knew the feigned offense to Governor Palin’s video address today was absurd, but let’s go through the motions nonetheless. John Hayward writes “Top 5 Absurd Responses To The Palin Video: Eight minutes of video produces a full day of meltdown“:

I was going to write a nice introductory paragraph, but I think I’ll just say “For crying out loud…” and get on to business.

1. The phrase “blood libel” is an affront to Jews: I guess that would make Glenn Reynolds and me anti-Semites too, since we both used the phrase before Palin did. Well, we’re not, and neither is she.

Anyone who thinks they’re scoring points against Palin with this ridiculous complaint could not be more mistaken. The vast majority of Americans, listening to breathless liberals run through the detailed history of medieval slander they just memorized, will blink a couple of times and ask, “So what?”

“There are few more freighted phrases in the history of hate than ‘blood libel’,” Howard Fineman shrieked in the Huffington Post. Horsefeathers. Ninety per cent of the people trying to make hay out of the term heard it for the first time three hours ago.

Incredibly, AOL News quotes former Gore speechwriter Robert Lehrman describing the use of “blood libel” as a coded message to Jewish reporters. “Because the Right and some Tea Party people, like Tony Katz, talk about the Jewish-dominated media, the unspoken implication is this: Most people won’t get this, but you Jewish reporters know what I’m saying.” So the Tea Party is full of bigots who think Jewish reporters respond to dog-whistle language? Way to defuse that “Climate of Hate,” Mr. Lehrman!

Some Palin critics are even suggesting she’s too stupid to know what the “blood libel” was. Let me assure them I know exactly what the term means, and I knew before last week. I first heard “blood libel” used many years ago, as a metaphor for contemporary Palestinian propaganda against Israel, and became interested in the historical precedent. I consider the metaphor apt in this case as well. That’s why I used it.

“Blood libel” is not a capitalized reference to a specific event, like “Holocaust.” It has a history, but so do many of the terms we commonly use today. Let me give the floor to Alan Dershowitz for a moment:

The term “blood libel” has taken on a broad metaphorical meaning in public discourse. Although its historical origins were in theologically based false accusations against the Jews and the Jewish People,its current usage is far broader. I myself have used it to describe false accusations against the State of Israel by the Goldstone Report.

If you’re Jewish and sincerely find the use of this term offensive, I do apologize for inadvertently hurting your feelings. Obviously that was not my intent, or Sarah Palin’s. Your feelings are your own, and it is not my place to judge them invalid. I would only ask you to consider the massive propaganda effort of the last few days, designed to slather the blood of Tucson across the entire conservative movement, and decide for yourself if there is sufficient similarity to historical events to justify calling it a “blood libel.”

2. You can see a teleprompter reflected in Palin’s glasses during the video: I’m sorry, I’m laughing too hard to type a response to that one. Please insert your own Obama joke in this space.

3. Palin made the “Climate of Hate” worse by responding to the slander against her: I can see why liberals would try to double their bets by pushing this pathetic line, but if I were you guys, I’d shut up and hope to God everyone forgets I tried. The only people who will buy that argument are the ones who thought using the dead of Tucson as political props was a good idea in the first place.

Let me be blunt, liberal America: no one, outside your own fever swamps, trusts you to decide what discourse is “fair”, or where the “Climate of Hate” begins and ends. You don’t get to drop buckets of blood on Palin for days, then call her a hatemonger for responding. Your behavior over the last few days is a crime against discourse, and you did not get away with it.

4. Palin is trying to “insert herself” into the Tucson story: Boy, dehumanizing people is hard when they actually show up to respond, isn’t it? Once again, the Left is assuming Americans are too slow-witted to remember who dragged Sarah Palin into this terrible story. The Left is wrong, and looks absolutely foolish by trying to hypnotize millions of people into forgetting the last three days of wall-to-wall press coverage.

5. Palin should have been more “inclusive”: In other words, she should have pled guilty on a few of the murder counts against her, and cut a deal with her media prosecutors. Maybe she could have chuckled at the mischievous spirit of those lovable scamps who accused her of providing Jared Loughner with a hit list, and baking his mind in an oven of hateful rhetoric.

She did repeatedly call for unity and the peaceful resolution of our spirited differences, but she really should have flogged herself and promised to support ObamaCare, just to build some bridges with the Left. She could have won a victory over herself, and learned to love Big Media.

The Tucson blood libel was nothing less than a deliberate attempt, willingly assisted by top figures in the media, to end meaningful discourse by ruling one side completely illegitimate. It’s tough to be less “inclusive” than that. The proper response to the hatred of the Left is not submission, or negotiated surrender. Sarah Palin demonstrated leadership by sweeping both options off the table today. Now that we’re through with that nonsense, we can get back to our passionate arguments, clear in the understanding that no one will be able to silence anyone else. As Palin said in her video, that’s one of the reasons America is so exceptional.

Well said.

(h/t Hal)

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Jews Stand with Governor Palin’s Use of ‘Blood Libel’

Posted by Adrienne Ross on January 12, 2011

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

Early this morning, Governor Palin released a video address about the Arizona shooting this past Saturday.

The Governor expressed her sincerest sadness at this tragedy, her disappointment in those who have used it to promote their political agenda, and her hope in America’s enduring strength. Her message was the right one and one that we are the better for hearing.

Of course, because it was Governor Palin who delivered the message, many of the same people who disgustingly seek to blame her for the actions of a lone, deranged murderer, Jared Loughner, seek to find fault in the message she delivered. Because she called them out on their irresponsible, hateful attacks on her and others on the Right, because they make their money playing partisan games with real issues that affect all Americans, and because her name is Sarah Palin, they had to find something with which to find fault. What was it this time? The use of the term “blood libel.”

Their need to pick apart everything Governor Palin does and says is really getting tired, and Americans are growing weary. You’d think, after undergoing intense criticism from even some on the Left for playing politics with pain, they’d get a clue and cut out this ridiculous obsession with demonizing all things Palin. Their tactics haven’t worked–except to anger all fair-minded, truth-loving Americans–but they persist.

So today the complaint is that use of the term “blood libel” is an affront to our Jewish brothers and sisters. Well, we’re hearing quite a bit from some Jewish people, and they say something entirely different.

Pamela Geller commits her life to issues that affect Jewish Americans. She takes on the radical Left with unwavering fortitude and is never guilty of holding back. Would she agree with Governor Palin’s assessment that what has transpired since Saturday is indeed “blood libel”? She writes (emphasis added):

Today Sarah Palin responded to the vicious blood libel leveled against her by the army of destroyers. The ferocious, relentless attacks on Sarah Palin are a testament to her greatness, proof of how deathly afraid of her they are, like Dracula to the silver cross.

Obviously she agrees with the Governor’s assessment. So why, then, this attack–once again–on her? Geller continues:

Here’s the thing. The mission by objective of the haters, the party of destruction, is to ruin the best, the brightest, the good. The left has, day after day, month after month, year after year, decade after decade, trafficked only in ruin and destruction, focusing on the most effective leaders on the right.

Read Pamela Geller’s full piece here.

Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin also issued a statement today:

Sarah Palin got it right.

Falsely accusing someone of shedding blood is the definition of a blood libel – whether it’s the medieval Church accusing Jews of baking blood in Passover matzos, or contemporary Muslim extremists accusing Israel of slaughtering Arabs to harvest their organs – or our political partisans blaming conservative political figures and talk show hosts for the Tucson massacre.

[…]

“Blood libel” does not refer exclusively to accusations against Jews. It does not refer only to medieval episodes that resulted in pogroms. It is a term that has been, and continues to be, legitimately used in contemporary American political discourse by all sides. Governor Palin’s use of the term is accurate, reasonable, and squarely within the bounds of accepted political discourse. It is her opponents’ attempts to falsely connect her to the Tucson massacre which is inaccurate, and unreasonable, and beyond the pale of civilized discourse.

Click here to read this entire piece concerning historic and current use of the term.

Sheya of Conservatives4Palin, Organize4Palin, and PalinTV–and a devout Jew–shares his heartfelt thoughts. I will excerpt the piece, but please read it in its entirety:

As many of our readers know, I am an observant Jew. I observe the Sabbath and all the Jewish Holidays. I went to Jewish schools and so do my kids. Not only do I live by all the rules, I am part of the Jewish culture and I even look the part.

Ever since I was two years old, I was told stories of Jewish persecution and blood libels. I was told how the Jews were accused for using the blood of Christian children to bake matzoh bread. I was told the stories of how whenever there was a murder in town the Jews were blamed for it. Whatever the scenario, the chain of events were the same. The Jews were accused of a murder, followed by calls for their deaths, followed by riots and then killings of all the Jews. At all time when the Jews spoke up and defended themselves, they were told to sit down and shut up and further killings took place just for that reason alone.

After the horrific killings in Tucson this Saturday and the finger-pointing at Governor Palin begun, I was mad and I was angry. Not that I’m not used to seeing irrational criticism thrown at Governor Palin, I’m used to seeing that by now and frankly I have come to expect it. But this time it was different; this time it felt as if all those stories I was told as a kid were coming to life. A heartless murderer shot and killed innocent victims. Governor Palin, who is hated just because she exists, was blamed, and that was followed by a flood of calls for her death on Twitter and Facebook. If this isn’t a blood libel than nothing is.

I have just spoken to many of my Jewish friends. Neither myself nor any other Jew I know is offended by Governor Palin’s comments. On the contrary, based on what we know and were taught about blood libels, this is exactly what this was: a blood libel.

The term blood libel wasn’t invented to define what happened to the Jews; it’s just that what happened to Jews were blood libels, and this term fits perfectly to what happened to Governor Palin.

[…]

I am a proud observant Jew, and I am always proud to stand with Governor Palin, but today we are also partners in blood.

Read more here.

Adam Brickley, another C4P colleague and Jewish brother, shares his personal story in his piece, and this is some of what he says about the term:

The media is abuzz today about Gov. Palin’s use of the term “blood libel” to describe the left’s appalling exploitation of the Arizona tragedy to demonize conservatism. Supposedly, this is an insult to the Jewish community given that “blood libel” can be defined as a purely anti-Semitic act, which requires one to accuse Jews of using human blood in religious rituals (which is the origin of the term). So far the debate has focused on semantics, highlighting technical definitions rather than the spirit in which the act was carried out.

[…]

Now, fast-forward to 2011, and we are talking about whether it is appropriate for Sarah Palin to use the term “blood libel” to describe the fashion in which she was personally blamed, despite irrefutable evidence to the contrary, for a savage and demented mass murder. In my mind, there is no question. This was blood libel of the most savage kind. There is absolutely no difference between what I felt I feel now, as a member of a movement falsely accused of gunning down a Congresswoman, and what I felt when my family’s Judaism was used as supporting evidence in a campaign to falsely accuse us of psychotic threats of violence. I can’t imagine how Gov. Palin herself must feel after having been personally accused, considering that I was moved almost to tears simply as an anonymous member of the broader “tea party”.

“Blood libel” was coined as a term to describe false accusations of ritual murder against the Jewish people – but it’s an action verb, and it’s an act that can be committed in the future against anyone. We cannot and should not deny people the right to call this despicable act what it is. If we do so, we allow the perpetrators to continue using one of the most painful and traumatizing propaganda tactics ever invented.

Read Brickley’s full article and learn about his own experience with blood libels by clicking here.

There is much more out there, and perhaps we’re not done with this issue, but the bottom line is really the same bottom line it was yesterday, the day before, and the day before that. The Left simply wants to tear down Governor Palin no matter what she says or doesn’t say. Their issue with her has nothing to do with rational thought, honest debate, or issues of importance. Their issue with her is that she…well, that she is. They cannot figure out why she has not yet sat down and shut up, packed it in, turned off the lights. They have thrown absolutely everything at her–yes, even blood libel. Yet she continues to stand–and stand she will.

I stand with her.

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Governor Palin: America’s Enduring Strength

Posted by Adrienne Ross on January 12, 2011

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

Governor Palin via Facebook:

Please click here to view the video of this statement.

Like millions of Americans I learned of the tragic events in Arizona on Saturday, and my heart broke for the innocent victims. No words can fill the hole left by the death of an innocent, but we do mourn for the victims’ families as we express our sympathy.

I agree with the sentiments shared yesterday at the beautiful Catholic mass held in honor of the victims. The mass will hopefully help begin a healing process for the families touched by this tragedy and for our country.

Our exceptional nation, so vibrant with ideas and the passionate exchange and debate of ideas, is a light to the rest of the world. Congresswoman Giffords and her constituents were exercising their right to exchange ideas that day, to celebrate our Republic’s core values and peacefully assemble to petition our government. It’s inexcusable and incomprehensible why a single evil man took the lives of peaceful citizens that day.

There is a bittersweet irony that the strength of the American spirit shines brightest in times of tragedy. We saw that in Arizona. We saw the tenacity of those clinging to life, the compassion of those who kept the victims alive, and the heroism of those who overpowered a deranged gunman.

Like many, I’ve spent the past few days reflecting on what happened and praying for guidance. After this shocking tragedy, I listened at first puzzled, then with concern, and now with sadness, to the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event.

President Reagan said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election.

The last election was all about taking responsibility for our country’s future. President Obama and I may not agree on everything, but I know he would join me in affirming the health of our democratic process. Two years ago his party was victorious. Last November, the other party won. In both elections the will of the American people was heard, and the peaceful transition of power proved yet again the enduring strength of our Republic.

Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions. And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.

There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols? In an ideal world all discourse would be civil and all disagreements cordial. But our Founding Fathers knew they weren’t designing a system for perfect men and women. If men and women were angels, there would be no need for government. Our Founders’ genius was to design a system that helped settle the inevitable conflicts caused by our imperfect passions in civil ways. So, we must condemn violence if our Republic is to endure.

As I said while campaigning for others last March in Arizona during a very heated primary race, “We know violence isn’t the answer. When we ‘take up our arms’, we’re talking about our vote.” Yes, our debates are full of passion, but we settle our political differences respectfully at the ballot box – as we did just two months ago, and as our Republic enables us to do again in the next election, and the next. That’s who we are as Americans and how we were meant to be. Public discourse and debate isn’t a sign of crisis, but of our enduring strength. It is part of why America is exceptional.

No one should be deterred from speaking up and speaking out in peaceful dissent, and we certainly must not be deterred by those who embrace evil and call it good. And we will not be stopped from celebrating the greatness of our country and our foundational freedoms by those who mock its greatness by being intolerant of differing opinion and seeking to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults.

Just days before she was shot, Congresswoman Giffords read the First Amendment on the floor of the House. It was a beautiful moment and more than simply “symbolic,” as some claim, to have the Constitution read by our Congress. I am confident she knew that reading our sacred charter of liberty was more than just “symbolic.” But less than a week after Congresswoman Giffords reaffirmed our protected freedoms, another member of Congress announced that he would propose a law that would criminalize speech he found offensive.

It is in the hour when our values are challenged that we must remain resolved to protect those values. Recall how the events of 9-11 challenged our values and we had to fight the tendency to trade our freedoms for perceived security. And so it is today.

Let us honor those precious lives cut short in Tucson by praying for them and their families and by cherishing their memories. Let us pray for the full recovery of the wounded. And let us pray for our country. In times like this we need God’s guidance and the peace He provides. We need strength to not let the random acts of a criminal turn us against ourselves, or weaken our solid foundation, or provide a pretext to stifle debate.

America must be stronger than the evil we saw displayed last week. We are better than the mindless finger-pointing we endured in the wake of the tragedy. We will come out of this stronger and more united in our desire to peacefully engage in the great debates of our time, to respectfully embrace our differences in a positive manner, and to unite in the knowledge that, though our ideas may be different, we must all strive for a better future for our country. May God bless America.

– Sarah Palin

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Oops: America Not Buying Left Wing Lies About Sarah Palin, Arizona Shooting

Posted by Gary P Jackson on January 11, 2011

…. Even half of the DEMOCRATS polled aren’t buying it!

By Gary P Jackson

Well now …. it looks like the efforts by the left wing and their media partners to blame Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, talk radio, and puppies for the Arizona tragedy just ain’t makin’ it. Kinda sad because they have tried so hard, using the most extreme pretzel logic imaginable, to use this tragedy for political gain.

Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air notes:

A majority of 57% say that politics had nothing to do with the shooting, and even a plurality of 49% of Democrats agree (via Dan Spencer):

Nearly six in 10 Americans say the country’s heated political rhetoric is not to blame for the Tucson shooting rampage that left six dead and critically wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, according to a CBS News poll.

In the wake of the shooting, much focus has been put on the harsh tone of politics in Washington and around the country, particularly after a contentious midterm election. Rhetoric and imagery from both Republicans and Democrats have included gun-related metaphors, but the majority of the country isn’t connecting the shooting to politics.

It seems that the public has been able to separate the spin from the actual facts, which show that Loughner was a loon acting out of insanity and a personal grudge against Giffords, one completely of his own making. The publicity-hound sheriff who’s supposed to be leading the investigation may want to get around to, you know, looking at the evidence, as the feds apparently have done:

There’s mounting evidence that the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords wasn’t a political act but a plan by a disturbed high school dropout who had few friends and no clear agenda. …Instead, Loughner may have had some self-generated dislike of Giffords that stemmed from when he first spoke to her at an event in 2007.

Looks like the left has failed massively here. The American people aren’t stupid. They understand that someone who leans to the left, and has been obsessing on Congresswoman Giffords long before Sarah Palin was known, or the Tea Party existed, might just have other issues.

As Morrissey continues:

The media spin of the first 48 hours failed to even convince the predisposed. Only 42% of Democrats in the survey believed that the shootings were a political act, and independents broke out at about the same ratio as the overall sample, 56/33. That is very good news for America, and bad news for those in the media and in Congress who hoped to leverage the shooting to pass gun-control and speech-control legislation and bully grassroots conservatives into silence.

We knew the devious little buggers on the left would overplay this and turn everyone off, but the moment we knew they had really crashed and burned came last night during the Sean Hannity Show. Bob Beckel, one of THE most partisan democrats out there, and absolutely no fan of Sarah Palin’s, quietly and calmly defended her. Beckel didn’t just defend her, but took some pride in the fact that he, in his words, “invented the idea of putting targets on politicians.”

I know the left will never stop attacking, and the corrupt media will never stop carrying their water, but it’s comforting to know the American people are much smarter than they are and won’t buy into their lies and smears. 

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Jews For Sarah: Now Sarah Palin Is “An Honorary Jew”

Posted by Gary P Jackson on January 11, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

Our friends over at JewsForSarah sent us this today:

JewsForSarah ‘Comment of the Year’ Award . . . Goes to . . .

Eugene V., of Albany, CA, who wrote us:

The propensity of the liberal media to blame everything on Sarah Palin reminds me of how the Jew-haters blame everything on Jews. Hence, I move to make Sarah an ‘honorary Jew.’But we need a minyan [quorum for public prayer]. Are there 9 more Jews who are willing to join me?

Sarah has a strong following among the independent Jewish community. She has long stood with Israel, that, and her stand for Freedom and Liberty is quite inspiring.

Visit our friends over at JewsForSarah here.

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More Violent Democrats: Congressman Paul Kanjorski On Florida Governor Rick Scott: “Put him against the wall and shoot him.”

Posted by Gary P Jackson on January 11, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

As the corrupt media, and lying, hypocritical democrats [yeah, I know, same thing] continue to try and blame Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and everyone else for the tragic mass murder in Arizona by a crazed left winger, we are continuing to highlight real calls for violence and death by democrats.

The latest is from corrupt democrat Paul Kanjorski, a Congressman who was just soundly defeated in November. Before the election Kanjorski made the statement that Florida’s Rick Scott, now Governor Rick Scott, should be put against a wall and shot.

As the American Spectator’s Jeffrey Lord reports:

Congressman Paul Kanjorski, the Pennsylvania Democrat who just lost his seat to Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, a Republican, had another target on his mind before he lost his election.
Curiously, that would be Rick Scott, now the Republican Governor-elect of Florida. Kanjorski is clearly not a Scott fan. In fact, he has suggested that the Governor-elect should be…shot.

You read that right. Here’s the quote, which seemed to vanish in the pre-election haze. It was reported at the time in the Scranton Times

From the Scranton Times:

That Scott down there that’s running for governor of Florida,” Mr. Kanjorski said. “Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him [sic] and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him. He stole billions of dollars from the United States government and he’s running for governor of Florida. He’s a millionaire and a billionaire. He’s no hero. He’s a damn crook. It’s just we don’t prosecute big crooks.

This is pretty big talk from one of the most corrupt bastards in Congress!

Here’s a bit on what this crook was up to and an accompanying video:

Democrat Paul Kanjorski directed millions of taxpayer dollars for a company created and run by his family.

This video is about the case of Pennsylvania Democratic congressman Paul Kanjorski, who earmarked millions of taxpayer dollars for a company run by his family.

In a startling interview, Joe Yudichak, who ran the non-profit Regional Equipment Center in Kanjorski’s district, says the congressman initially tried to bully him into helping Kanjorski direct the money to Kanjorski’s family members. In the documentary, Yudichak recounts his conversation with Kanjorski: “He said, ‘You’re telling me I can’t take care of my family?’ He said, ‘Well, I’m telling you, it’s gonna be done. And it’s gonna be done with you or without you.’ And he said, ‘I’ll bury you. I’ll destroy you.'”

Kanjorski later earmarked more than $10 million directly to the company run by his family. The money was supposed to fund the development of new technologies to help turn around desperate coal towns and make them prosperous.

The company, Cornerstone Technologies, went bankrupt.

Harold Shobert, head of Pennsylvania State University’s Energy Institute, and a leading expert on anthracite coal, worked with Cornerstone on one project. Shobert said “It was clear that these guys were clueless as to how to do research and development,” “It was sort of like trying to collaborate with the cast of Looney Tunes.”

This Fox New’s Chris Wallace’s reporting on this corrupt scumbag former Congressman:

Kanjorski is a crook, a liar, a hypocrite, and a despicable human being. Pennsylvania voters were right to throw this dirt back out of office. This is a good look though, at how democrats constantly project their own wicked personality traits on others.

One wonders if he would recommend the same punishment he wished on Governor Rick Scott, for himself.

One thing’s for sure, this crook should be in prison.

Now one has to ask, which is more likely to incite a left wing whack-job, who had been stalking someone since 2007, before the Tea Party was formed, and anyone knew who Sarah Palin was: Some map, or a crooked scumbag democrat Congressman engaging in Soviet style class warfare and calling for the actual death of the Governor of Florida?

We all know the hypocrisy from the left knows no bounds, but they have really jumped the shark with this Arizona tragedy.

More to come.

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Is The Arizona Killer A Product of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik’s Incompetence?

Posted by Gary P Jackson on January 10, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

When Pima County’s left wing sheriff, Clarence Dupnik, waddled out to the microphones [with bodies still lying on the ground] and started blaming the mass murder on Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, talk radio, athlete’s foot, and the heartbreak of psoriasis, we figured he was just another vile democrat stooge using the tragedy to score cheap political points and attack those who oppose the radical democrat agenda.

Now it appears the sheriff had a completely different motivation: Save his own incompetent ass!

It’s already been widely discussed that Jared Lee Loughner, the killer, has had many run in with the law. Now we have more details. The killer had been threatening various county officials, radio personalities, local bloggers, and so on. He was a well known to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department as a danger to the community.

This is the report that Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has been dreading since the tragic event on Saturday January 8.

The sheriff has been editorializing and politicizing the event since he took the podium to report on the incident. His blaming of radio personalities and bloggers is a pre-emptive strike because Mr. Dupnik knows this tragedy lays at his feet and his office. Six people died on his watch and he could have prevented it. He needs to step up and start apologizing to the families of the victims instead of spinning this event to serve his own political agenda.

Jared Loughner, pronounced by the Sheriff as Lock-ner, saying it was the Polish pronunciation. Of course he meant Scott or Irish but that isn’t the point. The point is he and his office have had previous contact with the alleged assailant in the past and that is how he knows how to pronounce the name.

Jared Loughner has been making death threats by phone to many people in Pima County including staff of Pima Community College, radio personalities and local bloggers. When Pima County Sheriff’s Office was informed, his deputies assured the victims that he was being well managed by the mental health system. It was also suggested that further pressing of charges would be unnecessary and probably cause more problems than it solved as Jared Loughner has a family member that works for Pima County.

Amy Loughner is a Natural Resource specialist for the Pima County Parks and Recreation. My sympathies and my heart goes out to her and the rest of Mr. Loughner’s family. This tragedy must be tearing them up inside wondering if they had done the right things in trying to manage Jared’s obvious mental instability.

Read more here.

The behavior of Sheriff Dupnik in this situation has been despicable and immoral. This left wing hack was one of the first to fan the flames. Dupnik riled up the left wing kooks, which has caused them to make numerous death threats against Sarah Palin, and others, for no other reason than to try and shift blame from his own sorry self.

It’s quite obvious the Pima County Sheriff’s Department had plenty of warning that this deranged lunatic, Jared Lee Loughner, was a ticking time bomb. Not only did the sheriff’s department give false information, causing people to let their guard down, it also appears the department actively discouraged further actions against this lunatic, because one of his family members worked for the county. 

Unbelievable.

On every level Sheriff Clarence Dupnik is a disgrace. He’s a disgrace to his uniform, to his community, and to humanity. But most of all he’s a disgrace for trying to blame his own incompetence on anyone else. A decent man would resign and apologize. I wouldn’t hold my breath though. People like Sheriff Clarence Dupnik will never admit their sins.

If I were Arizona Governor Jan Brewer I would call for this disgraceful and despicable little man to resign.

Actually I would demand it.

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