The media, the Left and the shooting *UPDATED*

Everything the media said in the first go round was wrong.

Giffords dead — wrong
Shooter an Afghan vet — wrong
Shooter a Tea Partier — wrong
Shooter inspired by the right wing — wrong

What is right is that the shooter was manifestly insane, His writings and videos are scary stuff, and it’s clear that schizophrenia, or some like mental illness, powered his thinking. To the extent his deranged mind had a political philosophy, it hewed left, but it would be error to blame the Left for his violence. He was crazy. That’s the beginning and end of the story, and crazy people like to target famous people.

As I said in an earlier email, though, my liberal facebook friends are linking like crazy to an old Palin political ad that had the generic “candidate in the crosshairs” imagery so often used in political advertising. My response is a disingenuous “You’re so right about the risks of famous people using violent imagery,” along with a link to Obama’s “gun to knife fight” quote.

UPDATE (10:00 a.m. PST):  Verum Serum has a wonderful post showing how common the “cross hair” image is in political ads, including those emanating from the Left.  Nor should we forget the relentlessly violent imagery towards President Bush.

UPDATE (10:08 a.m. PST):  Rick makes the same point, really well.

UPDATE (12:35 p.m. PST):  Byron York points out media hypocrisy, while Rhymes with Right focuses on its illogic.  I’ll just add here that I’m getting quite belligerent on facebook, tackling with facts every non-thinking human being who mouths  “Rush” or “Palin.”  It’s interesting that none defend against my challenges.

UPDATE (12:37 p.m. PST):  More on target/cross hair imagery in Democratic political ads.  By the way, I’m not criticizing those ads.  THEY’RE NORMAL.  What Palin did was normal.  Politics is a battle, and we use logically use battle metaphors to make our case.

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  • bizcor

    I saw a twitter post yesterday. A lie is half way around the world before the truth can get its pants on. Why wait for the facts?


    For the liberal Facebook posters…

    IS DAILY KOS INVOLVED IN ARIZONA MURDERS? “My CongressWOMAN voted against Nancy Pelosi! And is now DEAD to me!” — eerie Daily Kos hit piece on Gabrielle Giffords just two days before assassination attempt; repeated use of word “dead” in relation to Giffords just 48 hours before she and a dozen others were fired upon. UPDATE: Daily Kos scrubs “dead to me” thread but screengrabs document everything; UPDATE: school classmates and former friends describe shooter Jared Lee Loughner as committed Leftist

  • Ymarsakar

    They are scared of you, Book. Also, their core beliefs aren’t strong enough to stand up to the light and they know it.

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  • Ymarsakar

    I often said, a year or two ago, that with Obama, you ain’t seen nothing yet. And people think perhaps, I meant that there were larger, more evil, things going on with Obama than most people knew about at the time (2009). Which was true, but it wasn’t the entire content of my meaning.
    When I said “you ain’t seen nothing yet”, I also meant that when people elected a rabid dog like Obama as President, everybody in this country will start going a little bit crazier. By crazier, what did I mean? Look at the event in question here now. That’s what I mean.
    So people can be proud to know that after having elected Obama, they created all kinds of economic and political stress, which resulted in weak people at the bottom of the totem pole, snapping.
    It’s not just terrorists like Hasan, pants bomber, or what not. It’s all the other people out there in America.
    You think people, who are naturally violent and out of control, will get pacific once Obama puts pressure on AMerican harmony? Did you really think people would become less violent the more craptastic things they did to this nation.
    As if. Of course not. A rabid pack leader soon converts the whole pack into rabid dogs. It’s natural. It’s just how it is. Societal dysfunction at the top, pretty soon leaks all the way to the bottom.
    This is not a direct relationship. This is more like a butterfly flapping its wings and a squall hits a boat and kills most of those onboard. Obviously it’s not the fault of the butterfly. But if someone intentionally got a bunch of butterflys and made them flap in a way as to cause chaos and disharmony… well, the effects should be obvious by now.
    You don’t need the media to tell you what is what. You can figure it out for yourself. Presumably.
    Why wait for the facts?

    We already knew what the truth was. We didn’t need to know the facts either, before knowing what was true. But conservatives are hampered by this little thing called “conscience”. Which is really bothersome when you are fighting against those who are without conscience.

    It’s not that under Bush, people were less stupid. It’s that under Bush, there were less stresses. No WACO. No Ruby Ridge. Nothing to piss off the crazies one way or another. The economy was such that the crazies could get a job and do whatever it is that they like doing in their own personal fantasies. If they had someone they wanted to kill, Bush was right there and he was well protected. So they stopped thinking about it. All kinds of war going on in Iraq, meant any crazies would go and join Islam to fight Americans there.

    Now what? Now they’re in America and they’re multiplying. They were always there, but the trigger, under Obama, is now present. Social disharmony. Grudges. Political feuding. Class warfare. Did anyone here really think those things wouldn’t have unintended (negative) mass murder consequences? Did people really think Obama was just a minor issue, that it was all going to be a political theater, without any real world consequences. Did they, really.

    What fools mortals be.

  • Ymarsakar

    You know, a non-thinking human isn’t really a human. It’s more like a vegetable. An animal. Not quite a human yet.

  • Mike Devx

    Ymar #5,
    That’s one of my favorite posts of yours in quite a while.  I hadn’t considered the EFFECTS of an Obama Presidency in the manner that you have.  As you put it in your usual take-no-prisoners language, when the leader of the pack is rabid, the whole pack gets infected with the same meme, and goes rabid.
    In retrospect it all is so obvious.  Of course Obama is a Chicago-style, thuggish politician.  Of course his memes will spread throughout his base.  Violence, violent imagery, political assassination, a rising tide of violence, ever-fueled…  of course that’s what was going to happen.  Inevitably.
    Especially when given that he is, in fact, a political incompetent, and the incompetent rage into violence when their incompetence leaves them no other choice.  And since Obama is wildly egotistical, vain-glorious, and sure he must always win and must always do ANYTHING to win, given his complete lack of humility – of course all of this becomes inevitable.
    I just forgot to look for it, and didn’t see it coming.  I recognized the tide of violence beginning and the Left escalated its violent imagery and words… they’ve been doing so for most of the last year.  I didn’t see it as inevitable, though.  I do now.

  • bizcor

    What bewilders me is why so many on the left can’t see it. Even when it is brought to their attention they deem it right wing hate speech.

    The man was affiliated with known terrorists, perpetrators of fraud against the government and the banks, and sat in the church of Jeremiah Wright. He practices Saul Alinsky’s rules for radicals. When one begins to win the debate on points, they become infuriated and then irrational.

    I once read that we find  our own faults in others. Perhaps that explains why the left accuses conservatives of that which they engage in consistantly.

  • Ymarsakar

    Bizcor, it’s nothing special. Ever try convincing a hostage that has been kept prisoner by her captor for 6 months, that her best interests lie in cooperating with the police and neutralizing the captor? Stockholm Syndrome effect will play a large part here.
    It’s a similar application in totalitarian states. Of course people know what is really going up. But try getting them to admit it. They won’t admit it. Not in public. Not even often times in private, because they’re afraid. They’re afraid of what’ll happen if they take the risk and the secret police end up on their door steps at night.
    The Left functions in a similar fashion, although with more subtle, legal seeming, controls. So why would you expect them to admit that you are right and their side is wrong? That’s like trying to get a hostage suffering from Stockholm Syndrome to scorn her captor. It’s tantamount to demand that they commit suicide when they want to survive and live. You’d have to be pretty convincing to get someone to commit suicide when they don’t want to, Biz.
    I once read that we find  our own faults in others. Perhaps that explains why the left accuses conservatives of that which they engage in consistantly.

    A name it is known by is projection. It’s a psychological defense mechanism favored by malignant narcissists, amongst other types.

  • Ymarsakar

    Mike Dev, Thanks
    A primary point I want people take away from my narration is that stress increases the chances that out of control people will act on violent thoughts. At the same time, violent thoughts can be relieved in several different ways. As I mentioned before, people who want to kill and fight a war, can go to Iraq or Afghanistan and attack US military members there. If people are angry about something, they can talk all day about BushHitler and nothing will happen to them. A cheap escape valve. And if they want to kill the President, they are free to try. And fail. And since they know they will fail, they are happy with just talking and venting.
    But under Obama, what happens? The crazies are Democrat Leftist alliance members. When can they vent by talking ill of the President? When can they vent by thinking up ways to kill the President? Is there a popular perception in the media right now that the war in Iraq and Afghanistan are in any way important? Of course not, so people’s attentions aren’t pulled there. They then start thinking of other things. Like hearing Obama’s “bring a gun” talk. Well, they brought a gun. Cause they were thinking about it and then realized “they could do it”. And if they could do it and make it a success.. why not.
    Why not. It’s not like attacking Bush. That would fail against the Secret Service. But against some unprotected person in a crowd… obviously it is much easier. It’s doable. It’s very doable. So do it. And they did.
    What makes a person ethically responsible and a good person is that they can prevent their evil thoughts from converting into action. You and I may think about killing people, but we can control ourselves perfectly fine, even when our daily stresses are enormous. That’s because we can solve our own problems, hopefully, without resorting to violence. But the Left solves their problems with violence, verbal and physical, as a Standard Operating Procedure. Why is it so surprising that verbal violence changes easily into physical violence. Isn’t it a fact that things come to blows the more people shout at each other and get angry and get enraged and start going all crazy? Isn’t that kind of escalation, what will automatically bring a fight on if it isn’t stopped? Who isn’t aware of the realities of anti-social violence here.
    But people who are mad, are by definition, unable to control themselves and also unable to differentiate reality from fantasy. Their thoughts become their reality, their reality becomes their thoughts. It only takes a little push to get them to actually act on their distorted thinking. A little push. Like Obama’s election. So people who voted for Obama. Be proud. You really changed things.