Oh Good! A Whole Institute Dedicated to Lecturing Conservatives on “Civility”

Don Feder, GrassTopsUSA.com

About a week ago, I had another lesson in liberal civility.

I was pulling into the parking lot of a burger-joint when an agitated young man drove up next to me. He rolled down his window, as I did. I thought I might have cut him off in traffic and prepared to apologize.

The first words out of his mouth were: “Are you a retard?” This is known as a rhetorical question. I was tempted to answer, “No, but I am still beating my wife.”

The graduate of The Charlie Sheen School of Refinement was incensed by one of my bumper stickers, “Global Warming: a dangerous man-made phenomenon caused by the mixture of recycled Marxist ideas and junk science.”

I told him I wasn’t going to have a conversation with someone who begins by asking if I’m “special.” We went into the restaurant. He was calm for a while, but as soon as he finished eating, he began loudly berating me again.

I was a “cretin.” I was too stupid to live in a superior state like Massachusetts and should move to Tennessee, where people are such mental defectives that they question the revealed truth of global warming. “Like Al Gore,” I innocently asked? That enraged him further. Finally, he delivered what he considered the coup de grace, telling other diners that I was a product of FOX News. Then he stormed out.

One of the cooks came out from behind the counter and asked if I wanted him to call the cops. I said no, my assailant was probably an Obama supporter who was off his medication. Massachusetts is lousy with such louts — not surprising, as we are the capital of thumb-sucking liberalism.

But, not to worry. The civility-mongers just opened the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona. By this time next year, we’ll all be going around bowing or curtseying to each other and saying: “Pray, pardon me” and “I beg to differ.” Soon, the entire country will resemble a Regency drawing room out of “Sense and Sensibility.”

According to the Institute’s website, it will be a “national, nonpartisan center for debate, research, education and policy generation regarding civic engagement and civility in public discourse consistent with First Amendment principles.”

In a Q&A describing its purpose, the Institute answered hypothetical questions about the Big C, including: “Are you blaming heated rhetoric for the Tucson shootings? Absolutely not. But the shootings created a space for people to focus on civility, and the Institute is building on that positive outcome of a tragic event.”

If the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of six others had “absolutely” nothing to do with civility, how exactly did it create a “space for people to focus” on same? Caution: Never expect consistency from the Left or ask liberals to define their terms (like “climate of hate”); it only confuses and agitates them

The only connection between the Tucson tragedy and civility is that a lot of people on the Left blamed the rampage on lack of civility among conservatives, without a scintilla of evidence to corroborate the claim.

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A Fool With a Badge is Still a Fool

Michael Reagan, FloydReports.com

When a would-be assassin shot my Dad, President Ronald Reagan, nobody questioned the fact that the shooter was certifiably nuts.

Authorities recognized that fact and put him in a mental institution as his obvious disturbed mental state demanded.

Now we have another attempted killing of a public official, Arizona’s widely admired Rep. Gabby Giffords, and just about everybody recognizes the fact that the shooter, one Jared Loughner, is crazy as a loon.

Moreover, the fact that Loughner is probably nutty as a fruitcake, and perhaps dangerously so, could not have escaped the attention of local law enforcement authorities such as Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, who already had Loughner in his sights yet failed to do anything to prevent Loughner’s foreseeable killing spree.

Yet we don’t hear a word of repentance for his failure to foresee what transpired in Tucson last Saturday. Not a word, mainly because Sheriff Dupnik is too busy attacking Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives to turn his rhetoric loose on the shooter.

In Dupnik’s twisted logic, Loughner may be a murderer but somehow or other it’s all Rush’s fault for his unforgivable habit of calling a spade a spade and referring to liberals as being mentally disjointed, as the majority of them are.

This kind of ridiculous response to a tragedy is becoming what the French would call de riguer — the liberal’s order of the day when one of their failures to recognize reality results in people getting killed.

As my more plainspoken friends would put it, Dupnik shoulda seen it coming, and he’s now trying to obfuscate that fact by striking out at people who had not a single thing to do with Loughner’s deadly actions.

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The Tuscon Shooting: Round Up the Usual Hypocrites

Don Feder, GrassTopsUSA.com

It’s difficult to say which is more absurd, in a loathsome sort of way: Iran blaming Zionists for the Christmas Day massacre of 21 Egyptian Christians, or the Left blaming the Tucson shootings on Sarah Palin, Glenn Back, the Tea Party movement, and everyone who watches FOX News.

The smoke had hardly cleared from the shootings at a constituent meeting that left six people dead and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded, before the liberal smear-machine went into overdrive.

“These sorts of things (Palin putting Giffords’ district in crosshairs on her website during the last election) I think, invite the kind of toxic rhetoric that can lead unstable people to believe this is an acceptable response,” intoned Senator Dick Durbin. Speaking of toxic rhetoric, in 2005, Durbin compared the treatment of terrorist detainees at Guantanamo to the Holocaust, Soviet gulags and Pol Pot.

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann blamed the “ever-escalating, borderline ecstatic invocation of violence in fact or in fantasy” to everyone Keith Olbermann has ever disagreed with. Apparently, he was not thinking of President Obama telling his supporters at a 2008 fundraiser that if Republicans “bring a knife (to the presidential campaign)…We bring a gun.” The New York Times’ Julie Bosman found this an adorable example of the messiah “showing a more pugnacious side” rather than language that condones violence.

The National Jewish Democratic Council – which exists to attack anything to the right of Nancy Pelosi and whitewash anti-Semitism in the party of Jimmy (Israel is an apartheid state) Carter – nattered: “It is fair to say – in today’s political climate, and given today’s political rhetoric – that many have contributed to the building levels of vitriol in our political discourse that have surely contributed to the atmosphere in which this event transpired.”

If I can attempt to parse this mishmash, the NJDC is saying: In today’s political climate, and given today’s political rhetoric, levels of vitriol (which assuredly are building), have contributed to an atmosphere in which an event transpired. As for the author of the foregoing, surely there’s a place at the New York Times for someone this logical and coherent.

The mainstream media’s newest hero, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, is more direct. Calling his state the capital of “the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on this country,” Dupnik indicts what the Times describes as “anti-immigrant sentiment” for building levels of vitriol.

Well, there it is: Arizonans who object to the illegal alien inundation (reputed to include many violent criminals) helped to generate the atmosphere of anger, hatred, and bigotry which contribute to building levels of vitriol, etc.

For the record, and not that it matters, there’s no evidence that the man arrested for the shootings had any views on illegal immigration – or that he ever attended a Tea Party rally, visited Sarah Palin’s website, or watched Glenn Beck.

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Media Knew Killer Probably Wasn’t Politically Motivated

Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com

The Left has gone out of its way to blame Saturday’s tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on anyone to the Right of the Mensheviks. Among the first to pile on the blood libel was New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who pinned the shooting on an alleged conservative “climate of hate.” Most of us countered that the murderer, Jared Lee Loughner, clearly seemed mentally ill, addicted to mind-altering drugs, or perhaps the victim of an LSD-induced psychosis. Krugman should read his own newspaper — and I rarely make that suggestion. The NYT reported yesterday that most assassins are unhinged, not politically motivated, and any intelligent American should have known that was the likely motive. That means those accusing Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and the Tea Party of facilitating this crime are either unintelligent or transparently politically motivated (or both).

The New York Times reported yesterday, “A 1999 study of assassins and attackers found few common threads. Many had delusional ideas, but few heard voices; still fewer abused drugs or belonged to militant groups.” (Emphasis added.)

To make matters clearer, many of those who appear to kill for a political cause are merely demonstrating symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia. Forensic psychologist Dr. Michael Stone told the Times the paranoid mind…

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Video of the Day: AZ Sheriff Slams “Irresponsible” Rush

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik is at it again. He gave a politicized press conference after the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, blaming “vitriol.” Then Sunday, he admitted to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly he had no proof Loughner had been influenced by politics at all. But now he has reversed course and blamed Rush Limbaugh for his “irresponsible” rhetoric, anyway. Way to issue a blood libel there, Sheriff.