*I understand his passion, but Pima County (Az.) Sheriff Clarence Dupnik’s indictment of fringe fanatics like Palin, Limbaugh and Beck in the Arizona shooting massacre was ill-timed. Law enforcement’s duty in such a crisis is to stick with the facts, and there’s no evidence to support Dupnik’s assertion. The suspect is clearly driven by demons unrelated to current political rhetoric.
*That’s not to say the macho posturing from the right is above criticism. You would think people so enamored with guns would’ve taken the opportunity to enlist in the military, but very few of them did. I think this screen shot illustrates their absurdity.
*Speaking of absurd …
Brand-new crosshairs, death threats target birthers, GOP
*One of the chief exploiters of fringe sentiment screams hypocrisy, and, for once, Rusty Limbo has a point:
Only in these instances is something that is said in the media said to influence public behavior. Go out and try to tell these same people that one of their top grossing movies has influenced abject perversion or radical behavior and they will attack you left and right, saying, “That’s entertainment. It stands alone. People know the difference.” You go out and accuse them of engaging in work, their art, such as crucifixions in jars of urine or whatever other acts of perversion they engage in that they call “art” — their movies, their music — and you go try to tell them that their music is responsible for criminal behavior. Look at the reaction you get from that. You are considered to be a numskull, old-fashioned, out, and not with the times.
*The broadcast media’s coverage has been predictably mawkish. On “Meet the Press,” David Gregory asked a Democratic congresswoman, “Is this a moment?” Yes, David, it is a moment, just like the moment wasted by your stupid question. And this morning on cable news I heard a correspondent wonder, “Has Tucson lost its innocence?” Yeah, I’m sure nothing bad has ever happened in Tucson before this.
*Here’s a disturbing trend:
Glock Pistol Sales Surge in Aftermath of Arizona Shootings
Obviously the class isn’t paying attention to this “teachable moment.”
*Speaking of, can anyone with a straight face defend the sale of extended magazine clips such as the one that allowed Jared Loughner to fire 33 rounds without reloading. And don’t say the Second Amendment, because if you take that to a logical conclusion, citizens should be allowed to own howitzers. If you’re looking to blame either party, try both. The GOP long ago sold out to the NRA, and the Dems, afraid of losing votes in Ohio and Pennsylvania, don’t even raise the issue anymore.