There’s been a lot of conversations thrown my way since my two posts on the Loughner / Giffords tragedy. I’ve blocked a half dozen other folks from Facebook and Twitter for persisting in this ridiculous assertion that Sarah Palin is responsible for a mentally disturbed individual’s action.
Here’s some of the best unattributed tidbits that have hit my inbox and my eardrums in the last 24 hours.
A Failure of Local Government
I had a conversation with a friend this morning on the topic – and we came to the conclusion that the behavior of the Sheriff in Tuscon reminds us a lot of the behavior of the local government in New Orleans and Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. This whole “blame the media” mess is a perfect cover for the fact that the local government failed to notice this guy, with an obvious hate-on for Rep. Giffords, was mentally disturbed and intended to kill.
From a Facebook conversation earlier today – I’ll let you guess on the context: "To that end, I’m not making equivalences. I’m listing facts. Do I need to put bulletpoints on those, or is that too violent of a punctuation mark to use?"
Yes, We All Know Sarah Palin Likes the Taste of Feet
Someone shared this with me.
Sarah Palin makes very poor choices with words, using "Blood Libel", the claim that Jews kill children in religious rituals, to describe the media.
My thoughts? Of course. Just because Sarah Palin wasn’t to blame for one thing doesn’t make her less likely to say embarrassing things.
JLL Was No Politico
From my inbox:
A friend of the shooter was on Good Morning America this morning. You know what he said?
"He didn’t listen to talk radio. He didn’t watch TV. He wasn’t left, he wasn’t right. He didn’t like the news."
Liberals Invented Violent Imagery
In my inbox: “Listening to Rush right now, he reports that Dem strategist and Fox contributor Bob Beckell claims that he invented the use of target signs on congressional districts.”
Who Shot JFK?
From my Facebook inbox: “Apparently, if you’re Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Sarah Palin is to blame for JFK’s death, too. He wrote an entire thing for Huffpo today blaming the right wing for assassinations throughout history. He didn’t once mention Lee Harvey Oswald nor Jared Lee Loughner, even though the post was supposedly about the commonalities between the two.”
Also, here’s a fun fact: Lee Harvey Oswald was what Jackie-O called a “silly little communist.”
More from Doug Powers on the topic, with references.
Then There’s This Work of Art
Several people alerted me to this: Liberals who think Sarah Palin is too violent created a Facebook group called "I hate it when I wake up and Sarah Palin is still alive.” Initially, their group graphic was the one you see to the right.
Many folks reported the group to Facebook as a Terms of Service violation. Ostensibly, Facebook has forced them to change the group imagery, but allows the group to continue to exist.
I’m not up on Facebook’s history on censorship and ToS enforcement. This may be par for the course, or it may be horribly unjust. I’m not sure I really care, to be honest, mostly because it’s Facebook – and no matter how violent the imagery, I doubt anyone who may be on the fence about whether or not to assassinate Sarah Palin is going to be influenced one way or the other by this Facebook group.
I have read better poetry from Vogons.
CNN published Jared Lee Loughner’s poetry. Here’s a bit:
On the island of Mauritius a heavy storm is leaving.
In the fields of the ancient wild forest a wild field of mushrooms is growing.
Snails and grasshoppers are ready for the warmth.
The old grass growing with lizards are jolting for crickets while snakes looking for lonely mice.
Falcons are flying for pray.
Shallow light Blue Ocean shimmering at each wave as the black clouds are rolling.
Waves are lapping.
Fisherman on the reefs are casting their poles.
In warm water a pack of clown fish are floating.
Tiger sharks are swimming free.
Steel drums beating in the distance.
The full moon slowly setting for the sun is rising.
At the local cemetery there is weeping.
The dodo is finally dieing.
Yeah. I want my 30 seconds back, too.