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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Where Cooler Heads Prevail

I can't believe I'm writing this.  The blindly liberal editorialists at the Roanoke Times have the proper take on the Arizona massacre this morning.  At least until further notice.

From "In The Aftermath":
If early indications about Loughner's mental state turn out to be true, perhaps the best thing that could come out of this tragedy would be a re-examination of the nation's mental health policies similar to the Virginia response to the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. Questions must also be answered about how someone so disturbed was able to acquire a firearm.

Mental illness is a serious public health issue that is too often overlooked except in the aftermath of this type of incident.

The call after this tragedy will be to do something, anything. Lawmakers should strive to do more. They should strive to do the right thing. [link]
Note: Neither I nor they nor anyone else will ever be able to explain that "lawmakers should strive to do more" crap.  But except for that lapse in intelligence, the editorial is well-reasoned.

And it comes from the Times.  Will wonders never cease.

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Note the Second: I was expecting Ken Cuccinelli to be blamed for the shooting.  My apologies to the Times for anticipating them poorly.

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Note the Third: Talk about coincidence. On the very day that the crazed gunman - see mugshot below for follow-on nightmares - was committing his vile act in Tucson, I was poring through "Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals." It's a book about many of the abandoned and crumbling psychiatric hospitals around the country. Abandoned because the law doesn't allow us - generally - to commit the insane to mental institutions anymore.

Maybe we should talk about this.

As The Experts Search For An Explanation ...

... maybe it's staring them in the face:

Nah.  Forget the fact that he's criminally insane.  Let's blame Sarah Palin.

See "Staring into camera with a terrifying smile, the chilling mugshot of Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner."

But Is He 'Electable'?

That, sadly, was the overriding criterion for the Republican Party in its selection of a presidential candidate in 2008. And, going back a bit further, in 1996.

And we all know how well that worked out ...

... for Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Expect it - "... but he's the only Republican in the field who's electable ..." - to raise its ugly head again in 2012.

Starting with this guaranteed loser:

The most potent challenge to Obama in 2012 may come from a member of his own team: ambassador to China and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman.

What could go wrong?  The guy is pro-gay rights, pro-abortion, pro-ObamaCare, pro-cap & trade, pro-Obama "stimulus," and pro-environmentalism.

What could go wrong?  Beside the fact that the guy is pro-gay rights, pro-abortion, pro-ObamaCare, pro-cap & trade, pro-Obama "stimulus," and pro-environmentalism.

But he'll always have "electable."

So Obama wins again in a cakewalk in 2012 ...

Thank God He Was There And Answered The Call of Duty

He - along with millions of other Americans just as brave and just as self-sacrificing - saved us from the scourge of fascism.

Major Dick Winters has died.
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

-- Shakespeare, Henry V. --
All honors go to Dick Winters and his band of brothers.  They altered the course of history.

There's a Hole In The Logic ...

... that aligns perfectly with the holes in the heads of those who try to blame the Arizona massacre on Sarah Palin.

Pejman Yousefzadeh:
Phase 1: Sarah Palin publishes a map.
Phase 2: ?
Phase 3: Gunfire.

Really, at the end of the day, they have nothing more than this to make their case that Palin is responsible for the shootings.
Not that that little factoid will deter their quest.

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To fully appreciate this you need to study up on "Underpants Gnome Theory."

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Glenn Reynolds comes closest to explaining what's going on here:
As I think about it, the mental process seems to be something like this:

Lefty: Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement encourage hatred and violence!

Questioner: How do you know?

Lefty: Because whenever I think about them, I’m filled with hate and a desire to do harm!
It's either that or mass delusion.

Headline of the Day

Quote of the Day

George Will:
On Sunday, the [New York] Times explained Tucson: "It is facile and mistaken to attribute this particular madman's act directly to Republicans or Tea Party members. But . . ." The "directly" is priceless.

Three days before Tucson, Howard Dean explained that the Tea Party movement is "the last gasp of the generation that has trouble with diversity." Rising to the challenge of lowering his reputation and the tone of public discourse, Dean smeared Tea Partyers as racists: They oppose Obama's agenda, Obama is African American, ergo . . .

Let us hope that Dean is the last gasp of the generation of liberals whose default position in any argument is to indict opponents as racists. This McCarthyism of the left - devoid of intellectual content, unsupported by data - is a mental tic, not an idea but a tactic for avoiding engagement with ideas. It expresses limitless contempt for the American people, who have reciprocated by reducing liberalism to its current characteristics of electoral weakness and bad sociology.
"The Charlatans' Response To The Tucson Tragedy," Washington Post, January 10, 2011

Idiocy of the Day

Would someone tell the morons at the Washington Post that there are 120 million guns in circulation in the United States.  And that only one ... went berserk ... on Saturday.

These guys are nitwits.

From "Carnage in Arizona":
The shooting in Arizona, which left six people dead and gravely injured Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is a horrifying tragedy. The temptation will be, as Arizona and the nation mourn the dead and hope for the recovery of the wounded, to infuse the terrible attack with broader political meaning - to blame the actions of the alleged 22-year-old gunman, Jared Lee Loughner, on a vitriolic political culture laced with violent metaphors and ugly attacks on opponents. Maybe. But metaphors don't kill people - guns kill people. [emphasis mine]
I'm so tired of pointing this fact out to the small-minded twits at the Post that I'm reluctant to waste my energy, but I suppose it must be done ...

On the same day that that bad gun did the unspeakable in Tucson, a bad knife sliced off the penis of a gay journalist in New York City.  In fact the two stories appeared side-by-side.

Will the Washington Post go after those evil Yoshi Blades now?

I'll be holding my breath.

Idiocy of the Day II

Again from the Washington Post, but this time from its resident dolt:

Richard Cohen on the madman who shot those innocent people in Arizona:

"If he is crazy, then so are we."

Is he projecting?

Who can really comprehend the mind of Richard Cohen?

Idiocy of the Day III

Then there's that Democrat sheriff who'd rather spout off about conservatives fomenting hatred than perform the duties he's paid to perform and investigate the mass murder that took place within his jurisdiction.

It's so much easier - and lots more fun - to give interviews to an adoring press.

See "Arizona Sheriff Blasts Rush Limbaugh for Spewing 'Irresponsible' Vitriol."

For the love of God.