Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Quote of the Day


"We learn that the right doesn't even recognize the irony of its claim of being unfairly blamed for the violence of others, when it has spent the last several years doing exactly that to Muslims -- particularly American Muslims. We also learn that the right can simultaneously insist no political party or inclination can be blamed for Tucson -- while it itself blames the Democratic party and the left, for Tucson. We learn that the right does not understand that if you -- if we -- foment a political environment in which politics are to be settled by violence, or the threat of violence, or in a rhetorical tide of violent imagery, it no longer matters what those politics specifically are, or if the hearer even understands your politics or agrees with your politics -- he may hear only the permission to be violent. And ultimately we learn... this template of what the right would do in an actual open-and-shut slam dunk case in which a partisan of the right attempted to kill one of the left. The right would blame that victim, blame him or her for not having brought enough security. Or for not having brought a gun."

-- Keith Olbermann on much of the American right's response in the wake of the Arizona shooting and the call for more responsible political discourse

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Off Topic:

Did you hear our "new" national anthem? Maybe you can add it to Wednesday's Listening Post? ;)

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Heather said...

Well said. Even if this shooter wasn't pushed by all of it, there have been those intercepted who have and that is bad enough. This should really be a wake up call to tone it down; yet there are still so many who are stuffing their fingers in their ears and squeezing their eyes shut while screaming "LA LA LA CAN'T HEAR YOU!" Come on, people.

Benoît from Ottawa said...

But there's more: Ya just gotta 'love' it when such a deranged man can step into a gun store and buy 30 round clips, no questions asked.

Those are people-killing clips, made for an inexpensive, light gun (the Glock) that anyone can modify from semi-automatic to fully automatic.

WTF?

Bill Orvis White said...

A boy writes a letter to God. "Dear God, why do you let bad things happen in our schools?" God replied, "Dear Son, I'm not allowed in your schools." I challenge you to re-post this, Chez.

Capt Clown said...

So, what was Keith's point?

Sheriff Bart said...

I dream of the day when everything that falls out of my mouth turns into money.

Joanna said...

Marilyn Manson was the cause of the Columbine shootings.

pcBobby said...

We have a new type of Taliban in this country. You're either with the Loughner conspiracy theorists, conservatives, NRA or Christian crowd or you're against them. There's no such thing as anything in between with the majority of this Taliban. Just look at how guys like Olbermann or Maher are culturally tarred and feathered for voicing their opinions. We certainly get Coulter, O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity etc. down our throats and if you disagree with them, you're un-American.

Anonymous said...

A boy writes a letter to Yahweh. "Oh Great One, why do you let bad things happen in our schools?" And Yahweh replied, "Oh child, yon Christianists despise my faygala Son, so I despise them and reject them for all of their hearts are filled with hatred and greed and for that I make the innocent suffer. Get used to it."

CNNfan said...

Bill... Chez can speak for himself. However, your challenge to re-post this is hereby accepted.


A law abiding citizen writes a letter to God. "Dear God, why is gun control allowed to prevent good citizens from protecting unarmed citizens from being shot by murderers who see gun control as a major advantage?" God replied, "Dear Son, I'm not a democrat."

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Joke.