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Sunday, January 09, 2011

On That Firing of the Aircraft Carrier Captain

That would be this firing for those not paying attention.

I have been highly critical of the overreaction on the part of the military brass for having taken a relatively innocuous video and ruining an otherwise exemplary career over it. (with this caveat - I have no military background and can't speak to leadership expectations as they are outlined and understood in that circumstance.)

But I talked to my son-in-law, a career Marine, and high-ranking officer with soon-to-be expanded leadership responsibilities at Camp Lejeune, and he says the captain made a big mistake in doing what he did and deserved to be punished.

I defer to his expert judgment.

Hallelu ... Oh. Never Mind.

I read the headline and got to wondering: Is it possible that the American Civil Liberties Union has finally found out that there are civil liberties delineated in the Bill of Rights that don't have anything to do with "separation of church and state" and the way criminals are treated by law enforcement?  Could it be that someone has informed those legal scholars that there is a 2nd Amendment to the Constitution that provides for the civil right to keep and bear arms?

The headline:

Okay then!

The ACLU - finally - is championing Americans' civil rights in their totality!

Uh, no. It's not.

The AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION is representing a foreigner who thinks our Constitution protects him too.  And it's in opposition to a law that requires citizenship when a person applies for a concealed carry permit.

Nothing's changed.

It figures.

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* Note: Some will argue that persons of permanent legal residency status have the same rights as the rest of us.  I disagree.

Typical Associated Press Bias

I read articles like this and wonder how "reporters" get away with it.  Time and time again.

Get this:
AZ shooting targets US congresswoman, kills 6
By Amanda Myers and David Espo, Associated Press

Tucson, Ariz. (AP) — A gunman targeted Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as she met with constituents outside a busy supermarket Saturday, wounding the Democrat and killing Arizona's chief federal judge and five others in an attack that left Americans questioning whether divisive politics had pushed the suspect over the edge.

[jf: Who's to say the "target" wasn't one of the other six people shot, including Arizona's chief federal judge?  We're not told.  But this certainly sounds juicier.]

[jf: Why do "divisive politics" necessarily have anything to do with the shooting?  Maybe it involves a lover's quarrel, as is often the case in such matters.]

[jf: Who's to say the suspect went "over the edge"? Maybe he calmly and deliberately sought out a particular victim and pulled the trigger.]

[jf: "Americans" are probably not wondering if divisive politics had anything to do with the shooting but, instead, are wondering if another mentally insane person committed this crime. As is so often the case.]

Giffords, 40, is a moderate Democrat who narrowly won re-election in November against a tea party candidate who sought to throw her from office over her support of the health care law. Anger over her position became violent at times, with her Tucson office vandalized after the House passed the overhaul last March and someone showing up at a recent gathering with a weapon.

[jf: Giffords, by most unbiased standards, is a very liberal Democrat, but to reporters for the Associated Press, there is no such thing.]

[jf: "Anger ... became violent at times." So this detective/reporter already knows the motive. Thus Giffords was the target and the Tea Party is guilty by implication.]

His motivation was not immediately known, but Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik described him as mentally unstable and possibly acting with an accomplice.

[jf: So the perpetrator wasn't an angry Tea Partier but is mentally deranged.  See above.  A fact: Assassins are never Tea Partiers but are, more often than not insane.  And walking the streets.  And are known by law enforcement to be insane, potentially dangerous, and walking the streets.]

The sheriff blamed the vitriolic political rhetoric that has consumed the country, much of it occurring in Arizona.

[jf: And I blame the sheriff for having run-of-the-mouth disease and for fanning the flames when he really doesn't know what he's talking about.  But that loose cannon isn't my focus.]

"When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. 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 the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry."

[jf: Maybe my focus should be on biased sheriffs too.  "We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry."  Is he investigating a murder or trying out for a position as Associated Press reporter?]  
Journalists. Doing what they do best.

For the love of God.

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As it turns out, the murderer is nuts.  As suspected.

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It appears that this lunatic has nothing to do with the Tea Party.  The shock.

Here he's depicted as having accused the government of mind control, "ranting against low literacy rates and illegitimate currency" and whose "favorite activity is conscience dreaming."

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As one might expect from the nitwit, Jane Fonda blames Sarah Palin for the lunatic's actions.

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Then there's that New York Times weirdo, Paul Krugman, who knows, before any evidence is released, who's at fault.

His unbalanced rant prompted this response from John Hinderaker:
No surprise here: hack columnist Paul Krugman is among the first to seek political advantage from mass murder ...

Of course, there is zero evidence that any of this had anything to do with Jared Loughner, who had no known connection to the Tea Party, the Republican Party, Sarah Palin, the Democratic Party, or anything else related to sane politics. It goes without saying that none of the purported villains on Krugman's list have ever suggested that Congresswoman Giffords, or anyone else, should be shot.

This would be outrageous even if Krugman himself were not one of the worst hatemongers in public life, a man whose hysterical rhetoric exceeds anything you hear from Limbaugh, Beck, or any significant figure on the right who comes to mind. But this sort of contemptible demagoguery is exactly the kind of thing we have come to expect from Krugman.
Assholes like Krugman, unable to wait for facts to be revealed, desperately want their enemies indicted. Thus the wild speculation and accusations.

Kinda pathetic when you think about it.

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Should two play this game?

See "My CongressWOMAN voted against Nancy Pelosi! And is now DEAD to me."  That appeared - but has now disappeared - on everyone's favorite leftist blog - Daily Kos.  And the "dead" "CongressWOMAN" is none other than Gabrielle Giffords.

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Boy, it's just not working out as planned.


On the shooter who is being portrayed as some kind of Tea Party conservative crazy driven to violence by that fascist Arizona and Sarah Palin?

See "As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy."

Not that the facts will stop the hysteria on the left.